Nine tenths of education is encouragement.
Am pasit pentru prima data intr-o sala de clasa, cu un catalog in mana, acum…doisprezece ani! Da, e destul de mult de-atunci si totusi, parca mai ieri s-a intamplat. Timpul petrecut cu elevii claselor I-IV, imediat dupa ce am terminat Scoala Normala “Elena-Cuza”, cu specializarea invatator-educatoare, a reprezentat pentru mine o experienta foarte frumoasa. Facultatea de Limbi si Literaturi Straine, sectia engleza-romana, in cadrul Universitatii “Spiru Haret” nu m-a convins sa-mi schimb nivelul de activitate, desi am predat limba engleza si la ciclul gimnazial. Si, fiind o fire ambitioasa, nu m-am oprit aici. Pregatirea mea profesionala a fost completata, de-a lungul celor doisprezece ani de activitate, cu multe cursuri de formare. “Ora de consiliere si orientare scolara”, “Managementul clasei”, “Metode experientiale”, “Evaluarea”, “Educatie economica si civica”, “Conflicte si negociere” si, nu in ultimul rand, cursul de “Manager Resurse Umane” sunt doar cateva din cele mai importante perfectionari la care am luat parte.
Gradul didactic I obtinut in anul 2008 cu nota 10 a confirmat ca profesia pe care am ales-o este cea care ma reprezinta cu adevarat si, totodata, m-a incurajat sa desfasor si pe viitor aceeasi activitate in mijlocul copiilor, activitate care, la finalul fiecarui an scolar, mi-a oferit satisfactia de care aveam nevoie. Nu trebuie omis nici faptul ca am organizat si coordonat mai multe activitati din cadrul unor parteneriate educationale cu alte institutii de invatamant si nu numai, cu scopul de a le oferi copiilor, intr-o alta maniera decat cea de la clasa, o cultura vasta despre ceea ce inseamna educatie si valori.
My name is Dana Nicorici and I am the Academic Coordinator of IOANID International High School. My role here is a great challenge, because it involves ensuring a positive learning environment - one that is both innovative and capable of responding to the needs of our students. Beyond the development and implementation of a set of academic procedures meant to ensure the highest standards of performance, my mission is is to create a cohesive element between the professional team and the student team of our institution. Students should benefit from an optimal learning environment in order for their academic experience to facilitate, first and foremost, the development of their emotional intelligence.
“School is not a teaching institute, but a temple whose priests are the teachers” (King Carol II). Through the job I chose I fulfilled my greatest wish I had ever since childhood: that of growing up and becoming a teacher. I considered that I truly grew up in 2003, the year when I graduated the courses of the Faculty of Letters – Department Romanian Language and Literature – French Language and Literature – within “Dunarea de Jos” University of Galati. What I learnt in my university years was just the beginning, because the job I chose (or chose me) has to be embraced both with mind and soul. That is why I have always tried to become an increasingly better teacher. Therefore, I obtained the teaching certification level II and participated in training courses – “School counseling and orientation”, “Development of evaluation skills”, “Professional development of teachers through mentoring activities”, “Google for Education”, “Smart Notebook”, Intelteach – training in the society of knowledge”, the training program “Growth Mindset” – which I considered appropriate in accomplishing a part of the aims that this job involves – passion.
The experience I have gained, the results obtained by my students in examinations and school competitions and the years I have spent so far among children, have only confirmed that, although I use whiteboard, textbooks, notebooks, coursebooks, I actually work with souls and even if my existence in the middle of a generation of students is short, my influence lasts longer. I believe that in this job it has to be a close connection between mind and passion and a teacher with a calling is the one who helps students to become great people not only through the information they send, through evaluation and ranking by scores, but through their self-confidence, patience, enthusiasm and passion for this job.
I was very fond of my primary teacher, I loved and admired my Chemistry teacher in high school. That is how the idea of becoming a teacher occurred to me. Why Mathematics? Because it is honest, it shows you exactly what you know or you don’t know, where you are and where you want to be.
I graduated from the University of Bucharest, Faculty of Mathematics, in 1994 and I started teaching back when I was still a student. I got a Master’s Degree in “Real and Complex Calculus” at the Faculty of Mathematics, in 1995. I was awarded the 1st Teaching Degree with the highest score (10) in 2005. I have attended several courses which have helped me improve, such as: “Lifelong learning course on differentiated approach to teaching students”, “School-based curriculum, an interdisciplinary approach”, “Communication and personal development strategies”, mentoring courses.
Back in 2008 and 2009, I worked with the Campion Publishing House towards publishing a collection of exercises “How to solve Baccalaureate exam tests 2008” and “How to solve Baccalaureate exam tests 2009”. In 2009 I published the “Collection of exercises for the 10th grade”, at the same publishing house.
I have always considered that a teacher must be, above all, a mentor. Therefore, throughout my entire professional activity, I encouraged my students to think independently, to be able to make decisions based on their reasoning and knowledge, to become responsible, courageous and self-confident adults. My motto is "turn extrinsic motivation into intrinsic motivation", so that students can learn with love and thirst for knowledge. I discovered, both from my own experience and from the numerous studies in the field, that a student will love the subject taught by a teacher who loves his job and who gives everything that is best for his students. Therefore, after graduating from the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, I chose the private education system and attended numerous professional development courses, adding to my work the passion for psychology, which helped me to understand the children and adolescents, managing to answer their needs in what regards the taught matter, but also in creating a pleasant environment and conducive to their development.
I started my career as a computer teacher at the National Children's Palace, and ever since then I managed to understand that is it only the experience of private schools can provide an alternative to the Romanian educational system.
With over 16 years of experience in the computer science department or, more correctly, next to my students, in front of the keyboard, I can say that every student, every class, every generation has shown me that we always learn from each other and that we can be one for others inspiration.
Whether you choose to become a programmer or choose another profession, IT is an essential tool in today's human survival kit.
I discovered early enough that teaching others means getting to know people, places, stories. I graduated from the Pedagogical High School and became a teacher at only 18 years old. In parallel, I expanded my studies to become such a model dear to me as a second-grader - my French teacher. I followed a Master's Degree in Educational Management and then, naturally, the finals and the didactic degrees. The courses of mentor, trainer, Methodist, evaluator of professional competences, continuous training on the component of differentiated education of students, theory of multiple intelligences and methods of active learning, the intensive training course of the teachers of the French language at the Linguistic Institute Vendôme, France, were several of the courses that helped me to improve my teaching skills, built in more than 26 years. I explore with passion, incessantly, and I exercise my creativity by building new teaching techniques and tools, suggested by the principles of international education. I like to believe that I am the teacher who makes the student feel valuable through what he is, what he feels, what he thinks and what he offers.
I was born and raised in a society which promoted an authoritative and pragmatic behavior, a closed system, in which any type of escapes, either physical or mental were punished, in a world where wings were often broken, and dreams hardly ever became true. Therefore, I am happy with the “foundation” that our children build their perspectives on. I have the belief that, in each of us there still is the primordial nature of human being, free and willing to express himself/ herself artistically, that is honestly and creatively. Together with my younger fellows, IOANID pupils, we speak the same language which we reinvent, each time in a different way, but with the same means of expression based on colour, shape, line, point, shade and light…My entire life, professional and private, my personal philosophy is based on the idea of art. And because the true sign of intelligence is not knowledge, but imagination – as Einstein said – I strive to (re)imagine my world, either simplifying or developing.
Stefania Bolos is an alumna of the Faculty of Musical Performing within the University of Music from Bucharest, Classical Canto department. In 2007 she graduated the Master’s courses of the Faculty of Musical Performing, department of Vocal Art. She is a graduate of the College of School Teachers – department of Music of the Faculty of Musical Pedagogy within the University Valahia from Targoviste. In 2006 and then again in 2008 she obtained the Teacher License (definitivat) and the teacher certification level II – Classical Canto. At present she is a lyrical artist at George Enescu Philharmonic from Bucharest, collaborating successfully with both local and foreign musical institutions.
I started working in education 16 years ago, right after completing my studies at the Faculty of History of the University of Bucharest. I chose this path because I wanted to share with the children the knowledge I acquired during the 4 years of college and 2 years of master's degree. In all this time, I had the privilege to meet as many different student typologies as possible, who provided me with the much-needed challenges for a teacher to stay active, to further improve and to adapt to the new generations. Albert Einstein said: "It is the supreme art of a teacher to awaken the joy and creativity of knowledge." For me, it is a great joy to see how, gradually, my students become interested in the topics we are discussing in class and are more actively involved. It is the second year here at IOANID High School and IOANID International High School, where I met open, thinking, modern, professional people, who form a great team. I look forward to the new challenges that my students will bring and I will try to remain faithful to values such as: truth, perseverance, respect, determination, integrity, teamwork, empathy, tolerance and honesty.
Liviu Rebreanu said that "a true sportsman is a knight in all the manifestations of life". I chose the profession of physical education teacher because I think that the sport really builds characters, helping children not only to develop harmoniously and to choose a s healthy lifestyle in the long term, but also to become tidy, disciplined, develop their team spirit, sociability and learn to cope with both success and failure. I have been doing performance sports since the age of 10 and I realized that I want to practice in this field, especially since I really like children, and I have the greatest satisfaction when I see the progress they make from all points of view, thanks to the sport. I became a basketball coach when I finished my playing career, with 11 years experience in working with children. I graduated from the Faculty of Physical Education and Sport, with the intention of transmitting to the children the love for sport. Over time I have attended national and international courses and specializations in the field and I think it is important to invest in our own professional education.
I have been a teacher for 9 years in total, with a big gap working in film, television and advertising.
I teach English, Science (with a particular focus on STEM), Improv Performance, Debate, Creative Writing and digital skills. I hold a BSc with Honours in Chemistry from the University of Leeds, a cert TESOL and dipl TESOL and an MBA. I am also one of only three qualified independent World Peace Game facilitators in Europe.
I have been in Romania for 15 years and love very much the country and people. I chose IOANID because I highly rate and respect the team and strongly identify with the values and teaching methods the school promotes. And of course I love the kids!