Education must not simply teach work - it must teach Life.
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 Irene Popa Scurtu. In the autumn of 2011, I joined the group of primary school teachers at IOANID School. During my 12 years of teaching I have learnt a part of life’s lessons as a teacher: the lesson of patience – having patience with the childrens’ souls and minds to open to a different adult than the dear ones from home; the lesson of faith – trusting that what was not understood today, will be understood tomorrow; the lesson of joy – enjoying every success; the lesson of giving – giving a smile, an encouragement, a piece of advice, a scolding, trust and optimism; the lesson of authentic learning – teaching the others helped me reflect upon my own successes and failures; it is helping you learn about yourself, to broaden your horizons of self-knowledge. All the knowledge I set and deeepen year by year, with every student, reminds me of my reasons for choosing this path of teaching. I like playing and having fun with children, I like having butterflies in the stomach before school exams or tests, I like ”fighting” with Math problems, I like reading and discovering hidden meanings in books, I like having partners in learning (children) and in education (parents), I like teaching behaviours and shaping Humans – I like DIFFICULT things. I believe in good upbringing, in a different education. I found this belief in the mission of IOANID School and in the approach of my new fellow teachers. I join them with the will to continue the work of the teachers at IOANID Kindergarten and shaping pupils interested in finding new things, to become better every day, to ask and answer, becoming confident pupils. I look forward to discovering together new things about this world, about the people around us, about ourselves.
Einstein said "The only way to escape the corruptible effect of praise is to go on working." I always wanted to become a primary teacher and I dearly remember this since I was in the fourth grade, I used to correct my notebooks from previous grades and marked them. My mother is the one I owe everything I have now because she was always there for me and gave me courage to move on. My childhood dream became reality after I graduated Elena Doamna Normal School from Bucharest, when I became a primary teacher. The most beautiful 15 years I have spent close to children. They have made me smile, enjoy and be proud of them. I wish my whole professional experience will bring me many more satisfactions with the children from IOANID School.
I am very pleased to work with children, to help them reach their fullest potential and to fulfill their dreams through education.
Surrounded by them, I always felt "the right man, in the right place". Their innocent smiles can load you with energy, just like their desire to discover something all the time. Thus, their success give me the greatest satisfaction.
I have graduated "Elena Cuza" School, with the specialization of educator-teacher and the Faculty of Economic Management within the Academy of Economic Studies. During my eleven years of activity as a teacher in the private system, I had the opportunity to apply modern, creative, interactive, student-centered teaching techniques and I have participated in numerous training and professional development courses. I encourage learning through independent research, creativity, learning through cooperation. I aim to stimulate students' curiosity for new things, to model their social behaviors and to strengthen their confidence in their own strengths.
I joined IOANID School team with the desire to continue working with children in a professional environment, and together with the little schoolchildren to walk together on the "road of knowledge".
For me, it is a joy working wth children, shaping every personality, helping them grow and guiding their steps towards the adults of tomorrow. An English quote says ”The childhood shows the man, as morning shows the day”. I want to show children the right way in life, to give them power and courage to learn so that they become good people.
I chose to become a teacher because I find myself in every child. Just like them, I am a lively, sensitive, warm and friendly person, a good listener. I like playing, listening to music, walking and being in nature. Just like in a kaleidoscope, I can be at a time and in the same time, a friend for children, a counselor and a learning partner.
I am happy to be part of the IOANID family and I will do everything to meet the main objective of this institution, that is to offer its pupils a ”high education”.
”You are born to be an actress or a teacher”, my primary school teacher used to tell me after the school show. Since I loved children, I chose teaching, but with the help of the little ones I permanently toyed with acting, too. After graduating The Pedagogical School, I attended the courses of the Educational Sciences and Psycholgy Faculty at University of Bucharest, being specialized in Primary and Preschool Educational Pedagogy, becoming a kindergarten and primary teacher. During my teaching activity, I found out the beauty of involving myself in a non-gouvernamental organization for children. 7 years ago I chose to migrate from a public school to a private school, thus getting to know the international system of education. In the last two years as a director, I coordinated the extracurricular activities and I organized a lot of actions from non-formal education actively in the humanitarian campaigns. I had the chance to attend many courses and seminars in the country and abroad. From every generation I learnt something, just as Coelho says “A child can always teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.” When I found IOANID School, I was fascinated by the warm atmosphere, positive energy and most of all, by the vision that stands out among other private schools. Starting this school year I joined IOANID team, a group of dedicated, opened professionals involved in the quality of education. I cannot wait for ”the little sunrays” that will lighten my soul with their smile, so that we will take steps together on the first stairs of knowledge.
"The job of educator is a great and beautiful profession that does not resemble to another, a job in which mediocrity is not allowed. I quote a few rows in trying to define this profession. The art of being an educator is reflected in the eyes of children who do not lie and cannot be lied to and who can "tell" you so much, just to want to "hear" them. Graduate of the Pedagogical High School "Elena Cuza", Bucharest, and of the Faculty of Sociology-Psychology, I am a good pedagogue and psychologist, patient, empathetic, perfectionist, full of dynamism and creativity and, last but not least, loaded with love for children. After all these years of education (both primary and preschool), I can say, with conviction, that you cannot choose such a job if you do not love children, if you do not let love come out through every gesture, through every word, if you have forgotten how to play, to enjoy, to laugh. It is a job you do not choose, but who chooses you. All these things have made me join the team of IOANID, a team of professionals, passionate about what they do, for which the harmonious development and the safety of the children are prime goals.
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“Where am I from? I'm from my childhood. I'm from my childhood like I'm from a country!” Antoine de Saint-Exupery.
I chose this job following the steps of the person who helped me use the pen, my primary teacher. I attended the courses at Elena Cuza Normal School from Bucharest with double specialty kindergarten/ primary teacher, then the Geography Faculty, majoring Tourism Geography, one of my hobbies being travelling. The 6 months exchange with The American School which helped me learn important things for my professional activity, lead me to continue from 2008 with the private school. In 17 years of teaching activity I attended various training courses achieving the First Level in Education. Combining the two specialties, I cannot wait to become a guide for children not just in discovering mysteries through learning, but also discovering beautiful places from Romania. ”A kind word, a smile and a good deed are rays of sun falling on the soul.” Nicolae Iorga
A Chinese quote says ”Fall down seven times, get up eight”, and I continue that in everything I do. I learn to fall lightly so that I can get up easily. In my teaching I am interested in helping children find themselves and I search new ways of motivating children so that they become strong, autonomous and to use their own creativity. I like working with happy children, pleased with their own accomplishments, but willing to outdo themselves. I graduated Pedagogical Highschool from Ploiesti in 2000 having double specialisation kindergarten/primary teacher and the same year I started my teaching activity. I attended the courses of the Legal Studies Faculty at Valahia University from Targoviste. After my graduation, when I was working in the same time with children, I discovered the beauty of working as a volunteer in a youth non-governmental organization. I had the chance to attend courses and seminars in the country or abroad. For a period of two years I coordinated youth projects having the chance to observe , to propose or to experiment the best non-formal teaching methods. In the same time I continued to upgrade my professional activity and in 2011 I obtained First Level in Education with the paper Ecological Education in Primary School. I have 16 years of experience in teaching. All this time, no matter what I did: working with children in the classroom, in the library, in the science lab, in the schoolyard, on the playground, in the forest or other unconventional places like Knowledge Town or The Farm from Ogrezeni, I have kept in my mind two things: What do we discover and consider as being simple/ interesting/ captivating for us in the environment and how can we use what we discover or find out, so that we become wiser and better than the others?
My connection with the universe of childhood and the wish to become a kindergarten teacher were instiled in me back in my childhood because my mother was a kindergarten teacher. So, when I was 6 years old I started to keep the colouring books and dolls for the moment I would become a kindergarten teacher, involving myself in my mother’s work. (Of course, she was happy for me!) In 2001, I graduated Matei Basarab Pedagogical Highschool from Slobozia, continuing with the courses of the Faculty of Internatiol Relations. The choice for this faculty was a personal one, I wanted to broaden my knowledge. During the training as a teacher I realised that this job was not imposed on me by my parents and I could find myself in everything I was doing, then I understood it represented me. At present, I have the Second level in Teaching but continuing my teaching activity at IOANID School I will obtain the First Level in Teaching. I like the IOANID team because I feel welcomed and appreciated and it offers me the possibility for my professional development, since I can work in the best conditions with different materials and teaching resources adapted to the modern methods.
I am happy to say that I chose one of the most beautiful jobs in the world … the job of never getting tired. Many will say that I am joking, but I assure you that I am not. I hold my view and belief: how can you get tired from being a child? How can you get tired going back to childhood everyday? What can be better than feeling young everyday, learning something new every day, learning everything with the little ones? How can you not be happy when you see right before your eyes how they grow ? Here, time is passing slowly and comes back every five years with new challenges and new experiences. For this thing I have prepared for a lifetime and I am still preparing myself. I graduated Pedagogical Highschool from Bucharest and the Faculty of Geography of University Spiru Haret. Being a primary teacher means every day is different; every day brings something new, interesting that children are learning from, but not just them. It means to find the best methods and means that can help you achieve the goal set everyday, so that everyday will become a beautiful and interesting one. I can say that this mission is a passion for me, just as travelling and hiking on the mountain peaks and my collections are.
At the end of a day spent with children I ask myself , ”Did I manage to make their eyes sparkle with enthusiasm, curiosity and impatience to start another working task?” But the answer becomes the searching engine for modern teaching methods that can help children learn in an attractive and friendly environment.
I have been working as a teacher for 11 years (5 years in private schools), but I enriched my professional experience being a journalist on social subjects for 4 years in Spain. For me, the biggest accomplishment is having four generations of children and parents, that everytime we meet, they smile to me and they remember the first years of school.
I wanted with all my heart and I convinced my parents that my gift was to become a primary teacher, that is why I attended Elena Cuza Normal School from Bucharest, then I attended the Colegiul Universitar de Institutori from University of Bucharest, majoring primary teacher-English. I got the Bachelor Degree at the Faculty of Sciences and Psychology, University of Bucharest, Sociopedagogy, certificate accepted by the University from Valencia, Spain, in 2007.
I am licenced as a primary teacher , I got 10 at the tenure exam and level exam in teaching.
“The secret of education lies in respecting the pupil.” Ralph Emerson
In my childhood when I was asked what I wanted to become when I grow up, my answer was the same everytime: a primary teacher. Maybe my primary teacher passed on to me this love for teaching by the way she was telling me stories and made me love every school subject. In this way I attended Elena Cuza National College, graduating in 2005 with double specialty kindergarten/primary teacher. I continued the academical further training with the Psychology and Educational Sciences at University from Bucharest, then I deepened my knowledge with a Masters Degree in Presecondary Education (Politics and Strategies in Development). Being permanently up-to-date with the new learning approaches, I have attended many training courses over the years. Ten years in teaching in a public and then a private school have taught me the most beautiful and most motivating thing for this job is shaping personalities, lightening up the children’s souls and minds through the power of knowledge, and last but not least, offering the concepts you teach with drops of love.
I believe that the role of a teacher is not just to share the knowledge, but to grow the skills and attitudes that give the child the opportunity to adapt to any new context. Andre Gide said that "a good teacher is the one who has one constant care: to teach his disciples to lack him." I think a teacher feels that he has fulfilled his mission only when he sees his students opening their wings and flying around the world alone, confident in them, without hesitating.
A good teacher cannot achieve his goals unless he has a solid specialized training. I chose to attend the courses of the Pedagogical High School in Bucharest. Later, I wanted to broaden my knowledge sphere and I attended the courses of the Faculty of Financial Management-Accounting, within the “Spiru Haret” University.
During my 25 years of activity in state and private education, I have been improving constantly. I attended many specialized courses for the training and certification of the competences specific to the teaching profession: "Education for character formation", "Education for human and child rights", "Time for school counseling and guidance", Psycho-pedagogical module within the Department for the Training of theTeaching Staff of "Spiru Haret" University, I attended various national symposiums and workshops, such as "Mozaic-Edu - good practice workshop", obtaining the first degree with the average 10, the diploma of mentor in education and the distinction "Gheorghe Lazar". That was the crown of my teaching career.
I don’t wish to be the „ex cathedra” type of professor that, with enough confidence, pretends to know everything, pass judgments and dictate the truth. Because I respect my students, I have faith in their abilities, because I don’t consider the requirements of the modern education system to be merely words, I try to focus on the creativity, the spontaneity of my students, I try to encourage them through Socrates’ maieutics, to discover their own truths.
Even if, throughout my career, I have worked with secondary school or highschool students, I tried to, beyond the lessons I teach, to also make them value respect, seriousness and the satisfaction of a job well done, but also teach them to accept different people, appreciate individualities, however heterogeneous. Maybe some of these values may seem obsolete, but, by assuming some idealism, be it exigency or autoexigency, I hope in their rebirth.
It became a very common topic of discussion among adults to cry about „today’s youth”: a lot are superficial, don’t have patience, don’t know what respect it, don’t understand the concept of democracy... Maybe! But my students have proved me throughout the years that they suppliment these deficiencies with some qualities dictated by today’s necessities: adaptability, mobility, the courage to take on life without fear and to know their qualities. I have faith in this „new generation”, otherwise I would consider education a lost cause.
From a deep source of my being, the desire to surround myself with people has always been impatient, ever since I know myself, "writing to me" and "(re) writing to me" profoundly all choices, all existential paths.
I didn't know, then, as a child, what makes me want to stay among the big people, why, then, I instinctively wanted to work with the "small" people. It was, in fact, the job that was looking for me, as a kind of redemption of the lost paradise of childhood. Many years later, I had the privilege of building on some "unexpected steps" of the soul, reading the late Solomon Marcus. With a late understanding I mention here, in a small exercise of admiration, the ten deeply human needs of being a teacher fulfilled me, rounding up my being in harmony: the need to give a meaning to life, the need to refresh, the need of question and wonder, the need for doubt and suspicion, the need for error and failure, the need for play, the need for identity, the need for human and humanity, the need for culture, the need for transcendence. All this and a great joy to live with me every day, with the hope that I could inspire those with whom, in the classroom or outside, we are building a little identity and meaning of life.
The road, both in the zodiac and in the profession, did nothing but break them: the Faculty of Letters of the "Babeș-Bolyai" University of Cluj-Napoca, followed by a master's degree in "Didactics of philological disciplines" and the title Doctor of Philology, doubled by the continuous work at the chair and sporadic meetings with the field of research, due to the need for refreshment.
I am sure that there is not a single man who was not tortured by Math….but it can make you forget your problems and concentrate on its problems. When I find the result to a problem, my mind opens up and the impossible becomes possible. What a nice feeling when you discover that something which seemed impossible to solve minutes ago, hours or days, becomes possible, and the solution is in your hands!
During 16 years of experience I have noticed that children do not have patience to wait for the brilliant idea from the drawers of the mind to solve a problem. I encourage the pupil through the methods I use in teaching to read the requirement very carefully, to think of what the mind is exploring and to solve the problems using the information learnt during the previous years.
I want every pupil from IOANID School to wear the qualities of the words: Meticulous, Attentive, Tenacious, Educated, Methodical, Avid, Triumphant, Intelligent, Conquerer, Attractive.
I was very fond of my primary school teacher, I loved and I admired my Chemistry teacher very much in high school. This is how the idea of becoming a teacher developed. Why Mathematics? Because Mathematics is fair, it shows you what you know, how much you know, where you are and the goals you want to reach).
I have a Mathematics degree from University of Bucharest in 1994 and during my university years I started to teach. I continued with a master’s degree “Real and complex analysis” within the Faculty of Mathematics which I completed in 1995. I got the teacher certification level I with the highest score (average 10) in 2005. I participated in trainings/teacher certification programs such as: “Continuing professional development on the component of differentiated teaching of students”, “Enabling school-based curriculum on interdisciplinary level”, “Communication and personal development strategies”, the mentoring course.
In 2008 and 2009 I worked in partnership with “Campion” publishing house to write the schoolbook “Solving Baccalaureate Variants 2008” and “Solving Baccalaureate Variants 2009”. Then in 2009, my book “Exercises textbook for the 10th grade” was published by the same “Campion” publishing house.
I have always liked children, but I had never known I was going to choose to spend most of my time around them until I interacted with them. I realised the importance of the calling a teacher needs to have for teaching children, the patience and dedication to be proved and I accepted the challenge. I graduated from Iulia Hasdeu National College, then I went on to The Faculty of Letters at The University from Bucharest. Because I wanted to know more about the modern methods, I attended many international courses. A motto that I like a lot is ”do as you would be done by”. In school, I wanted to have active and fun teachers from whom I could learn, that’s why I decided to use my energy and my enthusiasm to influence the young students to love English and to consider learning a pleasure and not an obligation. I believe in teamwork and the smile that has the power to lighten faces and motivate children and colleagues too and I joined the IOANID team with trust, where I want to share my experience and to learn new things.
Since I was little I have wanted to work with children, then I was arranging the dolls and teddy bears to play with as their teacher. When I was a teenager I got the chance to teach English to children in an interactive programme called Learn with music!
I have always been surrounded by children, so I easily understood what job I would like to have. After highschool graduation I entered the Faculty of Letters with confidence.
Along with the experience from private teaching, I decided to attend the courses of Fischer Publishing (Fischer National Conference – Successfully Teaching Diversity). I also attended many workshops and symposiums and also personal development courses like ”Mosaic-Edu, Workshop for effective methods” and ”A different kind of communication”.
I have joined the IOANID team and I want the energy and enthusiasm to be transmitted to colleagues and children, also, because I want to share beautiful experiences and learn new things together!
I believe that children are the greatest wealth in this world and that the most valuable investment is their education. Since my early childhood I have dreamed of embracing the profession of teacher. I saw in this job a complex figure, gifted, devoted, with love for children and for his calling. Its highest purpose is a great work, because it addresses both the mind and the soul, by cultivating both knowledge and values. He assumes a responsible conscience, dedicated to the profession. I believe that a good teacher is the one who never ceases to be a student, because the experience of knowledge starts from school and lasts a lifetime, and a good student is the one who surpasses his teacher, like a disciple on his teacher. The art of education has always fascinated me with its unique, living, spontaneous nature, adapted to the child's nature, by being active, intuitive and affective. As a result, I started the route of my didactic training with the Faculty of Letters, the Romanian-English specialization and I continued with the master's degree at the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures within the University of Bucharest. My first years as a part of an English department in a state school confirmed to me that the joy of being among the children and the satisfaction of the results cannot be surpassed. I joined the IOANID team with the desire to evolve and contribute to the education of tomorrow's generation, with whom we have an essential responsibility.
A teacher is not just teaching, but he/ she dedicates all his knowledge and skills in forming people. I consider being a teacher is not a job, but a calling. For fulfilling this dream I attended the courses at Andrei Saguna National Pedagogical College from Sibiu, specialization English-Romanian, and I started working as an English Teacher. Since educational environment is changing permanently, those who work as teachers are in a continuous process of training. So, during my career I have attended many national and international certified courses, I also graduated a Master’s degree . I wish my experience in those 10 years of activity in teaching English to open new horizons for my pupils. Together with the IOANID team, my objective is to ensure the necessary knowledge basis for the growth of the next generation.
I am Daisy Mazilu and I am from the Philippines. I graduated from Central Luzon State University with a degree in Bachelor in Elementary Education. I have taught for six years in my home country and also had the opportunity to teach in both Private School and International school here in Bucharest. It’s been nine years since I first taught and I still enjoy every minute of it because working with the children and watching them learn and grow everyday is such an accomplishment. This will be my first year of teaching at IOANID and I will be teaching English in different grade levels. For the past two weeks, I have observed the enthusiasm of the children to learn English and I am so excited to be part of this process . My goal is to always have an exciting and catchy lessons that would help them enjoy learning the new language, gain confidence in using English in expressing themselves (both in writing and speaking) and comprehending what they read. Have a great year everyone!
I decided to embrace the career of teaching once I attended the courses of the Pedagogical Highschool, being sure about my path. After graduating the faculty, I started my teaching career. In 2010, I got the licence in teaching English.
In 2010 I attended a programme for training adults in English, but presently I dedicate myself to teaching children, a wellspring of energy and imagination. I attended British School courses from Bucharest: Preparing Students for YLE (Young Learners English), Modern English Teaching and so on. I am also responsible with the e-Twinning Projects from IOANID School (projects: Card Exchange European Day of Languages, English all around the world, Colours of my childhood, Breathing Life into Books)
Children of the 21st century need to communicate in an international language. To be the one that opens the window to knowledge is a privilege. ”You can teach a student lessons for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.” Clay P. Bedford
My name is Madalina Vlad, I am 38 years old and I have been an English teacher for over 15 years, many of whom spent in the British system. My passion is also my job, which means I love working with children. I am the mother of two wonderful children, a boy and a girl.
My hobbies are reading, traveling and spending quality time with my family. My son is a student at this school, which is the main reason why I chose to join the team. I believe that personal and academic development are important aspects for his future.
In the debut of my favourite book, ”The Little Prince”, the author reveals the intention from the motto, the book being a tribute to the child within every adult. Saint-Exupery so beautifully said ” All grown-ups were once children... but only few of them remember it.” I am one of those whom the author addresses; I keep inside the innocent child who enjoys everything. I cannot forget the emotions of the first days at school and the smell of wet chalk I smelled when I was approaching the blackboard. Social status is changing in time, and I chose, in my opinion, the most privileged place in the classroom, the one at the teacher’s desk. I try and I succeed in being better and better, every day offers me the challenge and the energy to want more from myself and, also , from my pupils. It is not onle the experience with children, teenagers or adults that recommends me, but also the ability to adapt to the educational environment where we are all involved, whether we are teachers, pupils or parents.
My declared and clear objective is to bring pupils closer to their real and maximum potential, and for this approach, no personal effort is enough. “Give me a firm place to stand, and I will move the Earth.” ― Archimedes
I have been an English teacher since 2003, with 15 years of experience in teaching in public schools, the private and corporate field, as a trainer and language proficiency assessor. I attended courses in Romania and England (Exeter-2011 and London-2013 , MBA) and many further training courses, like workshops and seminars.
It's been fourteen years since I first walked with excitement in a classroom full of curious, big-eyed children. Although I have a lot of experience in this job, I still spend every year with the same emotion, because I know how important this job is and what impact has on the school life.
I started to prepare for this road in 2000 at the Ovidius Constanta University. In 2004 I graduated the Faculty of Letters with the specialization of English Language and Literature - Spanish Language and Literature. I have taught in different schools and high schools in Constanta county, and in 2012 I obtained the Second Degree. The improvement continued throughout the years not only through courses and conferences at national and international level, but also through the position of assistant professor within the Maritime University of Constanta.
In the recent years I have worked as an English and Spanish teacher at an international school in Bucharest, where I can say that I have greatly enriched my bag of attractive methods and techniques for teaching English, by attending workshops and conferences held by native speakers. I hope that my experience and enthusiasm inspire and motivate the students of IOANID School, because, as Confucius said, "Nature resembles us. Our education is different ”.
A Chinese quote that I really like and defines me is ”Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” The passion for English and love for children guided me in the teaching world, a world I had been dreaming of since my childhood and where I stepped in 9 years ago when I joined a group of teachers from a language teaching school, where I taught Standard English and English for Business to children and adults. With every child I discovered new things, I learnt more, such as what it patience, communication, support, positive attitude, imagination and creativity mean. As years have passed, teaching courses and seminars have helped me grow professionally and adopt different approaches and strategies according to the needs and personality of my students. I joined IOANID team with the wish to share the experience and discover new things together.
"If you want to build a ship, do not start sending people by wood, nails, tools, twine and other materials. Teach them to long for the endless, distant sea. ”(Antoine de Saint-Exupéry)
The most important thing that I always strived to instill in my students was the desire to know more, to aim higher, to be better than they were yesterday, as the competition with yourself being the most important form of motivation in any type of learning. I must admit that the English language has the privileged status of having passed the stage of study object with teaching, learning and evaluation at the end, in that it has become, for several decades in particular, an instrument of adaptation in a continuous world evolution. Following a beautiful family tradition, I put a lot of energy and soul into the teaching profession and I have always sought to perfect myself and learn new things, both for my own professional and personal development, as well as to be a good example for my students. In addition to the Faculty of Letters, in my work I am greatly helped by both the Master of Communication and Language Sciences, which I graduated in 2007, as well as the numerous training courses I have attended since 2002. Within the IOANID team I have noticed the attributes of a school that is guided by sound principles, with professionals who constantly demonstrate concern for quality education.
The direction towards the field of biology was drawn to me by the teacher of the 6th grade, who, thanks to the special talent he had, made me discover my passion. In 2002 I graduated from the University of Pitesti, the Faculty of Biology and I continued my studies following the Master of Medical Biology, for 2 years. From 2002 to 2010 I was a professor of biology in the city of Câmpulung, Argeş county and from 2010 until now I am a teacher in the Carol Davila Post-secondary Health School, where I train future nurses. This school year I am a professor of biology within the International High School IOANID. During these years of teaching, I attended numerous training courses, as well as vocational training, in order to improve the quality of my educational act. The students are at the center of the educational act and the biology hours are pleasant and useful hours for the general culture.
I graduated the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences in Iasi. I continued with a master's degree in Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy. For the past 8 years I have specialized in child, adolescent and adult psychology. I have passionately studied family interactions, especially how emotions influence our behavior at different stages of life. Everything we build in our adult lives, whether it is personal or professional life, is based on what we learned in our childhood. We already know the skills that depend on the personal and professional success of a future adult are the social and emotional skills acquired in their childhood. Within the counseling office my goal is to create those types of experiences that will help the good development of the social and emotional abilities of the children. Their integration will help them have a high self-esteem and will dramatically decrease their chances of developing psychosomatic disorders and engaging in destructive or dangerous behaviors.
All I know I owe to all the children I worked with and the parents who supported me in this process. Children are our best teachers and their play, emotion and love can guide us on our own journey through life.
Stefania Bolos is the graduating student of The Faculty of Interpretation from University of Music from Bucharest, section Classical-Canto. In 2007 she graduated the master courses at the Faculty of Interpretation, section Vocal Art. She is a graduate student of College of Institutors, section Music and the Faculty of Musical Pedagogy from Valahia University, Targoviste. In 2006 and 2008 she got the teaching licence degree as a kindergarten teacher and Second level degree in education as a classical-canto teacher. She is a lyrical artist at George Enescu Filarmonica, Bucharest, successfully working together with musical institutions from Romania and abroad. She is the winner of many contests from Romania and abroad.
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!
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.
”What is important in art is to vibrate oneself and make others vibrate.” George Enescu
My name is Cristina Giurgiu and starting from the fall of 2010 I joined the teaching staff of IOANID School.
In 2001 I graduated the Conservatory from Bucharest, the class of Songwriting, Musicology and Musical Pedagogy – piano and classical canto.
I was a lyrical artist at Ion Dacian National Teatre of Opereta until 2010, when I decided to share my experience and the acquired knowledge with the little ones, so that they make the first steps in the wonderful world of music.
I love to discover and model the world through the art of music, which I practice and develop from the first years of my life, trying to improve myself permanently and to give further to the little ones. I am a graduate of the National University of Music in Bucharest and I have been teaching in the artistic and musical field for over 20 years, having various projects and collaborations with the most important theatres in Bucharest for various shows. I encourage seeding creativity and values through any form of artistic manifestation and I believe that music plays an essential role in the development of children, through the skills that I try to stimulate as much as possible in my music classes.
First of all, in my opinion theatre is a form of education. I believe people , especially children need stories and a safe place where they can use their creativity. With every class I have I propose myself to offer children a place where they can express themselves freely. In this way I trained and I continuously improved myself. I graduated I. L. Caragiale UNATC, section the art of the actor in 2015, but I have been working in a theatre since 2007. I collaborated with different public, independent theatres and I got many awards (The Debut Award at The National Independent Theatre Festival and Fringe Bucharest Festival). I have studied pedagogy through theatre since 2012. I chave collaborated with many amateur theatre festivals, for high school students but also for primary pupils. I also got the Cambridge Advanced Certificate that helps me teach my pupils in English.
I was born and lived in a society that promoted a dictatorial and pragmatical behaviour, in a closed system, where escape of any kind, physical or mental, were being punished, in a world where wings were often broken and dreams were hardly coming true. I am happy for the ”foundation”on which our children are building their future. I have the faith that in all of us there is an original self, free and willing to express himself/ herself artistically, that is sincere and creative. Together with my little friends, the pupils from IOANID School,we speak the same language that we reinvent every time differently but having the same means based on colour, shape, line, point, shadow and light… All my life, private or public, my own phylosophy, is evolving around the idea of art. And because the real sign of intelligence is not knowledge, but imagination, just as Einstein thought, I try simplifying or developing to re(imagine) my world.
"Children see everything in nothing, big people have nothing in everything". Maybe that's why I chose to work with children for about 18 years (13 years in the private system). When I don't work with children, I paint for them and not only. Through my projects I express my love for the beautiful, provoking those around me to see the universe of simple things and to discover everything in nothing, as I said at my most recent exhibition. After graduating from the University of Arts - Bucharest, painting class, in 2000, I benefited from government scholarships in Egypt and Greece. I worked on decorations, painting costumes for foreign films made in USA and I have participated at the annual Painting Exhibitions but also at numerous group exhibitions in the country, abroad or had my own personal exhibitions. I am a member of the National Union of Plastic Artists.
In 2003 I graduated from the University of Craiova, the Faculty of Physical Education and Sport. Later I attended the masters course "Motor activity extracurricular and curricular".
With 15 years experience in the field, I hope to succeed in giving my love for sports to the students of IOANID, who understand the importance of choosing an active lifestyle.
I chose this job with after having a very important mentor, my father. I wish I could be an example for my students, who understand the truth of Jean Giraudoux's words: "Sport is a moral recipe that applies physically."
I chose to be part of the IOANID team as a teacher of physical education and sports, after a career as a performance athlete, as part of the national athletics team.
I am a graduate of A.N.E.F.S., in Bucharest, doctor in physical education and sports, author of six specialized books published in renowned publishers, currently also a doctoral associate professor. I also work in parallel with the Romanian-American University, and working with students and students gives me countless professional satisfactions.
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.
National Assessment exam
IOANID teachers are writing a new story about success and results, within our new high-level intellectual modeling project - IOANID CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE. The activity of the centre will give our students the chance to prepare themselves at a higher level in the study disciplines where they excel: Romanian Language and / or Mathematics, along with the IOANID team of teachers according to a specially prepared schedule.
This is an educational program provided by IB – International Baccalaureate, that has modern educational approaches and curriculum, which means that the IOANID staff (head of school, PYP Coordinator, Romanian and English teachers alike) all take part in training courses of at least a month, provided by the IB.
Class activities are designed according to the IB standards and philosophy. Our institution has an international consultant assigned by the IB who counsels our staff and who will organize evaluation visits at IOANID.