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Vega Lopez Gonzalez

Educator

1. Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from and what were you doing before arriving at THINK Global School?

This is me: Curious and enthusiastic about life, crazy about learning and experiencing more and more things each day. Of course, I’m a traveler. Cultural explorer. Vocational educator and languages lover. Spanish heart. Creative and innovative mind. Honest, respectful, positive and always smiling.

My academic and professional background…

Through my training as an elementary school teacher, my foreign language teaching bachelor and master’s degrees ​​(both English and Spanish) ​​and my experience in different educational fields, from primary education to adult education, I’ve acquired some of the skills and abilities necessary to work with all types of people and in a great diversity of situations.

In addition, I have worked in several countries (Norway, Hungary, United States and Spain) teaching both English and Spanish, so it is easy for me to understand and adapt to the different educational systems of each country and, therefore, learning styles of their student body.

Also, I have had the opportunity to collaborate with the University of Salamanca in an educational technology project about changes in attitudes and behaviors of students through Serious Games (eConfidence) funded by the Research and Innovation Projects program of the European Union H2020.

2. What do you love most about teaching?

I would say that knowing I will be part of the process of changing the world is one of the most satisfying feelings teaching provides. It allows you to be part of the future, directly planting the seeds of innovation in your students that will lead to them making a real and lasting impact on the world.

3. What aspects of THINK Global School’s educational model do you find most appealing?

So much of it to be honest really stands out: individualized education, project-based learning, the nomadic concept, the community we are building all together… I can’t think about anything I don’t actually like about TGS.

4. If you could make one major change to global education, what would it be?

So many. So, so many. I just think about the Spanish education system and there are so many things that we would need to change to make it significant and relevant for the students’ life. The first thing that comes to my mind is personalized education. I think one of the most important things that we need to take into account when talking about education is that everyone is different, and we need to consider this as a priority when we develop a curriculum.

5. Describe your teaching style or philosophy. Do you have any unique teaching methods you use to keep students engaged?

My recent educative experience as a high school and university student told me exactly what I DON’T have to do when I become a teacher: do NOT make your students memorize content that they are going to forget 3 minutes after completing their standardized test. Do NOT prioritize tests as the primary way of assessing your students’ development. Do NOT assess only the cognitive development of your students, but also their emotional development and how they have grown as persons. Do NOT generalize: every single student is different and has a different learning style and strategy — individualize the education. Do NOT do your students work for them: make them think, reflect and have a voice, they are the future of the world, let them participate in its development. To summarize: Involve the students as much as possible in the educative process, listen to them and their opinions, and never, ever, tell them that they are not and never will be able to do anything!

6. Which of our core values do you feel you most embody, and why?

I actually feel I embody most of them, but I would say that I definitely embody satya — to live truth in a way that is honest, steadfast, and uplifting to others. I guess to be honest and live truth doesn’t just mean “telling the truth,” but aligning what you say with what you do. I have to admit I haven’t always embodied satya. I think to truly embody this value you have to know yourself. You have to be able to recognize your own values, your thoughts, your opinions. You have to understand them and be critical with them as well. After that, and only after that can you can decide to act according to that and embody satya.

7. Tell us about your favorite teaching experience pre-TGS

Taking into account the years I have been teaching (one)? I would say that my favorite teaching experience is also the worst experience in my career: the day that I first realized that I was going to fail a lot and that I still don’t know anything. I will fail all the time. I will commit mistakes non-stop. But I will learn from all of them, improve my practice, and be the teacher I have always dreamed to be.

8. What is your most memorable travel experience thus far?

I have two really memorable travel experiences and I don’t really know which one I would choose first. I guess both of them have a lot to do with trusting humanity and getting to know people and different cultures deeply. These experiences were my first solo trip and my first hitchhiking trip. The first one, in Cuba, where everyone was super nice and helpful when they discovered that I really wanted to get to know how they live in reality. The second, in my own country, Spain, where after so many years of thinking the opposite, I realized that you don’t need to travel far to have the most amazing experience traveling.

9. What is your favorite book, and why?

Rayuela, by Julio Cortazar. It’s probably not the best book I have ever read, but it is definitely the one I like the most. It is a different book. The way the author structures the different chapters, how he lets the readers choose the way the story develops (it is a book with 155 chapters that the reader can combine as he/she wants). Just amazing.

Ready to embark on the educational journey of a lifetime?

A passion for travel. A strong academic record. And the desire to improve the world as you experience it. If this sounds like you, you just might be our ideal candidate! Start your application with a five-minute inquiry form - you never know where you might end up.

It all starts here.

Ready to embark on the educational journey of a lifetime?

A passion for travel. A strong academic record. And the desire to improve the world as you experience it. If this sounds like you, you just might be our ideal candidate! Start your application with a five-minute inquiry form - you never know where you might end up.

It all starts here.

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