What I currently teach
Hi! I am Sara and I currently teach Spanish and German at a secondary school in Edinburgh. I teach from S1 ( 12 year olds) up to S6 ( 17-18 years old). Teaching languages is without a doubt the best job I’ve had and although teenagers are exhausting, they are also vibrant and definitely keep me on my toes!
In the Scottish system , pupils take official exams from when they are 15 years old and I have been fortunate enough to prepare children for their Nat 5, Higher and Advanced Higher (Spanish). I have also taught German but only to the younger years.
I am a Mexican and I grew up in a city called Puebla. Puebla is without a doubt one of the most beautiful cities in Mexico. The baroque architecture of the town is really reminiscent of colonial wealth.
Puebla is also known for having one of the largest Volkswagen plants in the world. Growing up in Puebla, I understood from an early age that those who spoke German, could aspire to some of the best jobs in the city, and thus my interest in German had sparked! Unfortunately it took much longer to actually get around to learning German.
Yup, that’s me! After studying an AVCE in Business Administration and an A level in IT, I started to- rather clumsily- climb the corporate ladder whilst working in Sales and Marketing . After about eight years of various jobs, and feeling insecure about not having a degree, I finally decided to pursue a degree in German and Linguistics.
To do this, I had to study an Access course to Languages and Cultures. In fact, at the time, Edinburgh was the only city in the UK that did one and I will always be eternally grateful to Dieca Cummin who had the vision to start such a programme four years before I enrolled. Without her, I would have never been accepted into a languages programme with my business A levels.
Fast forward eight years – and a hell of a lot of work!- and I am finally doing a job I absolutely adore!
Earlier teaching career
I first starting teaching in a Community College in England in 2006. It was then that I decided to become a teacher. Of course- as we all know- becoming a teacher in UK requires a degree in a related subject and a PGDE or PGCE. None of which I had! It was then that I started doing a Languages degree through the Open University. Unfortunately, I also had a full time job as an Export Sales Executive and worked in the evening as a Spanish teacher.
In 2009, I finally decided to move to Edinburgh to start an Access to University course. At the end of the course I also undertook an English Teaching qualification CELTA . During this time and throughout my degree of German and Linguistics at Edinburgh University I worked as self-employed teacher of Spanish and English.
As you might have gathered, I am very passionate about my subject and I really just want to be the best teacher that I can be. In the future, I would very much like to study a doctorate in education , but of course I first need to 1) save some money and 2) find a Second Language Acquisition and MFL Pedagogy topic. Hence this blog!
Thank you for reading!