I would love to let my ex-teachers know that I am now a teacher!  They would be so surprised! When I was in school, I always wanted to be a police officer, so becoming a teacher is very far from my childhood dream. But, when I think about my last year at San Jerónimo, I remember how all my classmates and I managed to form a very united and strong family. I am full of memories, and I still think about how all the teachers we had throughout those 11 years in San Jeronimo sent very nice messages to all of us who were graduating. 

What inspired me to be a BECA teacher was seeing how this foundation and family transformed the lives of many children, including me, by opening up so many opportunities for them by being able to speak another language, and I decided to be part of this, too. BECA means a lot to me now, because it is in my hands to lead these children on a responsible and successful path, and also because I know that now I am part of this great family and that we are all here to help each other.

What I like most about being able to be a teacher this year is that I am able to leave a mark on the future of each child and help them succeed in their dreams. During summer training, I learned a lot about how to get to know the needs and goals of my students. I also learned about the Four Agreements, specifically how to not take things personally when I’m working with students and their behaviors in my classroom, or from parents who might doubt my abilities. My goal this year is to be able to give the best of myself to these students and see progress in their values ​​and their English so I can know that I have successfully accomplished my work. I am excited to create a family with my students, because that’s what BECA represents!

Andrea Arriaga
Teacher at SMBS | + posts

Andrea is from Cofradía, Honduras.  She is inspired to work with BECA this year since she has seen first hand how bilingual education helps people with limited resources and gifts them an improved world full of opportunities.  Her goal this year is to be able to be part of the growth of her students, providing them the gift to speak another language and inspire them to believe in themselves.  Andrea quoted Einstein in that a student is not a container you have to fill, but a torch you have to light up!