Teachers

Diego Lopez-Zuazo

Diego Lopez-Zuazo

  1. Who am I?
    I am Diego. I am my family's husband and father. I am a teacher of languages. I am an open minded person. I am Basque, but not exactly a nationalist, I don't believe in borders. I am left wing. I am a lover of life, a lover of music, literature, art, fashion... a lover of culture, of every kind of culture.
    I love things that are well-organised, I love good ideas, I love people who have these ideas, I love people who are different, who dare to go in a different direction, I love people who are not afraid to speak their mind.
  2. Why did I become a teacher?
    I became a teacher because I love the atmosphere of the schools. I love that mixture of wanting to learn and wanting to have fun. I used to love it when I was a student, and I still love it today. I became a teacher because I think we can use this mixture to find a different way to learn.
    I became a teacher because I love youth. I love that period when you decide who you are going to become. I love to meet my students when they are 12 years old and see them grow until they go to University as young adults. I love how stubborn they are, I love their idea that everyone over 20 years old is wrong; not because this idea is right, not because it is new, but because it has always been there at this age. I love it when students see themselves reflected in stories from many years ago and (some of them) understand that other people have been teenagers before (yes, even their parents), and that the hormone revolution they’re going through is the same revolution others went through years ago.
    I became a teacher because there’s no bigger challenge than achieving the goal of having these teenagers listen to you and even learn from what you are saying, while they are in the middle of this hormone revolution. Making them think of what you are saying while they only want to be bent over their favourite screen or thinking of their latest love-of-their-life-who-they-will-love-for-the-rest-of-their-days-and-without-whom-life-would-lack-meaning.
    I became a teacher because I still remember my teenage very well, and I remember a lot of good teachers who taught me many things about life and helped me become who I am. Teachers who were different to each other, who had different ideas and visions of the world, but all had something to share with the students, something apart from their subjects which remained in my mind even after I forgot which subject they used to teach.
    I became a teacher because I think I have many things to share.
    I became a teacher and then I realised that I am back at school and I’m still a student who’s fortunate enough as to continue learning from others at school. Only that this time my teachers are younger than me and I’m not getting marked at a subject, lucky to have the chance to have a bunch of teenagers willing to share part of their lives with me.
  3. Why am I in this project?
    I come from the Basque Country, and I grew up in an atmosphere of nationalist fight. As a matter of fact, I defended independence for my country for a long part of my life. Nevertheless, I also grew up loving music, books and art which came from different countries. I soon grew interested in languages and in travelling. Through this, I turned from nationalist into internationalist.
    To make a long story short, I think we have to forget about the borders of our country and think worldwide. Many of my students were born in Latin America and now live thousands of kilometres from their hometowns. For one or another reason, many of us decide to leave our country and move to a different place. I think one of my duties as a teacher is to transmit to my students the idea that this is only natural. There’s nothing to fear from different cultures, and the best way for this is, to know them personally.
    Understanding what Europe is, and the fact that we can move around and live somewhere else inside it, my students will be better prepared for their future. Together with this, they will be better prepared to first understand and then help people who have had to leave their homes and move somewhere else, they will accept their difference and become more “welcoming”.
    If we had the chance to offer all teenagers access to these ideas, the world would become a better place, and this is why I’ve always been interested in working in this kind of projects.
Maitane Urtizberea

Maitane Urtizberea

  1. Who am I?
    My name is Maitane Urtizberea. I teach math and I am the coordinator of Secondary School at La Anunciata Ikastetxea.
  2. Why did I become a teacher?
    I am a teacher because I love to teach, helping to find a solution to different problems and accompany our students to seek their future in the world
  3. Why am I in this project?
    In my daily routine as a teacher, I see how students grow up and develop new skills. But the current system doesn’t allow them to take all the tools and preparation they need for the future. That’s why I think that this process will benefit at the School and the community surrounding it.
    From my point of view, students aren’t enough motivated to carry out future challenges as we base their education in solving standard exercises and evaluate them in a very simple way, through repeating the same problems one and again but just changing the numbers.
    This project gives a global view of how to cope with future problems and brings new technologies to the classroom. However, new technology must also be accompanied with new methodologies and this is the best tool that Erasmus + project can bring us: New methodology for a new School, focusing students on the base of their learning.
Itxaso Aramburu

Itxaso Aramburu

  1. Who am I?
    I am Itxaso Aramburu, a Secondary School Teacher in La Anunciata Ikastetxea, San Sebastian. I teach Physics and Chemistry.
  2. Why did I become a teacher?
    I have always been working with children, as a teacher and as a group leader. I really like watching students develop skills so, I am proud of being part of their evolution during the academic period.
  3. Why am I in this project?
    Being part of this project, I would also take benefit from it. From my point of view, we, teachers have to try to move from our comfort zone and encourage students to take risks and prepare them for the real life. This brings me personal fulfillment and as a scientist, I really like to make research and contribute to the implementation of new methods.
    In conclusion, we are the key to make from the current education system, a more proper way to train future citizens.
Paulo Manterola

Paulo Manterola

  1. Who am I?
    I am Paulo, a young and active teacher, curious about any kind of knowledge. I am a teacher of History, History of Art and Geography. I love being with people and knowing new people from other countries and learning from them about different way of thinkings and cultures. I like to talk to people and look around and be aware about what is happening all the time, so as to learn from people and experiences. 
  2. Why did I become a teacher?
    It is great to follow students’ life development on a daily basis. From their first days at school until they leave to go to university they undergo a deep transformation and they configure as human beings little by little. We don’t work with industrial goods, so we work on a long term result or “product” and that is what is really special. Working with young people also keeps you  young and active, even if it  could be tiring sometimes.
    It is awesome to talk to them about experiences, trying to develop their criticism so as to mould their way of thinking to be effective and useful in their life. Definitely, being a teacher gives you the possibility of learning everyday by sharing my and their ideas, knowledge and visions of the world  
  3. Why am I in this project?
    This project is for me the real proof that education is changing and adapting to new times. In fact, thinking worldwide is the only way to accept a foreign student, worker or citizen as he/she is, and students have to start working on it since they born. Near future is changing rapidly and we need to get on that train if we want to live in this society with no excuse. Within this project I would like to transmit the enrichment of working with other cultures to them. Nowadays students are not motivated enough and they are not aware that their future is our future, and this project gives them a general view about how to cope with problems to come. It is amazing how can we enrich their personality with new skills and values that they will use in their entire life.
    This project is very rewarding for teachers too, as we have the opportunity of knowing other ways of education and different European education systems. We can learn a lot from them, and we can therefore develop our professional career and use fresh ideas on a daily basis: keep our minds opened and be critical with any kind of ideas by knowing how to listen.
    With this project we have the chance to offer our students access to all these ideas, and this will shape new internationalist citizens that will be able to cope with real situations in the future.
Sergio Blanco

Sergio Blanco

  1. Who am I?
    My name is Sergio Blanco. I teach economics and I am the administrative manager of school
  2. Why did I become a teacher?
    Becoming a teacher was not my real goal, but I did not hesitate when I had the chance. Teaching is a fulfilling work and it is great to see how students improve during their live at school.
  3. Why am I in this project?
    Nowadays, society is significantly changing and education does not know how to adapt to the student’s needs. They demand new methodologies so they can understand better and adapt to the world surrounding.
    This project can provide the tools necessary to improve the education we offer by providing them with new skills to tackle the challenges of the society.
    Since Erasmus + is a project with european dimension, it will foster values  and closer ties between citizens of different EU Member States.
    I hope my experience and work will contribute to achieve the objectives of this project. 
Araitz Iparragirre Lekuona

Araitz Iparragirre Lekuona

  1. Who am I?
    I am Araitz and I teach History, Art History and Geography at La Anunciata Ikastetxea, in Donostia. I just finished University last year and I graduated in History and  have a master in secondary education. This year is my first one working as a teacher. However, I have been teaching Basque traditional dances to children and teenagers since I was 16. I am engaged on different traditions, cultures and languages and I love travelling in order to learn and enrich myself with new experiences and people. 
  2. Why did I become a teacher?
    I became a teacher because I have the feeling that youth have little interest in social sciences and they feel history as a science without utility. Nevertheless, my impression was the opposite one, because I did and I do see social sciences as essential tools for understanding our society and our life. Bearing in mind this my real objective as a teacher is to show the considerable importance of History in our life and society, the great importance of knowing from where are we coming and why we have this type of way of living, with its pros and with its cons. By this way I try to transmit these values and enrich their ideas and the way of thinking, based on personal arguments and teasing out their innate talent.
    In the other hand, I have realised that I really enjoy working with teenagers. I like it when they show interest in class, I like it when they work hard and they help each other, and I also like it when they try to distract you in order to delay the lessons, speaking about any topic they have chosen. Anyway, I realised that I have learnt a lot in these few months, not only with the colleages, but also with the students and I would like to continue this way in the near future.
  3. Why am I in this project?
    This project is all about the new way of educating that I was so toughly taught in the Secondary Education Master. It is about the new skills required by the students for XXIst Century. Skills such as, competition, cooperation, teamwork and the ability to adapt to the change. There is no doubt that world and society are changing faster than never, and education should also change and adjust to the needs of the XXIst Century world. I strongly believe that this project is one of the attempts to educate students for the new century and I really appreciate to be part of it.
Joseba Estanga

Joseba Estanga

  1. Who am I?
    Hello,  my name is Joseba and this is my third year at “La Anunciata” school San Sebastian- Donostia, in the Basque Country.  At 59 I wasn't totally surprised when one day I heard one of our little ones say “that's grandad  coming down the corridor”.  I looked around me, just in case, but there was no other grown up around.   I teach Economics, English and sometimes remedial classes. I live with my wife in Hendaye, France, and we have two boys of 21 and 20.
  2. Why did I become a teacher?
    Coming as I do from a Basque working class family, the only way I was able to go to university and then to teacher training college in England, was due to the social policies that existed there at the time.  There were therefore various reasons :
    a) as a way of returning to society the investment it had made in me
    b) because I thought I would enjoy it
    c) the idea of helping people appeals to me.  So I taught in England for five years. I then worked in industry for some twenty-five years both in England and the Basque country and finally I've come back into teaching, where I hope others may benefit from my experience.   
  3. Why am I in this project?
    First, because Paulo, a previous member of  the group, is no longer at this school. Second, the subjects I teach fit in very well with the Erasmus + ethos. And the third reason is that I strongly believe in the need to develop a broader european consciousness.  One which encourages interest in, and respect for, our different cultures, independent of our size.   And one   which uses the awareness of these enrichning differences, to make better citizens.
Malen Maiora

Malen Maiora

  1. Who am I?
    Hello! I am Malen Maiora, a secondary school teacher at La Anunciata ikastetxea, San Sebastian. I teach visual arts, technical drawing and information and comunication technologies.
  2. Why did I become a teacher?
    When I was at school, I loved the subjects related to Arts, but, unfortunately, I didn´t have any good teachers in these subjects so I decided that I didn´t want anyone to be in the same situation as me. Apart from that, it is great to work with teenagers because they are able to learn a lot and I am very proud of being part of their academic process.
  3. Why am I in this project?
    I´m proud of being part of this Project because I think it´s very interesting for both students and teachers. The education is continuously changing and we have to be prepared for this. I believe that nowadays it is very important to look at the world from an international point of view so I found the goals of this project as really appealing.