Dr Eloísa López
Learning by doing is my personal slogan. As a very passionate person in international education, I studied my degree in History at Universidad Complutense Madrid.
During my second year in my degree, I had the opportunity in collaborating in an international project at a refugee camp in Rwanda; after that I went back to Spain and I studied English and French languages and I specialised in history of art after studying an international master of museum management.
I have been working at Thyssen museum and I was working in a Spanish private school during a long period. After completing my first experience as educator in Spain I moved to UK where I was working in a British state school and then I moved to Ottawa (Canada) where I was working in an international school teaching Spanish, citizenship and Spanish as additional language. I have been working at SEK El Castillo International School and UCJC University that belong to SEK Institution 15 years ago. I am the Principal of the school and I am teaching methodology and international Education at the Master in International Education and Bilingualism at UCJC.
Wanted to develop my career, I became a member of the IB educator network as workshop MYP leader and I am in the process of training as a NEASC school visit team member.
Degree in Neurobiology at Universidad Complutense Madrid. After my first year as a Biology teacher at SEK El Castillo I moved to Irleland, to SEK Dublin, for four years. There, as Maths a Science teacher, I completed my Masters in Online and Distance Education (MAODE) at the Open University, UK, and studied English at UCD (University College Dublin). Back in Spain, I have been teaching Biology and Maths in MYP at El Castillo, where I started as the MYP Coordinator three years ago, and I have collaborated with the Faculty of Education at UCJC. Always connected to the IB and the Middle Years Programme, I obtained the IB Advanced Certificate in Teaching and Learning after completing the Masters in International Education and Bilingualism at UCJC. Wanted to develop my career, I became a member of the IB educator network as workshop leader and as a school visit team member last year.
After working for twelve years as an architect I decided to dedícate my life to Education so 15 years ago I studied Primary and Early Years teaching. I have been working with SEK since 2005 except for these last two years when I went to Shanghai, China to work at an International School helping with a Project on Play Based Learning and Learning Spaces.
I have lived and worked in various countries like the states, France, Germany, UK and of course Spain.
I love to travel and discover new cultures, I also like to listen to live music, visit exhibitions and go to the cinema.
I have had extensive experience in teaching and coordination roles in Early Years and in Primary and I am a great believer in that ¨¨play is the highest form of research¨¨. I am currently the Primary Years Programme Coordinator here at SEK el Castillo and loving my role.
Fatima González Gómez
Diploma Programme coordinator
As a passionate person about education and children’s development, I have had the joy and luck of observing and learning from all stages of education: Nursery, Primary, Secondary, and University; as well as in different education systems such as the British, Indonesian, Moroccan, Singaporean or Spanish.
I graduated in UCLM as a Primary School Teacher, where I had the opportunity to spend my last year involved in a project at a refugee camp in Western Sahara. This experience awoke in me the curiosity and interest in different educative systems and contexts around the world. After completing my degree, I moved to the UK where I worked as a teacher of Spanish and English as second languages, whilst I completed a Master’s Degree in Applied Linguistics at the Antonio de Nebrija University. Following this, I moved to Singapore, where I coordinated the primary and secondary sections of an associated centre to the Instituto Cervantes. It was there in Singapore where I concluded the experimental dissertation that took me to continue my career in Higher Education as Academic Director of a linguistic immersion project of UNED in Cuenca, Spain. After developing this project for three years, my devotion to education in earlier stages made me go back to the UK as Mother Languages Coordinator at Halcyon London International School.
The International Baccalaureate represents all the principles and holistic views I have been experiencing along different stages in education and countries. I am currently coordinating the Diploma Programme at SEK El Castillo International school.
Director of Boarding
Teamwork, passion, professionalism and joy.
I graduated as Professor of Physical Education at the National Institute of Physical Education of Avellaneda, Argentina. I worked for many years in the sports federation and international education with experience in Outdoor Education, Physical Education and sports.
Within my sporting experience, I have been a rugby player and mountaineer. Subsequently, I have trained as a rugby coach and fitness trainer. In 2015 I completed the Mentorship level I and II courses dictated by the EXOS company from the United States (former Athletes Performance). This training has helped me to develop cutting-edge programs focused on the development of young athletes both at the federate and collegiate levels. I have served as a Rugby Coach, Team Trainer, Head Coach and Sporting Director at Federated level for over 25 years.
At an educational level, I started as a Physical Education teacher, later I focused on a more comprehensive development of this subject. I implemented in Argentina the Physical Education subjects of the IGCSE (Cambridge) and Sports, Exercise and Health Sciences of the IBO Diploma program. I also developed and implemented with my team a program for the evaluation and psychomotor development of students from nursery school to high school.
Within my passion for non-formal education, I have devoted myself to two areas, that of residences and outdoor education. In the first, creating spaces and developing programs that allow resident students to feel comfortable in the residence, and fundamentally, to be able to achieve their goals, both academic and personal. In the field of outdoor education, I have developed and implemented programs that challenge students to get out of their comfort zone, develop skills, discover the world around them and also themselves.
I started my sixth year at SEK El Castillo private school, where I try to contribute all my experience and passion for education. I work as Director of Boarding, where I focus mainly on the development of international education. I also coordinate the Duke of Edinburgh International Award Program and support the student athletes of the Sports Academy Program.
I consider myself above all else an educator and a tutor.
I have learnt and continue to learn, and not only about education, at SEK-El Castillo, where I began my professional career and turned my vocation into reality. In the almost thirty years that I have been here, more than half of my life, I have lived wonderful times and shared human values, things such as great friends, students who remember you despite the years that have passed, playgrounds full of life, dedicated teachers...
I started teaching BUP and COU (Spanish secondary school and baccalaureate), I experienced the transformation of the education system in compulsory secondary school and Baccalaureate, but I also taught at UCJC in Didactics of Language and Literature. I was introduced to the IB world through the Integrated Baccalaureate and then the Diploma (where I have taught Spanish A, Spanish B and Spanish Ab Initio), I participated in the teams that started the Don Felipe Segovia's Intelligent Classroom, the Digital Intelligent Classroom, the University Baccalaureate...
All this has been a constant challenge that was accompanied by new technology, cooperative learning, digital platforms, pedagogical innovations, etc. I currently enjoy teaching Language and Literature to year 2 Baccalaureate and Spanish A: Language and Literature to year 1 and 2 Diploma and I am an IB editor for extended essays, oral internal assessment and test 1. In short, a happy language teacher.