- University of Technology, Jamaica
- Time in Japan
- Since March 2018
- Time Teaching
- Since March 2018
I was national field hockey player when I was in university.
I can’t sing well, but I absolutely love karaoke. I always perform like a rock star when I get a microphone. Sorry to my friends? Haha
What aspects do you think make GnoKids compelling compared to other English schools?
- The project-based learning format and having two native teachers in the classroom make it special. With the project-based method of teaching English, the students aren’t just being fed words for them to repeat, but instead they are applying it to real life concepts. This allows them to have a better understanding of what is being taught and it becomes easier for them to use it in their daily lives. Having two native teachers in the classroom provide kids with the opportunity to hear English in a natural way when the teachers interact with each other. The students are also able to have more speaking time with the teachers since it’s not just one teacher for a room full of kids.
What is most important to you when teaching kids?
- When teaching kids, it’s important to create a safe environment where they know it is okay to make mistakes. Often times, progress is hindered by the fear of making errors. Some kids may prefer to avoid trying than to run the risk of being wrong. However, if they feel safe and are aware that I’ll help them to get it right, then the fear will eventually start to go away and give rise to more confidence. Confidence can go a long way when learning a new language, especially when it comes on to speaking.
What do you think has helped your students improve the most?
- Positive reinforcement has helped my students to improve the most. It’s important to tell your kids when they are doing something right. Even if it seems simple, it can mean a lot to them. In the long run, words of encouragement add up and provide the extra push that the child may need to do something. I have seen how that has helped me in my own life where my teachers and coaches helped to build my confidence and that’s what I think has been the guiding light with my students. I want them to always feel confident and motivated to take on anything.
Where do you want to go in the world?
- I would love to go to Switzerland. I love being surrounded by nature and it seems so beautiful and peaceful there. I imagine I’d be able to get some fantastic photographs of the breathtaking views. It would be a dream to photograph Matterhorn, one of the most photographed mountains in the world.
What is the one thing you would like to do in Japan?
- I would like to watch the sunrise from the peak of Mt. Fuji. Unfortunately, I haven’t done that yet so it will remain at the top of my list.
What is your favorite food in Japan?
- That’s so hard to choose! I love curry so everything with it, like curry udon.
What do you miss most about Jamaica?
- I miss a lot of things, but mainly the warm weather and being able to go to the beautiful beaches and rivers any time during the year. My body is not a fan of winter. I also miss some of our food. Oh, so delicious!
How do you spend you free time?
- In my free time, I enjoy hiking and taking photos. I recently started doing more nature photography. That’s quite a shift from sports photography which was my favorite in Jamaica. I also enjoy doing Jiu Jitsu after work. It’s a nice way to end the day. When I’m not doing any of those, I’m talking to my siblings on Facetime.