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Mr. Ortiz

Hello, my name is Jose G. Ortiz-Covelli. I feel really proud to be part of Vance County Schools and, of course, STEM Early High School. Let me tell you a little bit about myself.

I was born in 1986 in a Colombian city called Bucaramanga a.k.a. "The beautiful City of Colombia". In my country, I finished my BA in English Language Teaching at Universidad Industrial de Santander in my hometown, Bucaramanga. At that time, I was starting to be aware of the importance of being a teacher. I remember a turning point in my Teaching process when I started to work in an institution for children. That was the first time I was in front of a group of students. In that moment I realized a small but important part of those students education was in my hands, and that I had to do my best to help them be successful.

After this first experience, I could work for that academy for 10 years. I had the chance to teach not only children but also teenagers and adults. Later, thanks to my good work in that academy, I was promoted to Academic Coordinator and I at that point I was able to see education from a different perspective. I learned so many things about the administrative side of education that my teaching experience also changed in the way I made students conscious of the importance of learning a foreign language.

After 6 years of being a Coordinator. I decided I needed a change so I moved to Bogota with my wife and I started a new learning – teaching experience. I joined a language academy that has a very different way of teaching from that I was used to. This new way of teaching I work with made me rethink my teaching practices and I was able to improve my teaching skills.

By now, I have around 12 years of experience teaching and I think I am always learning something new every day. This everlasting sense of learning is what motivates me to come here and share my experience in teaching. I would like to continue my learning-teaching process sharing my culture and knowing more about yours, so in some years, I can go back to Colombia and stand in front of a classroom, just as that first time; and feel the necessity of helping students form their way of learning in their lives.