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HEAD OF UPPER SCHOOL
Head of Upper School
• Bachelor’s degree in Modern Languages in the UK.
• Postgraduate in Linguistics, Literature, History, and Translation.
After teaching English for several years in England and Spain, I traveled to Colombia to live and work where I have been teaching for the past 18 years. I have been a teacher of Language and Literature (English) for the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Programme (DP) at The English School for 12 years. I have also worked as Head of Year in the Middle and Upper School for 8 years and also as the Head of the Secondary English Department. The English School has also supported my professional development and I have conducted numerous IB workshops, including courses on CAS, extended essay, and Language and Literature (English).
I am a firm believer in the unique value of international education, in the way students are holistically prepared to be supportive, open minded, thoughtful, and inquisitive to be trained as future positive leaders, responsible, and with principles, in line with the needs of the 21st century. We also stand for collaborative work among students, parents, and teachers to strengthen learning, positively resolve difficulties, and build constructive relationships. My philosophy as an educator is that our main focus and goal are the students and therefore, their learning, well-being, emotional health, growth, and success as future global citizens.
INTERIM IBDP COORDINATOR
Álvaro Rodríguez Vásquez
Interim IBDP Coordinator
- Bachelor’ s degree in Theology
- IBEN Educator – International Baccalaureate
During the last 19 years of my professional life, I have been in contact with the educational experience offered by the IB world being able to internalise and practice the teaching and learning model through my role as a teacher of different subjects. Likewise, the experience as a member of the IB Educators Network in the Americas has been very valuable, as it has allowed me to support the training of teachers, as well as the dissemination of the educational philosophy as a consultant for various schools in Latin America.
This background has allowed me to get to know, practice and experience the most sensitive challenges that we must face within schools and in the ongoing educational task. Such challenges have required me to be in constant collaborative sessions of study, reflection and discussion to think and rethink new strategies, which involves both teaching and learning in the various programmes in which I am actively involved.
Designing and developing IB programmes must be a constant task of searching for the methodologies and theoretical supports that allow us to offer a challenging, balanced response in accordance with the educational needs of students and teachers. This perspective has allowed me to achieve excellent results with my students of Philosophy at higher level (HS) and Social & Cultural Anthropology at higher level (HS).
I see the role of Diploma Programme Coordinator as an opportunity to qualify the educational service we are called to provide in the midst of current and future social and historical circumstances, and to contribute effectively to the strengthening of a comprehensive culture of excellence at The English School. At the moment, I am Team Leader Examiner in Philosophy and Theory of Knowledge, consultant for candidate schools, IB Americas Diploma Programme field representative and on-site and online workshops leader.