This article continues a series of profiles of ALAIS teachers that will explore what motivates them to teach at ALAIS, their understanding of the role of education, and what they hope to achieve as teachers at ALAIS and their hopes and dreams for their students.
University of Murcia, Bachelor and Master in Education
教授课程：美术 / 艺术
Subject: Fine Art / Art
Length of Teaching：5 Years
Principal Holt: First of all, we are very pleased you have joined the teaching team at ALAIS and have already witnessed your creativity and excellent ability to inspire students to excel. What attracted you as a teacher to ALAIS?
Bruno: ALAIS offered me the chance to develop my professional career as an Art Teacher. I also liked the idea of teaching in a small high school in which the teaching staff is very welcoming. It is also rare to find a school with so many students passionate about the arts, like ALAIS students.
Principal Holt: What is your general philosophy of education?
Bruno: I have always valued education and consider it to be crucial for my personal and creative development. My inspiration stems from having watched other teachers positively influence students. This is what has inspired me to join the educational system and become a key instrument in shaping young peoples’ lives. I try to bring a unique perspective to the art classroom to inspire and motivate students to learn and to encourage pride in being an artist.
Principal Holt: How has UbD helped your curriculum and instruction, and how do you think it help students’ best understand?
Bruno: Working with this framework has given me consistency, which has helped improve my teaching. The fact that we always [teach our students to apply the knowledge and skills learnt into real world situations helps their understanding of my art more clearly.
Principal Holt: What is the most important lesson you have learned as a teacher at ALAIS?
Bruno: The idea of self-reflection as a way to improve your teaching.
Principal Holt: Describe one highlight of your time teaching at ALAIS?
Bruno: My most memorable experience is] when [the students finished the abstract painting installation in the class. It [helped] the students’self-confidence and pride, and I believe they felt like real artists, which was a powerful motivational moment for all of us.
Principal Holt: What are your goals for your students who take your classes?
Bruno: I want my students to be able to develop their imagination and their creativity and to apply it in their daily lives. They do not need to become professional artists but develop a critical, creative mind that will support their future careers.
Principal Holt: Any additional comments you would like to add?
Bruno: My biggest achievement as a teacher at ALAIS has been to create a classroom atmosphere that supports creativity. Most of my students feel comfortable enough to express themselves without shackles that restrain their imagination and they don’t fear failure, so they work hard to improve.