Getting to Know New World Language Teacher, Evelin Gamarra

I am from Lima, Peru, and I came to the States due to my love for teaching. I have been teaching for over twelve years: English in Lima and Spanish in the States to college students mainly. During those years as a student teacher and teacher, I learned and applied a broad variety of teaching approaches that I had acquired through experience, studying, and constant reflection. My experience in teaching Spanish in the States started when I was selected for The Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program sponsored by the Fulbright Commission and the IIE. I gained first-hand knowledge of American culture and people while exposing them to mine. After that academic year, I decided that I wanted to learn more about Hispanic literature, and continue teaching Spanish, so I changed careers and came to the States to start my graduate studies in 2008.

As an international student who has learnt English as a Second Language, I am compelled to work on how young learner’s language backgrounds influences their learning process of another language. My overall goal as a teacher is to motivate my students so that they are interested in the material, and take their own initiative to progress in their learning. As a teacher, I engage my classroom, and I am attuned to students’ individual needs to help them improve both inside and outside of the classroom. After reading what the mission of Dublin School is, I was absolutely positive that I could embrace it, since I provide support and encouragement to my students when teaching. I do improve my teaching skills through constant reflection on it, and I try to pass that practice to my students when learning. I am passionate about language, culture, people and literature, and I have been fortunate to share my passion with others as an educator and student. 

How would your friends describe you in 3 words?: Generous, funny, and caring.

You are hosting a dinner party and must invite 3 famous people. Who would you choose and why?:  If I were hosting a dinner party and invited 3 famous people, these people would be: Mario Vargas LLosa, Pele, and Gaston Acurio. I would love to talk about politics and literature with Vargas Llosa over dinner that had been prepared with Gaston Acurio's guidance. 

Gaston Acurio is a cook who has being promoting Peruvian food in different countries, and who shows a great passion on what he does. I would love to ask him about his culinary experience, and how he plans to keep broaden his knowledge about food. I do not cook for anybody but myself. 

However, if I had Gaston as a guest for that dinner, I would not have food delivered to my house, instead, I would call him in advance to ask for tips on how to prepare that dinner. Finally, since I love soccer, Pelé would be the perfect person to talk about it because he is one of the best soccer player's of all time.

What teacher has had the most impact on you? How were they special?: My father, who was also my teacher for a year when I was studying law. I have learned a lot from his teaching and from his parenting.

What book has made you think the most?: Many books have made me think a lot. The one that comes to my mind right now is a play that I read during my graduate studies. I do love theater, and this specific one made me think about violence and collective memory in my country. Its name is "Adios Ayacucho".

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?:  I would like to be able to teleport where my love ones are.