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Ruth Puentespina

Examinations Officer I/GCSE Coordinator

Qualifications :

B.Sc., TESOL

Subjects :

English, Psychology, SAT/ACT

Ruth has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a teaching qualification for teaching English to speakers of other languages. At ITS, she teaches Psychology to IB and A-Level and English to younger students. She started teaching English in 2010 for an afternoon children’s book club that catered to different international schools and their students, focused mainly on vocabulary building and helping kids prepare for inter-school activities like Battle of the Books. She wrote the Early Reader’s Curricula before she left to pursue a medical degree. After one year at medical school, she decided that sharing the joy of books, reading and the English language was something that she missed and decided to go back to teaching. She joined ITS in 2012 as a teacher and since then has taken on the roles of IGCSE Co-ordinator and Examinations Officer under the Pearson Edexcel board, of which ITS is an Exam Centre.

ruth2On becoming a teacher: 
I became a teacher because I believe that this was the best way to help build a better future for the world. If kids learn in a nurturing, engaging environment suitable to their socio-cognitive needs, they will grow up to become happy, healthy, positive contributors to society. What I enjoy most about teaching Psychology is seeing students engage with it when they are able to see it in action in their own lives. I subscribe regularly to websites such as the BPS Digest to stay in the know with new studies in the various fields of Psychology, and have shared quite a few articles with students who have expressed interest in a particular study or behaviour. This sharing is something you don't always see in many professions. Education is a very collaborative environment. 

The person I most admire in Psychology: 
The person I admire most in Psychology is Dr Aaron T. Beck, who is considered the Father of Cognitive Therapy, mainly because he has been at the forefront of treatments focused mainly on helping patients help themselves by changing their mindset. This has been really effective in treating disorders such as clinical depression and anxiety which is what a many people go through at some point in their lives.

An inspirational person: 
JK Rowling. She got through her depression by making her experiences of personal suffering into a story that she has been able to share with so many people, and has since changed the world.

Top tip to my younger self: 
Make time for yourself, and remember to breathe.

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