As part of our ongoing series Meet Our GDS Faculty and Staff, we are excited to present: Meet Jorge Baez-Mora!
Read the Q&A below to learn more about Jorge, Middle School Spanish teacher
What do you love about GDS?
What I love about GDS is the dedication that every staff and faculty member of the school has for the kids.
Why do you teach?
I teach Spanish because I want to show my students the importance of speaking another language and introduce them to other cultures and traditions. I truly believe that more commonalities than differences exist within the many world cultures. I think that recognizing our commonalities fosters respect and appreciation for people who may seem very different from us at first glance.
A favorite lesson to teach or favorite part of your job?
“Las celebraciones” unit is one of my favorite lessons to teach. It includes an in-depth cultural study of three popular celebrations in Spain—La Tomatina, San Fermín, and La Feria de Abril—and their impact on the people who live there. The students often connect clothing, food, activities, and other traditions related to these celebrations and utilize vocabulary and grammar from previous units to describe these elements.
Your teaching or work style in three words?
Dedicated, passionate, and adaptable.
A top hope/wish for your students and/or colleagues?
Teachers must recognize their students’ individual differences, constantly evaluate their students’ success during lessons, and ensure that foreign language instruction in the Middle School remains engaging for all students.
I love playing and watching soccer and spending time with my three boys.
A tidbit about your family?
As I said before, I love spending time with my family. One of the family traditions that we have is that every Christmas, we gather in my mother's house and wait for Santa Claus to arrive with presents for the kids. The kids are so excited and happy, and that makes all of us happy. I’m also a GDS parent of a Middle School student.
One thing about yourself your students/colleagues/others probably don't know?
In our family, we have so many twins. I have an identical twin, and my sister has two sets of twins.
One thing on your life "bucket list" you've already accomplished?
I have traveled to Central America and Spain.
One thing on your life “bucket list” you have yet to accomplish?
Visit the Vatican and other parts of Europe.
Years at GDS...
Jorge first joined GDS in 2005 as a long-term substitute teacher when Johanne was on maternity leave and Jorge was just out of college. He returned as a full-time teacher in 2018.
With a tip from Jorge, we reached out to hear what a colleague had to say...
Middle School colleague Lauren Thompson said, “Jorge is such a thoughtful listener, making time to really listen to the experiences of other faculty members and to his students. The students in his advisory appreciate the ways he sees them and values what they have to say. I always love hearing the joy and confidence that students feel after spending time in Jorge's Spanish classroom! It is inspiring to get to work with such a caring educator.