¡Hola! My name is Ana and I come from Seville – a beautiful city in Andalucía.
Ever since I was 16, I have worked with children and teenagers. I always knew that I wanted to be a teacher and I have always felt a strong passion for languages and language learning. After I graduated in Spanish Philology, I specialized in Spanish second-language teaching. Aditionally, I have focused my latest studies on Child Pedagogy and alternative teaching methods.
In the end, I accomplished my dream of becoming a Spanish teacher online for children and teenagers. In reality, I had to work ver hard and acquire experience for years of course. For this reason, I worked in varous language centres as a Spanish teacher.
Nowadays, I am my own boss and I have created the Catchyespañol Spanish-learning method. Thanks to this method, many children and teenagers are able to learn a new language with fun, motivation and creativity, through a programme based in their own interests.
ANA CAMPANO MADRID, CREATOR OF CATCHYESPAÑOL AND TEACHER SPECIALIZED IN CHILDREN AND TEENAGERS
I CREATED CATCHYESPAÑOL BECAUSE
I want to help children and teenagers learn Spanish in a fear-free environment through interactive and personalized classes
WHY DID I STUDY SPANISH PHILOLOGY?
I was always curious about how languages work, what they have in common and what is different. Thus, I knew I had to have a career that involved Linguistics. On the other hand, I wanted to deepen my own understanding of my language in order to explain it. This thought process made me choose Spanish Philology over other degrees. My strong passion for Literature also guided me towards this decision.
WHY DID I CHOOSE TO BECOME A SPANISH TEACHER?
When I was young, I wanted to be a veterinarian but my grandfather laughed at the idea, I don´t know why. One day, however, he took me by the hand and told me: "I think you´re gonna be a teacher, I´m sure of it". Then, I thought he was crazy but, with time, he was proven right.
In school, I always compared my teachers´teaching methods and thought about how I would teach in their place. I started little by little: first by giving after-school help, later by volunteering to help at-risk children. Some of these children were inmigrants who did not know any Spanish. Eventually, I worked in a language academy in Sevilla during my studies. By this time, I knew that I wanted to be a teacher but this institute helped me realize what I want to teach: both the subjects I studied and the things I am passionate about. This, to me, would be a dream come true.
Some time later, I got my first job as Spanish teacher in Cádiz. After that, I moved back to Sevilla for my Masters in Spanish second-language teaching and for my specialization. I graduated with honors a year later and received a prestigious prize for the quality and hard work that went into my masters. If you want to know the truth though, most of what I learned came from work experince and not from my time at university. And so, I continued to acquire experience in three different language institutes: each one being better than the last. Each step along the way helped confirm that I had made the right choice in becoming a teacher and that this career would truly make me happy.
HOW I FINISHED LEARNING TO BE A TEACHER?
Definitely not. I believe that a good teacher should always reevaluate their knowledge and keep it up-to-date. For this reason, I continue to inform myself on learning strategies, neuroeducation and new methods that might help me in my work. Having a degree is not everything: I still study and colaborate in new projects related to language teaching whenever I can. These preacious experiences don´t neccesarily come with a masters.
WHY DO I WORK WITH CHILDREN AND TEENAGERS?
There is a big difference between teaching adults and children/teenagers. Indeed, the way to help and guide them to understand and acquire the concepts is not the same. This is also true for how they interpret reality.I have been lucky enough to work with both adults and minors. In both cases, my experiences were very positive, however the younger students always seem to melt my heart with their creativity and enthusiasm.
Children tend to learn through observation, imitation and games. In general, they enjoy interacting with new challenges. Moreover, their motivation for learning simply comes from the curiosity they have for the subject: their motivation does not come from posible future benefits.
On the other hand, adolescence is a critical time for personal development. As a teacher, it is vital to fully embrace the students interests and feelings in order to motivate and help them to trust in their own abilities. When you truly connect with your student, you understand that there is nothing he/she cannot achieve. Indeed, he/she is able to face any challenge through their ability to analyse, think of solutions and be passionate about everything they do.
This is as much the case with adolescents as it is with children. The way they act during their learning process and how they face new challenges is what interests me. Finally, I believe my personality and method of teaching allows me to better connect with my students.
WHY WORK ONLINE?
I think the best part of working online is knowing that, no matter the physical distance between teacher and student, learning is still possible and enjoyble. Indeed, the online format allows us to create and intimate and comfortable learning environment where we can discuss interests and passions through Spanish.
Catchyespañol lets me teach students from all over the world, while, at the same time, living in different countries and exploring different cultures. The online format also gives me the freedom to visit my loved ones anytime I want and enjoy life at their side.
Additionally, the fact that online classes are one-to-one allows me to focus my attention on the student in front of me and to work with him/her specifically according to their needs.
In any case, I made sure that working online was something I enjoyed before creating Catchyespañol. For this reason, I chose to work for another child-focused Spanish second-language company online before deciding to create my own method with this experience.
THIS IS IMPORTANT TO ME
I was lucky enough to grow up in a family that gave me a love of the outdoors. When I was a kid, we used to go to the country and my parents would always talk to me about nature. Thinking back, it reminds me of The Lion King when Mufasa explains the circle of life to Simba.
These days, I prefer being in the mountains to being in the city because I love to hike. Unfortunately, there is always trash on the road. Climate change is a very real problem and try my best to help in my own way.
Travelling can be a great source of positive energy and a great way of opening your mind. Additionally, it makes you more patient, resolute and respectful of other cultures.
For me, travelling is also an investment in my classes, since it allows me to better understand my students and their day-to-day lives. Sometimes I take advantage of these trips to attend conferences with teachers and professors from all over the world. These meetings help me think about how I can improve my teaching to be more effective.
My family and friends occupy a vital part of my life. I always feel lucky to have them by my side. Because of this, I try to keep a part of my week free so I can spend time with them. Not everything in life is about work! Even when I am not in Sevilla, I try to include them in my routine and and include myself in theirs. Sometimes it is complicated but it is well worth the effort.
Thanks to Catchyespañol, I can stay close to my family while working at home. So at the same time, I can leave home for a few months knowing that I can always come back: my students come with me wherever I go.
MY PASSION FOR ANIMALS
I cannot spend a day without them!
At moment, I have two rescue cats. Boli is chubby and sleepy; Lu is sweet and playful. He was the last one to join the family but he is definitely a part of it now. Both cats love drop by my class, gossip and make my students smile.
Pitu and Niebla have passed but they are still with me every step of the way.
In 2011, I started to rescue animals in need. Sometimes, there are so many that are outside my help, it breaks my heart. Despite the problem of animal neglect and abandonment, these years I spent helping have allowed me to meet wonderful people. These people would do anything to help animals in need. Together, we have changed the lives of many dogs and cats that have been happily adopted. Today we continue to work hard to make this happy ending possible
MY HOMETOWN, SEVILLA
I was born and I grew up in Sevilla, a beautiful town in Andalucía, in the South of Spain. I spent most of my life there, enjoying the sun and happiness found in its streets. As the song says: “Sevilla tiene un color especial” (Sevilla has a special color) Its people, food and history make it unique. If you have never visited, there is no time like the present. Believe me, it is worth it!
I have also lived in other places: Cádiz first, then The Czech Republic and finally Germany. At the moment, I am continuing my specialization here. What will be my next destination? I don´t know yet, but what is for sure is that I will spend time with my loved ones before embarking on my next big trip.
Thanks to Catchyespañol I have the freedom to discover new experiences and explore new places. All the while, I can go back home carrying with me everything I need for work.