First Class講師紹介~Marie先生~

今回は新しくFirst Classの仲間入りをしたMarie(マリー)先生にインタビューをしたいと思います!
Could you please introduce yourself?

My name is Marie Deltan Galeos. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication; however, my love for teaching lead me to take up Education, focusing on teaching English.
Prior to becoming a teacher, I worked as a reporter for a daily newspaper in Cebu as well as Information Officer for a non-profit organization, and as a Customer Service Specialist.
I’ve done volunteer teaching for one year at depressed areas in my town, an experience that enhanced my passion for teaching.
私の地元の、恵まれない人が多い地域で ボランティアとして1年間ほど教えていました。教える事に対する情熱を強める経験でした。)

What are your hobbies?

I am a self-confessed bookworm; I can spend an entire day just reading. The literary genres I like range from high fantasy and gothic literature to magic realism and historical fiction. A little dose of philosophy and history every now and then doesn’t hurt, though. I also love music, although I can’t pick a favorite genre as my preference is quite broad and eclectic (from Beethoven to The Beatles to Billie Eilish). Lastly, I love to travel. I have visited a number of countries in Southeast Asia and travelling has made me appreciate, understand and respect other cultures.

When is your birthday?

I was born on April 14. The year is a secret.

What is your favorite color? Why?

My favorite color is yellow, specifically sunny yellow. According to color psychology, yellow is the hue of hope, happiness, optimism, energy, intellect, creativity and enlightenment. However, I love yellow for no particular reason other than the mere sight of the color brings me joy.

What is your favorite native Filipino food?

I love chicken tinola. This dish is traditionally cooked with chicken which is boiled until tender, wedges of green papaya, moringa leaves, and white yam. For me, the most filling part of the dish is the broth which is flavored with fish sauce, pepper, ginger and onions.
I also like palitaw. Palitaw is a kind of rice cake made from ground sticky rice that is rolled and flattened into a circular shape and cooked in boiling water. Once cooked, the rice cake is dipped into grated coconut and topped with a mixture of sesame seeds and white sugar.

Where is the place to visit in Cebu that you’d recommend?

If you love the sea, some fine white sand and lots of sun, I recommend that you visit Santa Fe in Bantayan Island in the northernmost part of Cebu. If you love deep sea diving where you get to see beautiful coral walls, thresher sharks and manta rays, I suggest that you visit Malapascua Island.
If you’re pressed for time and are unable to leave the city, you can visit Sirao Flower Garden which features a vast expanse of flowers in the mountainous region of Cebu City.

How do you describe your personality?

I am warm, cheerful, friendly and bubbly. Sometimes, I can be pleasantly crazy and annoyingly curious. (And no, I don’t believe that curiosity killed the cat.) I am very optimistic and I always look for the silver lining in every grim situation. I love adventure and although I’m afraid to commit mistakes, I’ve come to realize that mistakes can help me grow. I do have a quiet and reflective side — I don’t mind being different and on my own. That is why, most of the time, I’d rather stay at home and read a book than attend a party.

What do you want to become in another life?

I’m probably not answering the question, but here goes… I don’t want to be anybody or anything else in another life. If I have to live my life over again in another world and another life, I’d still choose to be me.

What inspired you to become a teacher?

My mother inspired me to become a teacher. She was a public school teacher for 40 years. Seeing her passion and her dedication to help her students become the best versions of themselves encouraged me to share whatever knowledge and skills I have to help others become what they aspire.

What made you decide to work at FCI?
(First Classで働こうと思ったきっかけはなんですか?)

The teachers and staff at FCI are genuinely warm and helpful. Whether you are a new teacher or a first-time student, you become a part of the family the moment you step into FCI. We respect and accept each other despite our differences. We value professionalism and integrity. Most importantly, FCI carries the ideals that I myself value. The school is committed to helping students learn English in the best and most effective way possible, and I am proud to be part of this commitment.

Is there something that you keep in mind when students English language?

I always try to put myself in the shoes of my students. Learning any new language is hard; it requires determination, hard work and, to a certain extent, discipline. However, learning can also be fun. That is why I need to be patient, open-minded, considerate, firm, creative, and above all, passionate in what I do.

Any message to future students?

Learning English is a wild roller coaster ride – enjoy its ups and downs and its sudden twists and turns. It is frustrating at times but it is surely rewarding. The key to mastering any language is practice, so don’t be afraid to speak English even if at first you make many mistakes. It is these mistakes that eventually make you a better English speaker.