Jose Rodriquez

Jose Rodriquez
"Barry's education program prepared me in a major way to teach abroad. Graduating already being ESOL endorsed gave me a major advantage in the field. Barry prepared me to teach English in a different country."

- Jose Rodriquez, Bachelor of Science in Education, 2008


Why did you choose education?

I would like to say that the field of education chose me. Since I was 15 years old, I did community service hours for high school at an elementary school after school care program and I realized that I was having fun being with kids. I enjoyed both explaining the homework to kids and playing games after they were done.

How did Barry prepare you?

Barry's education program prepared me in a major way to teach abroad. Graduating already being ESOL endorsed gave me a major advantage in the field. Barry prepared me to teach English in a different country.

The skills I acquired at Barry - and most importantly the hands-on experiences - were vital to my survival abroad. Having different classes with excellent veteran professors was something that definitely prepared me. It was such a satisfying experience to be surrounded by teachers and others who wanted to become better educators. I feel every angle was covered so I would not encounter any 'surprises' in the classroom - from listening, to different experiences and scenarios, to discussing different techniques pertaining to teaching, behavior and other subjects.

What are you doing with your education degree?

In 2009, I moved to the United Arab Emirates and started teaching at an all-boys elementary (1-5 grade) school. I teach English, Math and Science to a group of twenty-one boys. The students see everything labeled in my class. They still use their Arabic words for certain things (which I understand because had to learn a bit of Arabic to survive here), but I don't let them get away with it for long. They can maybe ask for a pencil, sharpener and paper in Arabic for a month or two, but after that I don't accept Arabic in the class. It makes them really work to communicate with me. This also brings out the best of some of my kids, or my translators as I call them.

My kids love school and love coming to school because I make it fun and hands-on. The teaching approach that I learned at Barry, along with other strategies, has made my international teaching career a success.