Mr. Ibañez is from Spain. He has an Master’s of Engineering degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Grenada, a Master’s in Project Management from the European University, and teaching qualifications for the United Kingdom and the United States. Before coming to NIS, he taught Mathematics at the Academy of the Americas in Detroit.
What are your first impressions of NIS?
They couldn’t be better. I really mean it. The vibes I am getting from staff, administration, HR, and others are very positive. Also, the students and the activities that the community are involved in look awesome!
How did you get into teaching? Tell us about your professional journey to become our new IB MYP Maths Teacher.
I am a civil engineer and I have worked as such for years, but I belong to a family of teachers and teaching is something that I have always wanted to do. So, in 2014, I decided to redirect my career towards this exciting job. I started in Spain for two years, and then I moved to the United States, where I worked until 2021, when finally, my wife and I decided to try this amazing new adventure of coming to China and join NIS, a real IB school.
What is your personal philosophy about teaching?
Basically, there are 3 concepts:
1. Highly demanding
2. Great relationship with students
3. Teaching by asking more questions rather than giving more answers
Tell us about yourself. What are your hobbies and passions?
I am a people person. I love social activities. I have many hobbies, including travelling, going out with friends, family, cinema, theatre, TV, and playing games.
I am passionate about sports (playing, coaching, watching) and a FC Barcelona fan!
What advice do you have for our Secondary School students to excel in math?
Don’ t stop trying. Don’t worry about making mistakes. Ask as many questions as you need until you get it. Once you understand it, you will start being good at it, and will really love it! From then on, every new step is an exciting challenge which follows a logical process.
What message do you have for our NIS community?
Keep up the great work! I am looking forward to meeting you all and being part of this wonderful community.