I still learn every day from students, as a person and as a professional(28-01-2020)
Paul Cramer (teacher Secondary Department, Physics and Business Administration)
My name is Paul Cramer, I am 63 years old and originally from Amsterdam. When I was 5 years old, I moved to Eindhoven. I studied Physics at Eindhoven University, TU / e. After I got my degree, I continued studying Business Administration at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. My hobbies include running, cooking and driving in my sportscar.
When I was 28, I got a full time position at Philips, following on from a side job I had there. After a few years at Philips, I left for England and returned three years later to Doetinchem. In 1998 I joined NEWAYS in Sittard, and later on I moved to Unitek Eapro in Helmond.
I first got in touch with education when I began tutoring children in my neighborhood. In 2008 I started as a Physics teacher at the Augustinianum, where I also followed my secondary education, and later on I pursued the necessary teaching qualification. It was nice to be back in school. It was a real experience to be able to teach together with my former Physics teacher. Because I was used to the dynamics of the business world, I decided after four years that it was time for a change. That is why I also obtained my teaching qualification for Business Administration. Unfortunately, the Augustinianum could not offer me a job in both Physics and BA so when I heard there was an opening at the ISE, I applied, and to my delight I was accepted as a teacher for Economics and Mathematics. Talking about a change!!
I currently work full time and teach DP1 and DP2 students, which means I prepare students for their exam. I have noticed that there is a lot of opportunity at the ISE for personal development, both for students and teachers, which I really appreciate.
It’s a good day when I share a laugh in the classroom. And also when students recognize there is mutual respect. As a teacher, I try to make my students more secure in their daily life by challenging them beyond the scope of the syllabus. So my students know me for asking difficult questions in class. That sounds special, but by taking students out of their comfort zone they build certainty in those areas that they are expected to be knowledgeable about. I also like to bring the curriculum to life. For example with trips, like last week when we went to the World Trade Organization and the International Labor Organization in Geneva.
I think it's nice to be able to contribute to the education of international students with so many different backgrounds. Students do not differentiate between the teacher and the person that is in front of them, so in education, your professional and personal identity come together. You receive a lot of feedback about who you are. I still learn every day from students, as a person and as a professional.
I hope the new director for the ISE will bring experience in leadership. That he or she coaches and facilitates and treats teachers as professionals. We all have a common goal, to offer the highest level of international education to the region and if the new director can stimulate us to do so, that would be great.