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News | 05 July 2024

Who is María Guadalupe Tegelström?

It's time to get to know all the teachers and staff who will meet the students at IES Norrtälje in the autumn! Next up is Spanish teacher María Guadalupe Tegelström.


What did you do before you started at IES Norrtälje?
I have mostly been working as a mother-tongue teacher and also as a modern language teacher in Spanish. At the same time, I have studied to get my degree as a modern language teacher in Spanish, which I have now finished.

What’s the best thing about your job?
The best thing about my job is teaching and being able to transmit my knowledge to my students, and having a good working relationship with my colleagues in an environment where we all help each other and in that way be able to help our students in their learning.

What are you most looking forward to when the school has opened?
I am looking forward to continue sharing my knowledge with my new students and at the same time make a good team with my new colleagues and be able to help our students in the best way.

Which one is your favourite song right now?
I don't really have any favourite song because I like almost all kind of music.

Do you have any pets?
Yes, I have a dog – a Jack Russell Terrier, his name is Fredag.

Tell something about yourself not many people know.
I'm terrified of rats and mice.

What was your favourite subject in school?
Social sciences.

Do you have any dreams for the future?
Yes, my dream is to be able to live between Mexico and Sweden when I retire and also to start a literacy program in Spanish and English for students with low incomes.

What do you do outside of work?
I like to spend time with my family, cook, read and walk with my dog. During the summer I love working in the garden and travel to my hometown in Mexico.

What do you do to peak the children's interest and desire to learn new things?
I try to use different strategies to raise students' interest in the subject, and at the same time make the class more fun.

What is your favourite memory with your students?
It was during a celebration of Mother Language Day. My students were going to perform a traditional dance from South America and they needed a large space for it, but since there were a lot of people the space was very small, they performed very successfully anyway and that made us very happy.