Carolina Castro Huercano

Carolina Castro Huercano
Carolina Castro Huercano – Teacher Trainer

Teacher Trainer

Degrees

  • B.A. in English Language and Literature at Universidad de Sevilla (2004), 
  • M.A. in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language with technology at Universidad Pablo de Olavide (2011), 
  • pending award in 2021 of PhD Applied Linguistics and education technology at Flinders University

Research: In the areas of Project-Based Language Learning, the use of digital technologies in education, Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), teacher training best practices and online pedagogy.

Experience

  • 4 years as a teacher trainer 
  • 1 year as a lecturer for Master of Education degrees in Australia and Spain
  • 18 years as an educator in Higher and Secondary Education in Spain, the US and Australia in the areas of English and Spanish as a foreign language 
  • 3 years as an entrepreneur of an international teacher training programme, Connected Minds
  • 5 years of PhD studies and qualitative research in applied linguistics and education
  • 3 years organizing educational experiences and cultural trips for groups
  • 1 year as an editor and IT skills support at the European Commission
  • 1 year as an officer supporting international students at the University of Sevilla
  • 10 years as a freelance translator

Scholarships/Grants awarded

  • FIPRS, Flinders International Postgraduate Research Scholarship, 2015-2020, to cover the tuition fees and stipend for a PhD programme in Adelaide, Australia
  • Spanish Ministry of Education Award to cover fees for a Master course in Teaching Spanish as a foreign Language from 2010-2011 at Universidad Pablo de Olavide
  • University of Seville Teaching fellowship to teach Spanish at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the US, 2003-2004

Favourite topics

  • Digital pedagogy
  • Project-Based Learning (PBL)
  • Social and Emotional Learning
  • LGBTIQ+ topics in education and in media for kids and teenagers
  • Highly-sensitive children in education and parenting
  • Mindfulness
  • Social justice
  • Feminism

Reviews

I follow a lot of courses (not all international) as a student counselor and as a teacher. It was such a valuable course. That’s a long time ago that I learned such an interesting methodology and had such a useful and concrete course. I really like the fact that Carolina let us be part of the PBL course, by teaching her lessons as a PBL project. It gives a clear and concrete image how it works and you have the experience yourself. The teamwork was such an interesting adaption for our regular work. It opens your eyes and give you the chance the look from a different point of view.”

Dorien Biesmans. Secondary teacher and counsellor. Belgium

Everything – learning journal, gratitude journal, workshops and simulations, team work – All 4 Cs, PBL, oracy, teamwork, samples from different schools, fish bowl model… simply made me even more enthusiastic about upgrade and improve teaching/learning process. I’m really happy I’ve got a positive confirmation of my perception of teaching and learning. ? Carolina, the entire course was realized over my expectations. I’m highly motivated to go on with my ideas, hand in hand with new knowledge you passed it to us. I’m grateful to have a possibility to learn from you, because you are a person of actions and experiences. Thank you.”

Vika Ku’trin Pocrni’. Primary teacher. Slovenia

I have already had the chance to apply some of the acquired knowledge to my work and I’ve managed to offer students some great aha-moments. We did a team building exercise (we used the spaghetti-marshmallow challenge) with a group of students and the reflection process seemed to really get them to think about their roles and teamwork skills. Also, when I explained how this “silly” exercise helped them to develop their 4 Cs, quite a few students’ eyes lit up with the realization that this task was actually really useful.” 

Anneli Sigus. Secondary teacher. Estonia
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