Dylan Vinales is the Head of Spanish at GIS.
He joined GIS in August 2015 and as well as being the Head of Spanish, he teaches both French and Spanish and is the leader of the amazing Garden Sambistas drumming group!
What three words would you use to describe the students?
Excited, passionate and motivated!
If I could add a fourth word, I would say ‘supportive’. They are all wonderfully supportive of each other, and also of their teachers.
What are the main strengths of the school?
Number one would be perhaps the quality of the staff – we’ve got really high quality teachers here, who are really passionate about their jobs. Secondly, I would say the quality of the facilities and our use of technology, which are both superb. Thirdly and most importantly, the wonderful GIS students and the tremendous effort they put into their studies are a huge strength of this school.
Do you feel challenged and supported on a professional level?
At Garden School I feel challenged every single day in the classroom. The students are extremely motivated to achieve their very best, and this creates a cycle in which the teachers push themselves really hard to make sure the students are pushed too! This cycle of positive productivity, where everyone’s just working really hard and getting so much done, is inspiring. Without doubt, challenge is a part of our daily life here at GIS!
What three words would you use to describe the school?
Innovative, inspirational and extremely busy (but in a good way)!
What does “We are GIS” mean to you?
To me, being part of GIS means constantly doing your best and striving to be the best version of yourself possible.