Louisa Dăscălescu

History and English Language Teacher
9 alfa Form Tutor

I am thrilled to be joining the Avenor team for the 2021-2022 academic year as a History and English teacher and the Grade 9 Form Tutor.

I deeply respect the emphasis Avenor places on the value of celebrating its community’s Romanian roots. Like many others who were part of the economic migration of the 1990s in Romania, I grew up as a dual-national of Romania and the United Kingdom. While I now profess a deep affinity with both cultures, they were separate entities in my educational experience, which relegated my own ethnic roots and culture to a secondary value. As such, I have the highest respect and admiration for Avenor College’s bilingual, dual-curricular programme and its approach to cultural enrichment, which nurtures young people’s pride in their Romanian identity.

After completing A levels in German, History, Politics and Government, and English Literature, I read History at Royal Holloway, University of London. Alongside my studies, I started teaching part time, particularly as the school I volunteered at required native Romanian speakers to help with their EAL support.

After graduating and between my BA and PGCE, I worked in Bucharest as an English teacher for state schools before working for an international school. Nevertheless, I wanted to learn more about pedagogy and apply cutting edge research to my practice. I completed my Secondary PGCE with a specialisation in History at the University of Cambridge. While studying and working towards my QTS and NQT, I gained experience in the UK at a school rated “Good with Outstanding features?” by Ofsted and more recently, worked two years at an international school rated “Outstanding” in the academic year 2020-2021. In addition to teaching History, I took on the role of University Guidance mentor where I worked with students in Grades 11 and 12 to help them ascertain what career path suited them and then worked with them to meet the requirements of their first-choice university.

I hope I may draw on these experiences over the past five years in my role as English and History teacher and help my students achieve their full potential academically and personally. My educational philosophy is relatively simple: I believe it is the role of a teacher to inspire self-efficacy in students and to equip students with a rich body of knowledge for students to shape, expand on, and challenge. In short, teaching young people how to learn and to be independent thinkers is as valuable as the subject of learning.

Last but not least, I am excited to be returning to Romania, to reacquaint myself with the sprawling metropolis that Bucharest has become and to take on new challenges and opportunities.