We all have a favorite teacher who has had a huge impact on our lives without him/her realizing it. Cipriano Casado is that kind of teacher and his students at Whitfield School are very well aware of it. He is originally from Azul, Argentina but moved to St. Louis to pursue his Master’s Degree in International Affairs at WASHU. He soon realized that teaching was his calling and rightfully so, as he’s one of Whitfield’s most beloved Spanish faculty members today.
What’s his recipe you may ask. Upon interviewing him and two of his students, Josh and Kate, here are the secrets to his success:
- Energy: He’s fun, interesting, and smart, but what his students love the most about him is his energy and passion for teaching. They know that it’s hard to reach his level of energy but he gives them no other option.
- Trust: He makes everyone feel included and won’t let anyone fall behind allowing him to establish trust; an element he finds essential in the classroom.
- Transparency: He’s not afraid to open up and show his students who he really is or bring up taboo topics that will help them become more well-rounded and conscious of the world around them.
- Relationships: He cares about each student individually and balances out being their friend and teacher making him more approachable and easy to talk to.
- Innovation: He goes beyond the traditional teaching methods of lecturing textbook material and always strives to improve their learning experience by modeling what he teaches. He lets his students experience the culture by exposing them to food, music, dance, contemporary issues, and incorporates technology.
The trip wasn’t easy, but the journey has been rewarding. See what Cip, Josh, and Kate had to tell me in this brief video.