Ms. Sunshine Paris

International Elementary ESL Teacher

Ms. Sunshine is from the Philippines. She holds a Bachelor of Elementary Education degree and is a Licensed Professional Teacher with a TESOL Certification. Before joining St. Mary’s, Ms. Sunshine worked as an ESL and Elementary teacher in the Philippines and a bilingual kindergarten teacher in Hanoi. She has experience teaching English as a Second Language to elementary and high school students, as well as working as Montessori Preschool Teacher and a Jolly Phonics teacher.

Education is the path to innovation.

What brought you to teaching?

I want to make a significant contribution to the community. One of the most direct ways to have an influence is through teaching, and I am driven by a desire to help those around me.

What brought you to Vietnam?

I came to Vietnam in 2017 to visit friends. I only planned to stay a short time, but I fell in love with the people, the culture, and the places, so I moved the same year and began working here.

What is unique about your teaching style?

I believe that students learn more when the material is presented in a practical way. In my lessons with students, I present the course material in ways they can relate to so they can understand and remember new things more easily. I also use videos and other multimedia resources to keep kids engaged.

What qualities make you a good teacher?

Anyone can become a teacher, but it takes a lot of effort and time to be an exceptional teacher. I have an inherent ability to reach out to students. In addition to academic support, I also provide them with advice and mentoring, which makes it easy for them to connect with me. When students feel connected to their students, it shows in their academic performance.

What inspires you about teaching?

What motivates me as a teacher is having a positive and inspiring impact on the lives of my students. Seeing their pride and joy is the greatest feeling in the world.

If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would you eat?

If I could eat one thing for the rest of my life, it would be pasta.

We’re so glad to have Sunshine as a part of our team here at St. Mary’s!

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