A very warm welcome!

Hello everyone, my name is Sam Wight. I’ll be teaching Spanish here at BIC and am delighted to be joining the team.

Having very recently relocated back to Spain after 8 years in South East Asia, I’m finding the weather a bit nippier than Singapore - my last destination - yet still enjoying the remarkable beauty of Mallorca.

I come from Northern Ireland and have been on the move since I was a teen, first hopping over the Irish Sea to England for university then subsequently doing stints in Spain, Malaysia, and most recently Singapore for the last 6 years. It’s incredible where Spanish can take you! As fascinating as Asian culture is, it gives me great pleasure to be back in Spain and I’m really looking forward to immersing myself in island life and getting to know everyone at BIC and further afield.

On a professional note, I’ve taught students spanning all ages imaginable, from teeny tiny learners to those on the brink of retirement. My career to date has seen me teach Spanish, English and French and in addition to the languages above, I am also fluent in Catalan and dabble in a bit of Portuguese, German, Thai and Malay. ‘Why?’ some friends have asked. Well, why not? Learning a language is so much more than words and sounds - it’s about learning to emulate and enjoy the whole culture that comes with it!

Teaching, for me, is not about what we can hand students on a plate, but in how we can guide them to be the best version of themselves and to be generous in their thinking, time and actions. Rita Pierson encapsulates this nicely with the following quote: “Every child deserves a champion—an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.” I’ve lived by this philosophy since becoming a teacher at 22 years old and will continue in the same vein here at BIC.

To wind down, I enjoy a lovely glass of vino tinto or, when I’m feeling a bit more adventurous, a hike off the beaten track - preferably one that ends up at the sea. When the weather’s good, I’m really into tennis but haven’t quite reached Nadal standard yet. I must see if he’s available for a quick game since he only lives round the corner.

I’ve heard many wonderful things about the students at BIC and seen some of the great work they’ve produced in recent times. I’m keen to get into the classroom and see what they’re all about!

I hope to meet many of you, students and parents alike, in the coming weeks and months. Do drop by for a chat and, as a final note,

¡Feliz Año Nuevo!