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Meet Spanish teacher: Caroline Frankel

She has taught Spanish, French and English, also speaks Italian and Portuguese, and is currently studying Te Reo Māori – when it comes to languages Caroline Frankel is a bona fide virtuoso.


As ACG Tauranga’s new Spanish teacher, Caroline will be inspiring students from Year 5 up with her expertise and enthusiasm for languages.

“I’m really looking forward to working with the students to inspire them to develop a love for learning Spanish. Having lived and travelled in Spanish-speaking countries, I am able to share both cultural and language knowledge,” says UK-born Caroline, who has 15 years of teaching experience including Cambridge curriculum French and Spanish in the UK, International Baccalaureate (IB) and Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSC) French in Australia, and Cambridge curriculum and NCEA Spanish here in New Zealand.

“I am passionate about learning all types of languages and can share this enthusiasm with my students. I maintain high expectations and offer students a selection of learning activities, including opportunities to learn about the culture of Spanish speaking countries, not just the language itself.”

These opportunities will include the chance to connect with students from other Inspired* schools in Costa Rica and Spain.

“We will be able to exchange video messages to learn about each other’s language and culture and practise using the language in a real context. I hope that one day in the future I’ll be able to organise a trip to a Spanish-speaking country for our students to be able to meet in person.”

Caroline will be a familiar face to many in the ACG Tauranga family. She taught Spanish and other subjects at the school from 2016 to 2019, before heading to Dunedin to take up a role as an NCEA Spanish teacher.

“I’ve had a fantastic year in Dunedin, and my family and I have loved exploring the South Island. We decided to return to Tauranga because I really enjoy teaching the Cambridge International Curriculum and my children all loved being students at ACG Tauranga’s Primary school and Preschool. They appreciate the quality of teaching and the range of activities available to them – both inside and out of the classroom. I’m looking forward to seeing them flourish again in the rich learning environment that ACG Tauranga offers them.”

And Caroline is as eager as her children to get back into the ACG Tauranga classroom.

“I love the reciprocal nature of teaching and enjoy learning from the students as much as they learn from me. Being able to develop a strong rapport, being a good role model and learning about them as individuals are the best aspects for me of being a teacher.”

*ACG Tauranga is a proud member of Inspired, a leading global premium schools group educating more than 50,000 students across an international network of over 60 schools on five continents.