Cognita’s values underpin our vision of enriching the lives of children to achieve more than they believe they can.
Our values help shape our culture, the behaviours of those individuals who choose to work with us and our behaviour as an organisation.
Our values also underpin how we recruit and support our staff with regard to professional development and learning and, as such, positively contribute to our objective of being an employer of choice.
Manquecura Valle Lo Campino School, where Maria Isabel Marchant has been a teacher since 2004, became part of the Cognita family in 2013. She travelled to Europe for Cognita’s Awards for Excellence that same year and learned more about the worldwide Group and what we stand for. “I met with Cognita teachers from around the world and visited schools in two different cities, learning new methodologies and sharing pedagogic experience. Back in Chile, I had the satisfaction of being appointed my school’s English Coordinator, which means I can transfer my experiences and knowledge to our teachers here in the school.
“I feel very proud to belong to this important company which recognises excellence. Cognita is making an important contribution to Chilean Education through innovation in the teaching of English language. It is a meaningful hallmark for our Pumahue and Manquecura schools. “I love my profession – I don’t think I could do another job. The way I see it is, I take my students’ hands and take them to an amazing, sometimes unknown world, which is learning English, and it’s a process that never stops. Being a teacher means passion, motivation. It means making the difference between ‘to be or not to be,’ to give up or keep on going.”
Soledad Pina Molina is Head of Infant and Primary School at El Limonar International School in Spain. Soledad was already working for El Limonar when Cognita became owner in 2008. “I began working at El Limonar in Torrevieja in September 2000 as a Spanish teacher for Infants and Lower Primary students. The Board of Management offered me the opportunity to develop my career by taking on more responsibilities.
“At the moment I carry out two different roles. As a teacher, I teach Spanish language and culture in years 6, 7 and 8. I am also a Year 7 class tutor and this involves closer contact with the year group and their families. My second role is Head of Primary and Early years. This means being responsible for all aspects of leadership and day-to-day management of the Primary and Infant departments, leading staff and students in a culture of respect, dignity, equality and excellence. “My role allows me to forge strong relationships with everyone in the El Limonar community: students, parents and staff. It is a wonderful experience to collaborate with families in order to build a better future for our students. “Becoming part of Cognita in 2008 has really helped the professional development of our staff. I have always felt valued and supported by Cognita. It is a very respectful and enriching relationship, with the opportunity to network with many colleagues from different schools across the group.”