Luis Fortes García
Position: Upper School Social Studies teacher
Universities & Grades: BA Secondary Education
MA Education Administration and Supervision
Ed.D.(c) Educational Leadership
Before working at Robinson School, Fortes practiced as a teacher for six years. Afterwards he was named Head of the Upper School Division. His desire to return to the classroom and develop a close relationship with his students made him decide to become a teacher again. “I noticed Robinson School is always on the cutting edge of education. The fact that it’s an International Baccalaureate School was one of my biggest motivations to apply.”
He is new to the school but students are already raving about what a great and fun teacher he is. He loves to teach through activities and exercises rather than by making students memorize what’s in a book. International Baccalaureate knows this method as “hands-on learning” and encourages all Robinson School educators to teach this way. In the time he’s been working here, he has already created several projects with his students (like building “manufactured goods” with different amounts of resources depending on government restrictions). One of his students proudly acclaims, “He wants us to learn, never to fail”.
He has great projects envisioned for Robinson’s future. He wishes to travel with his students and is now working with the “Close Up Program” to attend the Presidential Inauguration in Washington DC. He believes that the best way to learn about the world is not through books, but by experiences. “By traveling, students learn to succeed in a global society”, he stated.
Fortes thinks that Robinson “breaks the mold” because the environment is different and unique. He says that teachers trust and respect each other’s profession. “The everyday life motivates the school community to come back happily. Even though it’s a lot of work (sometimes designing presentations for future classes until 8:00 pm at Starbucks) it doesn’t weight on our shoulders”.
He enjoys traveling a lot, but when he’s not traveling he’s a fitness instructor. He loves social media, especially Instagram because he’s a photography enthusiast. Two times a year he participates in missionary trips around the world. In most occasions, in collaboration with the school he works in, so he’s able to bring along students. He has taken students to Switzerland, France, Italy, Colombia, Greek Islands, Cuba, and “of course” all around Puerto Rico.