Meet the Team at SMANDA

My official job title, ETA, stands for “English Teaching Assistant,” meaning that I “co-teach” with a native Indonesian teacher. At SMA 2 (SMANDA), I’ve co-taught with four of the school’s five English teachers, but I enjoy spending time with the whole team!

In order to co-teach, we plan the lessons together before class, and then during class, we work together to teach grammar, give instructions, practice speaking, etc. In addition to class time, we chat in the teacher’s room, share meals and snacks, and jalan2 (travel) together to various places in Malang and Indonesia. Getting to know this group of people and working with them has been one of the most fun and rewarding parts of my time here so far.

Now you can learn a little bit about them too! For these interviews, I gave all the teachers the same questions and then I answered them for myself… Please note that the format of the responses differ depending on whether the interviews answers were given to me or I recorded the answers.

Any occasion is cause for a photo: here, I was wearing new batik (the lovely fabric of my top) so we took a picture

Name: Mamiek Puji Astuti (Bu Mamiek)

Job Title: English teacher

Education (university, program, and graduation year): IKIP, S1, 1991

Favorite food: Satay and Pecel**

Favorite English word: HAPPY (Humble- Appreciate- Persuade- Purpose- Yield)

Why did you become a teacher: I like learning and sharing to others, and to inspire students because students are the asset of this nation.

What is the funniest/best story you have about the ETA you work with? When she teaches, she asks the students to repeat her expressions.

What is the thing you are most proud of? Indonesian heroes

Bu Mamiek’s other favorite English words:

ENGLISH (Empathy- Neighbor- Generous- Low Profile- Important- Spiritual- Humble)

SUCCESS (Spirit- Urgent- Conscious- Communicative- Empathy- Sociable- Spiritual)

An official AMINEF photo of Bu Mamiek and I doing a practice teaching session in Jakarta. We did an activity in which the students were moving around the room and giving and/or explaining their opinions in English.

Name: Trifita Setyaningrum (Bu Fita) 

Job Title: English teacher

Education (university, program, and graduation year): State University of Malang, English Education, 2014

Favorite food: Martabak

Favorite English word: Complicated, dilapidated

Why did you become a teacher: Because I want to be helpful for people by sharing knowledge.

What is the funniest/best story you have about the ETA you work with? Miss Rose is very active talking to the students, trying to make them confident to speak English with a native speaker and it works. I always like it when students enthusiastically ask Miss Rose some questions or when they have a chat with her.

What is the thing you are most proud of? My family. 

Goofing around– on this day, we were wearing traditional “kebaya” or Javanese formal wear because our school was welcoming guests from Thailand

Name: Wahyu Widowati (Bu Wahyu)

Job Title: English Teacher

Education (university, program, and graduation year): Malang State University, English Education Department, 2004

Favorite food: Pecel**

Favorite English word: Can

Why did you become a teacher: Because I failed entering science department in university, and my English score was better than other subjects

What is the funniest/best story you have about the ETA you work with? Misunderstanding about pronunciation and certain words

What is the thing you are most proud of? I can finish reading Holy Qur’an on juz (chapter) in a day

**Nasi pecel: white rice, veggies, peanut sauce… And absolutely delicious

 Name: Asri Pusparini (Bu Asri) 

Job Title: English teacher

Education (university, program, and graduation year): English Teacher Education in UMM and English Magister Education UNISMA

Hobbies: I love sewing and traveling

Favorite food: Lamb and chicken satay

Favorite English word: TEACHER; I have special meaning from this word

T: talented – E: elegant – A: awesome – C: creative – H: helpful – E: efficient and R: receptive

Why did you become a teacher: Being a teacher is my challenge job. I love teaching, I love my student’s behavior. They always make me laugh or some time make me loved and sometime make me annoyed.

What is the funniest/best story you have about the ETA you work with? I very appreciated Caroline when she wore “kebaya” for the welcoming party with the exchange students from Thailand. She looks beautiful with traditional Javanese clothes.

What is the thing you are most proud of? I am proud to be a teacher. I can meet foreign person like Caroline means that we can share knowledge and experience. I love to be inspiring teacher for my students.

 

Another celebration at school. Shreya got to join and meet the teachers at my school, including the native Japanese teacher/ sensei

Name: Syaifurrahman (Pak Syaifur) 

Job Title: English teacher

Education (university, program, and graduation year): Post graduate (S1 English Education- Faculty of Language and Letters)

Hobbies: Reading, singing, and working out at gym

Favorite food: chicken, egg whites, green beans, whey protein, and wheat blended together

Why did you become a teacher: Because I want to transfer my knowledge for my nation, my next generation and teach students to be smarter and more brilliant so that they won’t be confused by English people of English countries

What is the funniest/best story you have about the ETA you work with? The funniest story is I actually wanted to help ETA understand Indonesian culture in harmony but they think that I want to offend them

What is the thing you are most proud of? Pronunciation and American accent

Name: Miss Caroline 

Job Title: English Teaching Assistant (ETA)

Education (university, program, and graduation year): Amherst College, Classics and Black Studies, 2016

Hobbies: Reading, blogging, hanging out at cafés

Favorite (Indonesian) food: tempeh goreng

Favorite Indonesian word: belum, meaning “not yet”

Why did you apply to become an ETA in Indonesia: As an aspiring teacher, I applied to the ETA program to gain teaching experience in a new culture and education system. I also chose the ETA program in Indonesia because it provided the opportunity to work with high school students (ETAs in some countries work at universities). And of course, I wanted to come to Indonesia to see its incredible mountains and beaches!

What is the funniest/best story you have about the teachers you work with? There are so many! Mostly, I love when I get to “chit chat” or joke with my co-teachers in the teachers room and learn more about their lives.

What is the thing you are most proud of? I’m proud of myself for where I am right now! I’ve been living in Indonesia for almost six months, and am still learning new things everyday.

One of my favorites! When my mom visited all the teachers and administrators were so kind and welcoming!

This post was inspired by two similar posts on the ETA-compiled site Indonesiaful.com (https://indonesiaful.com/):

Grace at MAN Model Gorontolo, in North Sulawesi: https://indonesiaful.com/2015/11/06/meet-the-team-at-man-model-gorontalo/

Kelly at SMA Wachid Hasyim 2 Taman Sidoargo, in Sidoarjo, East Java, about two hours away from me: https://indonesiaful.com/2017/01/06/meet-the-team-at-sma-wachid-hasyim-2-taman-sidoarjo/

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