Meet the Team at SMA N 2 Malang

My official job title, ETA, stands for English Teaching Assistant, meaning that I co-teach with a native Indonesian teacher. At SMA N 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. Then during class, we work together to teach grammar, give instructions, practice speaking, etc. In addition to class time, we chat in the teachers’ room, share meals and snacks, and jalan-jalan (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.

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Left to right: Bu Asri, Bu Wahyu, Miss Caroline, Bu Fita, and Bu Mamiek.

Miss Caroline Rose, Fulbright ETA
Education: 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.

Ibu Mamiek Puji Astuti (Bu Mamiek), English Teacher
Education: IKIP, English Language and Literature Education (1991)
Reading: Reading

Favorite food: Satay and Pecel
Favorite English words:
HAPPY (Humble- Appreciate- Persuade- Purpose- Yield)
ENGLISH (Empathy- Neighbor- Generous- Low Profile- Important- Spiritual- Humble)
SUCCESS (Spirit- Urgent- Conscious- Communicative- Empathy- Sociable- Spiritual)

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

Ibu Trifita Setyaningrum (Bu Fita), English Teacher
Education: State University of Malang, English Education (2014)
Reading: Reading

Favorite food: Martabak
Favorite English words: 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.

Nasi pecel is a delicious mix of rice, vegetables, and peanut sauce.

Nasi pecel is a delicious mix of rice, vegetables, and peanut sauce.

Ibu Wahyu Widowati (Bu Wahyu), English Teacher
Education: Malang State University, English Education Department (2004)
Hobbies: Reading

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 one juz (chapter) in a day

Ibu Asri Pusparini (Bu Asri), English Teacher
Education: Muhammadiyah University of Malang (UMM), English Teacher Education (1992)
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 students’ 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.

Bapak Syaifurrahman (Pak Syaifur), English Teacher
Education: Brawijaya University, English Education (1986)
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

One of my favorite moments was when my mom visited and all of the teachers and administrators were so kind and welcoming!

One of my favorite moments was when my mom visited and all of the teachers and administrators were so kind and welcoming!

Editor’s Note: This post is an adaptation of one that originally appeared on Caroline’s blog. It was inspired by similar Meet the Team features from MAN Model Gorontalo and SMA Wachid Hasyim 2 Taman.

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