Introducing Mr Dylan Richardson, our new Spanish and French teacher. We asked Mr Richardson a few questions to get to know him better.
Tell us about your family. My immediate family consists of my Mum, Dad and sister. We also have a member of the family: a newfoundland
puppy. I am getting married to my high-school sweetheart this April.
Tell us how you encountered Jesus? I encountered Jesus for the first time in the Bible. My parents helped me to get to know him from a young age. As I grew, I discovered more and more about Jesus and his ways, which were in constant conflict with what I thought I wanted for my life. Throughout my late childhood towards early adulthood, my ongoing encounters with Jesus have pushed back against my selfishness and rebellion in order to shape the way in which I think, as well as my outwardly expressed attitude to life. It has been a story of many small victories on his behalf.
Where did your love of Spanish come from? I lived in Spain with my family for most of my schooling and attended normal Spanish schools. I also came to love French and Italian over the years.
Have you ever made an embarrassing language blunder? During my first few weeks at school in Spain I asked for what I thought was a handful
of nuts. I only got vacant or confused expressions in response, and later found out that I was actually asking for edible cream. Not the most embarrassing
mistake but very awkward for a shy six-year-old nonetheless!
Why did you apply for a job at Covenant? I was very keen to work at a school where I could be openly Christian.
What is your favourite Spanish food? I don’t know if I have a favourite, but there are things I miss which aren’t readily available in Australia. Morcilla is a Spanish blood sausage which I enjoyed. I also miss the fact that caracoles (snails) were readily available in summer. Not that I’d eat them often, but I like the idea of them existing as an option.
Can you recommend where to eat authentic tapas in Sydney? There was a pleasant small restaurant I went to in Pyrmont that used whole garlic
cloves in its cooking. Alas, I don’t recall the name.
If someone were travelling to Spain, where would you recommend they go? Barcelona is a beautiful city, but I would recommend Andalucía in the south. Córdoba, Sevilla and Granada have some amazing architecture and cultural heritage. They consider themselves the “Real Spain” there.
What do you enjoy doing when not teaching? I love spending time with my fiancée, going to church, socialising with friends, watching and reading about films (I take my film very seriously) and playing/listening to music.
Thanks Mr Richardson, and welcome to Covenant.