Henry Adams once said, "A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops." On this special day, we feature some of the most inspiring educators who are touching lives every time they step into their classrooms. We are indeed fortunate to have them.
Happy Teachers' Day to all teachers who make a difference in our students' lives!
I have been a teacher since 1995 and I have been working in international schools since 1998. I have had the privilege to work in 5 different countries in my career from the Philippines to Japan and then Thailand, Oman and of course China. In a way, this is like being a nomad educator and it provided me with a unique perspective on each of the cultures.
What makes me passionate about education is building connections with the students and going beyond teaching just content. Education is about giving a sense of purpose to the students, modelling values so that they can adapt easily to our fast-changing world and fostering international mindedness so that they can collaborate well with others.
That is why I am very thankful to teach at TWIS using the IB programs because like Albert Einstein once said “Education is not the learning of facts but the training of the mind”.
I graduated from the University of Evansville with a Bachelor's Degree in Education in 2012 since then I have been teaching in Indiana USA, Belgrade Serbia and Dongguan, China.
More than 10 years ago when I was choosing my major at the university I picked education as it would allow me to inspire future generations, make a difference in students' lives and help them strengthen their confidence.
I love children and I believe that each child is a very unique and talented individual who deserves a chance to learn but at the same time share their knowledge with others. It is very rewarding witnessing my students' improvement.
Eight years and counting, I taught my first lesson and have not stopped ever since and am very excited about the years (hopefully many decades) of teaching to come.
I got unbelievably inspired by one of my university lecturers who introduced me to the world of education and brought me to my first ever one-to-one lesson, remember both the stress I had felt before and the enormous happiness that engulfed me after the lesson.
As clichéd as it is, I believe that the key to becoming one of someone’s favorite teachers lies in building close relationships that are at the same time based on mutual respect with each learner, this is when they reach the level of trust and comfort for you to make a real difference.
To be honest, I never thought I’d become a teacher. But now I am so grateful for the choice I made 5 years ago. I would not change a thing. Of course, it has not always been easy, but that is why I cherish the experience: there has been lots of change, lots of soul searching, and lots of growth, lots of tears, and lots of joy. My biggest concern now is ‘what am I now, if I am not a good teacher?’