When I was in high school there was a chance that I wasn’t going to graduate. I struggled through school and didn’t feel engaged. However, there were two male teachers that I had in high school who helped me on the right path to graduate. Without them I likely wouldn’t be where I am today.
I had a multicultural education teacher in my school that always made sure that we learned from diverse perspectives and experiences. He made me, as a minority student, feel that my voice matters, both in the classroom and in my future.
I did my early schooling in a Convent day school. Our teachers included some of the nuns who lived at the Convent. One of the things that I often reflect on and have immense gratitude for is that our education was very holistic. In addition to academics, performing arts, creative arts and sports, we also received instruction and guidance in being good citizens and responsible human beings. Our parents held our teachers in high regard and expected us to do the same!
I had a geography teacher when I was preparing for my O-levels in high school. I could barely make it past a 4 out of 10 in most of my Geography tests (4.5 was the passing grade). She was a tough grader!
She tested us on more than just the geographic facts, but on the depth of our understanding of those facts. We loved her class because her love of the subject and her desire to see us excel, came through in her teaching methods. We came in for extra classes on Saturday so we could do better. “Reach for the stars”, she would say. When I received my O-Level results, I was elated to see the A+ on my final results!!
My mom is a teacher and I’ve always looked up to her. I think teachers are a really essential part of a child’s growth and development, including my own!
-Sofia V. (student)