Today was World Teachers Day, and the teaching staff arrived this morning to discover breakfast being prepared for them! Pancakes, bacon, juice, coffee … Maybe a Mimosa or Two. Thank you Teachers, for all that you do! And an Enormous Thank You to Elisa, Reese, Lynnette, and Amanda for all the hard work they put in to make today a special day for the teaching staff!!
We already read about Lynnette’s amazing teacher who influenced her life. Now, we are going to read about one of Reese’s most important teachers – Professor Elizabeth Mehren. Reese met Prof. Mehren when she was undergraduate student studying journalism. Although Reese loved to write and Prof. Mehren taught her a lot about reporting and news writing, Reese decided that she didn’t really like journalism as much as she thought she did. Prof. Mehren helped Reese to finish off her degree in journalism while she transitioned into the education field. Despite her belief that Reese was a great journalist, Prof. Mehren supported Reese in her decision to go in a different direction and pushed her to do what made her happy. Without Prof. Mehren’s encouragement and support, Reese might still be an unhappy journalist, instead of a happy teacher. This is what Reese had to say about her influential and important teacher. “I was really unsure what to do when I realized that being a journalist wasn’t the right choice for me. I was afraid that if I told Prof. Mehren, who was one of my favorite teachers and my advisor, that I wanted to change and work in education, she would be angry. Instead, she was extremely supportive and she helped me to weigh my options and make the best choice possible. She also encouraged me to continue writing even though I no longer wanted to be a writer. This helped me a lot because as an English teacher now, one of my favorite subjects to teach students is writing. When I teach the important rules of writing to my students, I remember some of the tips from Prof. Mehren’s journalism classes. Thank you Prof. Mehren for believing in me and helping me to move my career in a direction that made me happy.”
The teachers at EC Miami and teachers all of their world were honored today, October 5th on World Teachers’ Day. Every school celebrated in its own way, but EC Miami decided to take a break from grammar, exam preparation, and vocabulary and do some special activities. All of the classes planned something interesting to show their Friday teacher how much they appreciated him/her. Some classes wrote loving poems to their teachers, while others compared their Friday teacher with their Thursday teacher. Some higher level classes made their teachers be the students by giving them tests and projects, while other classes had the students be the teachers by having the students make presentations and “teach” part of the class. Overall, it was a great way to continue speaking English, but in a fun way that showed teacher appreciation. During graduation, the teachers were given superlatives based on student votes. The winners were as follows: Best Teacher: Mark Most Creative: Reese Most Patient: Juan Strictest: Jose Happiest: Michelle and Lynnette Loudest Laugh: Edwin Best Handwriting: Eric After getting certificates and a trophy (for Mark!) the teachers were treated to a yummy lunch from EC Miami. Thanks for being great teachers! We are happy that all of you are a part of EC Miami and we know that your students are very interested in your classes!
In honor of World Teachers’ Day, we have decided to continue the theme and ask our teachers who their favorite teachers were when they were in the student chairs. Don’t forget that your teachers were once students just like you! They might not have been English students at EC Miami, but they had to learn a lot over the years too! Let’s start out with Lynnette and her favorite teachers, Dr. Ruth Outland. Lynnette said she still keeps in touch with her amazing teacher to this day and that Dr. Outland really influenced her life. Dr. Ruth Outland inspired Lynnette to become a teacher. While in school to earn her Bachelor’s degree, Lynnette struggled with Algebra and failed the class twice until she met Dr. Outland. Outland had an infinite amount of patience with Lynnette and helped her to tackle the fear of Algebra. Once the fear was gone, Lynnette was able to see Algebra in a different way and passed the class with an A! (I should mention that the most amazing part of all of this is that Dr. Outland is an English teacher). It was Outland’s patience, guidance, and support that helped Lynnette pass the class. “Dr. Outland showed me that anything is possible if you work hard and put your mind to it,” Lynnette said. “I hope that I she can be as equally inspiring to my students. Thank you Dr. Outland!”
This month – October – is a special month for teachers because Friday, October 5th is World Teachers’ Day. We will do another blog post this week explaining everything we have planned to celebrate our teachers on this important day. In October, instead of having a Teacher of the Month, we have decided to have TeacherS of the Month at EC Miami because we want to honor all of our great teachers. Therefore, congratulations to Jose, Juan, Eric, Reese, Michelle, Edwin, Lynnette, and Mark! You are all co-teachers of the month and we are very proud of all of you. We know that you work hard everyday to help your students and we are very thankful for all of your patience in the classroom. Our teachers are very helpful and good at what they do, but they also love their jobs. Here are some of the reasons why our teachers love being teachers at EC Miami: “I’m always happiest when I’m interacting with students, helping them improve their English skills, and learning more about the world from their perspectives.” – Reese “I have learned a lot from my students and it is very rewarding to be exposed to so many different viewpoints.” – Eric “My job allows me to meet some of the most interesting people from all corners of the world.” – Juan “I love teaching because not only do I get to share my knowledge but I also get to learn from my students.” – Michelle