And today, I'd like to share with you the first guest writer and her (INspring) story.
Presenting to you.. Erika Toh, a teacher based in Kota Tinggi, Johor, Malaysia.. someone whom I've known from the online world - blogging & twitter.
This, is her story..
|Erika and her 1st teddy bear bouquet from her students.|
Yes, I’m a teacher although an educator sounds more prestigious and commonly used nowadays. I know I don’t look like one and perhaps I’ll never be but trust me, I’m a secondary school English teacher – a one of a kind and I’m proud of it!
In the beginning, I didn’t find being a teacher as inspiring nor was it my first choice of career. Venturing into the teaching profession was supposed to serve as my back-up plan if my main plan fails.
However, I fell in love with the teaching profession in just 3 short months during my practical training and have been a teacher since.
|Erika & her colleague, April.|
|Erika Toh's Teacher's Day presents.|
First of all, I work an average of 8 hours a day with the ability to go home once the school’s dismissed unless if there are meetings or extra co-curricular activities held in the evenings and sometimes, on Saturdays. Then again, after comparing to some other careers’ working hours, being a teacher just seems a better option – more so if you wish to spend more time with your family even though you’re busy making a living.
|Erika, and the outing with her students.|
Secondly, another reason as to why I became a teacher is that teachers have a lot of holidays. I get to go on school trips and participate in exciting activities which are often free of charge or discounted, receive better treatment than an average person and the list goes on and on… Plus, I get to relive my childhood and schooling memories such as camping, jungle-trekking, etc.
|More student & teacher bonding.|
Next, in my hands, I hold the ability to influence and and inspire a whole generation. I can motivate and inspire students to dream and achieve their dreams. Future doctors, engineers, lawyers, businessmen are made under the watchful eyes and guidance of a person called a teacher and without a teacher, none of it could happen. Indeed, with so much power comes great responsibility :P
|Teacher Erika & her students in the classroom (I couldn't have guessed that there is a teacher here hehe) :)|
Being a teacher gives me the chance to make connections and have a wide circle of influences and friends from various different backgrounds and expertise; education, medicine, engineering, law, police force and even politics if I wish to - you get the idea, aye? ;)
|Erika & her colleagues.|
It is a feeling that you just have to experience to believe it. It’s great to inspire people in many possible ways; big or small.
And while I’m enriching my students’ lives, I’m in fact enriching my life too – making me a much better and rounder person as I go along the way. In fact, it's the students themselves who inspires me to be a teacher to inspire others.
|Erika & her 4A class students.|
Being with my students gives me immense pleasure and bliss. And I hope you enjoyed reading through my story and in some way or another inspired by it.
There you have it, my inspiring story of my life as a teacher. I love my career! XoXo~
*The 'What's Your (INspiring) Story? is a 12 weeks series where people from all walks of life are to come together and share anything that inspires them. If you have an INspiring story that you'd like to share & be featured on this blog, simply email me! :)