We asked our teachers why they became teachers

IH London teachers share their stories why they became teachers.

Teachers are special. We say thank you!

Celebrating International Teachers day we asked some of our IH London colleagues to share their stories of an inspirational teacher.

I own my passion for Art to a very special teacher I had in high school. She taught History of Art but I rarely remember being in a classroom with her. Rather than using boring textbooks, or projecting images from a projector, she took her students out to the streets of Paris to see Art “in situ”. I had the enormous luck of learning about the Renaissance whilst contemplating the Mona Lisa at the Louvre, about the Romanticism in front of a Rodin sculpture, and about Picasso observing his masterpieces at the Musee Picasso. A great teacher inspires students, awakens a passion, incites pupils to love what they learn. Thanks, Mrs. Olget! – Maria Carmona, Sales and Marketing Intern

In junior high school, I used to hate Science as a subject because it seemed impossible to understand until one year we had a teacher, Miss Maria, who started doing experiments in class! It was so interesting and for the first time I felt like I understood the subject, that I was learning something! I ended up getting a B+ in Science that year which isn’t half bad considering I was a C- student before! – Caroline Karakatsani, Digital Marketing Executive and Social Media Manager

I remember my English teacher with very fond memories. She would sit on the edge of the desk and read to the class extracts from world literature that otherwise I think most of us would never have found interesting. She had a way of bringing novels to life. One of the many books she read was “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee. Even now I still associate the main character, Scout, with the English teacher’s voice and remember the lessons drawn out and questions made by the teacher to help us understand the fundamental message from the book. – Tim Martin, Interim Director of Finance

I have a great memory of my literature teacher from high school who almost obliged us to go see Amelie Poulain the movie and afterwards scolded us for skipping class; to her, I am most grateful for allowing us to treat life with irony, sarcasm, and humour, and pushing us to read as much as we could. But I also have a memory of a teacher from my Masters who took a couple of hours of his time to speak with me via Skype and help me prepare for an interview. I always think about his advice when I’m about to accept new challenges: there is a mad world out there (and very competitive), and you have to always be prepared for it! He used to say this in almost all his classes and sometimes with a passion powerful enough to make us not only dream, but also achieve our dreams. – Cristina Murariu, Digital Marketing Executive

One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child, said Carl Jung. We hope all the teachers and students spend some thinking about the importance a teacher has in each student’s life, and share the joy and passion of learning beyond the classroom.

Do you have a memory of an inspirational teacher? Leave us a comment on our blog post and we’ll publish it in the article too.

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