“True teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross; then, having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create their own.”
― Nikos Kazantzakis
I believe that everybody is born to do a specific job. I was born to be a teacher, in the most profound sense of the term. Throughout my educational career of more than 25 years, I've been working to show a way and set an example to the students. I've been doing this as a librarian, as a teacher of English and ToK, and as an educational advisor. In all my roles and positions I've endeavoured not only to mediate knowledge but also to be a point of orientation for those who couldn't find their way in the maze of possibilities that suddenly opened up for them, or who just wanted to share their sorrow or happiness with someone. I wasn't simply the giver in these encounters but also the receiver of a great deal of love, appreciation and knowledge. I died a little each time a year graduated, and was reborn with the arrival of a new one, since just as students change year by year, so do teachers change their thinking, revise their methods, and learn new things with the students. This is what keeps us young. And whenever a former student, maybe even someone you taught 15 years ago, writes you to thank you for the kindness and knowledge that you gave them back then, you know you're on the right track and do the job that you were assigned to.
Because it has the promise of renewal. Because the teachers here serve as a bridge for the students. Because it seems that both the teachers and the students are happy and content in this community.
IB is also a bridge: a bridge to an international community in which students learn critical thinking and reasoning, can see how the different school subjects relate to one another, and realize that it’s always best to look at things from several angles before making a decision. By the time they leave this community, they will have been endowed with ample knowledge and an international perspective that will pave their way to any renowned college or university.