My day usually starts quite early, and the best part of it is greeting the kids outside the school gates. Be it the high schoolers pretending to wear their helmets on the way to school, to the first graders who let me know that they're not happy because their mom is away and their dad is in charge. They're so joyous, they just tell you as it is. I had a little boy last year who told me he was breaking up with me on Valentine's day because he had too many girlfriends - so I had to be devastated for a few days after that. I think that's the best part, seeing the kids come in.
I also love seeing the former Seisen girls come in or getting emails from them. Not everybody has a good experience at school, but when they come back years later and tell me that they could tell that the teachers here really cared about them and had good intent, that's huge."
"I can't remember a time when I haven't wanted to become a teacher. I started out teaching in a school near my university (which turned out to be the sister school of Seisen), and I taught students who were in 7th and 8th grade. One particular class was very difficult; there were many discipline problems, but they turned out to be my favorite group of kids. Teaching was nothing like what I had expected it to be. It's one thing to be looking up from a desk, and another thing to be in front of a classroom.
I had taught for two years before I came to Seisen, and I found the environment very different from Ireland. Working with international students and an international staff was very different; I was also one of the youngest teachers at the time. I found it very exciting! Having students from different backgrounds could be challenging at times, but at the end of the day, every student has a heart that has to be taken care of. No matter where in the world they come from, the heart and the mind cannot be dealt with separately.
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