Irina Halaida - Questfield

Irina Halaida

Irina Halaida
Primary School Teacher

Throughout my 15 years of experience in the private educational field, I have had the chance of working with a large range of age groups, starting from 3 to 15. In spite of great challenges at time, these various stages created and developed skills in line with the specific needs of the pupils. Now when I look back, I find out that each work situation brought something different in my teaching experience as well as in my life experience: teaching English in a boarding school, as well as actually living there gave me the understanding that the process of teaching is something that does not stop when the class is over. It was the best environment where I myself have been equally exposed to learning as well as teaching or supervising. It was the best place where starting to learn that “The task of the modern educator is not to cut down the jungles but to irrigate deserts “ (C. S. Lewis). Later on, as a one-to- one supervisor, I have become a constant learner of special needs that some pupils can request on behavioural, emotional, sensory and some learning difficulties grounds. My task has therefore been to create the right environment in which pupil’s full academic potential could be reached. One key-word defining my work profile would be “diversity” having the chance to have experienced different types of school systems and teaching styles, different ages of pupils and their different backgrounds. In all these, the very one ingredient, present in any type of method, for any kind of circumstance is love. Nido R. Qubein resumes this saying that “Love is the most positive force on earth and each of us can cultivate it.” It is “the spinal bone” on which any information will rest safely, proving that the teaching served not for a season only, or for an exam to pass, but for the most exciting and challenging experience: life itself.