Blog Challenge – What’s Your Story?

My sister Gina and I, both educators, made a big change in our lives – What’s Your Story?

I am very happy to announce my first ever blog challenge called: What’s Your Story?

After writing on my blog about my experience on moving to Switzerland after closing our school in Greece, my adjusting to a new country, new job(s) and a new life in general, I would love to hear your story! For me, writing about it was like a catharsis, revisiting a difficult time in my life, which turned out to be the best decision I have ever made!

If you decide to take part in the challenge, it can be about anything you consider important in your life or career, that has helped shape you as a person or educator. You can decide what to share!

  • Have you made a big move?
  • A career change?
  • Have you been teaching and living in a country for a long time, but have seen changes in yourself as a person, educator or both?
  • Are you thinking of a change in the future?

You can choose! If you have your own blog, post your story there and I will also add the link on my blog, on this post, if it is okay with you as well. If you do not have a blog, feel free to send me your post at and I will post it on my blog! Or ask a friend who has a blog, anything you like.

Thanks for reading and I will be very happy to read your stories – as I am sure lots of people out there are too!

Posts on What’s Your Story:

  • Matt Ray writes on his blog: I woke up that morning screaming in pain, struggling to move my legs. No doubt, I put quite a fright into my parents who, in the midst of our summer vacation, were confronted with their 6-year old son suddenly being unable to walk. […]
  • Sue Annan writes her own story on her blog: When I left school I applied for the local Teacher Training College and was accepted. I was half way through the programme when… […]
  • Sharon Hartle has shared her wonderful video-post Where English Has Taken Me Now for the challenge.
  • Paco Gascon shares how he went through a dilemma in his post: The point is writing about some kind of turning point in our life and/or career, so, I’m going to tell you about how I had to decide – in a matter of hours – whether to take up (again) a career as a secondary education teacher or to stick to a juicy full time contract at a graphic design studio. […]
  • Read Tyson Seburn‘s post Turning Points in You Story: Do your colleagues know much about your language teaching background beyond a list of qualifications and positions of employment? Sharing where you began, your process of growth, and goals for the future can help inspire, foster and contribute to growth in members or your community, not to mention build a connection to individuals where there may have been little before. I hope sharing mine supports one of these. […]
  • Read Lesley‘s post for the challenge: I’m going to tell the story about how I came to be an English language teacher. The last thing I thought I’d be when I was at school was a teacher.  Being a librarian was probably the second last thing.  But I’ve been both! […]
  • Tinashe Blanchet has written This Is My Story: In response to Vicky Loras’ “What’s your Story?” challenge , I am posting a little of my personal story this morning in hopes that it will shed further light on why I do what I do. […] I grew up on the west side of Chicago as the only child of a single mother. There were many issues between my mom and me, especially as I got older and began to test boundaries. […]
  • Tuba Bauhofer explains how she learned a third language and how much it influenced her life in her post Bilinguality and Literacy by Manjula Datta: I read this book when I was doing my research for the assignment I had to write in my course. I liked how the writer referred to her own language learning experience as a foreigner in the UK. […]
  • Faisal Shamali recounts a story of a student of his in his post Finally I Did It: My name is Musallum. I was in level One in FPU. I studied Speaking course with Mr. Faisal. I want to tell you about my story clearly and honestly. […]
  • Tara Benwell has submitted a super video post about her story: How she has developed a great learning community on My English Club!
  • Read Janet Bianchini‘s beautiful and moving story The Abbruzzo Dream – My Story: Worlds apart yet a destiny foretold. My blood is 100% from Abruzzo, my heart is 100% British. Two countries forever intertwined from the moment of my birth. […]
  • Read Luiz Reikdal‘s post of how his teaching and life changed through the use of technology: […] Since November last year I started using and testing technology myself. That was breathtaking…by just visualizing the potentiaIity of Web 2.0 in the classroom. […]
  • Fiona Price from England has written her beautiful story as well: My Story: […] It was back in 1977, in the days of the Magic Bus, which involved a very long and extremely exhausting three-day coach trip to Athens with an overnight stop-over in Austria. […]
  • Lu Bodeman from Brazil writes about her story: How she got into teaching and her beautiful multicultural background: […] Well, I stumbled into the English language teaching profession, really. I never took formal language lessons, but discovered early in life (7 years old) how languages and culture would be important in my life. […]
  • Naomi Epstein writes about the time she immigrated from the States to Israel, an eleven-year-old girl: […] I was able to identify with her story of immigration as I moved to Israel from the United States when I was eleven years old. […]
  • Arjana Blazic writes about her transformation as an educator: […] Do I lead such an amazing life? Do I have such a story? I’ve never lived anywhere else but in Croatia. I’ve never done anything else but teach. I’m not thinking about a change in the future… […]
  • Vicky Saumell writes about how she transformed into a full-time teacher: First of all, I want to be straightforward about the content of this post: it is not about technology. So I want to apologize in advance to my techie audience but I have wanted to write about this for a while and this is the best space for it, anyway. […]
  • Işıl Boy  writes her story originally written for Dave Dodgson‘s great blog: First, I want to thank my dear course mate Dave for offering me to write a guest post on his insightful blog. We are both doing our master’s at the University of Manchester, Educational Technology and TESOL. […]
  • Liam Dunphy takes us on a trip around the world with his beautiful story: […] I grew up in Dun Laoghaire, a pretty seaside port town on the south side of Ireland’s capital city, Dublin. […]
  • James Taylor celebrates his blogoversary and tells us his great story: […] I studied Media Studies, specifically television production, at university. I studied it because I was, and still am, an avid consumer of the media and the arts. […]
  • Mieke Kenis recounts her beautiful story of her love for teaching and England: […] My story is a long one, as I have been teaching for 31 years but it’s a simple story as teaching is all I have ever done. I have wanted to be a teacher for as long as I can remember. […]
  • Dave Dodgson tells us his very interesting story:  […] Over the last few weeks, I have thought a lot about what to write – the story of how and why I decided to enter the world of TEFL in the first place, what me me come to and stay in Turkey, how I ended up teaching kids, when I started to see this as my career and not just a way to live abroad or pay the bills…. […]
  • Brad Patterson, a very good friend in France, has published his photo-blog story: Beautiful post and pictures! : Imagine a pilgrimage… where you trekked for month after month… and each step took you somewhere you’d never been before… […]
  • Wiktor Kostrzewski writes his wonderful journey through English on his blog: […] It’s late in the evening. We’re sitting in the kitchen, my Dad and I. We’re going through the first few pages of my first English textbook. My Dad asks a question, and I think long and hard before giving an answer. “Yes,” he says, surprised. “That’s not what the answer key says, but that’s also possible.” […]
  • Ana Luisa Lozano writes her beautiful Ecuadorean story on her blog: […] It has been a long learning and teaching path  since 1998, wonderful time in which  I have had the opportunity to teach  English to  Primary, Secondary and University students. […]
  • Ann Loseva from Moscow writes her inspiring story – and gives us all a lot of inspiration and strength: […] How have I become the teacher I am, the personality I think I am? Well, it does look to me like a pretty tough question to tackle. Many things have been happening shaping my teaching style and affecting my personality. […]
  • Fiona Mauchline writes her story in parts and she has offered to add them to the blog challenge – parts of her childhood, parts of her life… The Art of Being Different Part One, The Art of Being Different Part Two, The Art of Being Different Part Three.

55 thoughts on “Blog Challenge – What’s Your Story?

  1. Βίκυ!!!
    Πόσο χαίρομαι που σας βλέπω. Σας κοιτάζουμε με την Ελένη και τον Παναγιώτη αυτή τη στιγμή. Δεν μας προσκαλείτε κι εμάς στην Ελβετία;
    Πήρατε την καλύτερη απόφαση Βίκυ. Εδώ η κατάσταση είναι πολύ δύσκολη. Θα μαθαίνετε τα νέα από τους γονείς σας. Δεν σας έχουμε δει από τότε που φύγατε από την Ελλάδα. Έρχεστε τα καλοκαίρια ή εξαφανιστήκατε διά παντός; Η συγγραφική σου δεινότητα δεν σε εγκατέλειψε. Μπράβο! Έχεις πολύ ωραίες ιδέες. Όταν βρεις χρόνο γράψε μου για τα σχολεία στην Ελβετία. Πως λειτουργούν και αν συγκρίνονται με τα δικά μας.
    Χαιρετισμούς πολλούς και στην Ευγενία.
    Πολλά φιλιά εκ μέρους όλων μας.

    1. Kalispera se olous sas!

      Poso me sigineite me auto sas to minima, sas euxaristw toso poly kai na erthete opote thelete stin Elvetia! Edw ta sxoleia einai opws ston Canada – ola organwmena kai me taksi. Oi daskaloi epitirountai kai aksiologountai syxna kai kanoun poly training, pou mas voithaei olous na eimaste enimeroi gia polla.

      Irthame to Pasxa, alla de meiname poly. Twra isws ta Xristougenna, alla tha thelame para poly na sas doume! Sas stelnoume kai oi dyo tin agapi mas kai polla filia se sas, ton Panagioti kai tin Eleni!

      Me agapi,

    1. Hi Michael!

      Thank you so much for all your support and for taking part in the blog challenge. I will be very happy to post it on my blog – thank you so mch for taking the time to write it, and also thank you for sending me the story behind your profile pic, so interesting! I always wanted to ask you : )


  2. Hi Vicky,
    Love the idea of this challenge. I don’t know if you’re interested in my “Magical Mystery Tour of where English has taken me. It’s a screencast of a Prezi, and gets off to a shaky start but them improves… promise.
    Anyway, thought you might like it:

    1. Hi Sharon!

      Welcome to the challenge : ) Thank you so much for sharing the video! It is wonderful. A really beautiful story!

      Kind regards and many thanks,

  3. Γεια σου Βίκυ μου. Δεν ησυχάζεις με τίποτα!! Μπράβο σου. Καλή επιτυχία στο νέο σου blog! Φιλάκια πολλά σε όλους.

  4. Fantastic challenge! I’ve posted a link to it in MyEC’s Challenge Group. I’ll share a link when I’ve posted my own. In the meantime, I have many stories to read thanks to you, Vicky.

    1. Thank you so much Tara, for posting the blog challenge to MyEC and for all your kind words! And for offering to take on the challenge – I am looking forward to reading your story.

      Many thanks,

  5. A great challenge! My most recent story of change is deciding to change from Flash to Silverlight, two different technologies, because Flash wasn’t up to what I wanted to do, you know, making a tool for everyone to use. It has been, and still is, a tortuous journey.

  6. Hi Vicky

    Thank you so much for posting the link to my story in your blog. This fab challenge has made me reflect on certain aspects of my current life, which I had not really included before. Change always takes time to adjust to, but I guess in the end, things usually work out for the best.

    It’s great to read and view all the different stories in your challenge!!

    Best wishes

    Janet :-)))

    1. Hi Janet!

      A million thanks for your beautiful and very touching post! I absolutely love what you say: Nothing is impossible when you are determined and are passionate about something! It is a motto we should all keep in mind.

      I love how everything has worked out for you. Thank you so much for sharing things with us! I really appreciate it.

      Big hugs from Zug,

  7. Hi Vicky

    You are very kind. Your touching story has been the inspiration behind the stories in this thought-provoking challenge. Once again, many thanks to you for suggesting this series. I look forward to reading more stories…

    Big hugs from Abruzzo, Italy!

    Me agapi 🙂


  8. I love stories like these – amazing how very narrow minded I can be myself when thinking about how very ‘great’ and ‘life-changing’ my experiences are. There’s a lot of us who goes through similar adventures. I found a job on about a year ago, moved to China and then to Korea! 🙂

  9. Τι κάνετε, καλέ;

    Εδώ ζοριζόμεθα… γενικότερα και ειδικότερα! Έχω 26 πρωτάκια και πρώτη φορά σκέφτηκα να παραιτηθώ και… να βάλω κήπο! Μπορεί με τις πατάτες και τα λάχανα να τα πήγαινα καλύτερα. Δεν το ‘κανα, προτίμησα να συνεχίσω. Πλέον έχω μια ΥΠΟΨΙΑ ότι η τάξη ΑΡΧΙΖΕΙ να ρολάρει. Θα δούμε…

    Φιλιά και στις δυο σας!
    (κυρίες μου, είστε… αειθαλείς; Όπως σας άφησα σας βλέπω! Εύγε σας! 😉 )

  10. Marilia mas!

    Prwta ap’ola, filia ki apo mena kai tin Eugenia!

    Eimai sigouri oti kai 56 prwtakia na eixes, pali asteri tha hsoun kai pali mia xara tha htan ki auta me sena, tin kali tous ti daskala!

    Emeis kala eimaste kai sou stelnoume ooooooli tin agapi mas! (Grapse ena sxolio sta Agglika – seeeeee parakalooooooooooooo ; )

    Polla filakia,

  11. no way!


    Με μένα, κορίτσια, δεν πέτυχε! Συγγνώμη, αλλά εξακολουθώ να τα αντιπαθώ, να τα φοβάμαι και να τα αποφεύγω. Εκτός κι αν… κάποια στιγμή… αποφασίσω να ξεπεράσω το φόβο μου τούτο. 😉

  12. Dear Ann!

    Thank you so much – you don’t have to thank me, I have to for your sharing your great story from which you came out a definite winner! You’re very strong and successful and I admire you. I feel very fortunate to have met you last year in Paris and I hope we meet again in 2012 : )

    A big thank you and hug,

  13. Well, you actually know my (our) story very well and have heard it numerous times; on my good days and my bad days. So here goes nothing:

    My heartbreaking (to this day) story :

    AND my pride-and-joy story :

    Thank you, Vicky Loras!


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