Last week and the week before I was in Greece, visiting my family and friends after quite a while, almost a year and a half. It was a great holiday! One of my goals was to see some, if not all of my former students from The Loras English Academy (which is quite impossible in two weeks’ time).
I keep in touch with some of them, mainly via Skype, so I know what they are doing – they share their news with me but some I had not seen in quite a while. One day while I was there, I was standing on a street corner waiting for my sisters to pick me up and I felt a tap on my shoulder. I turned around and it was none other than B., whom I had taught since he was eight years old and who was my inspiration for my talk at the 2011 ETAS AGM and Convention. Only this time, he was much taller than me and in university! I am so proud of him.
I saw more kids (most of them now adolescents or young adults) and it was so great to see them all grown up, full of dreams – in a country that is now in a difficult situation (and that I hope it will get out of). We had a lot of “Do you remember the time when…?” moments combined with their future and what they want to do.
I just wanted to take the opportunity to tell them how proud I am of them and what they have achieved so far, what they will be achieving in the future and that seeing their eyes full of enthusiasm, dreams and hopes, made me a very happy person and educator!