• Time (lack of)
• Vacations spent on
• Weight (of bags)
• Xeroxing (out of
• Yard duty
• Zzzzz (never enough)
These are just a few
the hardships -
just the tip of the
Considering there are no medals to be
had, I asked…
“What keeps you
after at least
30 years in the
56 Teachers, from 17 countries replied!
• Canary Islands
• Global (online)
of those teachers have been
teaching for more than
Their message is loud and clear:
Students DO CARE!
“I love the challenge
of making it work”.
“I have the feeling I learn
something new with each
lesson and with every student”.
“When my 12th grade students kiss me
goodbye for the last time, tell me how
much they loved my lessons, how much I
taught them not only English but also
about life and they promise they will
Sara Vatik, Israel
“Listening, learning and laughing with
my high school kids”!
Arlene B. U.S.A
“I keep what I give”.
“When it’s good, it’s very very
Jack Pillemer, Israel
“I’m just passionate about people, getting
to know them, learning from them, giving
them better prospects in life, being creative
with lessons, reinventing the wheel,
affecting learners yet making them
Jean Sciberras, Malta
“There is nothing else I know how
to do and I need to do something
for a living and in any case I love
being in a classroom and I love
Phil Keegan, Vietnam
“… The pleasure of challenging
young minds, encouraging them
to stretch their minds, to talk and
Veronica Foldes, Israel
“The variety and the
UK and abroad
“It's what I do and who I am; it's
my essence; touching lives and
Rochel Mizrahi, Israel
“The fun never ends”!
Laura Woodward, Turkey
“I feel I have a mission to
Esther Esses, Israel
“Those moments when a student
appreciates your hard work in
supporting them, either verbally or-
even better - in writing”.
Nancy Peled, Israel
“Seeing how the
“Passion for teaching,
love for students and
"Everything is in an eternal flux of change.
Things appear and vanish." However what we
give to others can't be taken from us. I still
enjoy teaching because I feel I can make a
difference in my students' lives.
Mina Tzur, Israel
How to stay Motivated?!!
• Try new things!
• Find a hobby!
• Keep learning!
• Attend conferences!
• Build your own online
support staff room!
• Marry a supportive
•Remember that you
make a difference!
“The thrill of having the
privilege of helping people
“My vision that everyone can learn
to learn and consequently make a
difference in their lives”.
Rachel Segev Miller, Israel
“The sense of mission”
“Love of the students and belief
that the work is vital”.
Debby Friedman, Israel
“Teaching is never boring, it's a
constant challenge and the kids
are quite funny”!
Michele Ben, Israel
I'm still trying to work that out
in a way that doesn't sound
Jan Wright, Spain
Digital pedagogy innovations,
keeping it fresh and new
Adele Raemer, Israel
“Teaching keeps me
young and energetic!”
Avigail Livne, Israel 38 years
“The illusion of my students.”
María del Pino, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
“The kids are what keeps me going
and the joy I get from interacting
Sandy Regev, Israel
Hearing, “Yesterday I was on the
bus and I understood the people
“The STUDENTS who come in all
shapes and sizes with a range of
“A love of life, a love of children and a
great curiosity about the world
Patricia Reifen, Israel
“I do enjoy both seeing students gaining
confidence and improving the ways to
assist them in it”.
Anna Yermolenko, Russia
“Belief in and love for the students. Also
knowing it makes a difference to the
students long after we part”.
Debby Zweibach, Israel
30 or so…
“The idea that I can still
make a difference in
Susan Bedein, Israel
“The same as 34 years ago, I still
love the profession and the
Sharon Shapira, Israel
"Forever changing what I do
Wendy Segal, Israel
“I like imparting knowledge”.
Tsippi Sandler, Israel
“I still really enjoy connecting with
Fruma Cohen, Israel
“Constantly creating a buzz in the
classroom which inspires and motivates
students to do their best whatever age,
level or ability”. Susan Hillyard, Global
Almost 30 years
“My joy at imparting knowledge and
seeing that the students have learnt,
but I am very lucky to work with a
supportive team in a wonderful
Jackie Keller, Israel
Teaching is my anchor -
my life outside the class
is irrelevant. I pull
Miriam Lapid, Israel
“….Observing the brilliant careers my ex-
students are making; and I just love my job.
There is no better job than teaching English,
because you are continuously looking for
information and materials, and keep learn so
many exciting things three to ten years ahead
of those who do not speak English. And you
feel great talking with students. They keep
you updated too”.
Valentina Holubeva, Belarus
“The interaction with the younger
generation keeps me invigorated. I
enjoy the process and the outcome”.
“I love to see the students progress
and discover the English language
and find it useful to learn not for
grades but for active life”.
Marthe Ohana, Israel
“The challenge of learning to see
through student posturing to the
hearts behind it, and learning to listen
to 'wants' and identifying the 'needs'
that students don't know how to
Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto, Japan
“The connection with my
Ellen Haskell, Israel
The following are responses from
teachers who have been
teaching for less than 30 years
but added their thoughts…
• “The key motivation is progress of my students,
my own experience, growth and constant
professional development”. (Dmitri Stepanov,
• “Money”, Elena Sivtsova, Russia
• “ I love what I do”. Cristina Cabal, Spain
• “Every class is different, just find the way to
reach them”. Sara G. , Israel
• “Thankful students, please”! Elena, Ukraine
• Variety - I've taught from age 3 to 73 - never
boring. “ Marlene, Israel
ONCE A TEACHER-
ALWAYS A LEARNER !
VASILIKI MANDALOU, GREECE
Thank you for coming!