We all know that IB English is challenging. What do you think is the most important attribute for a student to be successful in this course?
In English, you’ve got to be tenacious. You might not always love the articles you’re reading or the text you’re studying. But you always got to give things a try. Also, you’ve got to be tenacious in realizing that sometimes when you write, you can write a brilliant piece of work, but it’s also okay to not get things right and to always voice your opinion. I want people to enjoy themselves and get the opportunity to give things a go, to try their best. And that’s the Mark of a good student, specifically in English, to not worry about having the right answer, but focus more on what they think and to make sure what they think is actually grounded in the text.
How did you know teaching was the right path for you?
I didn’t. I thought of going into journalism. I thought about possibly going into different field of studies, but during high school, I did a lot of tutoring, specifically with younger students and into university as well. And I realized my passion was working with young people and seeing their potential. I think students at GNS have an opportunity to make incredible changes in the world, given in our privilege. And that I hope to be part of that kind of their journey. I hope what we’ve done in the classroom or the relationships we build in class will last a lifetime.
Thank you Ms. Lee for your time. It was a pleasure to interview you!