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Teacher of the Day

Name:  Sandy Tsagdi

School:  Freelance instructor for adults

Subject:  Italian

Country:  Greece

What or who inspired you to become a teacher?

A without-tutor method of learning Italian that my uncle gave me when I was 12 years old.

How are things different for you now, compared to when you first started teaching?

The maturity and the capacity that I gained in curriculum development. Also, I learned how to look at my students as individuals. I always try to build a community in the classroom.

What advice would you give to a new or struggling teacher?

Never lose motivation, think positively and understand  what particular students really need -- for example, a better curriculum or a psychology reinforcement.

My best day in the classroom was when…

When I knew that my 67-year-old student passed the state examination of Italian Language.

The best compliment I ever received was...

That my character is dominated by discipline, trustworthiness and a well-intended mood for all.

What's your favorite part of the school year?

When we come together to organize an event in Italian Language or a film projection.

What is your one must-have item for the classroom?

My notes

What do you eat for breakfast on school days?

Milk and cereal

What movie or TV show do you secretly love?

Notting Hill


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