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Teacher of the Day

Name:  Sabina Nalic

School:  Jovan Mikic

Subject:  English as a second language

State:  Serbia

What or who inspired you to become a teacher?

It was by accident. My dear friend asked me to work instead of her in one of our secondary schools. I accepted, and that was the beginning. Later on, I realized that I would like to work with younger students. I passed the exams needed, and here I am.

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

It is so different when you are a beginner compared to when you are an experienced teacher. It is so much easier; I am not afraid of asking for help when I need it. I walk and talk more freely; my self-confidence is increasing; I am happy just being in the school.

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

Do not show your fear! Take control of the children; don't be afraid of that. Trust yourself and your instincts. Believe that you are capable of anything. Don't be embarrassed to ask your colleagues for help.

My best day in the classroom was when…

I walk into the classroom on each day at school, and I meet my first-graders, who are smiling, wanting to talk to me and to touch me, and saying that English is the class they like best.

The best compliment I ever received was...

That I remind someone of his/her old teacher who taught when s/he was young, and that I am an example of a teacher who knows how to do a job. Also, students say that I have no favourite students. They feel that they are equals to each other, and that I am fair when it comes to a grade question.

What's your favorite part of the school year?

The beginning of the year, the days before Christmas, and the first part of the second term.

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

An interactive white board.

What do you eat for breakfast on school days?

Scrambled eggs, tea, bread, or just cereal with milk and fruit. And coffee, of course.

What movie or TV show do you secretly love?

"CSI," "House," The Bridges of Madison County


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