I am a high school teacher (45) from Zala county, the western part of Hungary. I graduated from the university of ELTE, Budapest as a teacher of biology and geography, and I did not dream about becoming an English teacher at that time. However, I have always enjoyed those National Geographic Magazine articles and, since there was no internet on the horizon yet, I used every opportunity to learn more about my hobby areas – guess what? – anything about nature and, of course, traveling.
So when the opportunity came, I continued my studies and got my degree as a teacher of English. Now I am doing a kind of combination of the three: teaching geography and biology in English in the bilingual program of Kölcsey Ferenc Gimnázium, Zalaegerszeg.
You can not really get bored if you are a teacher. This profession is like a great adventure, bringing about challenges every day. It has already taken me to amazing places close-by and far-away. Dealing with young people in- and outside the classroom also brings about something new every single day. I enjoy working with my 15-19-year-olds, and I learn a lot from them.
Besides school-work and some other professional ‘hobbies’ like course design and book writing, I love to be with my family. My husband, Gyuri is a vet, and I often assist him with operations. It’s a great feeling to be able to help animals. Our two daughters, Márti (19) and Kata (18) are graduating from the same school where I teach, and they have had to ‘endure’ my presence in their classroom as a substitute teacher a couple of times, in the past six years. They will go to college next year, and this means we will all have a brand new life from September on.
I sing in the small choir of my small town, Zalaszentgrót, and jog or swim when time allows. And I love cutting the grass, sitting on our green tractor.
We live in the countryside, about 35 km and seven villages away from the school, but commute is not bad if the weather is fine. And we can often see foxes and deer. Oh yes, and we have a dog called Lili, a magyar vizsla, a Hungarian breed.
What else? In our family it is my husband Gyuri who loves cooking. And the girls are also getting the hang of it. Lucky me!