Michelle Dsouza: Everyone and everything around you can be a source of inspiration

What do you love about teaching?

Knowing that I have the ability to inspire, mentor and touch minds. I learn from my students as much as I teach them.

Tell us about some of your achievements

On the non-academic front,  I am a self-taught musician. Being fond of music , I play four different musical instruments.

Over the last 9 years of my journey as a teacher and learner , I am grateful to have worked with passionate teachers across the globe. My biggest achievement has been developing a love for learning and creating a happy environment too . There is no match to any award or certificate other than seeing students motivated to learn, grow and achieve their goals.

Tell us about some of the challenges you face in your job.

Accepting that every learner has a different style and then being able to successfully cater to that style of learning.  It is important to have a flexible approach towards students.

Children spend most of their time in school with teachers. Making that time enjoyable and safe for all students is essential.

I learn from my students as much as I teach them.

Michelle Dsouza

What inspires you?

My mother is a retired teacher. Having grown up to see the difference she has made to the lives of her students, made me take up teaching as a profession. 

Everyone and everything around you can be a source of inspiration.

I am a self motivated person. My goal is to develop that same sense of inspiration in learners.

What would you like to tell someone who is new or trying to be a teacher?

Patience, patience and more patience.

Any interesting stories you’d like to share with our readers?

Presently I have been teaching English. As a part of the subject, students learn a variety of figurative language over the years.

It’s been amazing to see how students incorporate that in their daily conversation.

I once had a student come up to me and say “break a leg” right during a lesson observation. Well at least they are learning well.

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