The mad hatter: “Have I gone mad?”

Alice: “I’m afraid so. You’re entirely bonkers. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.”

I cannot believe that 6 years have gone by,

As I write this I will try not to cry.

You continue to live in my heart,

Even though we are miles apart.

I miss you every night and day,

I think about you when I pray.

It is hard to believe you won’t be by my side,

When I walk down the aisle as a newlywed bride.

Sometimes, I wish I could just call,

Or go shopping with you in the mall.

I hope that you are proud of me,

And that you are glowing with what you see.

I hope that you are safe in the heavens above,

I just want you to know that there is so much love.

Nearly a year, ago, Lorelle Shub, English Literature Teacher at the Eastern Mediterranean International School, watched the film Dead Poets Society, featuring John Keating masterfully portrayed by Robin Williams, a charismatic, flamboyant, off the wall English teacher nearly a year ago. She would never look at teaching the same way again.

John Keating was an educator of universal stature, life-like, human, ecstatic, meaningful, crazy, incomprehensively outgoing and most of all, an influence which affected the very core of his students’ lives. He was the force of knowledge Ms. Lorelle Shub had without a doubt wished to be since her dream to be a teacher was realized so many years ago. A teacher who did not conform to the norms, but was their own person.

“As a teacher who’s quite wacky and really non-conventional, I see a lot of myself in Robin Williams. When he says, ‘I sat on my desk to see life from different perspectives,’ and I think that’s how it is, working at EMIS.”

John Keating, the fluke, would become her role model in education from then on, a model she would carry with her all the way to her current job at the EMIS. An outgoing, perplexing educator, Ms. Lorelle was born in Johannesburg, South Africa to her two parents Martin and Andrea.

At the age of eighteen she decided to immigrate to Israel where she immediately set herself to study. However unlike any average, common variety youngling, Lorelle knew exactly where her future lied.

“So basically, my whole life I wanted to be a teacher, my whole life since I was a little girl…. I think it is my calling. I really do.”

Her passion for teaching was and always had been the driving force of her life, and while studying  Communications and Marketing at Tel Aviv University she was never truly satisfied, always reminded of her true calling.  She changed her focus, moving towards her true passion, becoming an educator.

After her studies, she went on to teach small children, finally fulfilling her calling and even writing a small book for Jewish children as a way to educate youth on the Holocaust.

It is her belief that education is a force of change without equal. An educator’s role is to strengthen a student’s passion and allow them to fully explore the knowledge around them.

“A teacher has the power to make or break a person. To make or break the love of a subject.”

Lorelle Shub believes in the effulgent importance of an education and an educator. She hopes that if her students are to learn at least one thing it is, “always to be bold, to always go for your dreams, even if they sound ridiculous.”

An educator to heart, Ms. Lorelle followed her own dream to educate; now teaching, much to her disdain, far older students at EMIS. A true example of non-conformity and of the breaking of norms, Ms Lorelle is always attempting to find new ways to innovate her teaching style. A cook and eccentric, her favourite novel and author is The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

She has hopes that she will be an influence in her students’ lives and is also marrying her fiancé next month whom she met at Tel Aviv University where she was initially studying.

Written by Carlos Sevilla

Edited by Peter Mangi and Maria Tirnovanu

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