EMIS is a place of extraordinary students, but also extraordinary teachers. In order to present them, we would like to take a throwback to the past and introduce stories from their childhood. Here are some teachers who shared their narratives.
Ms. Shani comes from London, England. Throughout her career, she taught for 5 years in Singapore and last August, she came to EMIS as an English A teacher and CAS Coordinator.
Here is a story that she shared:
“I have always loved reading and exploring imaginary worlds. From an early age, my favourite time was to curl up on my mother’s knee and dive into a magical land of make believe. My mum would always read with such expression and change the voices for all the characters (which is probably how I developed such a love for theatre and drama!) and I would laugh at her silly ways and listen so intently to every word she said.
I spent some time in Israel as a young girl and my dad would read to me in Hebrew and mum in English. ‘Each Peach Pear Plum’ (the book in the photo) was my favourite childhood book and we brought it all the way to Israel with us from London! I loved the rhyming words, the fairy-tale characters and all the details in the illustrations. I would read this book over and over again and never get bored of it! In fact… if you ask me to… I can recite the entire thing to you today!”
Shelli comes from Canada. She taught at Toronto University and five years ago she moved to Israel. She has been teaching mathematics at Tel Aviv University, Technion, and since 2016 at EMIS. Although she does not really remember the story behind the photo below, most likely it is from Purim (“I really hope it is!! Otherwise, I was just dressing up and being silly…. mind you, that sounds very feasible!!” – Shelli).
Ms. Wenger comes from Canada, however she also lived and taught in the United States, Norway and Israel. She has been teaching at EMIS since 2015, as an English A, Psychology teacher, and EE Coordinator. Here is a picture of Ms. Wenger “learning how to break social norms from a young age”.
Omri Cohen is an English B teacher and Self-taught Coordinator at EMIS. He comes from Israel and besides EMIS, he tutors at the university. In the past, he used to teach in the United Kingdom. Here is a picture of Mr. Omri from his childhood.
Ms. Rhiannon comes from Wales and she has been teaching Biology at EMIS since 2015. In the picture below, Ms. Rhiannon (on the right!) is celebrating St. David’s Day with her twin sister at the age of 4.
Mr. Chaim studied economics, later he worked in business, and finally moved to education. He is a Maths coordinator and currently, he teaches Maths SL and Maths Studies. The attached picture comes from October 1972, when Mr. Chaim was 18 months old. Here is the story that he shares with us:
I was growing in a small village called “Ramot Hashavim” (about 10 km north of EMIS). My family owned a farm and since I was a baby, I liked working in the chicken coop, helping my father to collect the fresh eggs. One day, my father took a picture of me collecting an egg. He was so proud of me that day, that after we finished collecting all the eggs, he put me in the eggs cart in order to take a picture of me and all the eggs that we collected. Unfortunately, a few seconds later, the eggs cart lost balance, turned over, collapsed and all the eggs crashed around me. This was my first personal omelet.
We would like to greatly thank all the teachers, who bravely shared their stories and pictures with us!
Written by: Beniamin Strzelecki