Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Happy 25th Birthday! =)

Woah.. I'm already 25 as of today.. Time really flies... As I was watching my kids swim, it feels as thought I was just like them a few years ago. Lolx..

Remember my post earlier on my 2 teachers? I never got the chance to express my gratitude to them and tell them how grateful I am to them. Along my journey thru this quarter of a century, there were lots of teachers that appear on my path and without this teachers, I might not be who I am today.

I thank all these teachers who have once came into my life. The list will go on and on and on. But without Miss Tong and Jack Lee, I would never have know what's a good teacher like and how to handle difficult students. =)

So, on this special day, I would really like to thank my 2 special teachers who have made my life so special.

Miss Mary Tong

I came from a neighbourhood school called Peixin Primary School (Now, its called Yishun Pri). I had 6 great years of memories in that school but the best memories must have been in 1995 and 1996 when I got into the 2nd best class of the whole cohort.

And that's where I met Miss Mary Tong( Now known as Mrs Chen) =p for the 1st time. Memories of her is full of love and gratitude. She's the 1st teacher in my life that really "walks into the heart of the student". Thought she's always so fierce with the whole class, we would still bully her by calling her "giraffe". =p

From her, I learnt that teaching takes passion and commitment. My English was never good since Pri 1. Right up till Pri 5, never have I had a teacher asking me to stay back so she could revise my English spelling with me. She's the 1st one.

I remember staying back in school once with her and a few other friends till 5pm in school just to finish up on 8 spelling words. =D Nobody likes to stay back after class. Therefore, during that time, I was really angry and annoyed. "Why must I stay back when my friends are out there playing soccer?" I would ask..

During that time, my whole class(boys & a few girls) were so crazy over void deck soccer. We would play almost everyday after school even till the eve of our PSLE, till the residents complaint, police come catching us and sending a complaint to the school.

That was how naughty we were. Scoldings were inevitable from Miss Tong and that was the 1st time I saw her drop tears. I guess, we were really naughty students. And that's how I learn how to dealt with kids who misbehave in my class today.

She's the Teacher that believes in teaching thru an iron rod and yet at the same time giving the kids a positive rewards. When we scored well in our PSLE, she treated us to Swensen! =)

She might not be remembering these events, but as a student, what a teacher once said to you and do to you, You will remember it for life. She also gave each of us a quote before our PSLE which I will carry it for the rest of my life.

For mine, it was "If there's a will, there's a way."

Jack Lee

The 2nd teacher I wanna thank is my swimming coach. Jack Lee. Mummy wanted me to learn swimming because I was overweight at that time. So, I was forced to go swimming and learn taekwondo.

To be very honest, I didnt liked swimming in the beginning. Reason was simple, I was always swimming the last in class and that does not help when you have a really fierce coach who you will be so afraid of. But as I trained harder and grew up, I began to realised that he's really trying to bring out the potential in me. And I began to see him as a fatherly figure.

And he saw the very fact that I have a potential in Breaststroke and he trained me to be a breast stroker. And when I showed potential in my Back Stroke, He trained me into an Individual medley swimmer.

Without him, I would never be able to swim such nice strokes.
Without him, I would never be able to win a silver in breaststroke competition.
Without him, I would never be able to know what it's like to have high expectations of your students.
Without him, I would never be able to know what's the difference between a good coach and a bad coach.
Without him, I would never become who I am today.

Jack Lee, my mum call him Ah Lee, my friends call him Uncle Jack, I call him 教练. Till today, whenever I see him in the pool, I still call him 教练. For the very reason, I respect this man alot. He still cares alot about me I know.

Not only does he sets high standard for me, he also set high standards for my students too. If he saw my kids not doing the stroke correctly, he will tell me. But if the child is doing a great breaststroke kid, he will praise me too! =)

Till date, I still think he's the best swimming coach anyone can ask for. And I'm so lucky to have him.

I guess that's what they call, “一日为师,终身为父" (Even if someone is your teacher for only a day, you should regard him like your father for the rest of your life.)

On this special day, I want to thank my 2 teachers for teaching me how to be a teacher, sharing their experiences with me whenever I asked them on teaching and last but not least for transforming a simple neighbourhood boy into such a lovely, adorable and cute Teacher Jerry. =D

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