Monday, February 26, 2007

The Greatest Gift and ???


I am now starting to realise and have an appreciation of the amount of effort, energy that it takes to assist someone in their learning. It is a big responsibility and sometimes, something we tend not to take too much notice of.

But what comes out of it is something that is invaluable, that enables a person to create opportunities for themselves, give them a decent chance at having the ability to make something of their lives. That is why I believe it is one of the greatest gifts you can give to fellow human being. It would be certainly seem obvious to all the teachers around the world, but for myself, I need to state my personal realisation and let as many people be aware. Normally, we take it for granted (free public education) and not stop to think of its importance, the role of teachers to change lives for the better, their ability to influence and make a difference in the world.

I have a strong desire to change the world for the better, to help those less fortunate, through my teaching my skills whether it be design, english or cooking (yum!). Where do you think this comes from you may wonder ? It is something that inspires me, that follows from my roots, and in a hidden way, how my parents have subconsciously nutured in first and foremost, thanks Mum and Dad for providing me the best education in the world from all that you knew.
Thank you for my brothers and sisters, for teaching me and continuing to teach me as well as my friends.

But I reserve a special thanks to those great teachers who I have had the most impact in my so far short and exciting life:

Mr Debernadi (My legal teacher) incidently without his belief in me, I would have ended up on the wrong side of the the law and severely lacking any decent education.

My high school English teachers who gave me the love of expression and showed me the power and wonder in words.

Mr Spero (My 6th Grade teacher) who encouraged belief in myself, and my fascination with encyclopaedias.

Michael Wright (graphic design lecturer) showed me the value of ideas and continuing design support.

Sebastian Porto (multimedia manager) how to be relaxed and composed even with tight deadlines Peruvian style, invaluable tips on web design and photography.

Kim Colmer (design professor) for her support, contagious enthusiasm and insights into design.

Naomi (RMIT design lecturer) for showing me the power of narratives in web design and creative thinking.

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