My father passed away in his twenties when I was too young to understand what the death was. My later childhood passed with my maternal grandparents . It was such a beginning of my curiosity in English language when I saw three letters ‘USA’ on my grandpa’s traveling bag and I asked my grandpa what it meant and he answered’ They were English alphabet.’ I copied them on my slate with that much knowledge. But he was highly honored to be my first English teacher.
On my departure from that small village to Yangon to study higher education , I paid homage to grandparents who were praying for me with their trembling voices and grandma wiped her tears with her blouse’s sleeve very often. It was too hard to say goodbye to them and I left for Yangon with my mother.
I registered one month late at school to wait enough saving for school books. My palms were always red at English class because of cane punishment for not doing homework when the other students did who had learned a month ahead. My self-study extended to the names of the shops with translations. After I graduated from Yangon University, I joined ‘United States Information Service’s library for more effective learning. It helped me a lot and I knew what ‘USA’ meant more than its exact meaning. Lots of graded readers took me to White House, Holly Wood and some exciting places. They also introduced me with the presidents of the United States and some wonderful people like Martin Luther King and Rosa Park. Those people became my role models and I succeeded saying ‘NO’ to cops and a Military Intelligent officer when my student and I were forced to left the railway station at late arrival at midnight.
Now I have been an English teacher for more than a decade and have become a teacher of thousands of students. One page of my CV is occupied with my teachers trainings from the American Center , the British Council and Educasia . When I teach my students , I let them know, I let them ask, I let them think ,I let them talk, I let them decide , and I encourage their creativity through my English lessons. Now I am very proud of their success here and other countries and so delighted to multiply smart students for happier generations.