The garden has the Tree of Life
Its branches are warmed by sun
The Tree keeps the good of Earth
It is for teachers done
In the decisive moments of the life
teachers always helped us children.
War time. We could see ruined buildings, tears, sorrow of our mothers a
lot of orphans. German prisoners hardly trailing. We were small but we
understood that only cur soldiers by their lives saved our country.
At this hard time we were surrounded by our kind-hearted teachers.
Here is the photo of us, the first-formers sitting all in coats with
sadness in our eyes. Our first teacher Maria Alexandrovna is in the
middle of the photo having a very old winter coat on. But in spite of
all difficulties our teacher found strength to give us spiritual
warmth, tender care, attention. Maria Alexandrovna always gave
additional classes to the children, who couldn’t attend school by
different reasons. She often treated us to her hand-make scones. Those
scones were the most tasteful! I’ll always keep my first favorite
teacher in my memory.
In my mind appears the image of the modest and calm English teacher
Margarita Ivanovna Orlova. Besides interesting lessons she involved us
into the work of the circle. Each lesson of the circle was a discovery
of something new and important things. The teacher created the
atmosphere of confidence, assurance, respect each other. At the
classes of the circle we pupils, displayed much resourcefullness,
activity, bright emotions. That’s why our performances with English
songs, poems, plays before parents, pupils were the holidays of
knowledge and friendship. I’m very grateful to my dear wise teacher,
For me there was no doubt what profession to choose. I entered the
faculty of foreign languages the English department. After graduating
from the Institute named after K, D, Ushinsky I passed the exams for a
New I am looking at the photo of us, student-leavers with our tutor
Maria Alexandrovna Mosyagina. It is our group with the wonderful and
patient teacher. She taught us phonetics and analytic reading. Besides
Maria Alexandrovna acquainted us with the English culture, gave
profound knowledge about English-speaking countries. She took part in
compiling and publishing "The students’-Pedagogical Dictionary”
together with her colleges. Maria Alexandrovna had a special style of
speaking with us. We liked her conscientious attitude to work
consistence, her high morel qualities and professional mastery. We
didn’t think that having prepared us for our future trade she appeared
to be hopelessly ill. Maria Alexandrovna will remain in my heart for
Not having worked after the institute at school 37 for one year my
mother dies at the age of 41. The teacher Valentina Sergeyevna Latysheva
replaced my mother for me; she became my teacher and my faithful
friend. We prepared lessons together. I spared her with my joy and
failures she supported me at the terrible time of hardships and
sufferings. She gave many useful advices; she taught me how to make
pupils speak English, to see only the good in the children. Valentina
Sergeyevna rendered me her ability to understand different states and
reasons of pupils’ actions. She also showed me the importance of a
personal example. Watching the work of Valentina Sergeyevna I felt her
great efforts to form in her children the true things, honesty, their
own dreams. Her kind soul and generous heart helped me to become a real
teacher. Valentina Sergeyevna, my true friend and talented teacher, is
always alive in my soul.
Complex life circumstances led me to the Far North with its very low
temperatures and constant difficulties. There we with my husband adopted
the boy who also devoted his life to children. Much was done there in
our teacher’s all round educational process. I learned the Yakut
language and got the title of an excellent teacher of the Russian
Federation. Besides lessons I paid a special attention to the
our-of-class group activity work. We held parties, concerts, language
competitions, excursions, weeks of the foreign language, discussions.
There were two circles in English and in German. This kind of work
became the main and the most important in my work. I didn’t get any
money for this. Everything was made by pupils, members of the circles.
Now I understand the following:
- the success of the school work depends on the experience and
abilities of a teacher as well as the thoughts of the children;
- a teacher connects links in the chains of the generations;
- there is no trifles or something which is the main thing in
teaching and bringing up. As well as there is no main petal among many
other petals creating the beauty of a flower.
New teachers work. Year pass by. Views, structure of life have
changed. But by somebody’s unseen arm the life of a teacher has changed
into the powerful trunk of the Tree of Life. The roots of the Tree are
the experience of parents teachers. And branches with fruits are
knowledge which teachers share their students. Near the Tree we can see
a young sprout. There is also a bench at the Tree… Opening of the
orchard monuments "To my Teachers” took place in May 2010 in the
botanic garden of the Yaroslavsky State University named after K.D.
Let’s all bow to our dear teachers for their self-sacrificing labour.