Mrs. J.Since the new school year is just about to start, my thoughts naturally gravitate to my job. Today I’d like to tell you about my boss, the principal of our school. She definitely deserves to be heard of.
When I first came to work here, my friends told me various things about her. ‘Very organized, comes to school before everyone else in the morning, and during her free time she likes to go for a walk to a nearby park to sit and reflect’ when I heard it all – especially the last part – I thought I could easily get on with someone like this.
I was right. Mrs. J. turned out to be a wonderful person. I’ve looked up to her from the very beginning and it seems she likes me too. Although our conversations are usually quite official, I feel we could be friends if the circumstances were different.
Mrs. J. always wears smart clothes. She’s a real lady, very classy. I, for a change, couldn’t live without my old jeans and usually dress more like a student. Once she even smiled and said I looked like one. See, she is nice like this : )
What I particularly like about her, is that she treats people with great respect, both the teachers, and the students. Whenever she wants to introduce some new rules, she always asks us, teachers, for our opinion. I think it is rare.
I remember once she called me because she needed me to examine a group of students. It was my day off. Very politely, she asked me if I could come. She said: ‘I know you might not have anyone to stay with your little boy, so I could provide you with a trustworthy student who would take care of him, while you are busy. If you are comfortable with that, of course’. Amazing, don’t you think? I mean, how many bosses are there who think about their employees’ kids? Another time, I was on a sick leave. Mrs. J. sent me a text message wishing me all the best, as it was Easter. That was very, very nice and unexpected.
I remember how she came to watch my lesson for the first time. She had asked me if she COULD come, 5 minutes before the lesson, so I was scared as hell. During this particular lesson I was revising conditional sentences with my students. I was so nervous I even made a mistake myself, using the second conditional when I should have used the third! I corrected myself instantly, but gee, I was so stressed. When I teach, I usually try to naturally guide my students towards some interesting discussions (plain English grammar and vocabulary tends to be boring at times, you know :) and on that lesson we talked about happiness and luck. After the class, Mrs. J came to me and said she was ‘impressed’ with the way I navigated the lesson and I could tell she really meant it. She, an experienced teacher of physics (a published one!) claimed she really liked my ‘teaching skills’. Oh my, I was over the moon! I had never felt so appreciated, as a teacher, before. I love people who can encourage others and, just with one sentence, make you feel so good about yourself. Mrs. J. is definitely one of such people.