Sojira Thongtan (Pang)
- Master of Business Administration, majoring in Marketing from University of Texas at Dallas, U.S.A. (Annie Laurie Bass Scholarship)
- Bachelor of Arts in English, 2nd class honor, from Thammasat University
- Student representative to join an International Students Exchange Program (ISEP) at Utah State University, U.S.A. for 5 months
What do you like about teaching and being a teacher?
Teaching and sharing are the same to me; nothing brings greater joy than to see the students’ progress. In younger class, you are a part of their little world and get to see and be a part of their advancement. For higher courses, from 3-7 years old, personality also plays an important role and thus makes the classes more interesting and diverse. They learn new things every day and absorb everything you say, and I feel being responsible to develop or bring out the best character of them.
How do you feel about the Helen Doron Early English method?
Language is a skill that anyone can develop. You use it often, you can master it. HDE method is the same way as we learn our mother tongue, with natural way and joyful experience. Students will never feel pressured to learn, they are enjoying English naturally through music, games, props, and many fun activities. Students are also strongly encouraged to be exposed to English whenever possible and practice the lesson before coming to class.
What is your education motto or mantra?
An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.
– Benjamin Franklin –
Any inspiring thought?
Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them,
but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
– Our Children by Kahlil Gibran –