My goal as a teacher, no matter the student’s age, is to be someone that helps them reach their highest potential.
My name is Heather Gold. I was born in Massachusetts, but I was raised in Virginia. I graduated in 2015 from George Mason University with a bachelor of arts in international studies and minors in Japanese and education. After graduating, I came to Japan on the JET Programme where I worked as an assistant English teacher at a high school and at a K–12 special needs school in Mie Prefecture for two years. I finished my time on the Programme and went to work at an English conversation school for students of all ages. I am excited to be joining the Summerhill team and working more exclusively with young learners.
My high school homeroom teacher, Teacher Barb, is someone who really inspired me to pursue my dreams and mentored me in being a young adult. She showed me that everyone that we interact with plays a role in shaping who we are and who we become. It does, after all, take a village to raise a child. Teachers especially can influence a student’s world views, their moral understanding, their social interactions, and more. In addition, teachers can be there for students to seek help from when they might feel reluctant to speak with others. If it weren’t for Teacher Barb, and other teachers, I wouldn’t be who I am today.
My goal as a teacher, no matter the student’s age, is to be someone that helps them reach their highest potential. I believe the early years are some of the most influential years. We can provide early learners with opportunities to find their independence, build relationships, and become confident in themselves.
In addition, especially at Summerhill, we can help students understand what it means to be internationally minded. We can help them recognize that, no matter what language a person speaks or where they’re from, there’s always something new to learn from the people around us. Teachers can guide children in discovering other cultures and building meaningful relationships with everyone around them.