Thomas Cha is a Rockstar Teacher!
Here’s what a parent at Lumen Veritatis School had to say about Mr Cha:
He is awesome as teacher! His kindness, understanding, support, really has helped my son from being a sad boy, because unfortunately he was victim of bullying from another school, and then when we changed him to Lumen Veritatis Academy and met Mr. Cha everything changed! Now he has self-confidence and is again the happy boy he always was, we as parents are so happy and thankful with Mr. Cha. We thank God for having Mr. Cha as teacher!
Wow – you rock Mr Cha! We then asked Mr Cha a few questions…
How did you get into teaching?
My story probably isn’t as interesting as those of others. I never had an ah-ha moment that I was supposed to be a teacher and I never dreamed of being a teacher as a kid.
It all started with some private music tutoring, church summer school, and youth group. After finishing university, I desperately needed a meaningful direction for my life.
I always knew that my strengths were: the ability to teach, empathize, patience, and love of people (especially children and young people) so teaching seemed to fit the bill, but because I never thought of myself as a teacher (the kind I grew up with), I entered Teacher’s College hesitantly and with some reservations on whether I could be a teacher and whether or not I would enjoy being one.
Even after I received my degree, I have had chance to try few other lines of work, but I have to say that nothing gives me the same kind of joy as teaching does when done in the right kind of environment.
There is nothing more satisfying for me personally, when I see a shy student getting up in front of the class and making a solid presentation and receiving a standing ovation from the class, or when an aggressive student becomes caring and gentle, or when a sad student gets life and joy back in his/her steps
What do you hope for your students?
I have always been a big believer that the knowledges students gain are important, but not as important as the experiences he/she gains from school.
It’s a bit hard to express my thoughts and feelings on this topic, but basically, I am a huge believer in trying to better the person rather than bettering the amount of knowledge a student retains when leaving my classroom.
At the end of the day, does it really impact the students’ lives if they remember obtuse angles or acute angles?
But I believe that their perception of themselves and the ability to see the world with a wider scope WILL change and shape them.
So even being a teacher in a classroom and having curriculum to follow, I will always opt to teach them life skills, thought processes, or show them new/better ways of thinking and being if I had to make a choice.
In the end, my greatest hope for my students is for them to become the people who I believe they were all meant to become; people who are thoughtful and caring of others and as agents of positive change in the world in their own way.
Anything you’d like to share with us? e.g. favorite moments, etc.
There are too many favourite moments… Some that stand out are when:
- a class-clown changed his behaviour completely around after a 40 minute lunch recess talk and became one of the model students, and when…
- a super shy student became so comfortable in the classroom that he could smile, laugh, learn, answer questions, take huge risks, and even misbehave a little that I occasionally have to ask him to settle down and be quiet 🙂 (I would rather have this than him be too shy and become immobilized as he was initially)
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