- As a child what was your favorite game? Who did you play it with?Playing school, of course ☺ And my sister and brother had to suffer my terrible teaching methods. We also loved LEGO – we could spend hours with it without arguing.
- Who was your favourite teacher? Why?In primary school I had a brilliant history teacher (Magdi néni) – she put History under my skin. From high school I am really grateful to my English teacher, Christopher Ryan. Interestingly, he later taught me at university as well, and even supervised my thesis. It is always good to hear his voice at the Advanced Level English Érettségi Listening tasks. And I definitely have to mention my high school History teachers. I can still rely on them, mostly when it comes to IB issues.
- Did you have a high-school best friend? Are you still in contact with them?Yes, I did. We still keep in touch with most of them, yet unfortunately, not as often as we would like to.
- How long have you been a teacher? Did you use to teach at another school?When I was doing my second year at the university, my high-school, Karinthy (a Budapest Bilingual School) called me back because they needed a History teacher. It was funny to be a student and a teacher at the same time. Imagine, you hear something at a lecture and the next day you hand it on to high-school kids. I taught there for 3 years, then had my “official” teaching practice at Radnóti, and then came here in August 2000. However, even before that I had private students in English. So you can calculate. ☺
- Why did you choose to teach History?Because it has always fascinated me. I also learned tourist guiding and considered Tourism and Hotel Management; but I did not want to do anything where I had to study Math ☺ (sorry)
- What would be the most amazing adventure to go on?
I love travelling, so anything that is connected to it. But my greatest ambition is to try parachuting. I would try to back out until the last moment, but after they make me jump…. ☺ My other dream is to go to Tibet.
- What takes up too much/most of your time?
- Correcting test papers. ☹
- What’s the best day on your calendar, why?If you mean the best day of the week, it is Friday, of course ☺If you ask about a specific day of the year, there are more. When my sons were born, my husband’s/parents’ birthdays. You know, something special comes into my mind in connection with all days of the year. ☺ That’s a side effect of my profession. ☺
- Would you rather be able to teleport anywhere or be able to read minds?Definitely to teleport. Sometimes it is better not to know what is on the minds of others.
- If you were the dictator of a small island nation, what crazy dictator stuff would you do?This is an easy one. ☺ Everybody would have to eat “Piros Pöttyös Túró Rudi”
- What do you think is the one problem that keeps repeating in history over and over again?That ideals, dreams and reality are very different; and that power corrupts people.
- Do you think that children are different today from the time when you were child?Definitely. This world is much faster than in our time. We had time to play, go out. No computers, no TV. Still I believe we were happier.
- If you could teach everyone in the world one concept, what concept would have the biggest positive impact on humanity?Love.
- What’s your biggest fear?Losing people I love. And to burn out and start not liking what I am doing. I also have great concerns about the future of my sons – what kind of world will they live in? You know (talking about History repeating itself) that I am convinced our age is just like the time of the declining Roman Empire.
- What’s your idea of happiness?Being content with what I have.
By Jeanette Abdelmalek