"A good teacher is like a candle that consumes itself while lighting the way for others"
I have been working as an IT teacher in vocational high school for 12 years. I am also a Ph.D. student in the Educational Administration program at Hacettepe University. My 12-year career contains many achievements and memorable moments. In 2018, I was awarded the Global Teacher Award by AKS Education. In the same year, I was selected as the Most Outstanding Young Person of Turkey by JCI in the category of Humanitarian and Voluntary Leadership. I have been elected as Extraordinary Teacher of the Year three times in Turkey. Moreover, I was selected as Working Wonder Teacher by Microsoft Turkey in 2017, successfully represented my country in numerous international organizations with my students and won important prizes. When I look at what has been behind all of these achievements, I see my students. These prizes were thanks to their dedicated work. As an ICT teacher, I collaborate with voluntary organisations and carry out social responsibility projects.
In the near future, many professions are being talked about being replaced by robots. However, teaching is not a profession that can be done by robots. Teaching is a sacrifice profession. Teachers have a great responsibility for a sustainable future and a livable world. Because the material of the teacher is human, and these people will be the people who will rule the world in the future. My goal is when doing my job, I want to conduct projects with many students and help them discover their talents by experiencing and living. The high school years are the most important years for teenagers to start planning their future. In these years, they start developing their personalities and they are expected to choose a profession. However, most students are not able to choose the profession they want to pursue and might end up doing a job they didn’t want for the rest of their life. This is my main focus as a teacher. I try to find out what my students interests are and I want to encourage them to discover their talents.