Tea Helen Hunt
Hometown and background
I grew up in a little town south of Oslo called Vollen. It’s a beautiful place and I love to travel home to visit.
I moved from Vollen when I was 18 to study at the University of Stavanger. I have fallen in love with the nature of the west coast, and love to spend time outside by the ocean and in the mountains.
What inspired you to be a teacher?
When I was younger, I did not aspire to become a teacher. I wanted to work in a hospital. In my last year of high school I started getting more and more interested in learning new things and also helping my unmotivated fellow students.I loved how it brought both their grades and my own to higher levels. I realized I learned even more by teaching them, and helping them succeed was a joy!
But my favorite thing about it was the process of reaching them at their level. When I already understood, but they did not, I had to figure out a way to make them understand the information. Not just remember. This is what inspired me to teach, helping people understand. It’s a part of being human, wanting to understand things.
What is the best part about your job? What do you hope to achieve by being a teacher?
I am currently the Norwegian teacher at Sandnes International School. Although challenging, it’s the best job I have ever had.
Working with kids is a privilege. I have the opportunity to learn new things everyday, to teach and to guide. Teaching is about helping the kids gain the skills of reading and writing the languages. It could be the language of a country or the language of mathematics, science or culture.
Alongside this, it’s about preparing them for the world they have entered. They need to gain the skill of a critical mind and practice love for themselves and those around them.
Being a part of this process is what I like about teaching and I hope my teaching can help them in achieving these skills.