The schools and educational residences owned and run by the Society for the Advancement of Education are filled with amazing educators. To get to know them a little better, here’s a recent interview with Tami Epstein, an English Language Teacher at Mae Boyar High School for the past 25 years.
When did you choose to teach?
I was exposed to languages at home and always knew languages would be an important part of my life. I studied international relations and English linguistics at the Hebrew University, and then I earned a teaching certificate and a master’s degree. I have been teaching at Boyar since 1995.
What I like most about English is that you can teach everything in class. It is a language that extends to all possible areas. You can teach about history, chemistry, chocolate and even cats. Any topic chosen can be combined with English teaching. Language is reflected in all areas of life, so it’s really fun to teach it.
Tell us one fact that students do not know about you?
First of all I am originally from Tel Aviv, and my uncle, Israel Rokach was the mayor of Tel Aviv (Rokach Boulevard in Tel Aviv is named after him). Second, as a student I worked at the Habima Theater. Not as an actress, do not worry, but as a stage hand. There I actually got to know the world of theater and fell in love with it. It opened a window for me. Before that, I studied sound development for a few years, and besides English and Hebrew, I also know French and German.
What are your hobbies?
I love cats – I have 2 cats in the house that I really like. Besides, I enjoy flying abroad and meeting people, attending poetry readings and plays.
If you were not a teacher, what do you think you would do?
My dream was to work in the Foreign Ministry or in the UN. To go into the field of international relations, maybe even to represent Israel abroad.
What would you like to do when you grow up?
I would like to make the big trip I did not do after the army, visit places and countries like Australia, New Zealand and Japan, discover other cultures, try to live a little abroad maybe. Just take advantage of my Swiss passport!
Question to finish, cucumber in vinegar or salt?
I love them both! But come on let’s have salt.