Nadežda · Teacher at DNS
Why did I become a teacher?
Because I am a rebel.
But let’s start from the beginning – how did I get to this?
First of all, teenager me didn’t get from school what I needed. Also, I didn’t know what I needed and nobody could help me to find it, because it is our individual responsibility in the end. It wasn’t all so sad though! Desperate search of the purpose got me where I am now – a place in the DNS Teacher Council.
Where I am now?
In an uncomfortable place of an educator of the future generation. I see it as a gigantic, out of proportion, responsible and scary task and I love it! I love to be confident in the era of self doubt, to struggle with by-products of “system education”, to fight for progress, to seek alternatives, to transform my worldview through every single step on the way. Believe me, it is a restless life – to be a rebel teacher.
FYI, teacher in this context is something radically different from what you imagine. To be honest, it is radically different from what I imagine too! My strategy now with the role of a teacher is to not give it any definition, but, rather, continue with a list of tasks and responsibilities.
One day a student asked me “What is your power as a teacher”? What is it, I though? Most importantly, it is not a power OVER somebody, but a power with and within. Power of energy, I guess? The more energy I put in the learning process the more power I project. Power to empower.
Coming back to the rebel me.
Every day I rebel against myself, against conformity, against hopelessness and powerlessness.
I see DNS Teacher Training as a lifestyle which will challenge the concept of education in the world and help people like me to transform and find the unique kind of teacher within.
Either we rebel or we don’t.
More Humans of DNS
I hope DNS will teach me the essential pedagogical skills that I will need in order to become the effective activist that I want to become, who uses education as a tool of mobilisation.
I feel it’s a key point to keep questioning what has been considered a norm. I would like to immerse myself into what we assume about learning and teaching and search for alternatives.
I have decided to join DNS for many reasons – one being that after my many adventures I have come to realise how important education is and that it plays a key role in societal change.
Theresa Link graduated from DNS in 2012. She has worked as a social educator and teacher in Denmark and Germany. Music and performance art are some of her passions.
My passion for learning makes me invest quite some time in finding out new things, new ways and new processes and, of course, my passion for learning made me become a teacher.
“Education must empower us to lead our own life, develop social connections, lift people up and bring them together. It must minimize the chances of being manipulated or becoming actors in someone else’s play.”