Mrs. Nyalwopol Jane Christine is a teacher at Bishop Cypriano Kihangire Primary school in Luzira. She has been a teacher for 49 years and still loves her profession. She was inspired to teaching by her two elder sisters. Her love for children is the reason she went back to teaching after retirement from ministry of education service. Our reporter caught up with her. Below are excerpts from their chat.
What inspired you to join teaching?
When I was a young girl, my elder sisters were already teachers and I used to love the way they behaved and carried themselves. They treated people with so much respect and I admired that very much. So, I decided that I would also become a teacher and behave like them. My family was blessed with three teachers; my late sister, Mary Theresa Lindiyo who was the former Headmistress of Bishop Cypriano Kihangire Senior Secondary school, Judith Karayi and I.
Where did your teaching career begin from
I began my teaching career at Moyo NTC in 1970. After, I was transferred to Arua where I stayed for some time before moving to Soroti with my late husband who was working at Soroti flying school at the time. Later on, I was transferred to Kiswa Primary school where I taught from 1986 until I retired in 2013.
How long have you been teaching?
I have been a teacher for 49 years. I started teaching in 1970 and retired in 2013 from government. However, I am now working at Bishop Cypriano Kihangire Primary school which is a private school.
What has been your best moment as a teacher?
I love teaching and I love that I am a teacher. My best moments in my career are when I am interacting with the children and when I am interacting with my fellow teachers. This inspires me.
What has your worst moment as a teacher been?
I love Social Studies so much, so when the school administration one day decided to assign it to a new teacher, I felt bad that I was not assigned to teach a subject I like and it was assigned to a new teacher.
What is your secret for being a teacher for so long?
The reason for staying long in this profession is because I have loved teaching from way back. I worked as a teacher until I reached retirement age then I left public service. After retirement, I joined teaching again but in a private school. I was appreciated by government because I did not break my service to them.
What makes you happy about your profession?
I am happy when I am helping a child; that is where I get my Joy from. I am also happy when I meet pupils I taught way back. I don’t remember many of them but most of them remember me and when they remind me that I was their teacher, it makes me so happy.
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