In August 2004, my colleagues and I came prepared for five days of intensive training with Helen Doron Early English. We expected that the training would be fun and exciting, as we had to work with many new friends on a variety of creative prop assignments for the children....
What we didn't come prepared for was the energy and vitality, of our lovely trainer from Israel, exuded in everything she touched, said and did. As we sat together in class, all of us pretended we were little children while the demos were carried on one by one. Each day of training sped by when the room was filled with laughter and joy. And amidst all that play and fun, I was full of dreams and hopes and anything that I had ever wanted to do - to be - was possible because I was five all over again. Helen Doron was not just about learning English after all. In fact, I came to learn that Helen Doron was about an organizational culture, integrity and a value, the essence in which many teachers and trainers in many countries believed. So much that the reason so many students have successfully been able to learn English is because of the teachers who have the utmost faith and confidence that they can. I was aware that Helen Doron was an English language school for children, but what I wasn't aware of at the time, was how different. By the end of the five days training, I realized that it is not just Helen's approach of total immersion and daily repetition that helps the children to learn English as their native languages, it is this faith and the active encouragement of the teachers and the parents that lie in the very central core of Helen Doron's success. English is not forced or taught by rote, it is natural, fun and it is everywhere. The children are able to pick up the positive vibes from Helen Doron schools and that translates into motivation and thirst for knowledge, extending beyond English and extending beyond the classroom for all years ahead. What I and my six other fellow teachers who attended the training received by the end of the Training, was a chance to remember what it was like to be young, to be full of hopes and dreams. I completed the training and felt that there is still a whole world ahead of me, that there is so much yet to be learnt and to be seen, that with the right encouragement, there is no need to ever give up.
To everyone sharing and working under these very same beliefs and principals - thank you for welcoming us into the Helen Doron family. We have been touched by the Helen Doron's core alues and teaching approaches and like all the other teachers and trainers around the world, we hope that we, too, will be able to leave a mark on the lives we come across.
We look forward to seeing you all in Israel one day!"
Weerada P. Sucharitkul - Bangkok, Thailand