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Teaching Has Paid Off – Nkem Obi, 2015 Maltina Teacher Of The Year

Posted: Jun 16, 2016 at 9:48 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Olamide Bakare


Mrs. Rose Nkemdilim Obi, the 2015 Maltina Teacher of the Year, has revealed that the award has turned her life round for good.

Obi, who disclosed that she started her teaching profession as a Parent Teacher Association, explained that though the salary was discouraging, passion was the driving force that took her to this enviable height.

Mrs. Obi, a Mathematics and Chemistry teacher at Federal Government Girls Secondary School, Onitsha, Anambra State explained that the award has elevated her to the level of a celebrity. “I never knew it would happen that way but the interesting part of it is the opportunities and the doors it has opened for me. I also have the chance to interact with my fellow teachers, organize workshop and being called to address large gathering in other to tell teachers what am doing, in terms of classroom management and teaching methodology,” she said.

Assessing the impact of the award one year after,   Obi, a master’s degree holder, whose mum was also a teacher said: “I have succeeded in shifting from a traditional method of teaching to a discussion-based methodology. The strategy brings about a synergy between what happens in the classroom and what happens in real life. It brings out analytical skills from students.

“I am following my mum’s footsteps. My mum was a teacher, and I also have passion to bring out the best from students. Give them the best training and get them prepared to enter the workforce of the country. Secondary education is very important in career development, thus my resolve to give the best to students,” she said.