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Teacher Feature: Christine Savas’ unplanned journey to teaching

Carroll High Spanish teacher speaks about how her life today was a complete surprise

Q: Where did you grow up?

A: So I grew up in Montreal, Canada. I grew up there and I would spend a lot of time in France as well because that is also where my family is. 

Q: Where did you go to school

A: I was educated in Montreal. In Canada I went to a French high school and it was called Collège Stanislas and after that I went to college at Université du Québec à Montréal. 

Q: When did you start learning Spanish?

A: Like in Carroll ISD, Spanish did start in middle school and I took it then and finished it in high school. They actually did have Spanish classes in my college but I never took them. I never planned to actually teach Spanish and I find that kind of funny.

Q: How did you get into teaching? 

A: I used to be a ski instructor in Canada because growing up I used to be a ski racer. I chose to become a ski instructor as a side job when I was in college; I kinda liked teaching the kids how to ski and how to perform so eventually I realized that I liked this and that teaching might be my thing. 

Q: So since you never knew you were going to be a Spanish teacher, what got you interested in teaching Spanish?

A: When I moved to the United States, I moved directly to Southlake because my husband graduated from here in 2002. Soon he told me that I have to start teaching here. Actually my degree was in elementary education, but I started subbing for the French teacher at the senior high. The French teacher was Miss Gould and unfortunately she’s not here anymore but they were actually looking for a Spanish teacher at the time, so they asked me to teach because they noticed that I was pretty good at speaking it so that’s how I got the job, and here I am 10 years later. 

Q: Was this your first job in the United States?

A: Actually, no. In 2010 I worked for a resort called Club Med in Florida. It was like a hotel resort where I was working with young kids but I wasn’t really teaching. 

Q: Were you scared to teach at an American school for the first time?

A: Yeah, now that I think about it. The only experience that I got of American Schools was from movies and I was scared that they would be stereotypical teenagers that I saw in the movies. Another reason I was scared was that the American schools have a completely different system than the schools I studied in so that was new and I was scared. 

Q: What do you like about your job as a teacher

A: I like to talk to kids and find out their story. I want my students to feel comfortable and safe in my classroom. I think that is number one priority over anything else. Teaching comes second by my students feeling safe and comfortable is number one according to me. 

Q: Would you say Spanish is an important language to learn in high school?

A: I mean yes I do, but I feel like the language is undervalued, unfortunately. I think a lot of people do it for GPA purposes and for college requirements, but learning a new language can really open doors when you least expect it. I never thought I would be a Spanish teacher and here I am. Also when I travel the world, especially in Spanish speaking countries it is really useful. A lot of people are happy that you speak their language and they try to help you out even more. 

Q: Do you want to share anything else?

A: I feel that if students need to know anything, they should try and be honest and don’t put so much pressure on yourself and soon things will work out. 

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About the Contributor
Suhavi Bakshi, Staff
Suhavi is a freshman at Carroll High School, and this is her first year working with Dragon Media. Suhavi has also worked with Southlake Style in the past. Outside of school, Suhavi loves to read and listen to music. She wants to pursue a career in journalism and wants to be an author.