Through the years, I have had students come and go for all different reasons. Some join my school are through word and mouth.
Some years ago, I had one student who joined and then a week later introduced her friend, who in turn introduced her daughter and finally her father joined too. The daughter was a good English speaker and enjoyed having lessons at Smith’s with a homely atmoshpere that comes with it. Due to her high ability in English, she scored a great job working for the Japanese Embassy in Singapore and left the following year. I kept in touch with her through her parents. Time went by and my wife & I were passing through Singapore on one of our many Asian trips. On news of this she insisted we stay at her apartment which we glady accepted. She lived downtown just off the famous Orchid road strip and had a great apartment with some breath taking views of the city skyline. The Japanese embassy obviously looks after their workers. We had a great time been shown around Singapore. Because she was a resident, she knew all the best haunts where only the locals would go to, so avoiding the hoards of tourists.
The mother and father along with their daughter are great people and I’m so happy they enjoy studying at Smith’s, in return they have extended their kindness and appreciation in many ways. These kind of gestures make everything so worthwhile working at Smith’s. Just that little personal touch that you as a teacher give to students can be a very rewarding and positive one.