Zachariah Aidin Druckman talks about education and his passion in teaching and performing arts.
Hi! My name is Zachariah Druckman, or Zac for short. I was born in Carbondale , Illinois. At the age of 3-ish I came to Malaysia after Mum and Sam separated. Mum then married my "step dad" aka my REAL dad <3
I was raised in Penang having done my education in Sekolah Kebangsaan Bayan Lepas and Penang Free School respectively.
I am currently a contract lecturer serving UiTM Shah Alam while pursuing my PhD at the same time. It is HECTIC. When they say that PhD stands for ‘Permanent Head Damage’, they were NOT kidding. If all goes well, I should be finishing in approximately 2020. I suppose that is my own personal "Wawasan 2020". I want to received that doctorate and before I get married or turn 30! :P
I chose to do TESL to continue what my mother started.
Looking back, I would never have thought that I am here pursuing my PhD. My SPM results weren’t that great: I got 1A, 5Bs, 2Cs, 1D and 1E for my SPM. It’s like a line of musical notes! Semua ada!
My greatest challenge in pursuing my education would be to maintain focus. I have always been someone who is into long distance running, dancing, music, wrestling, Anime, cosplaying and acting. In my early days of studying, I was in the running team, acting club, fencing club, leadership group to name a few. Putting focus on my academia WAS NOT easy xD
Back in FPS, I was admittedly a troublemaker. So when I realised that I was on a career path to become a teacher, it felt like karma was hitting me back for all those times in my past! One of my first postings for training was at an all-boys school, and I was assigned to the last class. I myself was from an all boys school, from the last class! Trust me, it was definitely challenging. But at the end of the day, every day, the students would still shake my hand and say “balik dulu cikgu”. At the end of my term, they even actually gave me gifts. I thought, this is something, I like this.
Biaq pi orang nak kutuk / kritik kalau hang cakap English. Yang akan improve would be YOU, not THEM.
There’s this one mantra back in high school that’s stuck with me. My teacher said “Budak-budak Penang Free School semua hebat-hebat. Semua ranggi. No matter what you want to do in life, be the best at it.” It doesn’t matter if you want to be a politician, an engineer, or tukang tebar roti - if you’re pursuing it, be the best at it! So that’s always been my mantra. If I’m doing teaching, I’m going to be the best teacher I could ever be. Even though there are a lot of hurdles, it’s hard, but I’m trying. It’s never going to be easy. If life was easy, it would be boring.
In any university, tugas hakiki seorang pensyarah is not to make sure that your students get a 3.5 and above. It’s to make sure that the students become marketable, to produce people that will be the future of our nation. I see the potential each and every one of us have in making a difference for the nation. I want to do my part as well.
Jangan takut nak buat kesalahan. that's why we call it 'belajar'.
My advice for Malaysians would be that
- don't shy away from learning English. It's a mega advantage I tell you. Nak dapat keja pun senang
- biaq pi orang nak kutuk / kritik kalau hang cakap English. Yang akan improve would be YOU, not THEM
- jangan takut nak buat kesalahan. that's why we call it "belajar"