15 Jan GOTS is love at first sight for motherly Norashikin
The power of a mother’s love changed Norashikin Mohammed Hariri’s life.
A lawyer by training, Norashikin or just Shikin to her friends, opted to become an educator after becoming a mother 17 years ago.
“I was spending lots of time with my daughter and when she turned two, I realised a mother is the first teacher a child will have,” recalls Norashikin, who is the Bahasa Melayu coach at Global Oak Tree Scholars (GOTS), an international school in Elmina East, Shah Alam.
“Determined to give her the best education possible, I decided to stop being a lawyer and focus on a career in education.
“I took up some courses and pretty soon was teaching in a variety of institutions, including being a substitute teacher at a national school.
Norashikin has not looked back and along the way has been a tutor at Universiti Putra Malaysia, taught at a language centre, and at private primary schools.
Early last year she heard about GOTS.
She applied for a job and immediately fell in love with the place when she attended her interview.
“As everyone here says, GOTS is definitely different. From its layout to its open spaces and the way classes are conducted,” says Norashikin.
“But what attracted me the most was the tranquil surrounding. We really feel at ease and at peace coming to work.
“Work-wise, it is also a breeze. The teachers or coaches as we are called here, are committed and friendly and we work as one.
“This makes it so much easier to get anything done. We have high standards at GOTS and I daresay the students’ Bahasa Melayu proficiency has improved over time.
“Although we are an international school, we focus on Bahasa Melayu, English and Mandarin as these are important languages.”
Norashikin’s motherly instincts are still strong and although her daughter has grown up, the scholars at GOTS are her surrogate children.
“I treat the scholars as my own children. We are one big happy family and I will give them the best education I can.
“I missed them when we had the one-month year-end break and I am happy we are back in school.”
She adds teaching is not just confined to the classrooms at GOTS.
“There have been times when I was just chatting with the children during break time and we had impromptu lessons.
“I think this is a good way to learn. When the kids feel comfortable with you, it becomes easier to teach.”
To learn more about GOTS, visit www.gots.edu.mu