One of the newest teachers to AISB, MYP French teacher and CAS coordinator Quentin Young is well into his second year at AISB. As well as being an avid sports enthusiast and someone with a variety of different life experiences, he has an interesting background to share.
As a child growing up in a Canadian town to a French teacher educating students at Bucharest, Young states that he never expected to get all the way to where he is now. He reminds us that it is important to make the most out of life by challenging the impossible, especially during adolescence.
Q: Can you tell us about your childhood? Was it similar to everyone else’s, or was it a bit different?
A: I was born in Canada. I remark that I moved a lot when I was young. I lived in both small towns and in large cities. I used to play all the time back then. When living in the small town, I played in the nearby woods with my friends. In cities, I went around the city for fun and used to go to the railway a lot. Yes, it was a good place to play.
Q: Back then, what did you find your passion in, and what was your favorite thing to do?
A: Ah… outdoor activities. I really liked sports when I was in school and I still enjoy it now. In high school, I played volleyball, tennis, and other sports. It was a good way to keep myself healthy and stress-free.
Q: What was your dream when you were young? What did you want to become?
A: A translinguist. It is a profession that develops a way to write down languages that are spoken-only. I took this path because it was unfortunate that many languages around the world were disappearing forever due to lack of speakers. I wanted to protect the cultures by choosing this path.
Q: How did you become a teacher?
A: There were not enough job opportunities for me by taking that path. It is, after all, a rare profession. I thought a bit differently. Eventually, I decided to pursue a teaching career to do the work that I like. Although I earned my degree from a French university, I became a teacher in the UK. It was part luck. The UK needed a lot of teachers back then and they paid people studying to become one. They don’t do it anymore nowadays.
Q: You seem like a person who pushes yourself a lot. How did you “push” yourself after you became an adult?
A: I traveled a lot back then. I moved from Canada to France for my university all by myself. In France, I recall doing all sorts of work to make my living. I once worked in construction. They were building roads and they needed people. Other than that, when I was living in Montpelier, I got a job to remove graffiti from the store shutters. The vandals vandalized the same place more than once. I had to re-visit the same place over and over again.
Q: As a teacher, what are the moments that make you feel happy?
A: I feel good when students seem to be enjoying what I teach. I try to help kids find enthusiasm in what they do in my class. That makes me proud since they don’t perceive learning as a boring, but [rather] an obligatory thing to do.
Q: Do you have any advice for the middle schoolers and the high schoolers?
A: I always want to remind the students that it is important to stay active to keep both the body and the mind healthy. If you do too much work sitting in the chair, it would be a good idea to at least switch and maybe walk around a bit. Also, it is necessary to establish a balance between work and life. Find a point when you care about your grades and your life at the same time. Adolescence is a period of life that never comes back – so make the most out of it.