Congrats to Our October 2018 Instructor of The Month – Tammy Parkin
October 12, 2018 |
We’re happy to announce our October 2018 Instructor of the month – Tammy Parkin! We got the chance to interview Tammy about her time at Hondros and her secret to a successful career and a balanced lifestyle. Continue reading to learn more about our fabulous instructor of the month.
Tammy shared that, while her primary career has been an attorney, she’s led many diverse paths through her schooling and beyond. An interesting occupation she highlights is teaching English to Chinese children. She appreciated the opportunity to learn about a different culture.
Drawn to Hondros as she was transitioning from practicing law, Tammy searched for a place where she could combine both her real estate and legal knowledge. Her experience and interest in teaching found her way to Hondros – and we’re so fortunate to have her on our team.
Her interest in Hondros was sparked during her prelicensing classes with us in the early 2000’s. When asked how she would describe Hondros, Tammy proudly said “Flexible, superior education.” Tammy went on to say she enjoys the flexible nature of her job at Hondros. As well as, “the ability to interact with and assist students at a very exciting time in their lives.”
Tammy’s favorite part of working at Hondros is the opportunity to meet new people from different backgrounds with different experiences in the classroom – and “the fabulous site staff!”
Her advice for new Hondros faculty is to let your personality shine in the classroom.
“Don’t be afraid to be yourself… and step away from the book. The students are sitting in the classroom because they want the opportunity to engage with you. So be the charming person you are! :-)”
In fact, the most common positive feedback Tammy hears from students is that they appreciate captivating instructors who share real-life experiences. Tammy seeks to understand how each student learns and meets them where they are in terms of their learning style. To this point, her favorite celebrity quote is:
“Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid.” -Albert Einstein
Tammy defines success as “being happy with what you have”. Which is exemplified as she continues with “money is far less important than true happiness.” She urges others to simplify their lives and pursue a career and life that makes them truly happy.
We’ll end this article with Tammy’s three biggest career lessons:
- You can’t please everyone
- The only way to do great work is to love what you do
- Money doesn’t buy happiness
Thank you, Tammy, for inspiring your students and peers to seek true happiness in their life and career. By simply being yourself, you teach us all how to find success and contentment in our surroundings.