Jülide Çobanoğulları

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My name is Jülide Çobanoğulları. I was born on the 10th June 1982 in England. I come from a traditional Turkish family who moved to England. My father had his own business and my mother was a housewife. I have a sister who is nine years older than me. I started school at the age of 3 at Tottanhall Primary school and continued at  St. Micheal at Bowes C.E school where I became a member of the school’s netball team.

After a year at Broomfield secondary school my parents decided to move back to Cyprus. In 1994 we moved to Cyprus as a family. It was quite difficult at first  as this was a big change in my life. I quickly adapted to this change and made friends after I started studying at The Near East College. At that time The Near East College was the first private college in North Cyprus and had opened a year before I started. It was a small school which only had forty students.I was very lucky because I made friends very quickly and had very good and understanding teachers who helped me get used to the education system.

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I enjoyed all my lessons but my favourite lessons were  Art, English and History. I was also in the school’s first dance group, folkdancing group and athletics team. When someone asked me what I wanted to be my answer was always the same, “I want to be a fashion designer.” This was my answer until my last year at school. That year I decided to become an English teacher because I realised how important education was and decided that I wanted to have a part in the upbringing of my countries future. In 1998, I graduated from The Near East College and had the privilege of becoming one of its first graduates. I started studying English Language Teaching at The Near East University.

Untitled-44 copyWhile I was studying, I worked part-time in different places. 2003 was an important year for me. That year I graduated from university , got married to my husband Behiç Çobanoğulları and I  started my teaching career at The Near East College. I was very happy and excited because I was heading for a new beginning in my life but I was mostly excited about teaching at the school where I graduated from and working with the people who I was influenced by- my former teachers. At first I remember having doubts about whether I would be able to do this job or not and I was scared until I went into the classroom and started to teach. I realised that watching the children learn day by day and use the things I taught them was a wonderful and worth while experience. After so many years I still feel the same excitment and believe that not only do we teach the children new things but they also teach us something different each year. I have taught English to different age groups within these 12 years and I have also taught Cyprus History and Cyprus Geography to foreign students. This year I also started teaching Geography to year 7 students. I love teaching and I love children.It’s not just a job for me. I think the most important quality that every teacher should possess is a love and passion for teaching young people.
Apart from teaching I have another wonderful and important job, I’m a mother of two boys. In 2004 I had my first son Cenk and in 2009 I had my second son Demir. Having children not only changed my life but helped me look at things from a different perspective. In my free time I enjoy playing games, reading books, painting pictures , doing creative projects and going out with my family.  When I’m not spending time with my family I enjoy drawing pictures, sketching and designing. I also like trying out new things.


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