A Double Honor


At today’s opening ceremony for the school year at the Varga Katalin Gimnázium, I had one of the greatest honors of my life. I received two prizes: the “pedagógus emlékplakett” (pedagogical memorial plaque) and the Teacher’s Oscar in the language category. The recipients of both awards are determined annually by votes: the first by the faculty, the second by the students. What a great affirmation and encouragement this is. I treasure these awards and everything that they mean. Thank you!


Many others received awards today (teachers, two students who graduated last year, and the president of the parent association)–but if I try to list them, I will probably leave someone out inadvertently. Once the names are published, I will include the link here–and if I can’t find it, I will ask for the full list at school. Congratulations to all.

There is so much to look forward to this year. I think of the projects underway–two drama projects, Folyosó, an Orwell project–and the collaboration with different colleagues. I don’t know how things will play out with the coronavirus this year–we have a protocol in place, but things can change–but no matter what happens, we will find ways to do interesting things and help students accomplish their goals. Even though wearing a mask in the classroom will be uncomfortable, I am glad that we can have classes in person. We can use the masks on our faces the way Demosthenes, according to legend, used stones in his mouth: as a challenge to speak more clearly. Or as a challenge to stay silent–who knows? We will see. At least we don’t have to wear masks over our eyes.


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  1. Congratulations on your well deserved awards! You put so much thought and care into planning your lessons. Your students are lucky to have such a dedicated teacher.
    (We used to play together summers in Ogunquit.)

    • Thank you, Rebecca, for your kind words–and what a great surprise to hear from you! I would love to hear about your life sometime. Please give my greetings to Clarissa and Amanda.

  2. jeannewikler

     /  September 2, 2020

    Diana, I have always been impressed with your accomplishments and proud to be your aunt. But being selected for those two wonderful awards – in a country you’ve only recently moved to, in a language you’ve only recently learned – that is mind-boggling. It’s so nice to know someone who loves their work as much as you do, and who does everything in their power to make it even better. Congratulations!
    Love, Jeanne

    • Dear Jeanne, thank you so much. I teach in English, but I participate in the life of the school–and speak Hungarian outside of my classes–as much as possible. There is much more to come.
      Love, Diana

  3. Ron Squibbs

     /  September 12, 2020

    Congratulations! It’s great to be able to follow your journey, even from a distance.

  4. Late to the party, but congratulations! A testimony to your vision, care, and hard work.

  5. Wow this is great congo


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