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Hereby is a letter I originally addressed to five people I knew were great teachers. Today this letter is here on the Internet – addressed to any of you – Great Teachers. To anyone who is ready to join us in an attempt to change the ways English is taught in this country. To anyone who knows what changing the struggles into joy feels like.

Wherever you happen to live, there are surely people who need you. People who are desperate about their English, desperate about their results… We often hear from them, sometimes sadly unable to provide them with a teacher…

Quality will prevail. No matter how powerful some of the worst schools, agencies and false promises are – in the end it’s just you and the class. And that’s where you are at home – that is where it happens…

I am setting up a new company – not really a school and not quite an agency. The name is Great Teachers. I thought of other names but this one seems to say it all. That’s what who we are. That’s what I want to be. That’s what everyone who really enjoys being a teacher eventually becomes. And when I tell you I’ve become addicted to the feelings I get when teaching good lessons, seeing people develop… you know very well what I’m talking about. It’s something I’m not able to express even for myself and something you don’t need anyone telling you about…

I’m not so sure to what extend we share another obvious aspect of this job: the awful fact that even with prices higher than most teachers I know, having a full schedule… I still struggle to earn a decent wage… And have had enough of that… I firmly believe the way to go is to teach fewer – and better lessons for more money…

Great teachers have a responsibility – to foster the best. To help to find people’s talents and assist in developing them. That’s what I believe is a great teacher’s ultimate mission. To teach best possible lessons – seeking quality and not quantity. Choosing to indulge oneself in a vastly rewarding work, in having time to develop and educate oneself, in close and warm relations with one’s students, in enjoying being a teacher, in enjoying being a human being. And thus, in turn, setting examples for one’s students…

My website has really started to work – not only giving me clients like KROS and KIA, but also people who’d heard about me from someone I’ve taught or people who’d merely found and read my website. Among them people with position… I have built some sort of a name and people are coming. Not those who ask about price first. But those who really want to learn – who, somehow at the same time happen to be those, who are not that much bothered by the price…

But to really succeed – and change the ways English is generally taught in here – I need you – Great Teachers. I want the good customers and teachers join hands. Only take 10-20% off teacher’s wage. And being after a smooth cooperation of nice and intelligent people based upon trust, share of knowledge, skill and good will…

Branislav Boba
Yours Sincerely

6th Sept. 2012