Interview With Ms. Shafiee

“I’ve come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom. It’s my daily mood that makes the weather. As a teacher, I possess a tremendous power to make a child’s life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated and a child humanized or de-humanized.”

When I once came across these words for teacher appreciation, and I myself got to “come to the frightening conclusion “, I realized what a sensitive job a teacher has during the class regarding how she or he can affect his or her learners’ moods and motivation . And this is obviously more delicate when the learners are young children !!Then when I gave it a little more thought “I came to the relieving conclusion” that there  are teachers who can handle this with the help of experience,enthusiasm,and perseverance…She , Ms.Shafee,  is definitely on top of the list!

Here is more to know her more ….

Hello Ms. Shafee and welcome to….

*Hi …..You are welcome!

Please tell us about yourself? And How long have you been an English teacher?

*I was born in Yazd in 1363, but I spent my childhood in Tehran and Lorestan. As a child I was full of vim and vigor of life, enthusiastic to experience new things and of course a new language. I started learning English at the age of eight. My first teacher was an American lady who made me hate English! My parents, however, revived all my old feelings of interest. I owe my lifelong interest in English to the ILI and to my superbly outstanding teachers, especially Mr. Iranizade, Ms. Jalalian, Ms. Allame, and Mr. Mirhosseini. I also had two great teachers at school, Ms. Kashizade and Ms. Mozafar. I studied Mathematics and Physics, but apparently my life has been strongly linked to English! I went on to earn my B.A. and M.A. in English Literature. I have been an English teacher for nine years.

Which levels do you teach at the ILI?

*I teach all levels.

Do you wish you had another job? Why?

*Yes! I have always wanted to be an architect or an artist because I adore producing art.

Well , a teacher already is …Well. How do you think ILI classes are different! I mean the students?

*The ILI places a high priority on discipline and on careful planning; consequently, the institute has provided impressive educational services. Most of the students attend classes with the purpose of learning and this makes teaching enjoyable.

What kind of students are the best in your opinion? Why?

*In my opinion, the students who are focused, disciplined, and willing to learn are the best because their respecting themselves, their classmates, and their teachers makes the classroom an ideal place for exchanging information. It is worth mentioning that a good student is not necessarily the one who always studies hard and gets the best grades. I do love the students who progress throughout the term.

Who is your best co worker at the ILI?

*In a pleasant work environment, it is very difficult to choose the best!

What is your favorite level to teach? Why?

*I love teaching Start, Race2, Reach 1, Reach2, and Reach4 because most of the topics presented in the books give me the opportunity to explore new horizons of creativity!

What is your best memory at the ILI? In or out of classes)

*Well… I prefer to avoid clichéd sentences, but I can’t help repeating that each and every moment is a pleasurable memory. The most beautiful one is perhaps the memory of the day in which one of my students gave me a very special rose. She’d written “I love you!” on all the petals and leaves of that rose!

and here is the photo of the petals you mentioned! right?

*yes!!! 🙂

What are your hobbies?

*Reading has always been an integral part of my life. I enjoy reading novels, plays, and poems. I do enjoy writing as well. I love stargazing. I enjoy surfing the net. I have always been passionate about art, especially painting and photography. Since my childhood, gymnastics and badminton have been my favorite sports. I spend most of my free time playing badminton. The sound of the birdie being hit by the racket and the squeaky sound of sneakers on the court are among the most exhilarating sounds of my life!

Do you see movies?

*Definitely! I’m a big fan of movies, although I prefer to watch my favorite TV series.

Which post of do you recommend English students to read?

*Before answering this question, let me say that I truly appreciate all your efforts to support your students and to give them frequent feedback. I recommend English students to read each and every word, though I personally prefer “How to Make Home a Classroom”. It makes me feel nostalgic because it reminds me of my own learning strategies.

Anything else?…..

*I wish to thank God and my family for being my biggest supporters and my dearest friends. I’d like to thank Mr. Bagheri, Ms. Farid, and Dr. Lashkarian for helping me taste the true meaning of literature. Let me thank you again; it was a great honor.

And thank you very much for your time ! Good Luck!


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  1. mohammad kazem Bagheri November 15, 2013 at 13:10 - Reply

    Thanks,I always take pleasure in having students like you,who are knowledgeable,nice and appreciative.

    • Shafiee December 8, 2013 at 02:17 - Reply

      WOW!!! Thank you. It is really kind of you to say that!:) I can never repay all your kindness… I owe you a great deal!

      “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it, is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”

      ~William Arthur Ward

  2. hafeze April 22, 2013 at 01:19 - Reply

    thanks Mr Mofidi ,
    long time no see Ms. shaffiee . i miss you.
    best wishes

  3. Amirhossein Daiee April 12, 2013 at 00:22 - Reply

    thAnk you so muuuuuuuch Mr.Mofidi. why don`t u interview with teachers who teach to the children at the ILI? like Mr. Vokalaie Mr.Dehghan Mr.Nekounahad and …..????!!?

  4. Mahdi Rafi ' February 5, 2013 at 00:16 - Reply

    thanks Mr.Mofidi, keep on the good job.

    • Hossein Mofidi February 5, 2013 at 12:41 - Reply


  5. Abdollahzadeh October 23, 2012 at 13:47 - Reply

    I appreciate Mr. Mofidi for this interview. As all our colleagues and her students know, she’s really the best. Let me say she’s a walking talking angel on the earth.May happiness and success be around her!

    • Hossein Mofidi October 23, 2012 at 14:21 - Reply


      • oliver twist October 24, 2012 at 22:03 - Reply

        Hi Mr Mofidi… I was not joaking or flattering…
        I really wanted your help…

        • Hossein Mofidi October 24, 2012 at 22:39 - Reply


          • oliver twist October 25, 2012 at 12:20

            thank you so much

  6. Abdollahzadeh October 23, 2012 at 13:47 - Reply

    I appreciate Mr. Mofidi for this interview. As all our colleagues and her students know, she’s really the best. Let me say she’s a walking talking angel on the earth.May happiness and success be around her…!

  7. oliver twist October 21, 2012 at 18:03 - Reply

    This Lady is 28 and already its 9 years she has been teaching in ILI. Goooood for her.
    Im really really really jealous of her and sometimes I think Ill never be able to possess such high level of knowledge in English… please help me Mr Mofidi and Ms Shafee

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