Velta Bērtiņa

My life motto: Strive for excellence, not perfection

1. Please, introduce yourself.
                    My name is Velta Bertina. I am one of the English Club founders and leaders. I was an English teacher at Kraslava State Gymnasium between 1986 and 2013.

2. Do you remember any special moments/events connected with the English Club activities? If so, please, share your memories.
                There are lots of precious memories thanks to my colleagues Ligija and Luba and good                teamwork while preparing for so many club events, parties and projects. However, the warmest ones are related to the very beginning: meeting the first native speakers of English and Music Festivals. Also, I will never forget one of the most successful Youth Exchange projects in Finland in 2005 when I had that unique opportunity to learn Polynesian dances, get acquainted and communicate with people from a completely different culture.          

3. Has the English language been necessary/useful in your life in terms of career, communication or travelling? Please, give an example of when it was.

Undoubtedly, English has always been of special importance. I have been sharing my knowledge of it with others and learning something new all my life.   

4. Could you tell us about a person/people who have influenced your life the most or have left footprints on your heart?

                Answering this question, I usually mention just two people:

My granny who was a strong and understanding woman.

My university choir conductor who taught me singing as well as this wisdom of life: there are  certain things that you have to do and the things that you must not do, not discussing why or why not.

I have always agreed with the author of this idea: 

”See, people come into your life for a reason. They might not know it themselves, why. You might not know it. But there's a reason. There has to be”.  (Joyce Carol Oates)

5. We learn many useful things from people who generously share their findings and discoveries with us. Could you too tell about a book, a film, a music piece/album which you would recommend youngsters to read, watch and listen?.        
The purpose of life is a life of purpose” – this is only one of the life wisdom quotes from Robin S. Sharma’s book ”The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari”. I am sure that many of you have read it in Latvian. If not, I suggest reading the book, considering and following such valuable ideas.