Welcome! Professional Teaching Portfolio Sonia Hankova Education/Art/Science. E-Mail: sonia.hankova@gmail.com, Phone: +61 425 703 860

My Journey

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37 years ago, Piešťany, Slovakia

Eldest of three siblings, I was born and raised in my home-town of Piešťany. When I was a child I wanted to be a trapeze artist. Then I recall wanting to be a biologist, but I guess somehow I forgot about that for a very long time. I've always spent much time outdoors and being active, in nature. I grew up around music and photography, I played the guitar as well as sang in bands – I toured Europe twice with a local jazz band. I sang the Beatles’ songs and thank them for speaking English. I remember an amazing childhood! My mother wanted me to be a singer but at that stage I didn't really know what I wanted to do.

One fateful day, when I was 17, a snow trip to the local mountain changed the course of my life. I had a skiing accident and ended up with a serious spinal disk hernia, resulting in surgery a few months later. I successfully graduated the same year; I worked hard to catch up on the rest of the class but had to take a gap year. I left for England to improve my English and planned to return to go to university the following year...

 

…14 years later, in Australia

After a painful breakup I decided it was time to make amends with the unfinished business from my teenage years. I saw this difficult time as an opportunity to focus on myself and finally find some real purpose in my career. I spent my twenties in events and hospitality as well as teaching snowsports, happily plodding along as a jack-of-all-trades but at the same time knowing that there was so much more that I wanted to achieve in life. I applied for Bachelor of Education at Victoria University...

 

…Four years later (still in Australia)

I am a single independent woman and what I have learned over the past five years is that it is never too late to dream big and also make those dreams come true; that our achievements and successes are a direct reflection of our efforts and hard work; that we should embrace every challenge that might stand in our way and use it as a tool to learn more about ourselves and the world around us. And that we should always stay true to ourselves.

I can say with confidence that over the past five years I have found my purpose – I’d like to dedicate the next chapter of my life to being an educator.

I love teaching art because I believe art enables us to connect with the fundamental aspects of what makes us human. The ability to feel, imagine and create though our subjective and objective reaction to the world around us. To me, art makes this already amazing world an even more beautiful place.

How do we make it available to be experienced by the future generations? – This is where science comes into play.

I think it is through focusing on finding out how things work, how nature works and how we humans work and interrelate with each other and within the natural environment that we will be able to sustain ourselves as a species. I love teaching science because of my love for nature and beauty, my curiosity and interest in the all-encompassing universe, my search for a happier self, and my vision to change the world through the development of awareness and appreciation of 'the Self', of ‘Mother Nature' and our ‘Environment’.