Julie Bond (Canada) has done many things in her life and can now cross off international teaching from her list. Since arriving in Beijing more than six months ago, the drama teacher from Beanstalk International Bilingual School describes herself as a "life-long learner" and came to Beijing as her 60th birthday present to herself. Bond shares more about herself with beijingkids.
What’s was your favorite subject when you were a student?
Anything artistic. I used any class to create and act out…in a good way!
What did you want to be when you were a kid? What other career options did you explore before teaching?
I always wanted to be an actor, always. I also always wanted to play with everyone, so teaching drama is perfect for me.
How would you (or your students) describe your teaching style?
Passionate, friendly, and a little crazy.
What was your favorite book growing up? What are you currently reading?
Wizard of Oz meant a lot to me: the story, the characters, the images, and the witch. I am currently reading Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel. It is the second in a historical fiction series about Henry VIII and the Tudor world told from Cromwell’s point of view:brilliant.
How do you like to relax on the weekends?
If it’s sunny, I love to ride my bike or walk. If it’s a poor day, a whole day at home reading a book with tea is the best.
Where do you like to go on holiday?
I will go anywhere anytime, especially if it is new. Every break I’ve had since coming to Beijing, I’ve set out for the great unknown.
What’s something most people don’t know about you?
Very little, I always spill the beans. I guess it might be that I’d rather do anything except cook.
What’s currently on your playlist?
Anything opening on Broadway! Just Kidding, Led Zeppelin.
What’s do you find most rewarding about teaching?
Knowing that when I see students perform in a play, or tackle an issue, or accomplish something they didn’t even know they could do, that I see the future is safe in their hands. I was fortunate to have a team that won Nationals at a Canadian improv tournament with over 350 teams competing. Our school’s team stood in the glow of the lights, radiating pure energy, taking it all in as they accepted their trophy. I got to stand with them.