kis·met -- noun, often capitalized \ˈkiz-ˌmet, -mət\: a power that is believed to control what happens in the future "They always said that it was kismet that they met in Media I at KIS."
KISMET -- acronym (Kyiv International School Media Education Team)
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
20th Anniversary Feature Story: Small Town Guy with Big Dreams
This year is very special for Kyiv International School since it is the 20th
anniversary of our school. Due to such an event KIS Today would like to
present a series of articles to give recognition to people that have been standing with our
school over the years.
Mr.Berezhny's home town Severodonetsk
The story of this teacher starts in a small city of
Severodonetsk in Eastern Ukraine where Mr. Berezhny grew up and gained his love
for the French language from the songs that he carries on to his students.
Love for the French language is a part of Mr.Berezhny’s life, and he shares it
with his wife who grew up with Mr. Berezhny in the same town and then attended
the same university. Growing up in a small town, Mr. Berezhny was always a determined
person. To prepare for university, Mr. Berezhny studied French on his own since the school program wasn’t well established. Spending a lot of time studying during his
last high school years paid off with great accomplishments in Linguistics
University, which proves his motto “Everything is possible”.
His personal characteristics of being so determined and hard
working gave Mr. Berezhny not only the education and career that he wanted, but a
great family as well. Mr. Berezhny’s wife who supports him from school years until now, shares his love for French by being a teacher also in an international school in Kyiv. They not only have similar jobs, but their
hobbies are alike as well. Constant road trips around Europe, annual voyages
to Crimea for camping, savage life, badminton, those are only few of all things
that Mr. Berezhny enjoys doing with his wife and daughter, who has already graduated
Reflecting back on his years at KIS, Mr. Berezhny remembers
the time 16 years ago when there were less students. Teachers had to share
classes, or sometimes even teach in hallways, but he enjoyed the communication
that he had with other teachers with the opportunities to see them many times
a day. Now the school is more
comfortable, since every teacher has his or her own class, but Mr. Berezhny
misses that interaction with his colleagues when KIS first began its journey of
Mr. Berezhny is an example of a person whose hard work and
determined spirit gave him all that he wanted and his story should be shared with many people to inspire hope of where life can bring you, even if
your journey starts in a small city in Eastern Ukraine.