Why do I teach?

By Yanina Bellini Saibene

May 15, 2023

Today we celebrate university professors in Argentina. The date made me reflect on why I teach. I will share my journey and the driving forces behind my passion for teaching computer skills.

Yani teaching in person.  Big screens showing her slides and the students with their computers facing Yani is a demi circle.

Growing up in a small town in rural Argentina, I was lucky enough to have access to a computer at my elementary school. From the moment I saw it at the age of six, I knew that this was something special, and it sparked a love for computers and coding that has stayed with me throughout my life.

Despite facing many challenges along the way, thanks to the support of my family, I never stopped pursuing my passion for teaching and sharing my knowledge about computers and programming with others.

For me, teaching is a way of empowering others, a way to help them to learn, grow, and achieve their full potential. It’s about helping people discover the joy of learning, the thrill of solving a problem, and the satisfaction of mastering a new skill.

15 years old Yani and her classmate.

Over the years, I’ve taught children, teenagers, and adults from diverse backgrounds in formal and informal settings. Through my teaching journey, I have been fortunate to connect with like-minded individuals and co-found and help develop communities that foster knowledge-sharing and collaboration where people can help each other improve. In addition, I’ve worked with universities and organizations worldwide to create open, free, accessible resources that can positively impact others' lives.

I teach because education can transform lives– it certainly transformed mine. It’s about help to acquire the power to change our lives and the lives of those around us. It’s about gaining a power that no one can take away from you once you have it. A power that multiplies the more you use it, the more you share.

That’s why I teach – to share my power with others. To give back, so others can have the opportunity to choose.

I invite you to do the same.

Whether you’re an experienced educator, a student, or an enthusiast, your knowledge is valuable. We can make a difference in the world.

Happy professor day to all who choose to share your power!

26 year old Yani with a group of researcher after a trainig at INTA
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May 15, 2023
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