teacher-from-odessa-galina-orlovaA teacher from Odessa educated 40,000 Ukrainian students. What’s more, she has taught at the same school for 58 years.

Teacher from Odessa educated 40 thousand pupils

Galina Orlova, an English teacher from Odessa, Ukraine, has been working at the same school for 58 years and 10 months.

She started her career in gymnasium № 2 in 1958.  At first, she was only teaching but over time became the deputy principal. Most of the time Galina Orlova worked as a teacher of English.

Orlova’s name listed in the Ukrainian Book of Records as a teacher with “the largest teaching experience”.

Orlova admits that initially she wanted to become an actress but changed her mind. She has never regretted it. According to her, a teacher is also an actress because she has to play different roles at work. She has to combine the roles of a good friend and a strict tutor.

Orlova’s professional ambition is for pupils to love her lessons. She tries to look for the good in children and develop it, Kp.ua reports.

The veteran educator states she has repeatedly been invited to work in other places, but she loves her school. “I will not leave the gymnasium and will be young forever,” she says.

During her career, Orlova educated 40 thousand students. There are diplomats and translators working for well-known persons among them. After the news about the record broke, the educator received lots of congratulations from her former students. The 85-year-old Ukrainian woman plans to teach for longer. She loves her job and doesn’t wish to slow down.

Teacher from Odessa has been working in the same school for almost 60 years

Galina Orlova plans to continue working in the gymnasium. Hopefully, she will achieve another record: 60 years of work at the same school.

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That is what I call dedication. As we say in America, love what you do and do what you love.


I was really amazed when i’ve read about such a great person. I’m happy that we still can meet peolpe like this in our world. We all know that the work of a teacher is very hard and children aren’t always grateful of everything the teacher has done for them. I think, this teacher is one of the people, who can say our world and really hepl others. In my country I knew teachers who have been working for about 40 or 50 years and they were doing really great job.


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I am an English teacher too however I don’t have such an experience as this great woman Galina Orlova but I know how difficult to teach and bring up children. I feel proud of people who devote their lives to a business they love and Galina Orlova is an example for all of us. We should find something important and something that brings us happiness and satisfaction and devote most of our time to this deal.