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Influence that never fades – art of teaching

April 27, 2018
By: Katrin Uurman

Born to be a teacher?

As they say, teaching is an assisting discovery and only the ones who love what they do are able to inspire others to discover. Sounds like a cliche but it definitely hides a bit of truth in it too. Reet Palusalu is a teacher in horticulture and landscape gardening in Räpina School of Horticulture and has been doing this already for 31 years. During the years she has been teaching many different subjects but she says it doesn’t matter what the subject is, all that matters is that you do it with the enthusiasm and joy. She is firm, detail-oriented and straightforward, but students love her. Was she born to be a teacher? Reet says that her mother was a teacher and believes that it definitely had an impact on her as well.

Practical versus theoretical learning

Since landscape gardening is mostly practical profession, many may think that practical learning is more important than theoretical in that field but is it really so? The mission of a vocational school is to create an optimal environment for the students to develop their analytical and logical thinking, but also to teach the modern and ergonomically practical skills for landscape gardeners. Reet started with theoretical learning first also, but to develop more as a teacher she established her own 2 hectares English style garden.

Reet says that the greatest and the most valuable reward is the positive feedback from the students.


Angela Koort
head of the landscaping department
Räpina School of Horticulture


Reet Palusalu
landscaping teacher
Räpina School of Horticulture

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