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Exstudent praised by the Swedish Academy

Published: 30 May 2016

Johan Aasa received his teaching degree from Luleå University of Technology in 2002. After graduation he worked for eleven years at the High School in Luleå before he moved to Stockholm in 2013. Recently, he was awarded the Swedish Academy Swedish Teacher Award.

- I feel very proud and slightly dazed. I think I have not really understood it yet, says Johan Aasa who works as a teacher of Swedish and history at Södra Latin in Stockholm.

Good subject knowledge

The award, which was instituted in 1987, awards teachers who by their actions have stimulated interest in the Swedish language and literature. The prize consists of 50 000 SEK and will be handed over at a ceremony in the Swedish Academy's booth at the Book Fair in Gothenburg in the autumn. Johan Aasa believe that the subject knowledge and the ability to instill confidence in his students is what makes him a good teacher.
- I like my subjects greatly and have good subject knowledge and leadership skills. I will quite often get the students to believe in themselves and thrive, which is a prerequisite for development.

What's the best thing about being a teacher?

- The absolute best part is to see students develop.

How did you find your time at Luleå University of Technology?

- I liked it very very good. I remember with pleasure lectures signed Bert Mårald (historian) and Åke Löfgren (historian). Also Ingemar Fribergs courses have been etched in the memory.

Do you have any tips for anyone considering studying to teachers?

- You will not regret it. The job is amazing and stimulating. Good subject knowledge is the key to success.