Q. Could you provide us with a brief overview of your professional background and areas of expertise? 

I am a passionate educator serving as the Director of St. Mira's High School and Alphabet Campus. I hold a unique academic background of an MBA from ICFAI National College, a Bachelor's in Education (B. Ed) from Bangalore University, and a Bachelor's in Commerce (B. Com) from Mysore University. Additionally, I am also certified in Nursery Teacher's Training and Montessori teacher's training, which provides a comprehensive foundation for my role as Director. The expertise drawn from my MBA and the role as a director at St. Mira’s School and Alphabet gave me the opportunity to collaborate with multiple stakeholders.  My experience in schools in Lund, Sweden, enriched my perspective as I interacted with students from diverse backgrounds thus igniting my passion for educating them.

Q. Could you highlight some of your key accomplishments in the field of education? 

My key accomplishments in the field of education include:

  •  ➤ Alphabet Campus was honoured as one of the top ten preschools in Bangalore by EducationToday, recognising our commitment to  excellence in early childhood education. 
  • ➤  St. Mira's High School received accolades as one of the best ICSE schools in Bangalore, as recognised by EducationToday, underscoring our dedication to academic excellence and holistic development. 
  • ➤  We conducted corporate weekend drives aimed at educating less fortunate girl children from nearby villages, demonstrating our commitment to community outreach and social responsibility. These initiatives not only enriched the lives of the underprivileged but also instilled a sense of compassion and empathy among our students. These accomplishments underscore our unwavering commitment to educational excellence, community engagement, and the holistic development of our students. 

Q. What impactful changes or innovations have you implemented in the education segment and what further advancements would you like to see or implement in the future? 

In my career as a teacher, principal and as the Director of the educational institute, I've spearheaded several impactful changes and innovations aimed at enhancing the quality of education and fostering holistic development among students. Some of these initiatives include:-

Curriculum Enhancement: As a founding principal of Alphabet Campus & Director of St. Mira’s, I developed and refined the kindergarten curriculum to align with International standards. My stints at International Schools in Sweden played a pivotal role in designing the curriculum.

No Book Day: As part of the Kindergarten curriculum, every Thursday was a ‘No Book Day’. The entire day was dedicated to imparting value-based education. It involved storytelling, role play, team games, sports, public speaking, etc. 

Technology Integration: Technology played an important role, especially during the pandemic. Learning did not stop as children got accustomed to online education with ease. Using interactive whiteboards, facilitated personalised learning experiences, and prepared students for the digital age. 

Practical-oriented learning: Children were taken to farms to teach about pet animals. They were taken to the police station, and fire brigade to teach them about community helpers. These are a few examples where children were taught with examples that stay with them forever. 

Teacher Training and Professional Development: The educators are equipped with the latest pedagogical techniques and best practices. By fostering a culture of continuous learning among staff, we've been able to enhance teaching quality and student outcomes.

Personalised Learning: I believe in the importance of personalised learning approaches that cater to individual student needs, interests, and learning styles. For instance, introducing finance as a special subject for interested  student, which would encourage early saving discipline among students. Finance as a subject is never taught in educational institutes which is the need of the hour. 

Global and Cultural Competence: In an increasingly interconnected world, I would also like to inculcate global awareness and cultural competence. This subject gives perspective to the students and helps promote cross cultural exchanges, and fostering empathy and understanding among students from diverse backgrounds as key priorities. 

Project-based Skillset: There are no ready-made answers in the real world. Children need to do the hard yards in research, problem-solving, and skill development. This can be inculcated via mini projects where children can come forward and showcase them on the podium. This will also improve  their presentation and communication skills which are paramount in the real world.

Involve the students in the decision-making process: The first and foremost engagement with the students should be through eliciting their views in classroom pedagogy, the range of the curriculum within and beyond the classroom. 

Encourage innovation in the classroom: Education suffers from some long-held myths. Every teacher and student are to be encouraged to have innovative learning using creative tools, rewarding curiosity among the children, promoting collaboration, project-based learning, concept building  & skill education will create a culture of innovation in teaching–learning.  My idea in totality would be to prepare my children for the real world by prioritising student-centred approaches, safeguarding their interests and advocating for equity and inclusion. I believe in creating a better future for our children and in turn shaping a better society.

Q. What advice can you give emerging education professionals/fellow educators regarding essential leadership qualities in this field? 

Firstly, let's recognise that our goal transcends mere academic scores; as educators, our mission is to impart knowledge, prepare students for the future, and contribute to shaping a better society. Effective communication stands as paramount. Hone your oratory skills to capture students' imaginations, earning their respect and trust, and encouraging them to excel. By staying updated, developing new skills, gaining fresh perspectives, enhancing leadership effectiveness, fostering continuous improvement, and staying competitive, leaders can propel their organisations to new heights of success in an ever-evolving landscape. Visionary thinking guides us beyond textbooks, inspiring strategic directions and positive changes within the educational system. Leadership effectiveness thrives on continuous improvement, refining leadership styles, decision-making processes, and team dynamics through targeted learning initiatives. In conclusion, cultivating these essential leadership qualities empowers emerging education professionals and fellow educators to make meaningful contributions to the field, inspiring positive change in the lives of students and communities we serve.