Teaching is 'Moulding The Young Minds'.
Ms. Mohini Sharma is the Head Administrator, Columbia Junior School, since 2015. An MBA from Symbiosis University with 13 years of experience in Corporate Management and School Administrator. Worked in corporate like Siemens, Alcatel, Aircel and currently working in Columbia Junior School.
In this candid interview, Ms. Mohini talks about the important factors for good parent-teacher-school relationship, her motivation to join school administration, leaving behind the corporate world, and much more.
1.Congratulations on winning the ‘International School Award 2017’! What do you think has helped the school reach this position?
Thank you! The constant efforts by all my staff members and management has helped the school bag such a prestigious award. Also, the continuous and consistent endeavors of the faculty and staff under the guidance of the management, has made us achieve this milestone.
2.Your school has also been receiving the prize for ‘Bharat ko Jano’, for the last nine years. What is the secret behind this success?
We, as a school, work on the overall development of a child, and IQ is one of the key points. Bharat ko Jano is basically a quiz contest based on the insight of our country. With our teaching methodology, I believe that our students are well informed about India, and also aware about facts, figures & general knowledge. This has helped us win the prize for the last 9 years.
3.Working with corporates like Siemens and Aircel, what motivated you to move to schools?
I got an opportunity to attend various workshops and seminars on child psychology and early child health. This motivated me to move from corporate to schools. My 10 years in the corporate world had given me a sense of professional & financial achievement. Now, it was the time to give back to society. I moved to schools, as education and human resource development starts from there.
4.What are the key ingredients that are necessary for the smooth running of a school?
There is a lot that goes into running a school. Clear vision, clear directions, clear methodology, continuous check and corrections, team work and creativity are few of the many necessary ingredients required for the smooth running of a school.
5.What according to you are the important factors that are required to maintain a good principal-teacher relationship?
A good principal-teacher relationship is very important for the smooth functioning of a school. Respect for each other & regular dialogue is a very important key for any good relationship, including that of a principal and a teacher.
6.What do you think is important in a school-parent relationship?
Cooperation is an important key for school – parent relationship. It is only through mutual understanding and Cooperation that school and parents can work towards the betterment of students.
7.How important are extra-curricular activities in schools? Does excluding classes 9 and 10 from these activities help achieve better grades?
A Chinese proverb very aptly states, “Teach me, and I will forget. Show me, and I might remember. Involve me, and I will never forget.” The aesthetic development like character building, spiritual and moral values, physical growth, creativity and many more are backed by co-curricular activities only. It teaches the students to stand up for their rights.
I don’t think excluding classes 9 and 10 for these activities help much in getting better grades, as everyone knows that all work and no play makes jack a dull boy.
8.You are closely associated with NGOs like Goonj and Ashman foundation. How are these NGOs contributing towards the betterment of the society?
As we cannot reach out to every sector of the society in need, association with NGOs help. It is taking a step towards ‘giving back to the society’. These NGO’s are organisations involved in carrying out a wide range of activities for the benefit of the underprivileged people and the society at large.
9.How similar or different is it to work with a NGO and run a school?
To me, running a school is a professional outlook; whereas working with NGOs is an experience for self-satisfaction.
10.What is your message for young, aspiring teachers and administrators?
Teaching and school seems to be an easy task to handle. But, it is moulding the young minds.Although there are days when you feel like tearing out your hair, there is one major reason to teach: The children need you. It makes a huge difference if you can see the humor when you are struggling. Laughter is a strong medicine for just about anything. Keep a sense of humor about all the other stuff, and realize that you can make a difference.