English Department

Ms. Meenakshi Nagaraj – HOD & Activity Coordinator

Mrs. Meenakshi Nagaraj teaches English at the secondary level. A university rank holder in M.A. English literature from the University of Madras, she also holds a B.Ed degree from IGNOU. She is a trained journalist who turned to teaching after enjoying brief stints in journalism and advertising.
“To be a good teacher, you need to recall how you felt behind the desk. A teacher needs to introspect. When she does this she will realize that what the children want from her is what she would have wanted as a child.”

“As a child I always enjoyed the class that let me play a proactive role in the lesson. After all it was being done for me. My favourite lesson was the one in which I was allowed to laugh while I learnt. And my favourite teacher was the one who gave me the space to explore while she secured the boundaries. Now, when I take my place before the desk, I wish to live up to my ideals. Thank you Hari Shree for letting me do so.”

Ms. Jayanthi Natarajan

She has completed her B.A. from Meenakshi College, Chennai. She has worked in various voluntary projects at the elementary level at Istanbul International School, Turkey. She joined Hari Shree Vidyalayam in the capacity of a primary grade teacher handling English and Science in the year 2008.

“I enjoy working with children and my tenure at Hari Shree Vidyalayam gives me ample scope to interact with like-minded individuals who strive to bridge the gap between teaching and learning. The atmosphere at Hari Shree Vidyalayam is warm, open and friendly thereby providing a lot of opportunities for individual growth.

The education system has so evolved to incorporate innovative teaching methods in the classrooms and I am very happy to be a part of this phase where teaching involves a child-centric approach. Students are helped, through practice and reflection, to become respectful and responsible. Teachers and students explore different ideas together and learning takes place in both the directions. I love the flow of positive energy in my classrooms and my drive is the irresistible smiles and the enthusiastic participation of all my students”.

Ms. Soji Abraham

I believe that teaching was there in my genes as my mother, my grandparents and my aunts were all in the profession of moulding young lives for the future.

A post graduate in Biochemistry from Bharatiar University, my career started as a lecturer handling post graduate students. I later realised that the post graduate students actually didn’t require a ‘lecturer’. They were mature enough to learn themselves. It is the smaller children who need the help of a ‘teacher, a facilitator and guide’ all the more. Thus began my journey and after working with Tutors Worldwide as an online tutor and copy editor for 2 years, I finally joined Hari Shree.

Hari Shree is a home away from home. There is ample space to learn and grow. In Hari Shree we thrive to make learning enjoyable and meaningful for each child because as Sir Aurobindo says, “Nothing can be taught everything has to be learnt”. Here we learn through many activities, thereby learning is an exciting experience for the children as well as for the teachers.

As a teacher I aspire to help students to know their own value – and impart to young people lucid, vibrant hope for their lives and our common future so that they can bring about a positive change in our society.

Ms. Sahana Pati Satapathy

Sahana has a post graduate and Bachelor of Education degree in English. She worked for a brief period of time in CHSV in 2006 and rejoined the institution in 2009.

As a facilitator her primary goal is to foster in children a deep-rooted interest and love for the language. She aims to respond to changes in educational thinking and subsequently implement them in class room teaching. She endeavors to provide a harmonious environment conducive to learning and to communicatively instill the intrinsic value of values in the minds of young learners.

“I was a fresh graduate when I joined HSV in 2006 and was very eager to try out the pedagogy and methodologies that I had learnt in my B.Ed. classes. HSV gave me ample opportunities to put the theory to practice and in the course of the year I learnt that pedagogy needs to be modified and supported with contemporary and innovative techniques to suit the different learning styles of the learners. While reading Jim Thompson’s ‘Positive Coaching’ on a teachers blog I came across a maxim ‘your job is not to be liked by the kids. Your job is to like them because typically, people do not make the effort to teach something to someone they don’t care about’.

These little maxims have moulded my thought process and I have realised that the class dynamics undergo a sea of change when the student and the teacher look forward to interact with each other. So the first and most primary goal for me as a teacher this year is a simple one: Love and attempt to understand the children. In many ways, that might be enough to do the trick.”

Ms. Hemamalini Sivakumar

I am Hema Sivakumar and am glad to join the teaching fraternity at Hari Shree Vidyalayam from this academic year (2011). I have completed my Corporate Secretaryship from the Madras University and BS in Accounting from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, USA. I have acquired my Teacher Training Diplomas in B.Ed and CIDTT (Cambridge International Diploma for Teachers and Trainers).

Our family moved to India from the United States in 2006 and we are enjoying the bounties of this sea-side, cosmopolitan city. I am a mother of two boys who are also the students of this school. My husband is a professional working in the city. I am looking forward to learning and contributing some valuable experience at Hari Shree Vidyalayam in the years to come.

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