Science Department

Ms. Shobana Muraali – HOD

She is an M.Sc. in Environmental Toxicology from the University of Madras. She is a University rank holder in her Under Graduation & the recipient of the Chidambaram gold medal for proficiency in Botany. It was a matter of sheer coincidence that she received this award from Smt. Siggapi Ramaswamy, who is closely associated with the Hari Shree family.

Shobana was doing her B.Ed. when she joined HSV. In her 5 years in this school, she has taught almost all the subjects. This has helped in her emergence as a versatile & confident teacher. She wishes to thank Ms. Sumathi who was a guiding support as and when she ventured into the various streams.
Her hobbies/personal interests include painting, gardening, listening to music & reading.

She is comfortable with handling all the age groups and she is glad that her childhood dream of becoming a teacher has come true.

At times, Shobana has grown with a batch of children for over 5 years. She feels a special bond with these children & feels touched when some of them who are no longer in Chennai make it a point to call or visit her. Right now her objective is to make Science an enjoyable experience for the children. They should be able to recall their Science sessions as enjoyable moments even after they grow up.

She firmly believes that a teacher must genuinely care for & attend to the individual needs of children as they tend to vary.

Ms. Shashikala Varadarajan

Shashikala is a post graduate (in Physics) from Rani Durgavathi Viswavidyalaya Jabalpur. She has rich experience of teaching for 10 years in various institutions in Chennai & Jabalpur. She can efficiently handle Maths & Science for middle school as she has done triple major for her graduation.
Shashikala teaches Science and Ev.Ed for Class 6th. She has joined Harishree Vidyalayam this academic year (2010-11).

“Being a Palaghat iyer and residing in Jabalpur (M.P.) was not that easy. In those days (in 1980 I was studying in XI std) girls were not educated much; but inspite of all the resistance from home I went on to do my M.Sc. (physics) and B.Ed. My father was a pillar of support to me. After education I just happened to teach in the school where I studied and then I found out that I really had a passion for it. I always had a feeling that this gene was passed on to me by my grandfather who also was a Physics teacher. I have been in this field for 10 years teaching 10 to 14 year old children.”

Ms. Geetha Asoka Kumar

Geetha Asokakumar has a Masters in Physics in first division from the University of Kerala and a B.Ed. from Madurai Kamaraj University. She has a teaching experience of over twelve years. Having had the opportunity to teach in various boards, she feels ICSE is the most child–friendly. A firm believer of ‘learning by doing’, she wants to move back to her village in Kerala some day and set up a reading cum activity centre for children. She likes the free atmosphere that Hari Shree gives its students and also the importance given to art, culture and heritage.

Ms. Lola Shivshankar

She completed her M.Sc. in Zoology from the Annamalai University, after which she went on to do her B.Ed. Her teaching career began in 1987 when she started teaching Science for classes IX and X, in Lions Public School in Bihar while studying for her M.Sc. She is currently doing her MBA in Education Management.

After her marriage in 1989, she moved to Bangalore and taught for 3 years while pursuing her B.Ed. She then moved to the Caribbean where she got an opportunity to teach Biology for “O” and “A” level students in Priory International School. A favorable student-teacher ratio of 10 to 1 provided her with a golden opportunity to use the various teaching methodologies that she had learnt in her B.Ed course.

She joined Chettinad Hari Shree Vidyalayam in October 2008 as a part time teacher and finally took it up as a full time job from June 2009. She now teaches Science for Class VII and Environmental Education for Classes IX and X.

“I have always been inspired by my mother to take up teaching as a profession, as she had spotted my teaching abilities when I used to help her in the Kinder Garden School that she ran successfully for 25 years.

I strongly believe that encouraging a scientific bent of mind in my students arouses their curiosity which in turn enables them to enjoy the learning process.

One of my memorable moments as a teacher, was as a coordinator for Nature Club. One of my students won the nomination as the Tiger Ambassador for South Zone, and I had the privilege of accompanying her on a weeklong trip to Kruger Park in South Africa.

A proud moment for the school as well as for me was when my student of the pioneer batch of class X scored a centum in environmental education in the ICSE boards, 2010-11.”

Ms. Bhama Krishnamurthy

Having completed her B.Sc. in statistics from Bombay University, she went on to complete her higher diploma in software engineering. After a four year stint in the software Industry, She did her NVQ level 1 in childcare education during her stay in UK. There was no looking back; she worked in the kindergarten level in Maidenhead, UK.

She has been with Hari Shree since 2008. She joined the junior campus as a facilitator and later moved on to the senior school as an Environmental Science and Computer Science teacher for class 3 in 2010. Currently, she is also handling Science for Class 5.

“I always wanted to be a teacher right from my young age. However, I did not pursue as I was also interested in computers then. Later when my twin girls were born, everything changed. Every time I used to teach them something new, it would give me great pleasure to watch their minds work. That’s when I started teaching young minds.

Here at Harishree Vidyalayam, I feel like a bird who aspires to fly higher. Teaching every class is an opportunity to learn more. A new parent seeking admission at Hari Shree remarked to me, ‘Wow! Everybody smiles here which is a rare sight in schools of India’. It is a great feeling to be part of this institution.”

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