Returned home for good with my husband taking voluntary retirement from the Airforce.
I thought that my experience in different towns and cities does not matter much in front of the ‘big schools’ that Hyderabad has now.
I somehow was under the wrong impression that education is very much ahead of what I know of it in Hyderabad. I felt that schooling patterns in hyd are so modern that I need to begin my learning all over again. I also felt that I don’t know any of the modern methods the city schools have developed.
To my dismay and disappointment, there is nothing modern about them. I discovered that rote memory or creature comforts were being sold to students and nothing called education is happening.
Schools have become service industry rather than centres of learning. I could not come down from my responsibility of being an educator to someone who sells learning ‘to pass board exams’.
As I already said- I cannot sell anything, least of all sweet talk people. I cannot do anything against my convictions. I was in a quagmire-when I returned to hyd. I met many people who are running schools but most of them treated schools as business houses-no wonder the nomenclature-‘corporate schools’ have come into vogue.
It took a year for me to find my bearings. I didn’t fit into any of these schools.
Visakha Central School:
I joined VCS as the Principal on 20th June 2005.
A typical SSC school with nearly 750 students and 40 teachers where teaching/learning was highly predictable based on rote memory. I was certainly not excited.
Mr Dhanunjaya: I must give all the credit to the Director who has a vision to make good schools. His focus and sincerity to make ‘education happen’ gave me the required platform to become a true educator. If I am able to lead and empower others to lead-It is because Mr Dhanunjaya believed that I am capable. He helped me nurture my own abilities.
Team @ Silver Oaks:
I can never thank them enough-the students who give me an opportunity to lead them, the teaching and admin team who allow me to lead them and the parent community who recoginze my efforts in making their children into leaders.
Silver Oaks The School of Hyderabad- The Emerging Leadership School !
The journey from 2005 to 2009 was like a ride in the Bullet Train-for the entire team @ silver oaks.
From SSC to CBSE to IB, The School of Hyderabad to a Leadership School !
If today we are proud of our team@silver oaks with nearly 2000 students,150 teachers its because we all have found our leadership abilities. We lead ourselves and thereby lead others.
Mr Kingshuk Nag: Resident Editor Times of India Hyderabad:
When Times of India conducted the Lead India Campaign in 2007-they hoped to encourage ordinary people into recognizing their own leadership abilities. What they hoped to achieve of it-whether it has been achieved or not-but what I realized as being the only Principal (probably in the whole country) to nominate for that contest-is that I am a leader.
I must thank Mr Nag for encouraging me to nominate for the contest. But for his persistence I would have missed that experience of being a part of that contest/campaign.
Only when I was being interviewed by ‘Big shots’ like (former)Ministers & Governor, speaker, political and business leaders, Dean of ISB-I realized that no one can intimidate me. I saw my own confidence and my own lack of interest in the word called-contest. I enjoyed the experience but never looked at it as a competition.
There are many more people and situations that helped me find my own leadership qualities-but I guess I will give it an intermission till I find another day and mood to write down all that.
Episode Punch: Do not wait for a thanksgiving day or an occasion to thank the people who made you recognize your own abilities. You make the occasion or you define the day-but say that magical word-Thanks to all those who made you look at yourself in a different light