Disha Naresh Kumar Doultani
A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops – Henry Adams
Please describe your vision of an effective school.
The most integral part of an effective school is its team of educators. A sense of brotherhood among the staff members and passion for their work are elements that are comparable to ‘fuel in the tank’. Therefore, my vision is to create a school environment that inspires, motivates and burns the fire within for learning and personal development.
How do you empower teachers to be leaders?
I believe teachers possess knowledge of teaching content along with life skills and values. Every teacher is unique and they learn from each other. We provide teachers training twice a month which incorporate skills, techniques excitement towards the profession, etc. During circle time, teachers share their creative ideas, modules and become more creative.
I am like a beacon to them and lead them. Thus, teachers are leaders who can empower the students both within and outside the classrooms. It takes perseverance and dedication to make it happen.
How do you bridge the gap between brilliant and difficult students?
There are different techniques tried every day by the teachers to bridge the gap between brilliant and difficult students. We use problem based learning strategies such as critical thinking, collaboration, group discussions, etc. Students have fun with the activities and we allow them to make mistakes without fear. In this way, we make the learning activity relevant by helping them in an easy way.
How do you increase the school’s involvement with the community?
We organize special and interesting activities and events for the community. Parents participate in these events. We organize regular PTMs to keep parents in the loop. We visit the students’ homes to build effective relationships. A few teachers organize weekly classes after school for the parents and community members.
How do you define education?
Education is a beam of light in a mind full of darkness which paves the way for the students to achieve their goals and dreams. So our teaching methods cover three learning modalities which provide equal opportunities to all the students.
What has been your stepping stone towards success?
Success is not winning but taking vital steps to reach the goal. Last year our school organized a cultural event ‘Khwahish … Ek Koshish’ which was a platform for many government schools and low income private schools. The students from these schools experienced amazing exposure by performing dances and dramas to spread awareness on sensitive issues such as Beti Bachao – Beti Padhao, Swachhta Abhiyan, Child Labour, etc. Our students attend many events which help them grow holistically as well as in academics. This year, our students have won prizes and awards and have reached the state level in football. This leaves the fingerprints of success in our school and makes me proud to be a part of this school.
What is your message for the students?
Students are the assets of the country. The school kindles a team spirit amongst the students and teachers with the idea that ‘We can do it’. Lead a beautiful life; many fruitful opportunities are waiting for you. Enjoy your time, have fun every day, explore new horizons proceed without fear. Remember to work hard, participate fully and be the one who leads the nation. Nothing is impossible.
‘If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people.’