Principal DR (MRS) Vineeta Kamran
City Montessori School, Lucknow
Birthday : 17th October
Place of Birth : Ludhiana, Punjab
Hometown : Lucknow
How did you feel on the first day being School Principal: The first day of my appointment as a Principal was a memorable day indeed. I could sense that my life was about to change in totality. The focus had now shifted from a mere classroom to the entire school infrastructure, spread over a vast campus of ten acres of land.
The first day was a promise to myself to take full charge of my responsibilities as not only the Leader of Educators but as a Change Maker in the lives of future leaders of the world and to make enriching contribution to society. There were endless aspirations, countless dreams and a deep rooted desire to soar high in the arena of Quality and Excellence in Education along with my most accomplished staff members.
The best thing about being a Teacher- Leader: For me the ideal embodiment of a Teacher-Leader is Dr Jagdish Gandhi, Founder Manager, City Montessori Schools. When it comes to leading teachers, it is not the knowledge and the content that makes a difference but the paradigm shift in perspective, looking at things as a whole, rising above personal interests and acting as a human engineer, a problem solver, a friend, a philosopher and a guide. A teacher leader has to be visionary, strategic, beneficent, adaptive and virtuous.
What are the traits of an effective Principal: An effective Principal should empower, ignite and transform all who come across in the journey of life. She must create a school vision, mission and action plan as it is a mission statement which defines the very reason of our existence. A Principal should have goal setting competencies and must know the art of management of objectives. He/ She must build alliances, partnerships and bridges that connect people. A Principal needs to build a strong school community wherein all stake holders – parents, students and staff are well connected and contribute to each others’ success and betterment.
Please describe the role you feel parents should play in the operation of the school:
Our school has always believed that the parents are the major stake holders in the overall progress of the child and even the institution as a whole. Meaningful involvement of the parents in schooling is critical to a child’s overall development. It allows parents and staff to work together in respectful and mutually supportive ways creating an environment in which understanding, trust and respect can flourish and provides children with ample opportunities to unleash their hidden potential.
When you visit a classroom, what are the first things you look for as signs that the classroom is an effective learning place:
The facial expressions of the students say it all about the involvement of the students in the teaching learning process being facilitated by the teacher. Classrooms in the 21st century have to become the nerve centres, a place for teachers and students to connect with those around them and their community. In this new environment, the classrooms can only be effective when teachers become less of instructors and more of social architects of information, giving children the ability to turn knowledge into wisdom and nurture the mind and spirit of the young child.
What is your vision of Special Education:
I do accept the fact that every student has unique individual needs. It is essential that individual differences and needs be evaluated before planning for special education. Special Education is a programme that meets the academic, physical, social, behavioural and emotional needs of every student so that he has equal opportunities to succeed and become a contributing member of society. In order to make this programme successful, there must be trained special educators to provide differentiated instruction based on each student’s unique needs as an Individual Education Plan (IEP) has to be developed for each student. The staff has to be trained in classroom management, behavior modification, conflict resolution and techniques to support the success of all students. These students should not be segregated but should be integrated with the normal students.
What’s your view on e-learning: The latest and most effective way of teaching these days is to make use of the vast receptacle of knowledge that is available to us on the internet. This can effectively be brought about by ensuring that the teachers are well versed in latest technological advancements and are able to make use of the limitless treasure. The use of interactive white boards is a valuable tool that can bring the syllabus to life by making it enjoyable, relevant and vibrant. This can also be used to build a constructive teacher- learner bond where the two interact with each other even when not physically present. E-learning also helps the students to become self dependent as they learn by trying to find additional knowledge by themselves.
How to make Inclusion a reality: In order to make inclusion a reality the school system must be:
- Child centred: Children with disabilities need child centred curriculum, which takes into account the individual needs of children.
- Participatory: Children with special needs require a learning environment in which they can actively participate in learning. This may require suitable infra structure of the school as well as maximum use of educational tools.
- Partnership with parents: Co-operation from parents is a key factor as children learn at home too. Parents must be involved in teaching learning process of special children as parents can follow the teaching guidance at home. In short, inclusive education is not possible without parents’ partnership.
Your favourite book: THE LEADER WHO HAD NO TITLE by Robin Sharma
It talks about a revolutionary new model of leadership where everyone needs to embrace change, drive innovation, take responsibility for ones actions and inspire the team mates.
Your views about the social responsibility of a modern school: We at City Montessori School believe that a school should act as a light house to the society illuminating the path of humanity. A school must concern itself with the affairs of the age. It must provide redemption to mankind from its godlessness, ignorance, disorder, confusion and conflict. One of the important aims of socially responsible school is to develop the power of independent and creative thinking and a unification of intellect, feeling and righteous action.
The school’s utmost culture cannot be closed and ethnocentric- it has to be open, cosmopolitan and global in outlook. The world has to be brought into the classroom. It is the social responsibility of a modern school to specially design its curriculum so as to create a global mindset amongst students conscious of their duties and rights as citizens of the world.
What are the major qualities you see in a new teacher: A good teacher should
- Be a role model to students
- Focus on Value Development
- Be an advocate of positivity
- Inculcate self belief in children
- Be M.A.D – Make A Difference – to the lives of the children
One piece of advice that you want to give to the new teachers: A modern teacher has to be a social architect. He must nurture the mind and spirit of the young. A new age teacher has to play multifarious roles. He has to be a leader, subject expert, disciplinarian, counselor, change agent, mentor and sometimes even a cheer leader.