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Student in one class, teacher in another; Pooja Bhula interviews split personalities, who juggle these two diverse roles with ease

Name: Namrata Dalal
French Teacher at DY Patil School, Worli
Student at Instituto Hispania (Spanish)

This pretty French teacher of DY Patil School (24) in Worli is the youngest teacher in her section. Having truly enjoyed French in junior college, she enrolled into Allianz Francais as an extra activity in 2004. “My French grades in HSC were very good and I got an offer to take private French tuition. Gradually the batch grew and teaching simultaneously with learning was a great advantage,” says Namrata. When she did not know something she could ask her professors. Students liked her style of teaching, the relaxed environment, and especially enjoyed sharing college stuff with her. “Teaching made my concepts rock solid,” she adds. She later joined the Lions Club in 2008 and went for the French exchange program. She worked on a contractual basis in the Visa Department of the French Consulate and was thinking of the next step. Finally after completing 7 levels of French she enrolled for Spanish, it was very easy to pick up because of the French background, but it got confusing sometimes.

“Joining DY Patil was a smart decision. Teaching in the kids in the 6th, 7th and 8th grade, in a classroom is a very different experience, kids are very restless and you have to be friendly yet firm. Teaching here is more interesting,” she says.

Students remain engaged because she includes French currents affairs in the course work, asks them to research on topics and then gives them the answers or explanations. She also makes them listen to audio tapes to get them accustomed to the French accent. JAM likes.

Name: Neeti Sanghrajka
Teacher at GD Somani
Student at Montessori in child psychology

When you love teaching, the students will in turn love you. This defines the rapport that Neeti (24) and her students share.
She discovered her passion after teaching at Akansha, an NGO for a short period. “During college, I decided to teach playgroup kids at Children’s Nook just for fun, while pursuing BA in Literature. I spoke to my principal at JB Petit and trained there for 8 to 10 months,” she adds.
Right after graduation in 2008, she wanted to apply to GD Somani, as they were in need of a literature teacher. She could not have asked for a better class to teach because these students are in an in between age, changing physically and with a zillion questions running through their head.
They totally dote over her, add her on facebook, share problems. “It is also easier to explain things to them because they know meanings of a lot more words than the students in primary section, and the enthusiastic energy is contagious,” she adds. Way to go!

Name: Neeti Sanghrajka
Teacher at GD Somani
Student at Montessori in child psychology

When you love teaching, the students will in turn love you. This defines the rapport that Neeti (24) and her students share.

She discovered her passion after teaching at Akansha, an NGO for a short period. “During college, I decided to teach playgroup kids at Children’s Nook just for fun, while pursuing BA in Literature. I spoke to my principal at JB Petit and trained there for 8 to 10 months,” she adds.

Right after graduation in 2008, she wanted to apply to GD Somani, as they were in need of a literature teacher. She could not have asked for a better class to teach because these students are in an in between age, changing physically and with a zillion questions running through their head.

They totally dote over her, add her on facebook, share problems. “It is also easier to explain things to them because they know meanings of a lot more words than the students in primary section, and the enthusiastic energy is contagious,” she adds. Way to go!

Name: Nirmal Mathani
Teacher at Jai Hind

Student of Law from GLC and CFA Level 2
No one would have imagined that the most painful student of college, who irritated professors and asked questions to stray away from the subject, would think of teaching after graduation.

Though the principal of his college agreed to take him on, the tortured professors blocked his entry. Without being disheartened he approached, KC College in 2007 and taught there for one semester and is now a visiting faculty at Jai Hind College.

He is a student himself, learning Law at GLC and pursuing CFA simultaneously. “I feel that because professors had taught subjects very theoretically, which I thoroughly disliked, I am able to bring a lot more to the table by teaching beyond the book.

Students relate it to real life,” he says. Having recently completed degree college he is aware that students who are not interested will remain that way and so has a very clear policy with them, they are allowed to sit at the back without interruptions.
Cool prof, we think.

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