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God destined me to be a teacher: Sr Jeswina

Dubai: The 11th episode of NewsKarnataka.com’s Namaste Teacher was held on Saturday November 13.

The series that showcases teachers and the impact they have had on students through teacher-student interaction was broadcast live on YouTube at youtube.com/newskarnataka. The event host was Spearhead Media Group Mentor and Advisor CA Valerian Dalmaida, and the co-host Rajesh Sequeira.

The guest teacher of the evening was Sr. Jeswina A. C. Her students Avril Sonia Pinto, Cake Art Specialist, Aroona B. Bhat, Founder of A Whole New Leaf, Rizwana Fathima, Assistant Professor English, Saudamini, Chartered Accountant, Dr. Thanda Lucy Ann Joshua, MBBS, MD, DM and Virginia Rodrigues, Film and Theatre actor were the special guests of the event.

In the beginning host CA Valerian Dalmaida introduced the teacher, Sr. Jeswina A.C, and co-host Rajesh Sequeira introduced all the students.

Sr. Jeswina A. C. sharing her experience as a teacher said, “I have had nearly 37 years of teaching experience. When I began my teaching career, in 1983, I started teaching the little ones with all power and enthusiasm. Within three months, I had a sad and painful experience of my life which is damaging of my vocal chord. I was asked to give up teaching and take up clerical post that came as a huge shock to me as I could not think of working with machines. After complete voice rest and voice therapy today when I look back at the setback and subsequent come back, I know for sure that God had planned to make me a teacher itself as I was completely healed and resumed work. When I was transferred to St. Agnes from the St. Joseph, Mysuru many parents pleaded the principal not to transfer me. It was all because of the bond we had with the students, teachers and parents,” she fondly recollected.

Aroona B. Bhat said, “The first impression of the sister our entire class had was when she walked into the class for the first time. She walked in with an amazing and gorgeous smile. The smile that comes from deep inside her heart. She inspires you to be totally courageous, and it takes a very special quality in a teacher to be able to do that for you and Sr. Jeswina absolutely tops the list of this kind of very special person. Her enthusiasm zest for life is simply so infectious and this is where she encouraged us to be naughty. She makes your pain her own which was also her most special and enduring quality.”

Virginia Rodrigues said, “In one of the plays, I was cast as Jesus and I was asking my followers in the play to sing with me and follow me and at the same time I had a dry cough and suddenly I felt my voice change. And then there I heard sister singing behind me. She took off and when I came out of the stage I was in tears but Sr. Jeswina gave me a big hug patted me and said “It’s over, It’s ok, you were good.” Every time in my life if I have problem I just recall the moment telling “it’s okay you are okay, you were good, keep moving.” This amazing teacher not only taught me language but life.

Dr. Thanda Lucy Ann Joshua said, “Way back in 1998, sister was my English lecturer in second PUC. The 10-minute of entertainment plus education (Edutainment) session in Sr. Jeswina’s class put us into limelight. She was your friend and also a teacher despite being a nun.

CA Saudamini Chandarana said, “during school I had a keen interest in plays and shows. I have learned a lot from sister in the class. Love for language is something she instilled in me.”

Avril Sonia Pinto said, “I was so unsure of myself. She pushed us to be our best and do our best. She led by example with so many degrees and a PhD after her name. Sister transformed me from being a silent one to the naughtiest in the class.”

Rizwana Fathima said, “Being 18 years old she used to still call us child. This is the warmth of motherly love we felt in her class. Most magnificent thing i learnt from her is phonetics. Her teaching was so impactful that after four years of sister’s class when I was questioned in an interview I could answer without any preparation by just recalling what sister taught us with so much of emotions and expressions. I can call her as a queen of St. Agnes College because she possesses the quality of valour, courage and mastery.

Valerian Dalmaida recalling his memory of Sr. Jeswina said, “I could just gauge the nature of sister and was amazed with the way her students interacted with her when she visited Indian Social Centre, Abu Dhabi where I attended as an Aloysian.

Rajesh Sequeira added, “Even I got to know about Sr. Jeswina through an occasion and then on I call her ‘Smiling Sister.’

Both students and teacher recalled their school life and became excited. Students reminded their teacher the mischievous things they did during their school days.

While signing off, all the students wished their teacher again and extended best wishes to NewsKarnataka for hosting programmes like Namaste Teacher.

Sumayya Parveen A.

Sumayya is a Journalism, Eng. Literature and History Graduate & IAS Aspirant. She is also a budding writer and poetess.

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