Dubai: Third episode of NewsKarnataka.com’s Namaste Teacher was aired on Saturday September 18 at 8.00 pm. Dr. Meera Krishnappa and her students Jenifer Aster Fernandez, Academic Director, Sharada’s Facilitators, Vineet Kariappa of www.evidhya.com, Rakesh M., who is pursuing CA Final, Sangeetha Raju, Risk Investigator, Amazon, Ramya T., who is pursuing post-graduation in Commerce, and Rohan Raj, who is currently pursuing BBA, were the special guests for the event.
The host for the event was Spearhead Media Group Mentor and Advisor CA Valerian Dalmaida, and the co-host was Rajesh Sequeira. The series aims to highlighting teachers and the impact they have had on students through teacher-student interaction.
Sharing the memories on her teaching career, Dr. Meera Krishnappa said, “I began my professional career in 1986. It’s been a wonderful and enriching experience. I thank God for providing me with this opportunity and for allowing me to make a difference in people’s lives. People say teaching is a noble profession, but I believe it is also a rewarding one because you are shaping, inspiring, and guiding children.”
She further explained about her first job when she has taught in Ghani Centenary Schoo. I taught 4th to 6th standard students. It was a wonderful journey. “After that, I trained 18 batches of teaching trainees over the course of two years of teacher training. Every batch was different, and I learned a lot alongside my students. Learning is from womb to the tomb. So, you are constantly learning and you need to keep yourself updated,” she added.
Dr. Meera Krishnappa spoke about how the corporate world inspired her. “The corporate world had gave me the rich experience of teaching and training. I have provided corporate soft skills training to tech and IT companies.”
She also went on to say that teachers are blessed to be able to guide and mould children. “I can say that my students have touched my life,” said Meera.
When asked about how teachers influence students, she said that “When you’re in your career, you don’t know if you’ve accomplished anything worthwhile in your life but now after seeing all my students, I feel like I have. I’ve worked with passion, commitment, and devotion. I always tell everyone that punctuality and discipline are two important things in life.” She emphasised that she is overjoyed to see her students have progressed this far.
Jenifer Aster Fernandes
Jenifer said that she completed her training course in 1989 and passed out in 1991. She still thinks about the content and methodology Dr. Meera taught her. “I always think of you when I’m training teachers.”
When asked about how Dr Meera guided her, Jenifer said, “We used to have Talent’s day and I was more of an introvert, and never brave enough to confront people on stage. It was thanks to you that I was able to overcome my fear. She is a fantastic teacher, mentor, role model, and motivator. Teachers who influence or motivate students are remembered by students. Meera ma’am is exactly that.”
Rakesh said that the first thing I learned from his teacher was how to communicate effectively. “It is because of Meera ma’am that I am a CA Final today. We used to do so many events together for three years, and she was the driving force behind each student’s overall development. I must say that teachers’ play a critical role in developing students’ intelligence,” he added.
Sangeetha said that she has a lot of memories of her time spent with Meera ma’am. “She was principal at the time, and taught us two subjects. She also used to teach us valuable life lessons. Despite the fact that she has a long list of academic qualifications, she is a down-to-earth person. She used to have personal conversations with each student,” she said.
She further said that when she got a job through placements, it was ma’am, not the company, who called and inquired about her progress. “She gave me advice and tips on how to ace the interview, and she encouraged me to go ahead and do it with confidence. All the students loved her, and she was always encouraging them to achieve their full potential,” she added.
Rohan mentioned that Dr. Meera ma’am was his principal when he was in college. “Since the first moment I met her, she has been an inspiration to me. One memory I have is of an acting competition, and despite having the necessary talent, I refused to join. I’ve always been afraid of losing. She approached me and told me that it is more important to participate than to win. That’s when I began participating in all.the competitions. She has always been and will continue to be an inspiration to me,” he said.
“Meera ma’am is a leader in my eyes. She was receptive to all of our suggestions as students. She used to always be there for us. I come from a very conservative family, and in Mangaluru, I had a competition. She talked to my father about participating in the competition. With her, I have had the best memories,” she said
Education in India is not the same as it is in other developed countries. “There are lakhs of resources available. Indians are intelligent, and the few people who choose teaching as a career are aware that it will require them to devote time, effort, personal resources, and other resources. And I am honoured to call her my teacher.”
Students appreciated the effort of NewsKarnataka.com for bringing up a show dedicated solely to teachers and students.
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Jenifer Aster Fernandes said that, “I recall a message which was said by ma’am during one of the valedictory functions which goes ‘Light is a torch to be handed down to the generation. It is the teacher’s responsibility to provide light to her students. Teachers, in my opinion, play a crucial role in the development of a student’s life. My message to the teachers would be they should be passionate about what they do because that leaves a huge impact in student’s life.”
Sangeetha said that if you want to see someone succeed in life, be a good person, and credit for this goes to all of the mentors and teachers. “Even if teachers are not able to keep up with times sometimes, they will make sacrifices to ensure that they are able to help students in best possible ways. Teachers truly are the agents of change in the lives of their students.”
Rahul stressed that teachers affect not only the next generation, but the entire world. “We live in a world where everyone is striving for a better life or a higher standard of living, but I believe that a teacher is the only person who will look out for others before themselves, he added.
Ramya said that teachers are the strongest pillars of life. “We often spent majority of our time with them. All of the learning, as well as creative ideas, discipline, and other factors, come from teachers. Through their dedication and passion for teaching, they are truly changing the world.”
Students appreciated the efforts by NewsKarnataka.com and they said that they were really happy to meet their beloved teacher. With this Rajesh Sequiera and Valerian Dalmaida winded up the show.