A Closer Look at Alumni Teachers
Put simply, the job of a teacher is to change lives. A resourceful teacher can turn a struggling student into a confident learner or an unmotivated student into a dynamo. Teachers make all the difference in a young life!
We are thrilled to report that 11 of the 73 teachers at our two schools are themselves alumni. The enduring value of the Sponsorship Program is that so many students who were sponsored choose to give back to the schools that nurtured them. They know first-hand what it is like to come from an impoverished background, to study hard, and to work their way into a respected profession.
Here are their stories, in their own words:
(Academic levels have been converted from the Indian numbering system to the American system: "Grade", instead of "Standard".)
"When I was a 2 month old baby, I lost my father. In that time, my family was in trouble. By chance, my mother got a job as an office assist at the school. Along with her I was admitted, and thanks to my sponsor I finished my schooling in 2009. After that also I was supported through PTP for my graduation and B.Ed. Now I can say proudly that I am on the staff of our school."
"I went to evening classes in my childhood. I have one elder brother, 2 elder sisters. My father and mother are no more. With the blessing of our Appa and Amma, I was adopted as a sponsor student. I studied K - 12 with your support. I was blessed to get an education in this school. After finishing, I joined in Government Arts and Science College in T. V. Malai. I took B.A. English Literature there. All this happened with the support of Shanthimalai's PTP. After, I joined B.Ed. in Arunachalam College with your support. I am very proud to say that I was given a place to work in our esteemed Institution in 2010. I will be grateful forever. I would like to show my thanks through working as an inspiring teacher at present and a good sponsor in future."
"As my father is a daily wager, he cannot afford to educate me. That time, Sponsorship Programme helped me and I joined in our School in 1st grade and studied up to 12th. Again your PTP programme helped me through. I completed my Undergraduate Degree and I joined Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) 2009-2010."
"In my school days I participated in state level football match, district level volleyball match and zone level athletics. I won two times overall championship in school meets. In 12th grade, we won first prize for dance, drama, singing song and I won overall championship in 2007. My teachers gave motivation to me, because coming from village they taught for our level and also treated us like their own children, so that now I am a teacher. I am the first person to hold a degree in my family. With the blessing of Appa Amma, now I live a satisfied life. In future I would like helping those who suffer to continue their studies as I did. Your support has made me a stronger person and I will forever be grateful."
Thank you to all of our alumni teachers!
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