Once India's former President and renowned scientist, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam said "Teacher is a very noble profession that shapes the character, caliber and future of an individual. If people can remember me as a good teacher that will be the biggest honor for me."
These words once again came to life when one such teacher from Tamil Nadu went ahead and sold her jewelry in order to provide world class facilities to its students. Upon facing the choice of being a teacher or a high paying manager in corporate company she chose to teach the children in order to provide quality education to the kids.
This teacher's name is Annapurna Mohan, a teacher in government school. As a teacher in Panchayat Union Primary School she teaches class 3 students in Tamil Nadu.
While speaking to India Today Education she said "I am really glad to see many people are appreciating the noble cause that I have initiated. When I joined the school, the state of the students was not good as they couldn't even speak good English. By the time of five years, I really started knowing the real needs of the students and analyzed their performance".
Speaking about the training process of the teachers she told that all teachers are given some basic training in phonetics. After doing my training I began teaching the students in same manner following the same methodology and began conversing in English with the students to help them improve their communication skills.
English was hindrance for the students
"During the course of time I understood that my students are very talented, but English was becoming a hindrance for them. So, I decided to give more importance to English and followed phonetic methodology and now the outcome of it is fantastic," said Mohan, speaking about teaching English to students.
When asked about selling the jewelry she told, "I started posting the activities of my students on Facebook. Gradually, many people started noticing it and appreciated this effort. Some of them even started sending gifts such as badminton racquet and donations. After getting gifts from people across the country, I ensured that my students should study in a better infrastructure and speak fluent in English".
Mohan also shared a message with other teachers saying that all the teachers of the nation have great responsibility on their shoulders. If students are channeled properly they can do wonders and teachers and students are the hope of this nation. She also urged all the teachers to come together in helping India develop further.