Thinking of teachers, the ones that first come to mind are the ones who taught us in school. Some of the teachers were greatly inspirational, approachable and lovable. Some were discouraging and best avoided! There are happy memories and not so pleasant ones too.
I tried to remember the names of all my school teachers during the 14 years in Baldwins and turned out to be pretty successful. Not quite so for the next 8 years at Mount Carmel College, BMS Engineering College and Central College.
Memories of Ms Antonio, my first teacher in the nursery are only from the photograph.
The school-leaving class of Std 10 with our teachers in black – Mrs S Sargunaraj (English), Mrs Vilma Raju (Geography), Mrs Leila Thomas (Chemistry), Mrs Bathula (Home Science), Mrs Madni (French), Dr Kashi Ram (Principal), Mrs S Singh (Hindi), Mrs Bhadran (Biology), Ms Nathan (Physical Education), Ms xx, Mrs Chandy (Physics) [Missing: Mr Mitchell (Music), Mr D’souza (Commerce), Mrs Paul (Malayalam), Mrs Pratima Rao (Computer Science), Ms Frandsen (Library)]
Here are all the other teachers, not in the Std 10 pic who were our teachers, from Nursery to Std 10 at Baldwins.
Primary: Ms Antonio (Nursery A), Ms Meher Saleh (Jr 1A), Mrs Mackenzie (Std 1B), Ms Dianne Hunter (Std 2B), Mrs Cardoza (Std 3B), Mrs Juliet Arujah / Mrs D Bertram (Std 4B), Mrs B Singh (Hindi), Ms Lekha (Library), Ms Spaul (Physical Education), Ms Marianne Furtado/ Ms Fritchley (Music) [teachers who taught the other section may not be included]
Middle / High School: Ms Maria (Std 5B), Mrs Saroj Samuel (Std 5A), Ms Esther (Kannada), Mrs Katary (Home Sc), Mrs Gadhadhar (Eng), Ms Diana Joseph, Ms Mallika (Maths), Mrs Murthy (Chem), Ms Fritchley (Eng), Mrs Gloria Calebs (Bio), Mr Derek Fullinfaw (Commerce), Mrs Hunter (SUPW), Mrs Jeanne Roby (Physical Education), Mrs Dias (Physical Education), Ms Judith Roby (B’ball), Mr Muniappa (B’ball), Mrs Rekha (Library), Ms Shamim (Chem Lab).
In general, it would not be incorrect to conclude that “school” teachers are likely to have a greater impact on a child than teachers encountered later in life.