History will judge us by the difference we make in the everyday lives of children – Nelson Mandela
As a passionate teacher and a dedicated professional, Vidya Anantharaman has spent an interminable quotient of her time in bringing a spark into the lives of children. She has been able to exemplify the role of a nurturing guide for children across various channels and platforms.
Being adherent to the belief that children blossom best with minimal intervention, she has devised various teaching and guiding methodologies that aid children to grow comfortably in their most natural surroundings. She believes in a holistic approach when it comes to education and firmly doctrines that education is not just based on reference texts, but, is also based on the highly-variable personal factors of each student. The guiding force that helps to drive the quality that she delivers has always been aligned to being empathetic with human emotional needs. This allows her to create a special bond with every individual child thereby nurturing and enhancing a truly meaningful relationship with them.
Vidya has been able to explore and deliver her expertise to many children. She has worked extensively, teaching the specially-abled children as well. By her deep-rooted understanding that every child is a distinguished individual, she has been able to excel in bringing about remarkable meaning in the lives of these children.
Vidya’s career has been defined by doing what means the most to her and has been rightfully channeled into the field of teaching and education. She has worked as the Primary Years Coordinator before the authorization process and continued to do so, after. Currently, she serves as the Head of the Primary Years Programme, closely monitoring its daily functioning and guiding those involved with the delivery of the curriculum. This has allowed her to be at the heart the program, which as a result, helps the children to gain the maximum benefit from the curriculum. She has been a part of various early childhood and teaching programs that continually expands her repertoire which helps to employ skills and resources in the most efficient manner possible.
Apart from having an illustrated fifteen-year teaching career, she has also excelled in the fields of human resources and people skills. With a P.G. degree in English literature from Stella Maris College, Chennai, French and journalism, Vidya has been able to form an integrated web within her bag of achievements which has helped her to touch the lives of many people.
Ms. Vidya Anantharaman
Head – Primary Years Programme
Ms. Minu Simon
Coordinator – Primary Years Programme
Mrs. Minu Simon is an educational professional with many years of active teaching experience. She has a BA in English Language and Literature as well as a Diploma in Montessori Education. Her forte lies in guiding and molding young minds within the Primary Years, steering them towards holistic learning and individual creativity. As the Primary Years Programme coordinator, Minu ensures that the programme is integrated into the wider practice of the school through effective curriculum planning. She assists in the development of lesson content and instruction methodology, and also supports teachers in reflecting on the units covered during the school term.
Minu works with an inquiring mind, developing learning strategies for children at different learning curves. She has excellent organisational skills and integrates learning into a culturally diverse student population. Her leadership and administrative skills are evident in her vital role in the educational development of students and staff. She is responsible for the coordination and supervision of all activities and committees in the school.
With a passion for short stories, Minu facilitates children to organize plays and skits. Her love for children and the way they reciprocate speaks volumes about the balance and principles she always maintains . Her aim is to create and support a safe environment for students’ learning.
“I believe that education is the cornerstone for an individual’s success as a person and as a member of the global village contributing positively to social, economic, political, cultural and environmental development of the world at large. For me education through the IB way is the building block for scientific temperament, developing a sense of aesthetic for life’s diverse and colorful fabric, being able to take calculated risks and informed decisions as opposed to sitting on the fence, inculcating patience for change and having the strength to face uncertainty with equanimity. I also believe that education’s relevance in today’s world lies in balancing conceptual clarity, content specialism and skill development wherein our learners at aLphabet are encouraged to observe and study the link between their learning and real time applications and then use their thinking processes, logic and reasoning to transfer their classroom learning to real world applications. I aim for our learners at aLphabet to lead by example, provide original and informed thoughts and opinions and contribute positively to society with their entrepreneurial and leadership skills.”
Suparna Banerjee holds an Honours degree in History from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing Management from Times School of Marketing, Delhi. She has also completed with honors, a company sponsored Executive Management Program for fast track company performers at INSEAD Singapore. Suparna has over 20+ years’ work experience across global and pan- national markets in marketing/sales/communications in B2B sector (in context of technical assurance of international classification societies), telecom, media & out of home advertising industries segment including key account management, new business development, marketing communications and strategy specialism.
Suparna moved into the educational field as she considers herself to be a facilitator of learning and she has always had a passion for nurturing young minds towards learning, creativity and excellence. Suparna has successfully completed her Cambridge International Diploma for Teaching and Learning, Module 1 and she has served previously as Head of Department for Global Perspectives in the IGCSE curriculum and as Head of Department for IGCSE English. At aLphabet international, she holds the post of the IB Middle Years Programme Coordinator and Subject Facilitator for two subject groups – Individuals & Societies and Language & Literature. She is also the home room teacher for grade VI (MYP Year 1) currently.
In the role of the IB MYP Coordinator, Suparna brings in her years of managerial experience and skills and leads the entire team of teachers to implement the IB MYP curriculum seamlessly and flawlessly. She reports to the Head of School and her role is a crucial link between the school and the IBO. She maintains a thorough understanding of all aspects of the Middle Years Programme and actively endorses and promotes the principles that underpin it- administratively and curriculum wise. Additionally, in her role, she provides positive leadership that builds and sustains a healthy MYP culture amongst all MYP faculty.
Suparna loves reading crime fiction and travelogues. She loves travelling, listening to music and is an avid Bollywood and Hollywood movie buff. She keeps herself abreast of current affairs and updates!
Ms. Suparna Banerjee
Coordinator – Middle Years Programme