Pritika Chandiramani, currently Vice Principal and IB PYP Coordinator at EtonHouse International School, has been with EtonHouse for 20 years. She believes that children learn best through inquiry and hands-on learning, and keeps her students motivated and continually engaged through kinesthetic learning experiences. Pritika is dedicated maintaining high standards of education with an emphasis on fostering positive attitudes within the school community. She is well-liked by students and staff alike in the school, and her passion for education is inspiring!
1. What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
In my spare time, I enjoy brushing up on my skills and learning about any new changes or trends in education, specifically the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP). I follow almost every Tweet and Facebook page connected to the IB. I read about what other successful professionals in the field are doing and dream that one day, I'll be able to make such an impact in the larger community. On a personal note, a perfect weekend would kick off with a long session with my cuppa and the newspaper, followed by a good workout at the gym, spending time with my family and catching up with friends and of course, a lovely glass of red wine at the end of the day would be the silver lining to the weekend.
2. What (or who) inspired you to enter the education field?
I happened to "stumble upon" the education field, rather than making a conscious choice. The real inspiration emerged only after entering the field. Upon witnessing and being a part of it, I start to celebrate my students' achievements, big or small, and I love seeing the sparkle of pride in parents' eyes when celebrating their children's successes. I also enjoy engaging in professional dialogues with colleagues. All these keep me continually inspired to remain in the education field. My dream is to be able to inspire children and adults alike, and influence a better future!
3. What do you love most about your job as Vice Principal and IB PYP Coordinator?
That's a difficult question because there's a lot I like about my current job. It keeps me challenged and thinking all the time; I enjoy the responsibility. Each day, I face a new situation to either celebrate or resolve, both of which keep me energised. I am glad to know that the contributions I make are vital to the school and that they may ultimately make a difference in a child's life - a child who will be a part of our future. I also thoroughly enjoy being a part of a very sincere community, in which each member genuinely works towards the betterment of the school and educating students to achieve their potential.
4. Describe a typical day in your job.
There is nothing "typical" about any day in my job! Each day is unique. A successful day for me would be a one where I have had interactions with the students, inspired or supported a colleague in need, had meaningful discussions with my Principal, Martin, about making an impact in the school, engaged in self-reflection and at the end of the day, leave the school compound with a huge smile of satisfaction on my face!
5. What is your favorite spot in the school, and why?
I would say the school Assembly Hall, because I associate the Hall with large gatherings of our school community during events and festivals. These times remind me how privileged I am to be part of such an amazing international community!
6. Why did you choose to teach in EtonHouse?
I have been a member of EtonHouse since 1997. For several years now, EtonHouse International School Broadrick has become my family and home. I love how it brings a world of experiences and cultures under one roof. Because of the endless range of experiences and memorable lessons I've been through here, the school is now "a beautiful emotion".
7. Most memorable moment in your years teaching in EtonHouse Broadrick?
It happened 6 years ago, during a conversation with the mother of one of my students. I was telling her about the progress in writing that her child had made and the mum had quickly responded, "Pritika, that is so not true, she (child's name) is just writing a string of random letters that make no sense!" I then went on to decipher and explain to her what her child had written (which made complete sense, had meaning, had a purpose and was real writing in the world of a four-year-old). The look on the mum's face, and maybe a tear in her eye, upon realising that the random string of letters was indeed "real, purposeful writing" is unforgettable to me!
8. As a PYP coordinator, what do you think are some of the benefits of a IB PYP curriculum for children?
It empowers our students beyond academics. The IB PYP curriculum framework encourages the students' social and emotional development, empowering students to think independently and take ownership of their learning. It is all about being engaged life-long learners much needed in the world today.
9. Any advice for parents?
Firstly, trust your child and the journey he or she is on! Secondly, have fun everyday and laugh lots. As parents, we often focus on preparing our children for life. Here and now is the life; celebrate it!
Read an interview with Martin Hughes, Principal of EtonHouse International School Broadrick, here.
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