Avyukta Bhattacharjee, 13 years, studies in Class 7 in MCC Mat. Hr. Sec. School, Chennai. She is interested in animals, particularly dogs, cats and birds.
She has a naughty dog named Lucky (who loves to chew shoes) and a mischievous cat named Snowball (who likes to steal food). Avy’s hobbies include drawing, reading and collecting random stuff (for example, old coins, bottle caps and colourful pebbles). She lives in Chennai with her family. She loves writing and aspires to become a world-renowned author some day. Her debut Diary of a Lucky Dog 1 was our best seller at the Chennai Book Fair 2021. She followed it up with the hilarious Lucky Dog 2 and now she’s back with Diary of a Lucky Dog 3.
DIARY OF A LUCKY DOG 3
Yay! Lucky is back! But this time, both trouble and fun are awaiting Lucky! From saving a jewellery shop along with his enemies to making friends with his enemies, Lucky’s life is fun-filled. This story is all about how Lucky sends the bad dudes to jail, becomes president and meets his twin. Get ready to see how Lucky loves and cares for everyone in Diary of a Lucky Dog 3.
Category 5 to 8 years
Infantrin Feivel. M, Christ School ICSE
Vihaan Krishna. H, AKG Public School
Vaanya Joshi, Christ School ICSE
Samyuktha KP, SBOA Matric. & HSS
Category 9 to 12 years
A.S.Darshan, Velammal Vidyalaya Annexure
Anushka Devi Vijayaraj, MCTM International School
Dania Mascarenhas, TRIDHA
Hannah, Christ School ICSE
Isabella Anto, Christ School ICSE
James, Christ School ICSE
Judith Bejohn, Christ School ICSE
Kevin Sijo, Christ School ICSE
Kyathi Rose Sojan, Christ School ICSE
Leon Dinish, Christ School ICSE
M. Arusha Pillai, Alwin Memorial Public School
Meher Nanki, Step by Step School
Nandakishore, Padma Sheshadri Bala Bhavan
Prapthi S Gowda, Christ School ICSE
Shashini Ashok, Chennai Public School
Shrawan N, Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Taylors Road
Sid Thyagarajan, Summerhill Public School, Sydney
Sukriti Bhatia and Asya Gada, Tridha
Swetha Karthikeyan, Schram Academy
Vamce Shree, Sunshine Academy Mat. Hr. Sec. School
Zainab Taslimarif Khanadali, Christ School ICSE
Zeeshan More, Apeejay School Nerul
M. Vijayadharsini, Sunshine Academy Mat. Hr. Sec. School
Category 13 to 15 years
Nithila Ashok, Ryan International School
Anushka Pandey, Ryan International School, Nerul, Navi Mumbai
GS Aishwarya, Chennai Public School
Vishakha Devi V, MCTM International School
Girindra. G, Lisieux CMI International School
M.P.Sweatha, Chinmaya Vidyalaya
Yeshwanth.D, Sunshine Academy Matric. & Hr. Sec. School
Praveen A, Sunshine Academy Matric. & Hr. Sec. School
Sivaranjasanthiya, Sri Sarada Vidyavanam Girls Matric Hr Sec School
Rashmika, Sri Sarada VIdyashram Girls Matric Hr Sec School
Category 16 to 18 years
Santhoshi R, Bharathi Matric Higher Secondary School
Tarika Devi Vijayaraj, Rosary Matriculation Higher Secondary School
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BLACKBOARD STORIES: A COLLECTION OF STORIES BY TEACHERS
Teachers are synonymous with discipline and sternness. But did you know they can be cool and entertain you with great stories … some with their detective stories as well!
Good teachers are the greatest influencers who can change any subject or the toughest of topics from boring to entertaining. They are the unworshipped heroes who inspire little minds and yet are happy to remain just “a teacher”.
Come, let’s celebrate their creative spark!
This collection of thought-provoking, intriguing and inspiring short stories by the winners of the “I Am An Author” Teachers’ Day 2021 Contest is a way of honouring their undaunting spirit, accomplishments, invaluable support and guidance. Although these teachers hail from different regions and walks of life, they stand united towards their common goal of delivering high-quality education, while constantly striving to motivate even the late bloomers. Let’s celebrate these teachers who inspire their students to spread their wings and fly.
Teachers whose stories are featured in this book: Rayvathi Subramaniam, Mangala Jayachandran, Vimalkumari David, Renuka Pandian, Susan John, Sundararaman S, Hemamalini S, Jaishree Mahadevan, Hija Mohandas, Anupama R, Srirupa Bose Roy, Shoba Ranjitsingh, Abirami KB, Thilaga Sundari K
MALA’S MORAL STORIES WITH COLOURING ACTIVITIES
This is a delightful set of moral stories with colouring activities that will imbibe some important life lessons to your kids while also engaging them! Ms. N.A. Mala, who is the author of this book, is one of the winners of “I Am An Author’s” Teachers’ Day 2021 Contest. With close to three decades of experience in teaching kindergarten and primary children, this is her debut as an author.
Teachers are the lighthouses of our society. We all have a special place for our teachers in our hearts, no matter how old we grow. Years after finishing school, have we not thought of delighting our favourite teachers by doing something special for them? Our intention of staying in touch with them gets neglected when life gets hectic. What better occasion to step away from our busy lives to celebrate and strengthen this special relationship between a teacher and a student – Yes! When Teachers’ Day was around the corner, “I Am An Author” came up with the idea of a story writing contest, exclusively for teachers, to appreciate their contribution to society. This endeavour led us to interacting with many dedicated educators in the field, providing the “I Am An Author” team with a wonderful experience. “I Am An Author” considers it a privilege and honour to publish their insights and learning experiences through their stories and to throw light on their creative side. Hope every reader of this book finds this collection of stories as inspiring as we did. Proudly presenting …
Principal (Retd.), ICF Higher Secondary School, Chennai
Some of my fondest memories are etched in my career as a teacher spanning some 15 years – two as a teacher and the remaining as the head of the institution. I cherish the 11 years I spent as the Principal of the ICF Higher Secondary School, Chennai, and after moving to Gujarat with my husband, I was the Principal of a school in Awarpur for a couple of years. I was apprehensive about giving up my career fairly early, but the horizon continued to beckon. I discovered a passion for pottery which engrosses me to this day. Dance (Bharatanatyam), music and gardening give me much joy. I took to learning the keyboard in my early seventies. Often an evening is spent playing the old tunes. I took to writing, thanks to the “lock down” and my niece who put a bee in my bonnet!!! The following lines that I read somewhere remain an anchor, “Life is a large canvas; keep drawing the lines and throwing in the colours”.
Mangala Jayachandran is a psychologist and a special educator with more than 24 years of experience in teaching and counselling children with special needs. She has been the Director, Special Education, at Lady Andal Venkatasubba Rao Matriculation School, a premier educational institution in Chennai, since 1998, and also heads their Open School (NIOS). She conducts workshops and seminars on Learning Disabilities for schools, educational and medical institutions, Rotary Clubs and other social welfare organizations. As an active member of the Rotary Club of Chennai Bharathi, she actively engages in various community service initiatives. She has won several awards for her achievements:
Assistant Headmistress (Retd.), SBOA Matric. & Hr. Sec. School , Chennai
I come from a family of teachers – my parents and grandparents were also teachers. After I graduated in English, I began my career as a teacher in SBOA Matric & Hr. Sec. School, Chennai. During my 21-year career at the school, I had the privilege of working in a variety of roles as the House Mistress, Cultural Secretary, Academic Supervisor and Assistant Headmistress. I resigned my job to have more time with my granddaughter and indulge in my hobbies – reading, gardening, cooking, translating literary work from English to Tamil and vice versa. I am a foodie and love travelling.
Renuka Pandian is a mother of two young men and a loving grandmother to James and Hannah. She enjoys window-shopping and people-watching. She is a social being and loves playing host to her family and friends.
Renuka is a trained teacher of Mathematics. Her career has taken her to three continents and five countries of residence, before settling down in New Zealand. She has taught secondary and tertiary students in Botswana and New Zealand. Besides teaching Mathematics, Renuka has always nurtured the mental health and well-being of her students.
Renuka’s spirit of adventure has taken her to over thirty countries. Her passion and belief in lifelong teaching/learning led her to take up oil painting in her forties, writing a cookbook in her fifties and now entering the literary world in her sixties.
SUSAN JOHN, Qatar
I have been an educator for nearly 30 years, teaching children of all levels – primary, preparatory and secondary. I have been living and working in Qatar for the past 28 years. I presently teach and work as the Head of the Biology Department in a Secondary Girls School under the Ministry of Education, Qatar.
My passion includes reading, quilting and journaling. I live in an empty nest with my husband John in Qatar. Our children, Yohan and Isaac, have moved out of their nest to pursue their careers.
Mala has more than 28 years of experience in the field of education. She is currently an Academic Supervisor at the SBOA Matric Hr. Sec. School, Chennai. Her experience as a kindergarten teacher and her passion to engage kids in meaningful activities led her to start a YouTube channel exclusively for kids. She loves teaching kids in a play-way method – through puppets, dancing, singing and games. In her leisure time, she writes poems in Tamil and songs and stories for children.
SBOA Matric. & Hr. Sec. School, Chennai
Sundararaman, a Tamil teacher par excellence, has been in the teaching profession since 1995. He is a dubbing artist and an audiobook reader. He has received the first prize, state-level recognition, for his ability to teach Tamil grammar in an entertaining fashion.
Ms. Hemamalini teaches Tamil (Class X–XII) in SBOA Matric & Hr. Sec. School, Chennai. She has a teaching experience of 26 years. She enjoys writing stories, essays and poems as a hobby.
Bharathi Matriculation School, Coimbatore
I am a senior secondary English teacher in Bharathi Matriculation School, Coimbatore. I have been in the teaching profession for 15 years. I love teaching and being with young children. My teaching goals include igniting the spark of curiosity in young minds, which I believe will encourage life-long learning and improve their communication skill. I am a proud bibliomaniac, a blogger and an author.
Hija Mohandas is a Montessori teacher in Lady Andal Venkatasubba Rao Higher Secondary School, Chennai. She has a teaching experience of more than 14 years. She is a loving mother to her children – a daughter and a son – and a doting grandmother. She loves spending her leisure time with children. She is a nature enthusiast and loves wildlife.
CPS Global School, Chennai
Anupama started her career as an entrepreneur. Her passion towards teaching led her to working in inclusive education with children below 6 years. Presently the coordinator of the ELP segment and lower primary, she comes with a global experience of more than a decade in handling children in the early year segment. Her passion is her strength, and those have led her in creating unique, challenging and trending teaching pedagogies which she intends to use to help children succeed. She believes that every child’s learning should be filled with lots of fun and curiosity and also emphasizes that effective early interventions when identified at the right time will bring remarkability in cognitive abilities and life.
Hailing from the “City of Joy” and being the young rebellious teen that I was, my parents were always at the edge of their seats when it came to me taking life decisions. It all started with me explaining Mark Anthony’s speech from Julius Caesar to my subject teacher and the latter showering praises on me. I somehow felt Literature was my calling. When I completed my post-graduation, I was reluctant to fill up the B.Ed. form as I was convinced, I didn’t have the patience and calm a teacher requires. Little did I know that I’ll be completing an Octennial with ease this 2021 in the teaching profession.
I always found peace whenever I was reading and got excited when I helped someone “understand” anything under the sun.
I have been lucky enough to have interesting students who always help me keep myself updated. One thing the teaching profession has taught me is, “Never be afraid of questions!”. There’s no shame in admitting you are unaware of something. You learn something new every single day. This helps you grow.
I am presently teaching in Christ School ICSE as a High School English teacher.
I would love to see the next generation pursuing the teaching profession, especially opting for English as their major, for, as it is rightly said in the movie “Dead Poet’s Society”,
“Medicine, law, business, engineering, these are all noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for”.
Maungawhau Primary School, New Zealand
Shoba Ranjitsingh is an architect and writer, who works as a Learning Support at the Maungawhau Primary School in Auckland, New Zealand. In her 7th year teaching the 5-10 year olds, Shoba is passionate about making reading, writing and learning a fun, joyful experience for the children. Long walks, hymns, coffee, cake, studying the Bible, quiet family times are words that describe her best!
After my Engineering graduation, I began my career teaching at an Engineering college. Currently, I am a verbal and soft skills trainer at SMART Training Resources (I) Pvt. Ltd., Chennai. I have an experience of more than 3 years in this field and have won the Best Trainer Award during my brief stint at Quess Corp Ltd. I also take classes on Personality Development and Accent Improvement for school students. As a trainer, I aim to motivate my students towards working on self-development. I love singing and spend my leisure time drawing, designing websites and writing stories and poems.
THILAGA SUNDARI K
I am a freelance content writer for children’s books, an educator and a full-time mom who hopes to raise two feminist sons. I still believe in wanderlust in this post-apocalyptic world.