Indore: Human Dynamo Changing self to change others
Indore: With countless achievements, 55-year-old educationist Raminder Mac is an inspiration for students and women, who want to carve out their way without disturbing their personal life. Keeping her family as first priority, she eventually found a way that would help her keep balance.
With her commitment and hardwork, she has won various awards. Adding another feather to her cap, she presented her research paper at the International Teacher Research Conference held by AINET (All India Network of English Teachers) in collaboration with the British Council and Regional English Language Office, US Embassyon held at Nagpur.
Sharing her journey from a homemaker to dean of international affairs at a school, Raminder said, “After being a proper homemaker and giving birth to my two wonderful sons, I wanted to do something more.” While teaching her sons Karan and Kulaman, she realised her skills as a teacher.
“I took up my first job in 1998 as a primary school teacher. Though it was difficult at first to manage household responsibilities and work, I managed it well because of my husband Daljeet,” Raminder said.
Getting the hang of educations, she joined MYP programme of the International Baccalaureate system of the school in its inception year as well as shouldered the responsibility of housemistress, head of department of English and dean of activities.
“Slowly, while reading and analysing chapters, I started penning down my thoughts that eventually shaped into poetry,” Raminder said. Sharing her knowledge and promoting writing, she edits school magazine.
“A couple of years back, the school started foreign exchange programmes under intercultural learning programme and I volunteered to work in the domain,” Raminder said.
Enabling students carry out collaborative projects with schools of different countries, she eventually helped them setting up a business enterprise in the school independently. “However, none of this teaching or administration was a part of my initial plan for life,” Raminder confessed.
She had an affinity for studying biology in school and eventually becoming a doctor. “In class eleventh, we had to dissect a rat and I could not even imagine a live rat around; cutting it made me nauseous,” Raminder said.
Realising that her dreams did not look pretty in reality, she switched over to studying economics in college. Beginning her career, she worked as an executive assistant in Taj Palace Hotel.
“After getting married at the age of 25, I had a break of ten years and lots of changes,” Raminder said. Accepting changes but not giving up her ambition to be independent, she restarted studies and did masters in English to polish skills and become an educationist,” Raminder said.
Over the years, her hard work paid off as she not only inspired children but also received many awards for her efforts.
– Inspirational Teacher Award of School Enterprise Challenge 2016 with $2000 cash prize
– Won first prize in teacher category from UK based charity ‘Teach a Man to Fish’ for helping her students establish a business enterprise in school
– Special Recognition Award with a cash award of $300 in 2015
– Selected among 13 teachers across the globe to be selected in the Teacher Advisory Panel of the School Enterprise Challenge
– Among one of the 14 educators from country selected by British Council for prestigious award of Aptis Action Research Mentoring Scheme 2017 with a cash prize of INR 1,47,000