Thank you for your support and help in winning the Global Giving Challenge! Because of you, we are permanent partners and can raise funds to support the excellent work that our Fellows are doing in classrooms.
In this first report, we want to introduce you to the 3 Fellows teaching in 3 different classes and impacting over 105 children. Knowing these leaders in classrooms will help you understand what wonderful teachers they are and take a peek into their classrooms.
Meet, Karthik Rapaka, engineer by qualification, he graduated from Rutgers University and then went on to do his Masters from University of Illinois. He worked with Deloitte for 4.5 years before deciding to move to India with his wife and join the Fellowship. In his own words, let’s see what he hopes to accomplish with his students:
'When I took over my class in June 2012, the students were at least 3.5 years (on average) behind their grade levels. Almost all of them couldn’t even recognize English alphabet or numbers. After naming my class as Journey to Success, in the last 1.5 years, I enabled 70% of my class which is highly differentiated across age groups 6 – 14 to meet their respective individual academic goals. Besides just knowledge and academic skills, I consider myself accomplished (through external validations) in building a strong classroom culture – where kids are confident, curious, work-hard in teams, help each other and are not afraid of learning from new situations or new people. Their worldly exposure and awareness has also increased many fold through a number of our class room structures and external visits. In the remaining 5 months, I hope to instill in my kids – a strong sense of ownership for their own learning so that they become the captains of their ships! '
Now let’s meet Zuha Moin, who, after completing her BA in International Affairs from George Washington University decided to join the Fellowship. Let’s read the why behind her decision:
'Most of the courses I took in college related to development. I spent much of the time outside of the classroom working at different types of internships - with non-profits and government agencies. I felt that there was a disconnect between my exposure to reality in D.C. with what was the actual happening on ground.
Teach for India is one of the few Fellowships in India open to foreign citizens of Indian-descent which provides great first-hand exposure to ground reality. When I found out Teach for India was coming to Hyderabad, I knew I had to be a part of the movement.'
Lastly, let’s meet Meghana, also an engineer from University of Illinois. Let’s read what her future goals and aspirations are:
'Teach For India which started as a two year sabbatical from my education, has opened many new frontiers in terms of aspirations and ambitions in my life. Now, I have a much broader perspective as well as a much better understanding of my long term goals. After my Fellowship I wish to pursue further education in the field of policy making/International development.'
In our next report, we will tell you about the students that these wonderful teachers are leading and their story. Until then, help us by spreading the word and achieve our target goal!
Teach For India team