‘Continuous learning, perseverance, can do attitude and commitment are the principles that drives me in my life! My belief is that, one can learn at any age from every moment, every life instance is a teacher; therefore, it is important to give everyone an enriched life experience. When in school, this is of paramount significance. Every child needs to develop an attitude of curiosity, a willingness to work hard, respect, value and care for all types of ideas, eagerness to learn and show a passion to implement their learning in the most meaningful way to them – this way they can love what they do and be proud of what they become!’
A life-long learner, Mahalakshmi Sankaran has over seven years of experience in the profession of teaching. She joined APL Global School in 2014 as a teacher for Math, Science, and Computer Science for Primary. Taking on the role of Math Coordinator for Primary and later for Lower-Secondary School were the stepping stones to her current role as the Head of Lower-Secondary School.
Before joining APL Global, Mahalakshmi worked in the IT industry with companies like IBM, Tata Consultancy Services in India and Australia, and Philips in Singapore. As Alvin Toffler said, ‘The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn’. An Electrical and electronics engineer by profession, Mahalakshmi is now working on her Cambridge International Diploma in Teaching and Learning.
Having spent the last few years in the education sector, she is particularly interested in new-age teaching practices and pedagogies that will help teachers recognize students’ varied learning styles and practice differentiation in the classrooms. Differentiation, she believes, will be the way forward to create compassionate, humane contributors who are critical thinkers and skilled communicators. Having essayed the role of a student-mentor for several years now, Mahalakshmi firmly believes that a teacher with a passion for teaching, a hunger to learn, and the determination to nurture the young minds is the best facilitator a student can have in their school life. Working alongside the Training department, to equip teachers with these essential skills for this challenging and relevant curriculum, has been her passion.
The most valuable resources we have at school are our people – parents, teachers, students, staff – and we all have each other. She will strive to collaborate with all of them for their mutual growth. For a school as diverse as APL, she believes in creating inclusive environments where every student will have strengths to build upon, interests to share, and experiences to honour.