As we begin our new academic year, we welcome many new staff members. The Woodstocker caught up with some of them to chronicle the first chapter of their adventures.
Where are you coming from?
I was born and brought up in Colombia and after finishing high school, I moved to Argentina. I then moved to the United States, where I got my master’s degree of science in education. And for the last five years, I was teaching in the UAE [United Arab Emirates].
What subject do you teach?
I teach biology to grades 9, 10, 11 and 12.
What’s different about Woodstock from the last place you worked at?
It’s very different here since I used to teach in a national school, where only the local children were allowed. The curriculum was a combination of the British and American systems. Even the rules and regulations there were very different.
Why did you decide to come to Woodstock?
I love this question the most. Moving from the UAE to Mussoorie is an extreme change for me, everything here is so different. From sea-level to mountains, from broad highways to narrow roads, from a deserted area to a lush forest, everything is different. That is the main reason why I came here; I felt the human touch in the UAE was missing. Here, it’s such a big community, people are attached to each other. And most importantly nature, in the UAE, there are only malls. I wanted my daughter to experience living around nature.
What are your goals for this academic year?
I wish to be a tool for my students’ success.
Are there any fun facts about you that you’d like to share?
I love adventure and I love sports that involve risk. Once, while fishing, I caught a fish which was bigger than me.
Tanvi Garg is a staff reporter
Edited by Nupur Agrawal