Once on this mountain: Mr. Rajat

As our academic year progresses, 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 and where are you right now?

Currently, I am in Dehradun and I was teaching at Genesis Global School in Noida, so I’m joining from there.

What subjects do you teach?

I teach Economics and I am also the Extended Essay Coordinator.

What’s different about Woodstock from the last place you worked at?

I really like that the students here have a lot of autonomy, in the sense that it’s a democratic setup over here. The students have a voice which is nice to see.

What are your goals for the academic year?

So, my goals would be just to try to ensure that we have timely submissions of the extended essays this year for DP 2. It’s my first priority since that’s one thing which we’re really lacking at the moment. I would also like the students to timely submit their internal assessments of decent quality. Being online this year, I hope that they get good grades based on that. For DP 1, I would like to make economics as easy and as fun as possible without putting too much pressure on the students, and try to move in a way which is slow and steady where they try to teach through the concepts themselves.

Are there any fun facts about you that you’d like to share?

My birthday comes on 1st April! (laughs)

What’s one thing you like about Mussoorie?

I really like the Landour area, the scenic beauty and how it changes every ten minutes. The sun and the clouds fascinate me every time they pass through my house.

What’s one thing you have noticed about Woodstock students?

I think that they are really confident, which is a good thing. This confidence comes from Woodstock having a very democratic and a very open society where people try to respect each other. Culture also plays a very important role, since Woodstock has its own culture of respecting everyone and looking at individuals as their equals. This provides a lot of confidence to the students and helps nurture them.

Prekshaa Surana is a staff reporter.

Edited by Keerat Uppal.

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