As the famous saying goes “Good teachers know how to bring out the best in students”, my behavior today is mainly due to what role my teachers especially Principal Stephen sir has played.
My first interaction happened with him when I met him for admission. My Dad had just managed a transfer from Assam and he wanted to get me an admit to the best school. Stephen sir talked to me and asked about the experience in Assam for half an hour. For me the whole interaction seemed good but then he asked me to go outside and told my dad that I should first perform well in another school in the city before I come back.
It became an important in my dad’s life and he kept reminding me. Finally after 2 years I managed to get an admit. This time when we met, Stephen sir remembered out last interaction and he asked me how education in the present school was different from past school. Rather than answering his question I asked him “Sir, Will the answer be a decider for my admit”
He smiled and replied back “No” because he had decided to give me an admit. I had a smile and we conversed for half an hour. The remaining school years was an experience in itself.
He interacted with all of us every day during prayers. When we assembled for prayers he passed through all of us glancing. Everybody was frightened. But I never understood the reason till my turn came. One day I was late and tried to sneak around from back. In the process I stood behind the line rather than my assigned spot. He noticed it and pinched me with a smile. All my friends laughed at me. I felt humiliated but I learnt my lesson for the day.
Being on punctual was the first lesson that i was trying to learn from long. However being a lazy chap, I was used to this. I was probably the only chubby chap in the whole school who was famous for the most bashing from principle during morning prayers. But by the end of 10th standard I had improved a lot in my punctuality & being groomed well for the school. Despite my parent attempts I had plenty of excuses to miss on many parameters. For some reason Stephen sir did not believe in writing my complaint books/logs and he took the task on himself to correct me.
Being famous, I received special attention from my principal. Lot of my talents such as ability to write, act in plays, participate in sports, multitasking and many more were the result of my frequent interactions with my teachers especially Stephen sir. My friends always teased me that probably our school had hired principal just for me. I guess I was lucky that in the process of learning to get disciplined, I found a mentor who helped me identify/develop my strengths & weakness.
After my school days, I have met lot of people. But people who form the base of your future are probably the people you can never forget. The last I met my principal was during an award function in final year of engineering. Here he presented me an award for winning a writing competition. He recognized me instantly and in his speech he told my story to the audience. It was a proud moment for me. Not sure how many students like me he would have trained but for me Stephen sir was second parent who is #madeofgreat
We all come in contact with a fantastically large number of people during the course of our lives. Many we don’t remember and some we do. Only once-every-gazillion years, do we encounter someone who really leaves a lasting impression. Someone who is #madeofgreat. Any such person in your life?
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