10 Apr Teacher Spotlight: Shonila Chander
Every Friday we will be highlighting one of our truly amazing teachers. This week the spotlight falls on economics teacher, Shonila Chander.
Where are you from?
What courses do you teach?
Presently only AP Economics. Over the years I have taught, IGCSE Economics, Indian History, Sociology, Asian Studies, Middle Eastern Studies and Religions of Semitic and Indian origin.
How many years have you been teaching?
31 years and 8 months
What makes you feel fulfilled as a teacher?
Over the years, many of my students have decided to pursue studies in economics, and kindly give me credit for instilling an interest for the subject in them. Oftentimes, my students will tell me that they admire my honesty, integrity, fairness and a sense of justice to all. These kinds words provide great encouragement for me.
What is something interesting happening in your classroom?
Connecting current economic policies of the US and India to the economic policies we are learning in our course.
What is your favorite part of teaching at Woodstock?
Almost everything and anything I do with students in and outside the classroom! I enjoy encouraging students to see that economics is everywhere and I challenge them to stay updated with national and international political and economic issues and relate them to everyday life.
I greatly appreciate the open venues that Woodstock provides for discussions on ANY topic with students, parents, colleagues or the school administration.
Perhaps my favorite part of teaching at Woodstock is the 32 year-old tradition of having students over to my house for ‘alu prathas’.
What makes Woodstock students unique?
I do admire their openness, independence, confidence, trustworthiness, friendliness and kindness to most of their peers and teachers and the community at large. Most of them do not hesitate to help others with academic difficulties and otherwise. Their generosity towards the poor and the needy is truly admirable.