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Narisakhi, an American Internet magazine

Meena: I am a teacher who has been in the educational field since 30 years. Since I was a child, I have been very passionate about teaching. It was my dream to be a teacher and I have achieved my dream.

I began teaching the pre-primary section at Amrit Jyoti School, Ahmedabad at the age of 20 and later, went on to teach students from 5th to 10th. I also taught the secondary students at Udgam School, Ahmedabad.

I worked with TOI's Newspaper In Education (NIE) program and later, went on to found the Workshop Fun n Learn, which was unique as we taught Maths and English through fun and hands on activities.

When we shifted to Mumbai, I worked as a curriculum planner at Kangaroo Kids Education Ltd. (Billabong Schools) I was part of Ms. Lina Asher's core team.

After 7 years, once again, life took an unexpected turn and we shifted residence. Since my son was very young and I had no support system, I decided to give up my job. I then decided to start my own preschool, Kinderland. I ran it successfully for 6 years until another setback. I was very upset but decided that I must not let anything deter me and must continue to do what I liked best and that was: teaching.

As a mother, I taught my son and made revision papers for him. As I did so, I felt I must take this forward and write a complete book. Parents who are teaching their children would definitely find my book useful. With this thought in mind, I began my next venture: Starchild Companion and Workbook for Std.5 (for my son, Kahaan was then in Std. 5).The book was a success and I have now written many educational workbooks for children. These are: Starchild Workbook and Companion for Std. V, VI, VII, Li'l Genius series for the English Olympiads (std. 1 -8) and Trailblazer series for Science Olympiads (std. 1-8) and the Achiever Language and Composition book for Std. 6. At the moment, I am updating my first book for its third edition.

I also conduct personal tuitions at my residence where I teach children English and other subjects. Many women have recently approached me to teach them to speak English. I realized how eager they were and how it would help them in their lives. Thus, I now also teach ladies to speak English.

I am very grateful to God that I am in a profession which has helped me touch many lives in a positive way.