Teacher’s Day Special: The Story of Sunita Kadian
September 5, is celebrated as Teacher’s Day all across India, and as part of WizIQ, I am proud to be associated with the most noblest of professionals, Teachers!
Day in and day out, I get to hear the most amazing and moving stories about teachers who selflessly put in their best into teaching for the sake of the success of their students. Today I would like to share a story of one such ordinary online teacher, who showed extraordinary strength in fighting the adversities of life and keeping her passion for teaching aflame. I recently met her when she came to WizIQ office to visit. I got a chance to talk to her and learn about her ordinarily incredible journey through disease, distress, diligence and devotion towards teaching.
Back in 2010, a new online teacher, naturally apprehensive about technology, exclaimed:
“I wonder if I am ever going to earn at all”
A lot has changed since then.
As I ready myself for interviewing Sunita Kadian, I know that I am not going to fall short of questions to ask. Sitting in front of me is a woman, whose face shows signs of weariness and struggle. She has bright, thoughtful eyes. When I ask her something, she ponders over it for a moment and then gives a well-seasoned answer. But her indomitable spirit is hard to overlook, as it shines bright with every word she utters.
Sunita Kadian is a Cancer Survivor
One year back, Sunita was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. It came as a big shock, for the people around her. To her, it was just another phase of life. She knew that there was no way she was going to fight it with pessimism. She had to be positive instead.
This was the time when Sunita took up online teaching with a renewed vigor. Although she had been teaching before, both face to face as well as on WizIQ, this time it was different. Her perspectives had become more clear and she realized a lot of things. She also took up her longtime hobby of oil painting.
“I felt self confident, even with Cancer. Honestly, there was no time for sickness.”
Today, Sunita proudly shares her story of being a cancer survivor. And she attributes this achievement to her doctors, her optimism, her online students, and to WizIQ.
Sunita Kadian is an Online Teacher
For someone who initially had no idea what she was getting into, its been 4 years now of teaching online with no regrets. Online teaching came as a much needed medium of rediscovering self-worth and confidence.
“I was advised by my doctors to not go out. But amazingly, I could still keep in touch with my students and continue teaching, thanks to WizIQ. The team at WizIQ was extremely helpful and supportive. And so were my online students. After having shared about my condition with them, I only got encouragement and positive messages. Gladly, nobody pitied my situation or sympathized with me. I even received books and gifts.”
Taking online classes via WizIQ virtual classroom was more of an everyday chore. This was one way Sunita could continue being a mentor to so many students taking her many courses.
Sunita Kadian is an Inspiration
I hope that by sharing this story of Sunita Kadian, I will have renewed, if not restored, the faith of so many teachers all over the world. It doesn’t matter whether you are teaching online or face-to-face, the essence remains the same.
“I have realized that just delivering a lecture won’t suffice. You have to follow up with students and clear their doubts. I never teach by the clock. I always keep some time for chit-chat and casual conversation with my students. I even spare some time to discuss motivational topics and soft skills with my elearners even though the course may not include the same.
My sense of commitment towards my course and students kept me going. So many people from different corners of the world take my classes. Its a unique experience. And I think you feel like teaching when you know you will make a difference in their lives.
The key to great teaching is always remembering that you can’t take online students for granted. If an individual has shown faith in you by enrolling for your course, you are obliged to reciprocate that faith with tenfold commitment.”
And, smiling with her eyes, she says, “I am glad I got into online teaching”.
If this story inspired you or you have an amazing story of your own, feel free to share it in comments below. I will be looking forward to hear from you.