I’ll Miss Coaching Students

Posted: September 14, 2010 in Personal Stories
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Anyone who has taught before or is teaching now will vouch for the fact that there is nothing more rewarding than imparting knowledge to those eager minds, who sit there absorbing it all like a sponge does. The responsibility that comes with playing that role is immense and a labor of love.

So when I volunteered to coach the Middle School students here one of the topics for the Science Olympiad I was thrilled to bits. It was more than 15 years back that I had taught students; the last time was while I was a student in the University here and was a ‘teaching assistant’- teaching Biology 101 to freshmen.


Science Olympiad is taken quite seriously here and is conducted at the middle and high school levels. The students compete with other schools and the winning regional teams go to state level and then onto national level. The dedication of the coaches is inspiring and they are all parents who go out of their way to volunteer their time, after work hours and on weekends.

Our school was lucky to win the Regional’s last year winning in most of the 23 odd topics that go into the Olympiad such as Wright Flight, Disease detectives, Ecology, Building bridges, ornithology, Fossils, Bioprocesses and so on.


The affection the students show and the eagerness they have for learning is infectious. Some of them are so bright and respond enthusiastically, while there are the others who amble in and just have fun.

Sharing pictures of the 2009 school team that won and my group who were a part of the school team. The parting letters from students are cute to read and the ceremony involving handing the trophy to the vice-principal was a riot; mainly because it involved the students getting a chance to shave the head of the vice-principal every time they win a trophy. Isn’t that cute?

I’ll sure miss coaching the teams in future …it was a fun experience while it lasted though!

  1. Gaurav says:

    Good to know :)

    I coached a few students and I can rlate to your excitement very well!! :)

  2. Kavita says:

    AWw..this did sound like a lot of fun!!
    I am sure many more such of fulfilling opportunities will come your way, Suja…

  3. Gaurav, good to see you..That’s nice you coached too then you know about it too.. :)

    Kavitha nice to see you here..it was fun….and you are right there will be many more opps…

  4. Jingle says:

    uplifting spirits.
    fun post!

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