Dr. Swaminathan V.K.
Principal : Glendale Academy International
Qualification : Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, Magadh University; M.A.
Geography, Calicut University; M.Ed., M.G. University, Kerala;
Masters Application Program in GIS, Pentasoft Technologies, Pune.
Experience : 22 years in Teaching & Administration
The pursuit of knowledge is endless, the deeper we tread into this ocean, our submissiveness enables us to fathom the depths of this massive ocean. The world is more connected than ever before; it requires leaders who can work together and empathize with fellow human beings.
It's been a joyful start to a new and vibrant academic session at Glendale Academy International. I was asked by a visitor - what makes Glendale unique - I told him it is the vibrant and passionate vision of the Director - Education of the school, Ms. Anjum Babukhan, to help children be rooted to their culture while gaining a global perspective and becoming compassionate leaders, makes Glendale what it is.
At Glendale, the management strongly believes it is our responsibility as educators to nurture and develop every student to their maximum potential. We challenge and channelize students to set high expectations for themselves and support them to achieve their highest potential. Students are continually encouraged to identify and appreciate their unique skills through the Multiple Intelligence modules and to care for others by becoming global citizens and develop an active respect for the environment.
The campus brims with the energy of our enthusiastic learners and teachers who are engaged in a myriad of activities.
We believe that self-discipline is more sustainable than imposed discipline and hence there is no repression of expression in our school. We are a caring community where traditional and modern educational values are respected and encouraged to coexist and where the educational community strives for excellence by preparing students for learning beyond their school years.
My message to all parents is to stay involved. This form of two-way mentoring will ensure meaningful education and each child's well-being.
It is my pleasant duty to wish you a peaceful and successful year as we journey together.
The culture of continuous academic research and development is a reflection of the desire of Glendale’s Academic Team to excel. At present, a competent and experienced faculty of over 200 members forms the core strength of Glendale and their demography reveals a cosmopolitan mix. Many of our teachers have had international exposure and work experience.
The teaching faculty at Glendale is an unmatched pool of mentors who have an outstanding combination of proven record, experience and qualifications. The multi-directional efforts by all members of the faculty create an environment for the holistic development of students through intellectual stimulation and result-oriented education.
A novice at Glendale is given intensive as well as extensive training in the teaching methodology and in the effective use of the plethora of teaching aids and resources at his/her disposal. In addition The Teacher Training Orientation workshops called “Teacher Toolbox” This training is spear headed by the Director Education herself who is a luminary in the field of education for the past fifteen years. Her international exposure and expertise provide first hand insight into the most innovative systems in education today.
The teaching approach adopted at Glendale takes its inputs from the belief that the role of a teacher is not simply to bestow knowledge, but to help the students to become lifelong learners. A perfect blend of subject knowledge, experience and the art of teaching the most complex topic in a very lucid way makes the faculty, the best team in town.
To nurture is to nourish
The initial seven years of a child being the crucial formative years, when maximum learning takes place, our ECE teachers facilitate learning, in a developmentally appropriate environment, using diverse tools and materials, to explore, observe, play, and interact. In the Primary classes (grades 3- 5), children are taught to process the information gained in their early childhood and apply it to their formal learning. Teachers aim to draw out the learning and build upon it while continuing to provide experiences that reinforce this. At this stage, the staff seeks to identify the aptitudes of the children. When children move into middle school, academic rigor accelerates, bearing in mind that the children of today need to prepare themselves for a world where knowledge is multiplying by leaps and bounds. Our school teachers use creativity, humor and imagination to develop schemes of work and plan lessons to foster a healthy culture of learning within the classroom and to generate the most effective interaction with students.
Further, to groom and refine the teaching skills of teachers; Glendale has evolved a Professional Development Program under which continuous enrichment and value addition is provided to keep the faculty members abreast with the most effective and innovative trends of teaching. The teachers have one period planned in a week for Professional development and share their learning with others during the regular tea time talks. The strength of Glendale's vision and the school's commitment to professionalism has helped attract just the right teachers to fit in its unique teaching programs. During the year, trainings are also conducted by external resource persons to help our teachers learn cutting edge techniques of teaching.