St. Christopher’s College of Education was started in 1923 with a class of 12 LT students and 4 faculty members of three different nationalities. This Residential College is situated in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, South India. The College is affiliated to the Tamil Nadu Teachers Education University and prepares students for the B.Ed., M.Ed., and M.Phil. Degree Examinations. The college has been recognized to conduct research leading to Ph.D. The College was accredited at Five Star Status in the First Cycle and reaccredited at ‘A’ level in the Second and Third Cycles by NAAC, UGC of Govt. of India. The College is also the recipient of the National Gold Star Award from the International Business Management, New Delhi for its outstanding achievements in the field of education. In keeping with the vision of the college which is ‘To provide women, special consideration being given to the poor and the needy, with professional and general education of the highest order on Christian lines’, the college has been doing pioneering service in integrating the efforts for excellence in Christian values also.
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To provide women, special consideration being given to the poor and the needy, with professional and general education of the highest order on Christian lines.
To train women graduates from Arts and Science Colleges to serve God and the nation in their profession as teachers
DR.(MRS.) P. NITHILA DEVAKARUNYAM
Principal & Secretary
Many metaphors have been used over the years to describe teaching and teachers. Embedded in each metaphor are important assumptions about the role of teachers. For example a very old and still dominant metaphor is the ‘guru’. This suggests that the teacher knows best and has the answers to all questions. Other metaphors used include ‘guide’, ‘facilitator’, ‘confidante’, and ‘child minder ‘and ‘surrogate parent’. But these are simplistic and each describes a specific secondary function of the teacher. None of these metaphors describes the primary role of the teacher, which is to influence the students.
Leadership is defined as
There is an interesting convergence between these definitions of leadership and education. The root word of education is the Latin word ‘educare’, which means to draw out from the students their potential and to lead them towards its realization. Similarly education has long stressed the importance of rapport (relationship) between teacher and students. The importance of recognizing and nurturing the diverse talents and abilities in each class, and the important role teachers play in helping students clarify and achieve their personal goals in life is the primary expectation of a teacher. In short teachers have always been leaders.
There is a deep hunger today for a world where people truly care for one another, where people are treated humanely and helped in their personal growth and development, where people are treated with honesty and fairness, and where leaders can be trusted to serve the needs of the people rather than their own selfish interests. The world is in need of genuine leadership, leaders with a servant’s heart. Highly effective leaders succeed in large measures because they consistently think of themselves as servants. They wish to serve people. When leaders are eager to serve, others will also reflect that eagerness. This kind of leadership is expected from teachers. A teacher with servant’s heart can bring about progress in her students, in her organization and in turn in the community.
A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.– Henry Adams
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