Inspiring young minds while raising their own

Superwoman: Manjeet surrounded by her students in her classroom at SK Kampung Baru in Bukit Mertajam, Penang.

GEORGE TOWN: Mothers Day is always extra special for Manjeet Kaur as she juggles between being a teacher and motherhood.

The task can be daunting, she said, but it’s all part and parcel of becoming parents, adding that there was nothing more rewarding than seeing her children learn and grow.

“As a mother of two boys and being a teacher, the motherly instincts kick in at school as well.

“At school, I feel like a parent too and want the best for my students,” she said.

Manjeet said her students would come to her with their problems whether it is school stuff or just advice from an adult perspective.

“In turn, I have noticed my students stepping up to help me and volunteer whenever I have tasks at work,” said the English and History teacher.

Manjeet, who is retiring this year, said juggling motherhood and career was tough in the beginning but her sons, both in their 20s, were understanding.

“My boys knew what my job entailed and my husband always helped out.

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“Now that my children are adults, my students have become my little ones. Many of my students have become adults and I am now teaching their children,” she said.

Manjeet said that every May is usually a double celebration for her as she knows it will be a month filled with love from both her family and students.

“This year, I am sure it will be the same. It will be extra special since I am retiring,” she said.

Manjeet said when her former students recognise her, it makes her feel special.

“I am shocked they remember me and reach out,” she said.

Manjeet said as she is retiring the one wish she has for teachers is that they enjoy teaching like she has over the years.

I. Shanmugasundary, 56, said being an educator and a mother often overlap.

“Both roles are about nurturing and caring for others.

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“In school, my motherly instincts come alive with the students when providing education and support addressing their emotional needs.

“Just as a mother looks out for her children’s well-being, we as teachers feel a similar sense of responsibility towards our students’ growth,” she said.

The Science and History teacher said she would divide her time for work and family to maintain a work-life balance.

“I usually settle all my work in school and when I am back home, I spend quality time with my kids and husband but sometimes, I do have to stay in school to finish my work.

“My children are now grown up (23 and 29) and are furthering their studies,” she said.

Shanmugasundary said May would always be a special month, as she gets to feel appreciated in school and at home by her children.

“It is a month where I receive thoughtful messages and gifts that keep me motivated as an educator.

“As a teacher, my hope is to see them grow intellectually and pursue their passion. I take pride in being a teacher who can educate and inspire students to unlock their potential,” she said.

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