Though she has just started her 5th school year, Tua Chaudhuri could still be considered a “new kid on the block” at Ensworth. Ms. Chaudhuri is a P1 teacher and we are really excited to introduce her today!
Q: As a P1 teacher, you get to work with the littlest of students as the start Ensworth for the first time. What are some of your favorite things about working with these students?
A: There are so many things I love about teaching this age group! I love the way that my students are constantly making discoveries about themselves and the world around them. Each day brings some new excitement. I love the way they constantly surprise me with their observations, ideas, and abilities. My students may be young but they are capable of so much. I love building lasting relationships with each of them and watching them grow into themselves right before my eyes.
A: I was born in India and moved to the States when I was four. We lived in Chicago for many years and then moved to Nashville when I was 8. I’ve wound my way back to Nashville but lived for several years in Philadelphia and London. Outside of my job as a teacher, I’m also a writer. Among other things, I’m a confirmed bibliophile, an avid traveler, an adventurous cook, and one of those people who has a soundtrack of music running in my head most of the time.
Q: What do you think is the most important thing that you instill in your students their first year? If you knew they would walk away from your class with one lesson learned, what would you want that to be?
A: I want my students to leave my classroom knowing how to honor the best in themselves by honoring and respecting the best in others. I want them to understand and be proud of their strengths and be willing to step up to their challenges. I want them to feel that learning is an altogether joyful experience.
Q: Tell us something that the Ensworth community wouldn’t know about you!
A: I love to dance samba.
A: If I weren’t a teacher, I would love to be a travel/food writer.
Q: Who is the next person from the HS campus that you would like to see featured on the blog?
A: Tom Jackoboice