She has been involved with the inspection of schools for grant of affiliation by CBSE. She has been entrusted with the responsibilities of a "Master Trainer" with CBSE for training Principals and teachers.
Among numerous awards and recognitions, "Jewel of India" Award, "Limca Books" recognition as "Best Principal", recognition as "Best Guru" at "Cyber-Fair" are prominent. An all India topper from The Institute of Hotel Management, Pusa, Dr. Arora was invited as an Indian representative at BETT Asia leadership summit held at Singapore. She has been also awarded the International Leadership Award at Dubai.
She headed the Quality Circle Convention at Mauritius and has visited schools in the US. She has been closely associated with the Cultural Exchange program and Model United Nations. Under her mentorship, the Amity school has set newer benchmarks by winning the School Excellence Award, Best School Award and has secured top position amongst "leaders" in HT survey.
Throughout her professional journey, she has worn several hats, an administrator, educator, author, speaker and a lifelong "Learner". She is a firm believer of "Breaking the shackles and flying high ..."
My name flashed at the sixth position in the all-India list for admission in Hotel Management. The glamorous Hospitality Industry was luring me into its inviting arms. I clearly remember my mother heaving a sigh of relief and my father a bit perplexed about my chosen field but they were resting assured that my ambition would be fanned by the wings of modern education. Well, let me share with you a well-guarded secret that it was just after six days on the campus when questions started badgering my mind. "Is this my calling?” I felt as though I was walking in a dark tunnel not knowing where it would lead to. I could not share my doubts at home, so I pursued the course laboriously and topped the institution but was sure that I would never work in the hotels. I faintly remember during a discussion on careers with my close group of friends, when asked which department would I join, I had retorted, "I would rather go and teach in a school." Now I realize that the passion for teaching is something I had subconsciously inherited from my father who was a renowned professor in his time.
The next milestone in my life was twenty when marriage came knocking at my door, a usual trend in a Marwari family. Marriage too brought its share of responsibilities and jubilation. I marched on with panache expanding my horizon and keeping all in my fold, safe under those sturdy wings accepting all that life had to offer. Life took a new beautiful turn when soon I had my adorable babies in my arms. Life seemed full, my hands were full. I enjoyed every bit of motherhood but then questions from nowhere puzzled me day and night. The questions began to challenge my identity.
DAV Public School gave a new dimension to my life. Surpassing a few required qualifications, they offered me a job. They must have thought the dame could charm the kids into learning Computer Science which was the basic need for a primary teacher; hopefully, I lived up to their expectations. My decision to teach also brought a lot of challenges on the professional front, being untrained and ill-equipped topped the list. So, I decided to debug and correct the basic code of my resume and add more to my hard disk. I studied numerous computer languages. I evolved with every new learning and subconsciously took up more and more responsibilities. Later, I moved and joined the Ryan International School. Seeing my passion for my subject and love for my students, I was promoted, first as the head of the department and later as the senior supervisor. Though coy and unsure, I lead from the front. I gave my heart and soul in understanding my students and left no stone unturned to help them lead lives of significance. But my journey had something else in store for me. Life is so unpredictable, isn't it? When you feel that you have found what you are looking for, it puts you on another road and gives it another direction.
That challenge was the offer to head Bal Bharti School. I withered and then grew new leaves as I realized that if I wanted to do more for the children, I had to equip myself further. I became a master trainer with CBSE for the conduct of workshops for teachers and Principals. I was lauded as the Indian representative at the BETT Asia leadership summit.
Perhaps, change is the only constant thing in life and thus life presented an even wider expanse. This opportunity came in the form of Amity International School, a name synonymous with excellence in education. This incredible institution truly embellished my leadership qualities and deemed me able to help students unleash their inner potential and become holistic global citizens. I wish to reach out to innumerable children in my lifespan. My profile lists me as an administrator, educator, writer, and speaker but I feel that I am and will always remain a learner ...
To work in a team, involving and supporting each other is an ability that I believe has helped me tremendously in all areas of the school.
My passion to constantly learn and my desire to upgrade my skills help me meet new people and learn from them and I always strive to pass on this information to my community and encourage them to expand their horizons.
My communication skills have always been something that has helped me tremendously in all spheres of my life. It is because of my ability to communicate well that I have been a leader and a good mentor.
I had suddenly been catapulted to the role of a leader in a team, though I had always taken initiative in all areas of the school, now I had to lead and mentor my the entire school. It was through my zeal and passion for my work that I was able to instil confidence in my team members.
There were challenges initially when the tussle between technology and the human touch began but when our teachers were trained with all the in house and institutional support we have been able to synchronize all educational practices for the benefit of our children
Other Change Makers
- Dr. Raghuveer Y.V. (Principal, G.D. Goenka Public School, Patna) is a Change Maker with an open mind
- Mrs. Neeru Dutta Sharma (Principal, Kimberley The International School) - A journey from doing a hunger strike in order to get higher education to shaping young minds today.
- Ms. Sangeeta Kapoor (Founder Principal, Infinity School) The Harvard certified visionary, who is promoting the culture of questioning
- Dr. Sumita Chhabra Ummat (Naturopath, Director, Let us Talk) - Touching Lives and Making a Difference