SMJK Perempuan Perak organised a Bollywood-themed send-off for their retiring senior assistant of co-curriculum, Jaswinder Kaur a/p Nahar Singh on Friday, November 6.

Earlier, Ipoh Echo had an exclusive one-on-one with the gentle and soft spoken teacher.

Born and bred in KL, she started teaching in April 1980 with SMK Tengku Ampuan Rahimah in Klang being her first school. Specialising in Mathematics and Additional Mathematics, she has been in Ipoh since 1985 and was posted to SMJK Perempuan Perak in September 2011.

A mother of three, two girls and a boy, Jaswinder thinks that Ipoh is the best place to bring up children. She added that it is easier to go from one place to another too.

When asked what she likes most about teaching, this is what she said, “It’s never boring. It’s really a joy to impart to the children knowledge and life lessons. I like to make my classes fun and have rapport with my students.”

Her proudest moment is when she reconnects with former pupils on Facebook and sees that they are doing well with their own families. She has met a few over forty years of age who still remember her and thanked her for all that she had done.

Next is her advice for all the young teachers out there. “You must be willing to learn and experiment on the job as well as not be afraid of new responsibilities.”

“After retirement, I just want to take it easy for a while, travel, try doing some charity works and spend time with my children,” she said.

Mei Kuan