Ms. Sukhraj Sandhu began with one significant and pivotal principle that a student’s route to eventual progress needs to be rooted within the context of correct and appropriate courses. Young people thrive individually and in a team when the right environment is established for them. She has this ambitious drive to attain this cherished goal at all costs and is the force behind the exploits of Spring Daleans in various Olympiads, MUNs and competitions, and consequently, a popular faculty member among the students. As the Facilitator of the Primary School and Competitive Examinations at Spring Dale Senior School, she personifies the quote ‘The heights by great men, reached and kept, were not attained by a sudden flight. But, they, while their companions slept were toiling upwards in the night.”
Ms Sandhu, started with Spring Dales as an English Teacher in 1994 for classes VI and VII, is bedecked with MA, B.Ed degrees. Besides serving the school as a General Awareness and Social Sciences teacher, she has also served as coordinator of excursions, coordinator of social science (Primary School) and as a resource person for Social Science Reading Books.
In the year 2000, under her tutelage, the school saw the initiation of the Olympiads. Fourteen years down the line, she is still handling them and very proficiently with the same vigour with which it was started. Her guidance has helped many a Spring Daleans attain top state, national and international level ranks in various Olympiads. The fact that she has been felicitated five times with the ‘Best School National Science Olympiad In charge Award’ by the Science Olympiad Foundation, New Delhi, speaks volumes of her exceptional abilities as far as her brilliant management of the Olympiads is concerned.
Her capabilities as a teacher are further endorsed by the fact that she has been conferred the Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan Award twice by the Spring Dale Senior School in 1999 and 2006. In her capacity as teacher in charge, Ms Sandhu accompanied a team of 12 students of the School to the Fourth Asian Regional Space Settlement Design Competition in 2008. Her continuous support and guidance helped the team to win the Asian level.
In 2004, Ms Sandhu, under the guardianship of Ms Manveen Sandhu organized Heritage Study Programme ‘Futurology’ based on the study of the Heritage of Amritsar city. In 2004 and 2005, Ms Sandhu and her students competed with foreign delegates from South Asian Countries in the Indian Model United Nations Assembly held at PHD Chambers of Commerce, New Delhi. She was also a part of the school delegation in the Sri Lankan Model United Nations Conference held in 2012 at Columbo, Sri Lanka, which brought international recognition to the school.
Year 2006 saw her accompanying a team of 24 students to participate in the Indo-Pak Theatre Festival at Al Hamra Auditorium, Lahore, Pakistan. To ameliorate her teaching skills further she has attended various workshops including CBSE’s Teacher Orientation Programme on Disaster Management, National Teacher’s Training Workshop for Heritage Education and Communication Service by INTACH in 2002, Teacher’s Training Workshop for Creative and Dramatic way of learning at Doon School, Dehradun in 2008, besides a workshop on Heritage Clubs in schools and Multiple Intelligences by Ms Margaret Warner.