May 7th is teacher appreciation day and being that it's the start of the new Nepali school year, I'd like to introduce our all-star teaching team. They make so much of the magic happen each and every single day at Kopila Valley. They work both inside and outside of the classroom all hours of the day (and sometimes nights) to make sure our students have what they need. The kids all really love and respect them and I honestly don't know where we'd be without them. It takes a village! Meet our amazingly awesome teachers!
Gauri is our 2nd grade teacher at Kopila Valley. She has a bachelors degree, and in her free time loves to read, dance, and play with children. Gauri is a very positive and confident teacher, and is a wonderful role model for the children of Kopila Valley. It gives her much pride and satisfaction to serve underprivileged children, and to have a hand in brightening their futures. She hopes that the children of Kopila Valley will grow to be strong and independent citizens of Nepal, who will work to serve and improve their country. Gauri is happy to be a part of the solution, and hopes that the work of Kopila Valley will inspire people all over the world to do their part to combat injustice and inequality.
“I am very happy to be a part of the solution in Nepal by being a good teacher for the students of Kopila Valley.” – Gauri Gurung
Rajesh is our upper level math teacher here at Kopila Valley School. He graduated from a local university with a bachelors degree in Environmental Management. Rajesh loves to read good books, listen to music, play cricket and basketball, and practice yoga. He is a passionate educator and prides himself on his ability to reach out to those individuals less fortunate than him. He works everyday to teach conservation and environmental ethics to the students of Kopila Valley, and to make this project sustainable. His favorite thing about working at the school is the loving and compassionate atmosphere that has been created by the Kopila Valley team. His wish is for Kopila Valley School to continue to grow and change the lives of underprivileged children in Nepal.
“Kopila Valley is the most beautiful place on this planet where only love and compassion exist. My favorite thing about working at Kopila Valley is the atmosphere of cooperation and care amongst all of us.” – Rajesh Giri
Neelima is a nursery teacher at Kopila Valley. She is working on her bachelors degree at a local University and is in her second year of study. She loves art and music, and loves her job as an educator. Neelima fills the nursery classroom with joy and creates an encouraging and supportive environment for the children in her class. Her favorite thing about Kopila Valley is the positive atmosphere that the staff and students have created, and the healthy food and medical care that is provided to community and school. She hopes that more schools like Kopila Valley will be opened in remote areas of Nepal to provide the same opportunities to isolated villages and communities. Her wish is for Kopila Valley to continue to expand and flourish in the years to come.
“My favorite thing about working at Kopila Valley is the opportunity to provide scholarship, food, and health education to the community.” – Neelima Thapa
Vimla Kumari Chhetri
Vimla is our health teacher at Kopila Valley. She has a masters degree in education, and feels truly blessed to be able to teach at Kopila Valley everyday. Vimla loves to read and dance, and enjoys getting creative with her lesson plans! She is very confident in her abilities as an educator, and always shows her students kindness and respect. Her favorite thing about working at Kopila Valley is the emphasis that is placed on student oriented learning, making it a priority for the students to understand rather than merely memorize. Vimla believes that every child is special and deserves attention and the opportunity to be educated. Her goal for Kopila Valley is to provide all students with a loving and supportive environment in which to learn, ultimately brightening the futures of the children of Surkhet, Nepal. She hopes that individuals all over the world will learn from Kopila Valley, and do their part to stand up for the underprivileged.
“Think positive, do positive.” – Vimla Kumari Chhetri
Lalit teaches Math and Computer class at Kopila Valley. He was born and raised in Surkhet where he received a high school diploma from a local secondary school, and hopes to begin working on a bachelors degree next year. Lalit loves to watch movies, listen to music, read books, and play chess. He has very good computer skills, and loves to learn about the latest technology. Lalit learns very quickly, and is always excited and willing to learn new techniques and teaching styles. His favorite aspect of being a teacher at Kopila Valley is how much he learns from his students and colleagues. He feels blessed to be a part of the Kopila project, and hopes to continue working to create positive change in this world.
“Here, I don’t feel like I am working. I am always learning and growing.” – Lalit Khatri
Stay tuned as we continue to introduce our team!!!