School principal and teacher recognized
Dr. Ritu Ahuja of Northwood Elementary School has been named Principal of the Year in Gwinnett County. Dr. Ahuja was a special education teacher in India before teaching in Cobb County and Fulton County. Now a school principal, she declares that all students should be lifelong learners while having a strong foundation in self-responsibility, respect, and service to others.
“I can produce a lifelong learner if I can teach a student to be confident in his/her ability to tackle life’s problems and to accomplish any task encountered. That means being not only college and career ready, but being life ready,” she says. “At Northwood we encourage student leadership and community involvement. I want all my students to know that they are not the most important people in the world. In a world of instant gratification, they need to know that ‘service before self’ can produce more happiness for them, and a better world for others.”
“My vision is to develop students who understand that they have a stake in this country and that they must consider the needs of their fellow citizens in everything they do in order to maintain a system that allows them to meet their own need,” she says. “Students need to be able to work together for the good of the whole. They must understand that they have a responsibility to their fellow student, neighbors, and countrymen.”
Aysha Farooqi has also been recognized, as Haynes Bridge Middle School’s Teacher of the Year.
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