Poonam V. Mehta
Poonam V, Mehta
To be an educationist one needs to understand the core meaning of "What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to the soul." Joseph Addison.
Mrs. Mehta's teaching passion began over four decades ago. Her journey has been challenging yet very rewarding.
Along the way she married Vijay, has three wonderful children and three happy grandchildren.
As a person, she has made a commitment that she will always love and respect every child. She gives them space in which to grow, dream and succeed and even sometimes to fail. She sets boundaries to assist them to feel secure. She, also, helps them with problems and the difficulties for which they may not yet be equipped to face.
Being an educator and a counsellor she believes that the single most important contribution education can make to a child's progress is to help them towards a field where their aptitude suits them best, where they will be satisfied and proficient. Her motto is “Spend less time grading children and more time helping them recognize their natural competencies”.
Mrs. Mehta has travelled widely, conducted various educational workshops around the world and is the author of many children’s books. She resigned from her position as Deputy Principal of the well established Victoria Educational Organization in Hong Kong to dedicate her time towards a charitable, worthy cause called 'Be the Change" (BTC). At this stage in her life she has decided to help under privileged children and their families in Hong Kong and India. She is one of the trustees of ‘Dreamz Home’ an orphanage and shelter for street children and a core member of the ‘Sage Foundation’ in Mumbai, India.
Here in Hong Kong she hopes to transform BTC from a tiny caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly. This she says, very humbly, can be achieved if we separate our own egos and emotions and face the real problems of those that need our help. Then BTC will certainly grow, thrive and become a pillar in our community for years to come.
As an author of children’s books she continues to write story books mainly on saving the environment and on nature. She hopes to leave behind a legacy of lifelong learning which will leave an impact and make a difference in every child’s life. In addition, she is dedicated to helping families to live with dignity and integrity, eventually supporting themselves to become self sufficient and to live happy and productive lives.
At the desk where Mrs. Mehta sits, she has learned one great truth:
‘The answer to all our dreams is in God’s Grace and His Guidance’