Secondary Faculty

Ms. Clementine Monteiro


As a child I enjoyed helping my siblings and slowly I started helping children older and younger than I in their academics. Although I lost touch with teaching when I joined a degree college I was drawn to do my training. I was blessed with St. Xavier Institute of Education, Churchgate where I was groomed . It’s the training there that helped me to know the difference between Profession and Vocation. I have spent the best memorable  25 years of my Life in St Mary’s. It has been an enriching experience and  have learnt so much from friends and students. I owe my gratitude to ex- TEACHERS who have been my mentors.

Ms. Freny Billimoria


 I first joined St. Mary’s, ICSE in 1989 as a substitute teacher. Taught classes 5, 6, 7, 8 between–after the Diwali vacations 1989 till the end of the academic year in April 1990. I then went on to do my B. Ed., after which I re-joined the school in June 1991.  Fr. Joe Saldanha,  S. J.  was the principal then.

The purpose of becoming a teacher is to bring up students with values. Each of these students will then pass on these values to their families and so on and so forth.  Thus the world would become a better place to be in.

I have very happy memories of my 26 years in this school and I pray that there will be many more happy memories added, in the forthcoming years.

Thank you.


Ms. Sharda Shukla


Joined school in June, 1992. Taught  Hindi and Social Studies in Middle School for many years and now teach only Hindi in Classes 8, 9 and 10. This is my 26th year in this prestigious institution.  Teaching is in my blood; my  father  taught  Hindi and Sanskrit  in Villa Theresa  School for 45 years….so he is my inspiration. I am a teacher because  I too want to inspire children to be whatever they want to be, help them chart a career of their choice, however unconventional that career may be, as long as they follow it with integrity, passion and perseverance,  thus becoming  an inspiration to others.


Ms. Arjumand Ghogari


 I joined St. Mary’s  (I.C.S.E.) School in June 1998. My educational qualifications are M.Sc. , B.Ed. along with a Diploma in Medical Lab Technology and a year of Interior Designing. What inspires me is my passion for teaching. It gives me immense satisfaction as I am compassionate towards my students and dedicated in my work. I establish a learning atmosphere through class discussions so that the student is able to gain knowledge, reason out and have a clear understanding of the concepts. I maintain a friendly rapport with my students.  My motto is to inspire my students to develop a love for learning and build their confidence to achieve their goals. An important value that I try to instil in them is Being Humane, by having respect and concern for others .

Mr. Austin Vaz


Mr. Austine Vas is a highly-motivated and experienced teacher who has been teaching Geography in senior school for the past 21 years. He believes that a good teacher is a constant learner with an unquenchable thirst to learn more and to impart the same to his students. His professional qualification includes B.Com., B.A. (Geography), B.Ed., M.A. in History, M.A. in Geography and a Diploma in Computer Science.

Apart from his academic qualifications, he has also written two text books in Geography for classes 9 and 10 respectively, which are known for their unique pictorial representation of concepts related to the subject.

Ms. Elvina Nigrel


              Being   a  teacher, my  motto  is  to  impart  Knowledge  and  Good Values,   to   the  children.   As  a  teacher,  it  is  my  duty  to  teach,  evaluate  and  prepare   them   for   the   best   in   their   future.

I   am   a   teacher   who   loves   to   help   students   progress   in life.    “A   teacher   takes   a   Hand,   opens   a   Mind,   and   touches   a Heart.”   This   profound   thought    has   inspired   me   to   put   in   my   best efforts   in   the   classroom   as   well   as   while   training   them   for   various extra-curricular   activities.

I   teach   because   I   find   excitement,   joy   and   fulfilment.   Above   all,   I   believe   that   it   is   my   calling.

Mr. Ryan Rodrigues


I, Mr. Ryan Rodrigues, have been teaching English in St. Mary’s School, ICSE, for the past twenty years. I always wanted to be an educator right from my childhood. It is ‘My Dream Come True’. I enjoy my teaching to the fullest.  During my school-days, I was always seen practicing English grammar and solving Math problems on a black-board. And by the by spent most of my pocket-money on chalk……hehehe!

My Motto

As a teacher, I know I possess tremendous power to make a child’s life joyous or miserable. I know I can be a tool of inspiration or torture. I can make humor or humiliate, heal or hurt. In all these cases, it is my response that decides whether a situation will be escalated or de-escalated or a child humanized or de-humanized. But I know I teach in a remarkable time. Each day I walk into school, whether it be the classroom, office or the Knowledge center, I remember that I help to shape the future and what I do can change the world.

What inspires me to be a good teacher?   

  1. The flair for the language.
  2. I teach because there is an excitement and joy and suspense in the journey.

Ms. Cheryl Colaco


The only way to do great work is to love what you do.

From early college days, I knew what my vocation was. After graduating from St Xavier’s College, and a year of training at St Xavier’s Institute of Education, I was selected to teach in one of the best school in Mumbai – St. Mary’s School (ICSE) in the year 1994.

As a teacher, it is my duty to impart knowledge, moral values and effective communication skills. I am passionate about my teaching and have the ability to reach out to students and create a relationship of mutual trust.  I am well-organized and committed to St. Mary’s School.

My source of inspiration is my love for teaching and children. The enthusiasm and happiness on the face of my students after a class is my reward. The encouragement I receive from the management, my colleagues and my students motivates me to do better every day.

Mr. Elias Coelho


Be Attentive

Conscious learning begins by choosing to pay attention to our experience.

Be Reflective

Reflection is the way we discover and compose the meaning of our experience.

Be Loving

How are we going to act in this world?

For me education is to produce men. for whom discernment is a habit, where education continues to adapt old ideals to new times and new needs.


Ms. Sharon Tivade


A good teacher is somebody who learns more every day. She is calm, passionate and engaging. She listens to her students, encourages them, helps them and challenges them to think. My vision is to teach in a way that students learn maximum in school so that they don’t need a tuition teacher or help at home.

What inspires me to teach is a student’s curiosity and creativity. I love listening to their ideas and seeing the way their minds work.

Mr. Balmukund Tiwari


I, Mr. Balmukund Tiwari, have been the Sports Director at  St. Mary’s I.C.S.E, for over a decade and have always strived to help children develop physical abilities and healthy habits that can last for the rest of their lives.

As a part of this reputed institution and an educator, I believe that all children can learn when taught well and given an opportunity. My motto in following my key principles is, “What you pay attention to grows”.

My vision for the institution, is to create leadership skills, foster qualities of cooperation, tolerance, consideration, dedication, self-esteem, trust and responsibility and developing an attitude of never settling for the least in all my students.

With this vision in mind our institution will be able to achieve success in any field that our students represent.

Ms. Swapna Pradhan


I have worked as a Science teacher in St Mary’s School (ICSE) for the last 14 years. My educational qualification is M.Sc. (Ruparel College) and B.Ed. (St Teresa’s Institute, Santa Cruz) in Mumbai.

I had applied in Jaihind College and got an offer to teach there but I preferred to teach in a school because I like children; I like their innocence and pure heart  unlike adults. A Teacher’s job has become challenging with constant changes in curriculum and  technologies  and I am ready to meet those challenges and will try to adapt to new ways of teaching and make teaching a learning process more effective.I want to draw the best out of a child.Recently a student from class 6-3 said, miss you are my favourite teacher I will never let you down. I will do well in the tests that was really heart warming. If I can make even that bit of a difference in a child I really feel very satisfied. I also want to inculcate good values in children and want them to be good human beings first  as they are the future citizens of our country.

It has been a truly enriching experience being a teacher in this esteemed institution, it has moulded me too in various aspects in being a better teacher.

Mr. S.Ravindranath



Ms. Zeenat Surka


I am in the teaching profession since 2005 and started my career in St Mary’s High School (ICSE). Teaching and reading are my passion, I endeavour to instil the addiction of reading in my students also as reading improves and enhances the knowledge in an individual. As a teacher, I also do my best to ensure that my students develop the right moral values and conduct themselves well which will make them successful and good individuals.

Ms. Sakina Japanwala


I believe a good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instil a love of learning. I have been a part of the St Marys (ICSE) family since 2006 and have always followed this belief.

My Motto in life is:

“Never be afraid to have your own ideas and you don’t always need to like what everyone else likes. Be original and special. Make people notice you in a good way.” “Be true to yourself.”

I teach because I believe that it is my calling to help students in schools become excited about learning, engaged in the learning process and to excel in all that they do. I also want to instil a love of learning in students, so that they will always have a desire to grow and develop.

I am motivated to be the best teacher I can be because every day I try to focus on helping to make each student a little better than he was previous  year.  I want their time spent at school to be time spent growing into a better person or citizen. I want to be a positive influence in my students’ lives by opening their minds to new ideas, and constructing knowledge that will be beneficial to them as Education is the stepping- stone to their future.

Mr. George Hilbert


I consider myself very fortunate to be a part of the teaching fraternity over the past thirty-two years. I am among the lucky few to be at the helm of Sports and Games and Main Stream Education in my career. My wife and children too are teachers/lecturers. I’ve enjoyed this vocation to the fullest and continue to do so.

I believe, and I tell my students this too… “Be humble. Never blow your own trumpet, let others talk well of you and appreciate you instead.”

It is for this reason that I like this verse from the Bhagwad Gita very much, chapter 2 verse 47:

karmany evadhikaras te
ma phalesu kadacana
ma karma-phala-hetur bhur
ma te sango ‘stv akarmani

 When translated it means:

You have a right to perform your prescribed duty, but you are not entitled to the fruits of action. Never consider yourself to be the cause of the results of your activities, and never be attached to not doing your duty.

It simply means that you should perform your duty, without expecting any rewards in return.

Your reward will come in time. If you deserve something you will get it and nobody can deprive you of it.

Ms. Mangala Bana


I have been working in this prestigious institute since the last ten years. My objective as a Teacher is to strive hard in order to bring about the students’ intellectual and  personal development in the best possible manner as I believe each student is unique in his own way. I try to make teaching innovative to help students to not just master the fundamentals of the subject matter but also enrich their everyday understanding of the world. My main objective is to try and teach my students morals along with subject matter by going beyond the textbook. Last but not the least I want to always try and keep it a priority to speak about my students’ strengths as frequently if not more often than their weaknesses.

Ms. Joan Dias


‘Teaching is an art which comes from the Heart.’

‘We are not just teachers; we are managers of the world’s great resource children.’

As a teacher I seek to inspire my students to strive for the best.  I aim at getting them to be confident and morally sensitized individuals as they enter society. I help them to be path creators, to stand by what they believe what is true.

Teaching for me has always been an eventful experience. Each day has something new in store. Never has it been a boring mundane routine. This field has got me to interact with a lot of different people and share and exchange knowledge with each other.  Teaching is a vocation and not just a mere profession.  I am glad to be part of this teaching fraternity touching lives and making a difference.

Ms. Sangita Upadhyay


I, Sangita Upaadhyay, have been teaching in St. Mary’s for the past eight years. I am a highly motivated, enthusiastic and dedicated educator, who wants very child to be a successful learner.

My motto is to create a classroom atmosphere that encourages and stimulates learners.

My vision for the school is to ensure that every child’s learning style and abilities are addressed.

Mr. Mario Vaz


Mr. Mario Vaz teaches the secondary section at St Mary’s School ,I.C.S.E. He believes that teaching is a vocation and a teacher teaches the student and not just the subject. The joy that he receives by imparting knowledge keeps him vibrant and energetic. He derives a great sense of  satisfaction from teaching and shaping young minds. St Mary’s has motivated him to be a true teacher.

Mr. Sabin Castelino


I have tried my hand at various professions and none were as fulfilling as much as being a school teacher, and especially that of maths.

Teaching is not a job for me. It’s a full- time passion and also something that drives me forward, wanting to do better for myself and my students. I am never satisfied until my students understand the depth of the topic that I am teaching them, even if it means teaching them a hundred times.

I believe that mathematics is more than numbers  and so I make sure I incorporate stories, fables and folklore into my lessons to make them interesting and approachable.

I became a teacher to help students love maths and I hope I am able to do  it till I have reached my last breath.

Mrs. Sudha Menon

French Teacher

Teaching has always been my passion. I enjoy interacting with the students in class and find it an enriching experience.

I believe in being a lifelong learner, and the classroom experience  provides me the best opportunity to do so.

In my perspective, when preparing for teaching the lesson in class, one keeps perfecting one’s knowledge of the subject, and thus gets ample scope, to gain mastery of the subject.

Above all, what inspires and motivates me to put in my best, and gives me a sense of fulfilment, is when my students  not only excel in academics but also imbibe good values.

Ms. Vanita Dongre

Marathi Teacher

My motto as a teacher has always been to convey my knowledge in a meaningful and intellectually stimulating way to my students.

My passion and love for the teaching profession encourages me to  constantly learn more every day. While creating a safe place for every student, I also encourage them and support them in their endeavours.

William Butler Yeats quoted that “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire”. And so as a teacher I find it my moral duty to enlighten and nurture young minds so that they grow as stronger individuals.

Ms. Mona Soningra


As a teacher I strongly value the diversity of learning styles and the unique perspectives, both individual and cultural – that my students may bring to the classroom. As a result, I strive to provide an environment where students feel comfortable in expressing their needs and opinions and believe that the entire class benefits and learns from that process.

To accomplish this, I enjoy applying a wide variety of strategies based on essential educational principles as well as on hands-on experience encompassing cognitive functioning, learning theory, diversity issues, instructional planning and assessment.

Mr. Sudhir.A.Singh


S Radhakrishnan once said, ‘The true teachers are those who help us think for ourselves.’ I am a firm believer of this philosophy. India has the largest student population in the whole world and hence the future of this country rests on the future of our students. As a teacher, I would like to impart knowledge and encourage my students to pursue excellence. Each student is different and I like to tailor my teaching to suit the individual student so as to help achieve his or her maximum potential.

Ms. Priscilla Pereira


“Children don’t remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are.” ― Jim Henson.

Being a Social Studies and English teacher of St. Mary’s School (ICSE), is not merely my job, it is my identity. My subjects especially History have always captured my fascination from a very young age. I always seek to reproduce the same passion while teaching. One thing that inspires and energizes me in St. Mary’s School, is the wonderful students I teach each day. Our boys are energetic, enthusiastic and more than ever, loving children. This is what keeps me going each day and makes me thrive to give my best while teaching our boys.

Mr. Rushaad Dupetawalla


I honestly believe that unless you don’t love your work, you cannot do justice to that profession.Moreover, teaching being a vocation I feel a lot is at stake because we are dealing with young minds and the future of the country.Having said that, I made sure I decided to teach “PHYSICS  and  MATHEMATICS”, the two subjects that have  captivated my imagination since my school days.It would be a fitting tribute to my school days Physics and Mathematics teacher the  “LATE KHILJI SIR”HIS Knowledge, content and communication skills were  excellent  which have  a significant bearing on my style of teaching.


Keep Learning and stay abreast of the latest technology.

Keep doing research in my subjects, which will not only benefit my students but also society at large.

I sincerely wish to see my school, ST.MARYS (I.C.S.E), become the best ICSE School in INDIA and one day teach the I.S.C Syllabus in our school.

Mr. Sundeep Gaikwad


I, Mr. Sundeep Gaikwad, have been working in St. Mary’s School, I.C.S.E. for the past four years. Sports has always been my passion since childhood. As a schoolboy, I in the football team. At the college level, I took active part in volleyball, represented the college volleyball team in tournaments and was the captain of the same on three occasions.

My motto is to give every student a chance on the sports field by making him discover his strengths in every sport.

I believe that any sporting activity cultivates growth in the human body and keeps it fit. Even today, I too participate in sports and athletics to keep myself fit. Fitness of the body has inspired me to be a Sports Master.

Ms. Vandana Gupta



Mr. Prakash Pitroda


“If you want to work, there are hundred ways; if you don’t want to work there are thousands of excuses”

I love to teach because I am a passionate learner. I believe that learning is a never ending- process. I believe that all students should have high quality leaders and teachers and a holistic curriculum to promote and engage critical thinking and learning skills for success in their life. In a progressive society that is committed to academic excellence for all students, my goals are to meet the needs of students and to assist in the growth of each member of this esteemed institution.

Ms. Davina Menezes


“If something burns your soul with purpose and desire, it’s your duty to be reduced to ashes by it. Any other form of existence will be yet another dull book in the library of life.” – Charles Bukowski

To commit yourself to teaching means you care about education, but once you actually become a teacher, that vague concept becomes more defined: It becomes real, specific and tangible. Once you become a teacher, you care, not just about education, but about your students’ education.

Why should a student be excited about learning when their teacher is not excited about teaching? No teacher can be great without loving what he/she does. To excite and inspire a student requires excitement and a passion for the material itself. Enthusiasm is contagious.

Mr. Alan Menezes


Teaching is not a profession but a vocation. This is a simple profound statement that exhibits my love for teaching. Standing in front of the classroom and teaching is an innate comfortable feeling that I have inherited in the form of teaching genes. These genes were best expressed every time I stood with some chalk and a blackboard playing teacher with my younger neighbourhood friends or presenting my projects as a student in class. My path towards teaching was also greatly influenced by some exceptional and inspirational teachers from my school and college years who were truly sincere and genuine human beings whose lessons I can still recall today.

Teaching is filled with many rewarding yet challenging moments. Smart, technology savvy, enthusiastic, well-informed kids having bright ideas and thoughts is truly a joy but the decline in social ethics and values is my biggest concern. So, if values are caught and not taught, being a genuine, dedicated and sincere teacher is what I believe I need to be. Going beyond classroom learning and providing opportunities for each of my uniquely blessed kids to discover and refine their talents, develop and strengthen life skills is unfortunately not always possible. So, providing guidance and mentoring to students when needed is my principal focus. I am sure that I am certainly not the best award-winning teacher for my kids but every day I certainly try to be a better teacher.

Mrs. Rohini Agera

School Counsellor

“In my world there are No Bad Kids, just impressionable conflicted young people wrestling with emotions and impulses, trying to communicate their feelings and needs the only way they know how.” – Janet Lansbury

Mrs. Rohini Agera has a Master’s in psychology from Madras University. Her specialization is counselling psychology. She has been working in the field of Mental Health since 2005 and she pursued the role of a School Counsellor in 2007. She provides both the parents and the students personal, behavioural, social, and emotional support. She feels that a student’s personality is a tool which can be carried with him for the rest of his life. She believes in not only developing a persons wisdom but also their emotions.
She has been recognized for her contribution to Career Education and Advanced Life Skills Development of young people in school by the Indian Career & Education Development Council.

Ms. Nandini Basu 


I love children and I am passionate about English Literature. The teaching profession helps me to amalgamate both. As a teacher, my aim has been to help my students  unravel the beauty of writing and introduce them to the subtleties of the English Language and Literature. I encourage them to explore realms of learning beyond the text book. My motto has been to help students get a value system based on free thought and tolerance. I also try to inculcate in them the importance of self-pride and respect of self to be the keys to success and happiness in life. This will enable them to be responsible citizens of India and the world.

Mr. Stevence Pereira