Catholic nun in Tamil Nadu bags the State Best Teacher Award


By Robancy A Helen

Every year, the Union and the State governments honour the teachers for their outstanding performance and service in the field of education. The state of Tamil Nadu has awarded the Dr. Radha Krishnan Award to 386 teachers from different districts of the state. Eleven teachers are from Thiruppur district. 

Sister Shanthi Amalor belongs to the Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of the Presentation of Mary.

“I am excited and honoured to receive this award. I must uplift the downtrodden and underprivileged” says the nun.

Born on October 7, 1975, she joined the congregation at the age of 17 and celebrated her silver jubilee of her religious profession in 2022.

She hails from a small village called Azhagappasamuthiram, in the Archdiocese of Pondicherry-Cuddalore.

She works as the headmistress of the English-medium school called Carmel Girls Higher Secondary School in Kangeyam, Tiruppur, Tamil Nadu, south India.

She has been a teacher for 18 years, three months, and 69 days. She has been advocating for the education of girls and shows special care for dropout girls. 

She has been raising awareness through folk art. In the past, she has received the Gnana Guru Award and the KIT Award.

Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi, the Education Minister of Tamil Nadu conferred the award on 5 September 2023 in Kalaivanar Hall, Chennai.


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