Hannah Charles, former vice principal and head of the department of biology at P. S. Sr Sec School in Mylapore passed away in Mumbai on June 13.
She was 79.
She was one of the pioneer teachers of P. S. Senior, belonging to the first set of teachers who joined the school in 1976.
She was a much loved teacher, known for her calm demeanour, a teacher the students trusted. Her presence in the biology lab, patiently looking over the dissection samples with a gentle and encouraging smile helped assuage the nerves of many an anxious student.
She guided many students to score centums in biology, consistently over many years.
She imparted her love for biology to her students and many of them attribute their admission to medical college to her.
She also set papers for national CBSE exams.
Hannah is remembered as a very generous and magnanimous person, in lending help and also supporting funds for education to the underprivileged students.
Some senior alumni of the school recalled that they had to get her permission for taking a half day off and she could make out with just a simple glance if the reason was genuine or not.
Hannah Charles is survived by her children Samuel (Mumbai), Jennifer (Chennai), and Vijay ( USA) who were her students and P. S. Senior alumni as well.
The alumni plans to conduct a memorial service at the school premises once the prevailing pandemic situation improves.
– Report by Srivatsan Parthasarathy #PS93