Mangalore, Sep 2, 2014: It is announced that Purushottam M S, art teacher of St Philomena College Puttur, Hattajeguttu V Prabhakar Hegde, teacher of Mangalateru government higher primary school, and Shashikala G Sherigar, retired headmistress of Mallar general government higher primary school near Kaup, are chosen for the state-level best teacher awards for the year 2014-15.
Brief profiles of winners :
*Shashikala G Sherigar : Launched her career as teacher at Kaup model school in 1976, she served at Uppoor, Padubidri, Udupi-Puttur and so on. She was promoted as headmistress in 2006 and served Mallar government higher primary school since 2007, she retired on July 31, 2014. She takes credit for several activities some of these are getting grants and facilities for schools like toilets, borewells, construction of compound wall, additional computer room, undertaking door-to-door visits during holidays and for increasing the student strength and so on. She has won a number of awards during her service including district level best teacher award in 2012-13. She continues to serve the school even after retirement in special ways.
* Purushotham M S : Is from Montadka in Sullia taluk . He served as art teacher of St Philomena College Puttur. He also served as the officer in charge of NCC air wing of the college between 1985 and 2012. He had training courses both in teaching art and as NCC officer during his career. He was a keen leader adventure camps. He won many an award in recognition of his talents and meritorious services as a teacher and social leader in the region as it is well known.
* Hattajeguttu Prabhakar Hegde : Born in 1957, he started working as teacher, he had his education in Venoor and then at Sarvodaya teachers training centre at Virajpet. In the middle of his career, he left to work as extension officer in Syndicate Bank. He also functioned as trustee and director of temples and societies, later he returned to the teaching profession which was his true love . He rejoined teaching in 1991 and served various places including Nekkilu, Timmanabettu, and Mangalateru schools. He is admired for his painting and creative work with concrete art forms on walls for the benefit of these schools. He happens to be a sports person too having won first prize in 800 mts, and second place in shot put, at the 33rd Masters Athletic Championship held at Bangalore recently. He also was selected for the national championships and international championship held last year at Toronto. Poetry was another area where he had a name.