School: Bangalore International School
Anu Monga has been the Head of Bangalore International School (BIS) for the last eleven years. Under her stewardship, the school has blossomed and grown, now among the top ten international schools in the city.
Ms. Monga holds a Master’s Degree in Child Psychology and Cognitive Philosophy. She has also received academic credits for summer courses in school leadership from Harvard University and done a Diploma in Learning Needs. With the help of the Council of International Schools (CIS) and New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) BIS now has its own recognized Diploma. BIS is also the only purely inclusive school in the city, and one of a handful in the country. The school boasts of a full – fledged Learning Centre with more than 15 teachers who attend to students with learning difficulties. Ms. Monga has always believed that there is potential in every child and that the only disability in life is a bad attitude.
Ms. Monga has served on the CIS Board for the last 6 years and has been the Vice Chair of Council of International Schools (CIS) for the last four years, and also serves on the accreditation teams of the CIS and NEASC. She is a member of the International Baccalaureate Organization – Asia Pacific Regional Council and Heads Council. She is also on the Board of the Next Frontier Inclusion, and has recently joined the Advisory Boards of the Common Ground Curriculum (CGC).
BIS is the only Round Square School in South India and among the few in the entire country. As a member of an international organization like Round Square, Ms. Monga has incorporated essential ideals like Democracy and Leadership and Service into the BIS curriculum.
Ms. Monga is a founder member of The Association of International Schools of India (TAISI), and has been serving as the Chair since its inception. Recently Ms. Monga received the Bharat Jyoti Award for outstanding services, achievements and contributions. With well-established relationships with the education ministries of India, Sri Lanka and Nepal, she has brought about significant educational changes to BIS, both administrative and pedagogical. Apart from relations with government organizations, she has had several successful dealings with corporate personnel for the purposes of fund raising. She is also an avid sportsperson and her special interest is golf, yoga and soccer.