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Rupali Dhamdhere, Principal, C M International School, Pune

Author : HER Team

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Rupali Dhamdhere , Principal C M International School, Pune

After schooling, Rupali Dhamdhere did her under graduation in Human Development and Child Development from SNDT Women's University and came through with flying colours. However, for her higher studies, Rupali chose Masters in Journalism and Communication at Symbiosis International, as she wanted to address social issue and do something for the society. She was one of the few students from her institute to be placed in Doordarshan TV, which was the largest news-broadcasting channel during that time. Later, in responding to her call for teaching, Rupali started working with an international school as a teacher. With years of experience in the field of education, today she is holding the position of the administrator at the C M International School, Pune.

Mother to Many

As a people's person or we can say a kid's person, Rupali Dhamdhere always wanted to be in the education sector, loving and caring children of different age group. No wonder, she took up the subject Human Development and Child Development from SNDT Women's University as her specialization during her graduation. However, life has its own funny ways to detract us from following our passion. After her studies at SNDT, Rupali did Masters in Journalism and Communication at Symbiosis International, which gave her the opportunity to work with Pune Dhoordarshan Channel and take up freelance writing commitments for some daily magazines. However, Rupali could not continue in the media sector for a long time, as she had to look for a better avenue after the demise of her father. "Banking was the best option available then. I worked with a nationalised bank for about seven years, until I settle with my life," recounts Rupali.

"If a woman stands up for herself, she can cherish the present and do wonder in the future as well" -Rupali Dhamdhere


Rupali left banking sector after marriage and moved to Landon with her husband and kid. The life in Landon allowed Rupali to live her dream. When her husband went out for work, Rupali utilized her free time accompanying her son to the school and helping the teachers over there. "I discovered my passion for teaching when I worked with teachers and kids. It was the begging of my career in education," shares Rupali, who taught in a pre-primary school in Landon, until she came back and started working with a friend to set up a preschool in Pune. Rupali says, "It was a great come back to the home land. The business was both satisfactory and profitable in the initial years. But, we couldn't run it for more than four years, as my partner moved to Australia looking for better a prospect in life."

Rupali is not a person who would give up on dreams easily. She went on to work with some reputed schools in Pune and Cambridge Education as teacher and ICSE coordinator respectively. "I always loved the company of children. So, once I got the chance to be with them in the classrooms, the thought of moving away from this profession has never occurred to me," smiles Rupali, who has worn multiple hats in her professional life. Today, working as the Principal of C M International School, Rupali has an inquisitive mind of a journalist, a sharp brain of a banker and compassionate thoughts of a teacher – a great combination of characters to emerge as a leader in education.

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