LifeChanger of the Year Nominee Profile

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Anuradha Bajpai

Position: Sixth Grade Science Teacher
School: Windsor Mills Middle School
School District: Baltimore County Public Schools
City, State: Windsor Mill, MD

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Edie Windsor Posted today

I have had the pleasure of working with Anu for almost a decade to support an inspiring group of STEM scholars at UMBC. As members of the Meyerhoff Parents Association, we both bring our commitment as parents and teachers. I am always impressed by Anu’s enthusiasm and generosity. She provides a great role model for young people considering a focus in the sciences for their studies and life’s work. Anu Bajpai is, indeed, a Life Changer; her thoughtful interaction with both parents and students generates a wonderful positive atmosphere.

Stephen St. Germain Posted 1 days ago

Mrs. Bajpai's commitment to her students and to their education is unflinching and inspiring. She always finds a way to make her students feel valued and "seen". I do not believe there is much more we as a society could ask of a teacher.

Courtney Mosley Posted 2 days ago

Anyone who has met Mrs.Bajpai immediately knows that she is a life changer. She has been my Science department chair for the past two years and I've witnessed first hand how she goes above and beyond her call of duty everyday. She engages in all of her relationships with the same passionate intensity of a loving mother, a supportive friend, and a caring human being. I can honestly say that she is one of the most self-less and thoughtful people I have ever met. Her commitment to excellence propels her to be the best educator that she can be -- and she has been a shining example for us educators at Windsor Mill MS. It is our hope that she is able to share her life-changing light with the rest of the world.

Nicholas Barrett Posted 2 days ago

Mrs. Bajpai is the paragon of a community leader. From the very first day I met her made my new school feel like home. From that first day I knew that my department chair was going to make sure I was supported in and outside the classroom. Her passion for education is infectious and her dedication is unparalleled. She continues to inspire me everyday to be the leader that goes the extra mile. She is patient and gritty when it comes to her students. She is supportive and generous when it comes to her colleagues. She is quite literally a life changer for her students and colleagues.

Frederick Oliver Posted 3 days ago

Ms. Anuradha Bajpal was selected to receive the NTA Baltimore Chapter 2017 Teacher of the Year Award at the 37th Annual Scholarships and Awards Banquet on June 2, 2017. The National Technical Association (NTA), is a national organization founded in 1925 and incorporated in the state of Illinois in 1926 with one of its goals being to encourage youths to choose careers in science and technology. The Baltimore Chapter was founded in 1958. Members consist of scientists, engineers, architects, mathematicians and science teachers. Ms. Bajpal was selected because of her efforts in making opportunities available to students at Windsor Mill Middle School and her efforts in coordinating the Windsor Mill Annual Science Expo. I can strongly support the selection of Ms. Bajpal as the Life Changer of the Year without any reservations. Fred Oliver, Secretary and Former President, Baltimore NTA Chapter

Keana Posted 3 days ago

Ms. Bajpai's was my science teacher in for two years straight while I was middle school. I greatly appreciated the amount of time she devoted with me and my fellow classmates back in 2014 and 2015. Ms. Bajpai shows the same amount, if not more, of that devotion to the students she currently teaches. Ms. Bajpai was my favorite teacher during my stay in middle school just for the simply fact that she cared for everyone around her.

Kristen Shannon Posted 3 days ago

In education we often talk about educating the "whole child". Anu embodies this idea, and takes it to another level of being able to relate to her colleagues in the same way. She is a kind soul, with a spirit for collaboration and making sure that she isn't the only one who benefits from her unique opportunities and experiences. I had the pleasure of coming to know Anu through her participation in the NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship, of which I am the programmatic lead. The Fellowship requires educators to push their boundaries and practice by delving deep into a year-long of professional development on how to globalize curriculum and bring the world to the classroom. As a part of her participation in the Fellowship, Anu embarked on a 9-day international field study to South Africa, where she visited a variety of schools across the country, and learned more about the sociopolitical vestiges of Apartheid on the country's education system. She also co-authored the UN SDG-aligned curriculum "12 Lessons to Open Classrooms and Minds to the World". It has been a pleasure working with her, and she is truly a life changer through and through. Best wishes! Kristen

Shampa. Dhar Posted 5 days ago

Anuradha Bajpai is very supportive and helpful person She takes all responsibilities with utmost dedication Her presence sends positive vibes I am very lucky to have her as my friend

Robin Cothorne, RN Posted 6 days ago

I have had the pleasure of working with Mrs. Bajpai for the past 13 years. Mrs. Bajpai never fails to listen to and support our student. She is always looking for innovative ways to engage the students and make learning fun and exciting. Mrs. Bajpai never stops working to learn and share her knowledge with everyone she meets. She enjoys being involved in the community and encourages her students to participate in community service--because" it's the right thing to do." She is an awesome teacher and I am proud to call her my friend.

Wendy Rago Posted 7 days ago

Anu Bajpai’s is the kindest and most giving person with a true passion for helping others. She was my co-teacher in Indonesia for the teachers for global classrooms fellowship. I would not have made it through that challenging experience without Anu’s patience, honesty and thoughtful commitment to teaching. She knew how to capture our students’ attention with creative songs and came prepared with gifts to brighten each student’s day. She left a positive mark on my life and the lives of many Indonesian students. I am so blessed to now call her my friend. Any Bajpai is a life changer!

Debora Johnson Franklin Posted 8 days ago

It has been a pleasure to work with Mrs. Bajpai over the last eight years. Her mastery of the content makes anyone that comes in contact with her feel as if they are capable of expanding their knowledge base with her guidance. She has a very gentle, kind spirit. This is why her students look forward to coming to her class. Her dedication, tenacity, resilience, and humbleness is what allows her to participate in fellowships across the globe and come back as if it’s all in a day’s work. I am grateful to have her as a friend!

Karen Anne Furman Posted 9 days ago

Ms. Bajpai is a one of the sweetest people I know. She cares about her community and is supportive in any capacity. A team player in every aspect. The Meyerhoff Parents Association is blessed to have her as a board member. I personally are honor to have her as a friend. A well deserved award to a wonderful person inside and out.

Cynthia Baker Posted 10 days ago

Ms. Bajpai is one the most caring and selfless person I know. She is funny and makes science class fun. WMMS students are her main priority at all times. She truly connects school and home for our students and their families. She works endless hours and wears numerous hats through not only the school day but on evenings and weekends. She takes pride in what she does and we are so lucky to have her in our school. She is the only science teacher who is there since school opened. She ran the first mentoring club "Building Bridges" and organized countless field trips Including a week long trip to the outdoors called Norh Bay! I loved to be chaperon on her field trips as she is very organized. Mrs. Bajpai is a true Life Changer for so many including three of my children. Go Mrs. Bajpai!

Anna Beggs Posted 14 days ago

Ms. Bajpai is an amazing teacher! In my 22 years of teaching I have never encountered an individual who is more dedicated and passionate for teaching and the well-being of their students. Ms. Bajpai truly holds all students to high standards and is there for them unconditionally. Her instruction is engaging and hands-on, and her students thrive in her classroom. I wish I could have had a Science teacher like Ms. Bajpai when I was in middle school. As a new middle school mom, I wish that my daughter could have Ms. Bajpai as a teacher! Ms. Bajpai is a wonderful role model and is 110% deserving of the Life Changer of the Year Award!

Deborah Yahve Posted 16 days ago

Mrs. Bajpai is one the best Teachers in the bcps system. She is always prepared, punctual, and very generous. Mrs. Bajpai has inspired hundreds of children and leaves an excellent impression on her students. One of the reasons that I know this to be true is because Mrs. Bajpai has taught two of my grandchildren. Aaron Milan, whom Mrs. Bajpai taught at Southwest Academy. Aaron, has graduated from Stevenson University with a BS Degree in Computer Information Systems Technology and a Masters Degree, from Stevenson University in Business Administration and Computer Technology. My other grandchild, Delayah Milam, whom Mrs. Bajpai taught at Windsor Mill Middle School, graduated from Owings Mills High School and was awarded a Scholarship to Bridgewater College in Virginia. Thank you Mrs. Bajpai for all that you do, you are very much appreciated.

Rick Barney Posted 16 days ago

As I walk the halls each day, I walk pass Ms. Bajpai's classroon. I always observe a positive classroom of students engaged in their day to day learning. I believe Ms. Bajpai is reaching in to the students minds and changing them every day for the better. Whether she is teaching or being a good role model it's working.

Anita Jackson Posted 17 days ago

Congratulations to Mrs. Bajpai. I worked as the Front Office Administrative Secretary for Windsor Mill Middle School for six (6) years. During that period I had the distinct honor and pleasure to work with Mrs. Bajpai. From the moment I met her I loved her very caring and professional spirit. Mrs. Bajpai always went above and beyond the call of duty to assist her science students to greatnes She also consistently prepared snacks and healthy drinks for her colleagues. She is very well loved by the students and staff. Any projects or reports that were required of her were always submitted in a very timely and professional manner. I never had to ask twice for anything...from the daily attendance reports to any reports requested from our Principal Mr. Harvey Chambers. In other words, in my opinion, and as someone whom greatly admire educators, Mrs. Bajpai is an ideal teacher and role model. I truly admire her get up and go attitude, She is awesome inside and out. I wish her continued success in all her future endeavors. Best wishes, Anita Jackson-Nelson

n cohen Posted 18 days ago

We are so fortunate at Windsor Mill to have Mrs. Bajpai. For the past 24 years, it has been an honor and a pleasure to be her colleague. I am never surprised at her vast knowledge of not only science, but of the world around her. Her thirst for learning continues each day as she shares her love for the classroom and what it represents. As a department chair, teacher, mentor, and participating in after school activities, her work ethic proves her to be an amazing woman. Mrs. Bajpai is a shining star and I am proud to be her friend.

Emily Pedrotti Posted 18 days ago

Mrs. Bajpai is a wonderful teacher and a caring person! Along with her efforts in the classroom Mrs. Bajpai also supports the community by holding a coat drive for people in need. She shares her love for science and learning with her students and colleagues. She is very deserving of the LifeChanger award!

Sabah Khan Posted 20 days ago

Mrs. Bajpai is a perfect candidate for the Life Changer of the Year award! Her passion for teaching goes beyond the classroom as she tries to build a meaningful relationship with each student. It is clear that she loves what she does and will do whatever it takes to make her classroom a safe learning space. One of my favorite teachers!

Vipul Gupta Posted 21 days ago

Mrs. Bajpai is a passionate teacher with an incredible love for science. She truly loves the work she does and cares for her students greatly. The things she has done in the past years have really proven that she will go to any degree to further the education of those around her. Such an incredible teacher!

Aasha Gupta Posted 21 days ago

Mrs. Bajpai is such an inspiring teacher who certainly wants the best for all students that come into contact with her. Such a well-deserving woman who truly embodies the meaning of the word teacher!

Vibha Agrawal Posted 21 days ago

Mrs. Bajpai is so wonderful and well deserving!

LISA WASHINGTON Posted 22 days ago

The love that Mrs. Bajpai has for teaching is evident in the eyes of her students when they grasp the science concepts that she teaches. They enjoy coming to her class and learning. Her spirit for teaching shows that she truly cares about her students and their success. In addition, she has been a great coworker, making me feel at home here at WMMS and even remembered my birthday by bring me a special treat and a card. Both in the classroom and out she is truly living up to this basis of this award...A LifeChanger for our students.

Regina Ridley Posted 22 days ago

Mrs. Bajpai is passionate about teaching and this shows in her daily classroom experiences and lessons. She is a lifelong learner and is always willing to go above and beyond to help both students and staff. Mrs. Bajpai also does the little things that matter. Since I have worked with her over the past 5 years, there has not been a trip that she has taken, where she has not brought me back a token or souvenir from her travels. This might seem small to some, but to think of me (and others) on each and every trip speaks volumes about her personality and giving spirit. In addition, as the mom of a middle schooler, I would be thrilled to have Mrs. Bajpai teach my son the love of science! Overall, Mrs. Bajpai is a valued member of our staff and extremely deserving of the LifeChanger of the Year Award.

Ann Gresham Posted 22 days ago

Ms. Bajpai is most deserving of the Life Changer of the Year Award. She has a passion for learning and teaching others as briefly demonstrated in her video. Ms. Bajpai teaches her students to think beyond the classroom. They eagerly take risk and are willing to share their ideas due to Ms. Bajpai modeling the way. She is knowledgeable, kind, and well respected by her peers, students, staff, and community members. Ms. Bajpai is a true leader, teacher, and friend. She exudes excellence in all that she does!

Niamh McQuillan Posted 22 days ago

Anu brings light, love, and wisdom to our school. She is a dedicated educator and cares for everyone--students, teachers, administrators, and staff. She is our gem. She lives and breathes science and brings that passion to all her classes and lessons.

Tiyona McDowell Posted 22 days ago

Mrs. Bajpai is a very good and nice teacher.

Mikal Annis Posted 22 days ago

Mrs. Bajpai is one of those teachers who is constantly going above and beyond for her students. She is constantly going outside of the classroom to discover new resources, field trips, speakers, etc. that will inspire her students and make meaningful life-changing impacts on their minds and hearts. She is always willing to lend a hand to anyone who needs it and remains positive and dedicated no matter what the situation. She is an expert at her craft and a teacher both her students and I truly admire.

LaShawn Thomas-Aulu Posted 22 days ago

I have the privilege of calling Mrs. Bajpai my colleague and friend. Her humble demeanor is evident in her interactions with others. She gives because she wants to, not because she has to or what will be given in return. This same humble demeanor is shown with her students as well. Whatever a student needs, Mrs. Bajpai will provide. Moreover, do not expect to see Mrs. Bajpai lecturing away in the classroom. Students are involved and participate in hands-on activities! Mrs. Bajpai makes learning fun and this nomination is well-deserved.

Daniel E. Harris Posted 22 days ago

Mrs. Bajpai is the most supportive teacher I've met since working here at WMMS as a substitute science teacher. She helped me personally become a better teacher and treats everyone respectfully she comes in contact with. The students all want to be in her class because she challenges them and encourages them to be their best. She truly deserves recognition for her unwavering commitment to the education and the spirit of excellence displayed daily. Her unselfish ways make WMMS a great place of learning.

Christian Woolcock Posted 23 days ago

I met Mrs.Bajpai a few years ago while I was a substitute teacher. She was extremely knowledgeable and welcoming. I later had the opportunity to work as a longterm substitute for Mrs.Bajpai, and her support and belief in me as a teacher propelled my career and helped encourage me to become a full-time teacher. Mrs. Bajpai is a great Scientist and passionate person. She is endearing and always looks out for others.

Krystle Hockenbrock Posted 23 days ago

I have had the privilege to work with Ms. Bajpai for the last 7 years. When I first met her I realized her love for learning and showing her wisdom with her students. Once she volunteered to cover my class when I had a personal situation and showed my students how to dissect a cow's eye to get the lens out. She is always there to answer a science question and is ever so humble. On a personal level she is always giving. At least once a month I get a small gift from her whether it is earrings she hand made herself or some of her delicious cooking. She never says no and is always will to help someone to the best of her ability.

Mavis fotembe Posted 23 days ago

Ms. Bajpai is not just an amazing role model but she is also a great educator, she helps out a lot around the school and the environment. she makes the school grounds neat and clean (thanks to her amazing green club), and she works very well with the kids, Ms. Bajpai is creative, helpful and kind-hearted, she is a great inspiration to all, she likes to explore the world and I like the fact that she always tells people of her adventures.

Agnes Mary Varghese Posted 23 days ago

I was in middle school long ago from 2004-2007, but I still remember Mrs. Bajpai as not only was she a remarkable educator, she was able to make a great connection with the students as well. I look back fondly at her jovial personality, and wish her the best in future endeavors. She has made great strides these past years in the name of science, and is very deserving of this award!

Karen Quarles Posted 23 days ago

Mrs. Bajpai and I have collaborated for several years in building mentorship pipelines from Windsor Mill Middle School to Northwest Hospital. Her commitment to and love for education is exemplary. She has always sought out the best for her students and done it selflessly. Her kindness and genuine approach to life are what makes you feel fortunate to know her. Mrs. Bajpai has unmatched generosity and thoughtfulness and if anyone should be deemed a life-changer, you won't find a better person!

Christy Weitz Posted 25 days ago

Anu is a kind and generous person. She is a very knowledgeable teacher and gives freely of her time and expertise. She has a strong curiosity about the world that she shares with everyone she meets!

Marybeth Benesch Posted 25 days ago

I have worked with Mrs. Bajpai for the last 13 years. I can truly say that she has a passion to educate our students and to inspire them to make connections to science in and outside of her classroom each day. She provides a loving, nurturing and engaging environment for her students. A phenomenal teacher, colleague and friend!

Donna J Cuyler Posted 26 days ago

Meeting and sharing time with Anu is inspiring. She is caring and present. Anu touches hearts and minds. Anu not only has a passion for education, she is life-changer as she works to empower her students to make the world a better place.

Janet Ernest Posted 26 days ago

Anu Bajpai was a life changer for me, a colleague, and for so many students struggling against a myriad of challenges in their young lives. Her Science class was always tailored to be hands on and fascinating, leading her students to buy into and meet her constant high standards. We taught together at a difficult school, which often left us and our students discouraged and sad. But Anu's bright, positive outlook and supportive actions brought relief and hope into our days, which translated into progress for her students, and needed motivation for her colleagues. She treated me with such respect and honor, I couldn't help but look upon myself as a better person than I had previously. This brought out the best in me as a teacher, which increased her amazing influence beyond her own students to those of her colleagues. She impacted her entire circle - adults and children alike - in subtle yet powerful ways. She is too humble a person to step up into the light she so deserves. But the light shines on her, because it shines through her.

Dawn Bray Posted 27 days ago

Ms. Bajpai is an inspiration to all. I work with many educators throughout the US and she is second to none. I consider myself blessed to have had the opportunity to work with her.

Harvey Chambers Posted 27 days ago

Ms. Bajpai is the epitome of what it is to be a great teacher. She is relentless in holding students to a high standard and they respond accordingly. I am always amazed at her ability to serve as an ambassador for teachers throughout her world travels. She is truly a teacher to be reckoned with.

Sarah Merchlewitz Posted 28 days ago

Any has an incredibly kind and generous heart. She is an amazing educator who not only seeks out opportunities to explore her curiosity, she shares them with others. She does change lives!

Dewi Susilawati Posted 30 days ago

Anu is a very great teacher. She ia a kind hearted woman. She inspires her students and colleagues to improve themselves. She is a very good listener too.

Jennifer Kelly Posted 1 months ago

Anuradha is one of the most open, sharing, and supportive people I've ever met. She is a leader of peers and a mentor to beginners. I strive to be as caring and helpful as she is.

Nanette Trax Posted 1 months ago

Anu is a lovely, kind-hearted person who is imminently patient. I traveled with her with the NEA global learning fellowship. She made it a point to greet, listen to, and engage each person she encountered.

Alicia Pahl-Cornelius Posted 1 months ago

Anu made an impression on me within the first few minutes of talking to her. She told me about her goal of traveling to Antarctica and I was so inspired that I quickly scribbled some notes down in my joirnal about the program she mentioned. Within the next year I pursued the same program she had mentioned and became a National Geographic Certified Educator. Anu is one of those rare people that you meet and immediately know that you need to do whatever it takes to make sure they become one of your mentors. I’m so glad I met Anu.

Carah Casler Posted 1 months ago

Anu is the most positive person I know! She is a life-long enthusiastic learner and I want to be more like her! Best of luck to you friend!

Laura West Posted 1 months ago

I was a Global Fellow with Ms. Anu this last year in South Africa, and can attest about her high energy and commitment to learning. She took advantage of every opportunity we had during the trip and made great contributions during the year long Professional Development. She is also such a NICE person - during the 10 day trip she hand-made earrings and gave them out to teachers and others we met along the way. I enjoyed her company and know her students do too.