Udupi: Mrs. Eliza Fernandes of Shankerpura honoured as Best Teacher in Udupi Zone

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By Eugene DSouza, Moodubelle
Bellevision Media Network

Udupi, 06 Sep 2013: On the occasion of the Teachers Day Celebration, Mrs. Eliza Fernandes of Shankerpura teaching at the Government Higher Primary School, Kalatthuru, along with 5 other s were honoured  as Best Teachers of the Udupi Zone for the year 2013-14. The other 5 teachers are:  Satish Salian of  Manipura Government Primary School, Subraya Hebbar of  Alevooru Subhodhini Higher Primary School,  Gopala Krishna of Kalatthuru P.K.S. High School, Synthia Shalini of Shirva Don Bosco English Medium Primary School and Sashi Kumar of  Malpe Shri Narayanaguru English Medium High School.



These award winning six teachers along with the winner of last year’s Best Teacher National Award-Kudhi Vasant Shetty of Kudhi  Shri Vishnumoorthy High School were honoured by Udupi District Officer Dr. M.T. Reju at the Adarsh Hospital, Udupi  on September 1, 2013 as part of the Teachers’ Day Celebration and free medical check up for the teachers. Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. G.S. Chandrashekhar speaking at this occasion said that it is the responsibility of the doctors to take care of the health of the teachers who shape the future of the nation through educating the children and youngsters.




Mrs. Eliza Fernandes comes from a family of teachers. She was born on 1 August 1959, as the 11th child among 5 sons and 9 daughters of late Julian Fernandes (Jillu Master) and late Pauline Fernandes of Halehalve, Kundapur. Out of  five brothers and eight sisters, one brother (Fr. Valerian Fernandes of Aurangabad Diocese) and eight sisters along with her  took up teaching profession. Fr. Valerian Fernandes founded St. Paul’s High School at Paithan in Aurangabad District of Maharashtra which has completed 27 years providing quality education to the students of that region. Among her elder sisters late Mrs. Alice D’Souza had been a teacher in Mangalore, Sr. Millicent (AC) had been a Music Teacher at different places,  Sr. Noreen (AC) then serving as the Principal of Junior College at Kanpur (UP) received Best Teacher National Award some years back another sister Mrs. Rosy Aranha has been a teacehr in Daksina Kannada District. Sr. Caroline is the present Provincial of the Holy Cross Province of Pune. Among her younger sisters, Mrs. Matilda Fernandes hass been a successful teacehr in Bangalore and Mrs. Gladys Noronha is presently serving as the Music Teacher in one of the reputed schools in Kuwait.



Eliza had been good both in studies and sports and other  co-curricular activities. She had primary education in Government Higher Primary School, Badakere Kundapura and High School education in St. Joseph’s Girls High School, Kundapura. While in school, Eliza had been Girls Champion in Sports successively for five years  and at that time held record in high jump. She had been  district level player in throw ball game.


Having a strong desire to be a teacher, Eliza underwent Teachers Training Course at St. Anne’s Teachers Training Institute at Mangalore. After completing her teachers’ training course, Eliza joined  St. John’sHigher Primary School, Shankerpura in 1988 and continued to serve the institution for ten years till 1998 and since then she has been serving as a teacher in the Government Higher Primary School at Kalatthuru for the past 15 years.


With considerable amount of experience as an innovative teacher, Mrs. Eliza Fernandes was taken up as Cluster recourse Person for two years at Kalatthuru and as a Resource Person for British Council Teachers’ Development Programme in English. She was also resource person to train teachers from other clusters in preparing teaching aids.


Mrs. Eliza Fernandes has been a dedicated and popular teacher in her school. She has been in the forefront in training her students in various school activities including drawing, singing, acting, debating, gardening, sports, etc. Students trained by her have been participating in various competitions at different levels and have been winning prizes for their school.



Mrs. Eliza Fernandes is married to Vincent Martis of Shankerpura who manages the Jasmine Cultivation. They have two children-Vidya and Vinay. Daughter  Vidya is married to Anil D’Sa (Anil Sounds). Vidya  conducts Melody Music School and Kushi Play School. They have two children-Varun and Varsha.   Son Vinay has been working in Kuwait and he is married to Glanet Castelino.



Comments on this Article
Priyanka Dsouza, Pangla/Muscat Tue, September-10-2013, 11:10
Congratulations to you my dear english teacher! You are an innovative and talented person. Your interest and knowledge in extra-curricular activities is amazing....Feeling proud to be your student. Here is wishing you good health and success for the future.
Remy/Cynthia Fernandes, Piusnagar-Kuwait Mon, September-9-2013, 3:59
Congratulations my Dear Sister, really great to hear this good news. you have made everyone proud in our family. May you be blessed with many more rewards for your dedicated effort!
Wilfred, Katapadi Sun, September-8-2013, 12:14
Our best wishes to you teacher, you not only achieved this feet along with you have shown a lot of student the right way....God bless you.
Matilda Fernandes, Moodubelle/Bangalore Sat, September-7-2013, 10:15
Hearty Congratulations! I always admired your passion for the noble profession.May God bless you with good health and with greater enthusiasm so that you may continue to brighten the lives around you.
Reethika, Moodubelle/Bangalore Sat, September-7-2013, 10:01

Congratulations! to my beloved Aunt! You are indeed a great teacher friend and a philosopher!May you be blessed with many more rewards for your dedicated effort!

Fr.Ronnie Serrao, U.S,A Sat, September-7-2013, 9:29
Congratulations Mrs.Eliza Fernandes. It is really great to hear this good news. Good job and well done, you have made everyone proud. Do continue the good work that you are doing
Alphonse Mendonsa, Pangla/Abu Dhabi Sat, September-7-2013, 12:23
Congrats to Teacher Eliza Fernandes and wishing her great success. Yes, hard work with dedication always reap good fruits and she deserves accolades for her dedicated service to students. We Pangalites are very proud of her and happy of her achievement as a best teacher.
Anil Rodrigues, Kundapur Sat, September-7-2013, 9:30
Congratulations Teacher... Way to go.... :))
Charles D Mello, Pangala Sat, September-7-2013, 4:22
Congratulations Teacher Eliza Fernandes. It takes a lot of hard work to reach such levels.
Glades Noronha, piusnagar, Kuwait Fri, September-6-2013, 10:08
We are very happy to know about your achievement of receiving best Teacher s Award ! Feeling proud of you dear sister Elize ! Many Congratulations !!!
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