Mr. Gehlaut, BSGE’s new edition to the math department, never intentionally set out to be a teacher. Born and raised in a small village in North India, he left his hometown for America. After migrating to the U.S., Mr. Gehlaut used to work in Manhattan with a small newspaper called News India Times. He occasionally saw an advertisement for “New York City Teaching Fellowship” in the subway and decided to apply out of pure curiosity. After several interviews, he suggested that he teach Global History and Economics, as he had traveled to many countries. Since he had his undergraduate degree majoring in Math and Economics, the interviewer asked him to teach math. Thankfully, Gehlaut said yes.
When asked what he likes about BSGE, he said, “I like BSGE as a whole institution. Starting from the supportive school leadership and teaching staff to the most important student body, everyone has really impressed me by their motivation and aspirations… I love all my students and their learning styles.”
In his scarce free time, he loves reading newspapers—current affairs and world news—and watching Discovery and National Geographic programs. He also enjoys playing chess to relax. If he were not a math teacher, he would have been working for a newspaper as a journalist, as the topic had essentially led him to America. Mr. Gehlaut became the first person to get an undergraduate degree at the age of 20 in India. He was also named the first Hindi Journalist to win the prestigious British Chevening Scholarship to go to London and study at the University of Westminster and work with the BBC World Service. He is an inspiring addition to the BSGE staff and we wish him the best of luck for his first year at BSGE.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in St. Louis, Missouri.
What type of person were you in high school?
I was, and this is actually true to this day, I still have friends who say, ‘you didn’t belong in any one group’ and so I had friends in lots of different groups. I was a dancer, I used to dance in the high school musicals. I was the editorial page editor for my school newspaper. I was a swimmer, I was the captain of the swim team when I was a senior.
Was there anything that influenced you to work with students with special needs while growing up?
That’s an interesting question. My interest in teaching was really cultivated by my high school history teacher. She helped me really turn around because I wasn’t really doing well in my tenth grade year. I had her for my junior and senior years and I just became a much better student because of her, and so that’s where that began. As to working with special needs, my brother has done that for a very long time… at first, it was very difficult and I wasn’t sure I made the right choice, but now I’ve adjusted and I really really love it. Like I don’t know, if somebody said to me ‘would you like to work in general education English,’ I think I’d miss my kids that need extra help. I’ve gotten too attached. More…
Thanksgiving is one of the most celebrated holidays in America, regardless of race or religion. It is a time of sharing and expressing gratitude, and the celebration of overcoming previous hardships. Fortunately, students and teachers had a four day weekend to celebrate however and with whoever they want. This allowed for many differently planned celebrations to happen.
Most people spent the holidays with their extended family. Others, however, spent their holidays in other ways, such as hanging out with their friends. Still other people decided to just sit at home and watch a movie with the people closest to them. BSGE teachers echoed this variety, with Ms. Meisler celebrating with both her family and friends, Mr. Mehan sharing his moments with his friends and Ms. Nikkolos, spending her Thanksgiving with close friends watching movies, followed by visiting her daughter and grandson. Most families prepared special dishes, either in their own style or the traditional plain turkey with stuffing, with side dishes, appetizers, and desserts. The inclusion of this tradition makes most families’ thanksgiving feel like a gathering of family and friends where people can socialize. Some people, though, did not have a celebration on Thanksgiving, instead having one either before or after that Thursday due to the absence of family members. More…