It is the end of the school year which means that we will soon have to say goodbye to a few of our favorite teachers. This year, 7 middle school teachers are leaving and over the next 7 school days, The Direct Message will post an ‘Exit Interview’ that we conducted with each of these educators.

Check out all the Exit Interviews by clicking here: Exit Interviews


Ms. Charu Gulati

Years at AES: 11 years, 2007-2018

Next stop: California

Courses taught: Grade 6 Math, Grade 8 Algebra, Grade 6 Science, Roots & Shoots Elective, CYO Elective, MUN Elective

What will you miss most about AES?

AES community and the beautiful campus.

What is the best part about being a teacher at AES?

The students, the interactions with the community members, and various opportunities we get for learning.

What are your plans for next year and what are your thoughts about this next step? (Please include where you will be and your work plan.)

I am moving back to California. I am both anxious and excited about this change. I will be teaching middle school science and a STEM elective in the bay area.

How do you hope your students and colleagues will remember you?

I hope my students remember me as a caring and supportive teacher who provided opportunities for each students to grow and learn in a fun and engaging way. I hope my colleagues will remember me as a team member who loved to collaborate and always put student learning first.

What message would you like to leave for the community at AES?

I ❤ #thisplace


What students had to say.


Menaha Malik, Grade 8

What will you remember about this teacher?

I had Ms. Gulati for Science in 6th grade, and what stood out about her was how enthusiastic she was about her teaching. Even if she had to teach other classes the same material, she came to class with the same excited approach and mindset to get things done.

What is a funny of memorable story that you have about this teacher/ (class, WOW, coaching, after school activities, et.)

On MYMUN this year, for our meetings, we met in Ms. Gulati’s room. Kids were crowding her room and on her bed, and sitting under the table. Basically everywhere. It was pretty funny, but honestly, I feel like she handled it really well. I probably would’ve freaked out and moved everyone as far away as possible.

What makes this teacher unique?

Ms. Gulati continuously gave chances to everyone in class, not just the few students who exuberantly raised their hands most of the times. She wanted to hear thoughts from everyone and valued everyone’s opinions. Not just a few. But she had a way where even if she picked on someone who hadn’t raised their hand, they wouldn’t feel embarrassed or pressured or put on the spot. Not many teachers have this ability.

Aananya Lakhani, Grade 8

What will you remember about this teacher?

One thing I will remember about Ms. Gulati is how nice and fun she is. How in science class in sixth grade, and I don’t remember a single time that I was bored in class. And she always makes class fun and enjoyable.

What is a funny of memorable story that you have about this teacher/ (class, WOW, coaching, after school activities, et.)

A funny story that I have with Ms. Gulati, is that in sixth grade and most of seventh grade we’d see each other a lot in the hallways even when she wasn’t my teacher. And she would joke that I was stalking her, and I would say that she was stalking me.

What makes this teacher unique?

What makes Ms. Gulati unique is her way of teaching because she always tried to make class fun. Like in MUN we sometimes do impromptu speeches for fun on topics picked on the spot.

Arshi Chawla, Grade 7

What will you remember about this teacher?

I will remember how funny and nice she was.

What is a funny of memorable story that you have about this teacher/ (class, WOW, coaching, after school activities, et.)

In MSMUNQ, we were at a market, and the students went off to do shopping separate from Ms. Gulati and Ms. Vosk. We ran into them, and Ms. Gulati kept telling us about how they had ordered a hookah and she was going to smoke it. We believed her completely and she kept a straight face through it all!!! And then she told us she wasn’t actually going to and we were so relieved. LOL!

What makes this teacher unique?

Ms. Gulati is really unique because she treats us not as babies, but like we are mature

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