Raj Mundra, P’20

"At Andover, we're always striving to know something really well. Traveling reminds you that you can't always do that."

Raj Mundra, instructor in Biology, Associate Dean of Students, and Director of the Niswarth Program, began his career in Andover as a Teaching Fellow in Biology in 1991. After his teaching fellow year, he taught at schools in Switzerland and India and earned his MA in teaching biology at Brown University. When he returned to the faculty in 1996, Raj rejoined the Biology Department as an instructor and began working with the International Academic Partnership as associate director. Raj has coached football, swimming and lacrosse, and was a house counselor in Rockwell House (largest 9th grade boys dorm) for 11 years. He has taught at every level in the biology department and teaches a one term elective course on global sanitation. Since 2008, he has participated in various global initiatives, and has organized and presented at many conferences. As part of his work as Assistant Dean of CAMD, he established and coordinated the CAMD Scholar Program. Since 2004, he has lead twelve groups of students and faculty to India as a part of the Niswarth program including a joint program with Phillips Exeter and bringing the boys and girls varsity basketball teams to Chennai in November, 2015. After two years as the Pine Knoll cluster dean, Raj is currently involved in leadership training for all proctors and prefects, has started the day student mentors program, coordinates the MVP (Mentors in Violence Prevention) training for 10th graders, and oversees the school’s housing process. He also serves as an academic advisor and teaches the 9th grade Foundations course. Outside of Andover, in 2008 he founded Educators for Teaching India, a group that works with the South Asia Institute at Harvard University to bring together public and private school teachers from across America to discuss content and pedagogy approaches to teaching India in secondary schools. Raj has also been the Deputy Head of the Secondary School at the Aga Khan Academy in Mombasa in 2003, Kenya and, in 2010, a visiting faculty member in science and service at the American School of Bombay.

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