Zafar Sulehri has taught at some of the most prominent schools of the city, leaving a generation of children far smarter than they were before. His resume includes multiple branches of Lahore Grammar School, Beacon House, City School, SICAS, and more. He joined Green Hall Academy in 2008, and ever since, he has been helping dozens of students get the grades they want every year.
Qualifications and experience
Sir Zafar Sulehri has taught at LGS Shah Jamal, LGS 1-A/1, LGS Paragon, SICAS, Beaconhouse Liberty, and City School Shalimar Campus. He has a B.Sc in Botany from Punjab University, M.Sc in Botany from Forman Christian College, and returned to Punjab University to pursue research in Microbial Genetics. He is also a member of the Pakistan Botanical Society.
I found my passion for teaching when I was relegated to the hostels in Sialkot in grade 9. I was in a good school, but it had a monotonous routine—wake up, study, sleep, repeat. In my introversion, I didn’t prefer to keep many friends, so I had a lot of time to myself, ruminating alone, pondering what I really wanted to become when I grew up. I didn’t much care for money, as long as I earned enough for my needs, and I wanted to make a difference to society—to benefit others and not just myself. Should I become a doctor? or a politician? or, perhaps an engineer? I didn’t entirely know, but I kept thinking on it.
I did relatively well at my studies, and soon many of my classmates would come to me, asking for help with their homework and test preparation. I liked to be helpful, so I didn’t mind teaching them. This trend continued till university—when I was studying for my B.Sc in Botany—where I was the best peer tutor around. And it continued through my M.Sc. Until I finally began my postgraduate research in Microbial Genetics, hoping that I could curb famines by studying biotech crops. After three years of assessing, analyzing, and researching, I published my findings in a journal in Punjab University.
I had done it, I had completed my first research project. But I didn’t feel what I hoped to. Research was noble, but it wasn’t something I was enjoying. I knew I was making a difference, but it was slow, barely dynamic. I needed something with vigor, something that let me see the difference right in front of my eyes as I caused it.
That’s when I began teaching.
I knew I could do it; I’d virtually spent most of my life doing it. Now, I needed to see if I could do it well enough to be paid. I started off teaching Biology at LGS Shah Jamal, where my students went on to obtain A grades and, eventually, gain admission in some of the best medical universities in Pakistan, including Aga Khan University! When I taught my first batch of students and witnessed them achieve so much, I realized this was my calling. I was making researchers, doctors, surgeons—people who were life savers. I was giving these children an education, and they, in turn, went forward and used that education to save lives. There could be no bigger honor for me.