Sonia Altekar

Sonia Altekar

  • Position:IBDP Coordinator
  • Qualification:M.Sc, Ph.D.


Sonia Altekar is the IBDP Coordinator, who leads a team of experienced and knowledgeable DP facilitators, including Home Room Advisors and Subject Specialists. She has been part of the Symbiosis family since 2004 and SIS family since 2008.

A seasoned educator, Sonia comes with vast experience, and a truly multi - dimensional background, having qualifications in Commerce, Information Technology, and Linguistics. She holds qualifications in the Spanish language, not just from the University of Pune ( SPPU ), but is also internationally qualified, having DELE, the International Certifications in Spanish. This is the official accreditation of the degree of fluency of the Spanish language, which is issued by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport, of Spain, through Instituto Cervantes, and the University of Salamanca. Sonia has taught Spanish at multiple levels, not only the IBDP, but also at the Undergraduate and Post Graduate Levels at Symbiosis International ( Deemed University ), and to the language learners of various age groups at Symbiosis Institute of Foreign and Indian Languages (SIFIL).

Sonia has been working as a DP Facilitator for Spanish Ab Initio, and Spanish B, in SIS since 2008, and has been working as Group 2 HOD since long. Known as a teacher par excellence, she has surpassed the World Average Grade every year, and her students have achieved the maximum number of Grade 7s year on year. She has also compiled and authored course work books and instructional material for her students, through Symbiosis Institute of Foreign and Indian Languages, which was very widely acknowledged, appreciated and has been in constant use. Cultural Immersion Programs to Spain conducted under her guidance have been a great success for the students of SIS.

Apart from the above, Sonia has worked in multiple roles in SIS. She was appointed as an IB Examiner for Spanish Ab Initio in 2015. She has actively participated in IB Evaluation Reviews as a Section Head / Leader, and has contributed towards the drafting of School Policies. Sonia also heads the IBDP Examinations Committee, and since the past 5 years, has been assisting the DPC, performing the role of Associate DPC.

A lifelong learner, Sonia has attended and successfully completed various IB and SAIBSA workshops. She has also completed the Teacher’s Training workshop conducted by the Department of Foreign languages, University of Pune ( SPPU ), Certificado Di Lingua Italiana ( Certificate in Italian language ), conducted by the Indo Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and certificate courses in Effective Communication and Personality Development, conducted by the National Institute of Sales.

A strong believer in the Symbiosis motto of “ Vasudeiva Kutumbakkam “ ( the World is One Family ) Sonia is a firm believer in student centric education, yet is also known as a strict disciplinarian.