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Keshav is a visiting educator at Riverside School, where he facilitates environmental exposure. His particular interests are promoting environmental education and meeting the needs of special children. He served as a educator at Eklavya school for several years after completing his training at Eklavya Institute of Teacher Education. Keshav is the Managing Trustee and Director of the Prabhat Education Foundation.
Rashida Gavli has been working with us since July, 2009. She loves cooking for her family and travelling is something she really enjoys. She is an enthusiastic worker and is always eager to learn new skills. Although shy by nature, she gets along with all her peers and is an able Team worker – ready to take on any tasks allocated to her.
Balvinder Singh Gill (known to the Riverside family as Monubhai), started his career at Riverside as a Conductor in August, 2002. However, for the past 10 years, he has switched to driving the School Bus. He is very jovial by nature and cracks jokes all the time. He is a Foodie at heart and likes to try different cuisines. He also enjoys listening to and singing Hindi Movie songs. He has recently started learning English, and to his credit, has gained enough command over the language, to conduct a story-telling session in school.
Vishak Singh Jemal Singh Laddr (known to all of us only as Luckybhai) has been a Conductor since September, 2008. He is a strong Garba enthusiast and Navratri sees him coming into his own!! In fact, this year, he taught the Teachers and students how to do the Garba by conducting special Workshops. He has an extremely pleasant persona and is always willing to help.
Meet Eduhero Priyanka Prasad, also known as Soliditude. Priyanka works with the RTE and aProCh programs, through which she hopes to add value to the community. Priyanka is very courageous and is quick to follow-up and meet her deadlines. Priyanka is also very funny and has a good sense of humor. Children love being around Priyanka, whom they often refer to as “Sticker Ma’am” because she gives them stickers for encouragement. The local government says that Priyanka is very affirmative with her work in RTE and aProCh. Parents consider her to be “supportive and understanding,” and her colleagues say that she “knows how to get her work done.” Priyanka has a Master’s degree in Labor Laws and Labor Welfare from Symbiosis Society of Law College, Pune. She has worked in aProCh for over eight years.
Meet Eduhero Dhruv. Dhruv is very patient with kids and deals with utmost care. He is a health freak and therefore has been admired for his fitness. He is a very good dancer, too. He has been a part of cricket and table tennis teams in his school days. Dhruv has served the Riverside Team as a Sports Coach since June of 2004. He has diploma in Yoga.
Sunil Yadav has been associated with Riverside – way before the School was founded. He started off as a Gardner and care-taker at the Sethi Residence, and today, he is the foundation of Riverside!!! His knowledge about plants, trees and insects, enables him to teach both students and teachers. He is Omni-present on campus; always ready to help wherever he is needed. Sunil loves being photographed and trying out different cuisines.
Meet Eduhero Ruchi Agarwal, also known as Ms Reliable. Ruchi has a passion for Hindi , which she teaches to her students through different languages of learning with lots of fun. She adds value to her students learning by enhancing their language competency so that her children can express their feelings in a better way. She aims to equip children with a good sense of language, vocabulary, and a bank of strategies by reading with them, playing word games, and creating and enacting different stories and poems. Ruchi works with students, parents and other teachers alike and is open to feedback. She is always ready to learn new things and apply them in her practice. When we met her students, this is what they had to say about her: “We enjoyed sessions, learnt a lot of new vocabulary and got to know how we can speak, read and write Hindi in a better manner.” Ruchi has a M.Phil in Political Science from Rajasthan University, Jaipur, along with Master’s degrees in Hindi and Political Science. She also has a B.Ed in Hindi and Social Study from IGNOU. She has been an educator for six years in Surat.
Ritu is a B.Sc. Graduate and she also holds a Masters Degree in Dietetics & Food Services Management. She worked with Riverside for 5 years from 2003 to 2008 as a Pre-K Teacher and also handled admin work for the academic year 2007-2008. During her tenure at the School, she took in-house training in “Teaching for Understanding”, “Making Learning Visible”, “Multiple Intelligences”, “Differentiated Instructions”, etc. Then, for one year, she joined Apollo Hospital as a Dietician in 2008. However, her love for children and more importantly her “soul-connect” with Riverside, has brought her back to the School as an Administrator from this academic year.
Meet Eduhero Rutu Anjaria, also known as Innovactive. Rutu likes to do innovate with the readily available resources and make something useful out of tgen. Her active moves adds an energetic spark to her surroundings. Rutu’s inputs make the class enriched with learning materials. When we spoke to one of our team co-ordinator, she shared, “It’s a delight to observe her class interaction! Her class is always ready with appropriate learning materials.” Rutu studied Human Development and Family Studies at M.S. University, Baroda. Additionally, she has a Postgraduate Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education. Rutu has been working with children for six years.
Meet Eduhero Deepa Avashia, also known as the Questologist. Deepa spends much of her time working to help students to become reflective, respectful, and accountable citizen leaders. “[Deepa ma’am] is a person I can approach,” said one student, “one who encourages you to push your limits, someone you can have fun with. [She is] maternal and approachable, holds moral authority, [and is] not swayed by popularity.” Working with students in congloms, classes, and one-on-one, she challenges them to be reflective about their own actions and to constantly work toward personal and communal growth. Understanding that the relevance of these discussions must be shown again and again, she works with students throughout their years in Key Stage 3, and makes sure to be a role model in her daily life. Parents appreciate that Deepa is both supportive and firm. Deepa has developed excellent management skills from her time working as a manager in the travel industry. She is also a teacher trainer who specializes in the modules of “Thinking Skills,” “Multiple Intelligence,” “Teaching for Understanding,” and “School Leadership.”
Meet Eduhero Jyoti Bagai, also known as Ms Presilient. Jyoti’s goal is to make logical math and scientific thinking more interesting and easy to understand for all students. Jyoti enjoys finding more and more ways of making learning hands-on and rigorous, while also balancing experiential learning with writing practice. Apart from taking logical math in two classes and scientific thinking in Grade 6, Miss Presilient is concerned about needs of students and her teammates. And most importantly, she feels proud of being at Riverside and loves doing big and small things quietly. When we meet her students in Grade 4, they said she's most funny and makes math easy for them. Jyoti has a B.Ed. from JG College of Education and has studied Stata and Mathematics at St. Xavier’s College. She worked at six schools prior to joining Riverside.
Reshma ben is in charge of store and Helping in Grade-K-1. She has been at Riverside for six years and enjoys Learning English and reading.
Meet Eduhero Sreeja Basu, also known as Agony Aunt. Sreeja is passionate about solving problems and finding creative and effective ways to do so. They are often initiated by her own life experiences, like the absence of sexuality education in her schooling, which led to her interest in this field. She likes to think in and explore a range of mediums while approaching any project and then select the most appropriate one. Illustration is where her expertise and comfort lies. Sreeja is extremely interested in food and takes every opportunity to try new food preparations. She had also started an illegal food business from her PG while in college with a few friends, which did take off, but had to be shut down. (Sometimes obsessively) striving for perfection, she is “Driven, and always driving,” as Reetika Kalita, a fellow coworker and friend at the fellowship described. “Sreeja doesn't only do, but also makes happen. Without a moment of disinterest, it is her conviction to goals that sets teams off!” Sreeja studied Art and Design at Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, specializing in Communication Design. She then pursued a Postgraduate Diploma in Liberal Studies at Ashoka University through the Young India Fellowship. Most of her work has been related to education (and more specifically sexuality and life skills education) and creating material for students and teachers.
Harisingh Mohanji Bhati (who we don’t know by any other name except Bhikhabhai), has worked with Riverside since August, 2002. Having joined as a Conductor, in 2006 he switched roles to be a Driver, and today, he heads the Transport Team and leads by example. An ever willing worker, you can consider any job done, when it is entrusted to Bhikhabhai. He enjoys playing Cricket and follows the Indian Team with passion. His favourite pass-time is to listen to new Hindi Movie songs.
Meet Eduhero Reem Bisnagri, also known as Punc’ticular. Reem is always ready to take up any task. She helps her students learn about topics that relate to real life and always makes sure to get feedback by her mentors. Reem is diligent to hone her practice and do what is right by the child. Reem’s students say that she does not get hassled easily in any situation and is always ready to listen. Her colleagues vouch for the support she gives to her students in the class, her ability to adapt, and her willingness to tackle her responsibilities! Reem has Bachelor’s degrees in Commerce from Gujarat University and Education from J.G. College of Education. She has four years of teaching experience, during which she taught at the Army Public School in Ahmedabad.
Rasik Dharmaji Bochiya has been working as a Conductor since June, 2007. A self-confessed Foodie, he enjoys trying different cuisines, and has a special soft corner for most Rice dishes!! Quiet by nature, he is a dedicated Team player and works diligently on whatever task that is assigned to him.
Meet Eduhero Itchha, also known as Possibilator. Itchha values the ideas of rigor and grit, and believes that each individual can change for better if one puts in both persistently. She inspires her students to be proactive and grow each day by choosing the right way and not the easy way. Her ability to design new ways for learning logical thinking helps children to seek relevance of what they are learning and apply it in real life scenarios. She shares her practice and pedagogy by conducting workshops, having conversations with her colleagues on a regular basis, and sending them research papers to read so that every child is benefited the most. When we met her co-teacher, Muzammil, he said, “Itchha ma’am is my mentor in a true sense, I have learnt a lot from her. There is no word like excuse in her dictionary. She takes on every challenge as an opportunity and commits her 100% to overcome that challenge.” Itchha has a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Education, along with a Diploma in Fashion Designing. She has taught at Riverside for five years.
Meet Eduhero Bhavika Chandnani, also known as Optilute. Bhavika’s mission is to nurture curiosity and build confidence in all the students and colleagues around her. She has the spirit and personality to build good relationships with others and help them feel, “I can”! One of Bhavika’s students, who once faced difficulty in building relationships with his peers, said, “Bhavika ma’am helped me to understand myself and others’ feelings.” Additionally, a parent described Bhavika as being “patient, encouraging, loving and caring for the entire academic year.” Bhavika has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, in addition to a Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education and training from Harvard University.
Paramjitsingh Chas has been a Conductor since January, 2015. He enjoys a good game of cricket, and is absolutely a people’s person who loves to interact with people from all walks of life. To this end, he is learning English, so that he can interact with lots more people. His favourite pass-time includes, listening to Movie songs, riding Motorbikes and watching the latest Bollywood Movies. He is good at different Sports and like his peers, is very fond of new age Mobile Phones.
Meet Eduhero Amar. He loves to make people aware about the necessity of staying physically fit and remaining health conscious. Dance, music, driving, and watching informational videos are his hobbies, but his passion is to impart Sports training to children, and making a difference in their lives. Amar also enjoys athletic games, yoga, pranayam, and chess. Amar joined Riverside as a sports teacher in June of 2015. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from Gujarat Vidyapith, Sadra.
Meet Eduhero Pallavi Chawla, also known as Pearl Pal. Pallavi’s goal is to have her students add value to their own lives by learning about their unique strengths and say, “Yes, I can learn,” and to bridge the gap between teacher and student. She has out-of-the-box ideas that enable a student to connect with their class in a harmonious way. As a part of the implementation program – after careful observation of students’ in different settings and systematic assessment – Pearl Pal is seen doing sessions with students and their teachers’ aid that are specially designed with scientific-based approaches. This procedure ensures development in a student's’ learning graph. When we met her students with their parents this is what they had shared about her: “Thank you Ma’am! Because of you, I can read!” Pallavi is a certified student counsellor, holding a Certificate in Student Counselling from Banjara Academy, Bangalore, a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education with specialization in Learning Disability from SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai, and a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Gujarat University. She has ten years of experience as a special educator.
Meet Eduhero Vibha Chabbra, also known as ‘The Anchor.’ Vibha feels deeply passionate about igniting the minds and hearts of children and adults such that they evolve to be fearless in the discovery and pursuit of their true calling! She dedicates herself as a Research and Documentation partner for the creation and prototyping of content on ‘Best Practices in Pedagogy and School Culture’ for the ‘I CAN SCHOOL’ platform. Her parallel work with less privileged children gives her perspective and fuels her work at Riverside. By sharing and inviting insights on education and life, Vibha likes to stay in a dual state of learning and teaching. When we spoke to Jhanvi Mehta, educator and Key Stage 2 Leader at Riverside, she said, “Vibha is one of the most committed and diligent person I have come across and her sense of ethics towards her profession is commendable. Very meticulous and articulate, she brings a sense of purpose to the space. Love you always J!” Additionally, Priyana Prasad, aProCh Coordinator, shared that Vibha is “very meticulous and dependable.” Vibha holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health Management from the Indian Institute of Public Health, Delhi, and a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy from M.S University, Vadodara Gujarat. She has spent 13 years of her working life doing Research and Documentation as a Project Leader/Mentor in Public Health, the Pharmaceutical Industry and Education in Gujarat, Delhi and Gurgaon.
Meet Eduhero Fozia Contractor, also known as The Synthesizer. Fozia has a passion for reading, logical thinking and accounting, which she teaches to her students through different languages of learning. She adds value to her students’ learning by enhancing their awareness of current affairs by helping to build their perspective and asking the right questions. She also builds on their logical and mathematical competency and being empathetic, as she wants her children to be responsible global citizens. She aims to equip her students with good conceptual understanding and a bank of strategies by giving metaphors, hands on real life experiences, playing games, using manipulatives and doing problem-solving scenarios. Fozia also helps her colleagues better their practice by training, doing observations and giving constructive feedback. This helps educators share and elevate their practice for teaching the relevance of learning to their young learners. When we met one of Fozia’s students, she said, "In her presence , we feel a sense of responsibility as a global citizen. She has a great sense of humor and holds us accountable." A parent said, "She is a friend and an inspiring teacher for my young daughter." Additionally, a colleague added that "Fozia's laughter echoes through the room and her mindfulness about various tasks and people ensures its completion to the T." Fozia is a B.Ed graduate from IGNOU, a B.Com graduate from Mumbai University and an ICWA graduate. She has also worked as a Management Auditor for 3 years for a multinational company.
Meet Eduhero Deepa Dattani, also known as Lady Comforter. Deepa has a passion for yoga, which she feels is essential for a healthy mind and body. She adds value to her students’ learning by teaching them simple yoga techniques to enhance their ability to concentrate and learn. Her continuous research on new teaching techniques and implementing the same in her class has helped her students gain confidence and showcase their utmost ability. When we met a parent of one of Deepa’s students, she shared, “Yash was a very introverted child and would never share his toys with anyone. He was quite aggressive, too, but the way you handled him is worth a standing ovation from my family. You became a second mother for him and the school an extended home. The way you moulded him into a boy who would listen to all of my instructions at the drop of a hat by merely saying “Deepa ma’am had asked you to do it, Yash” is just like a miracle. Deepa has a Bachelor’s of Science (Home) from M.S. University, Vadodara. She has been an educator at Riverside for the last seven years.
Meet Eduhero Phoram Desai, also known as The Architect. Phoram gives her best to uphold the Riverside culture, imagining how her work will add value to both parents and students, doing what is right by the child and sharing to expand her circle of influence. When we asked one of our team members about Phoram’s role as a Key Stage 1 Leader with Archana Todi, she said, “Phoram ma’am is always open to help. She uses her strength to enhance our learning experience. She inspires the team to stretch and not stress.” One of our Grade 2 students last year said, “I will always remember her hugs and how they made me feel when I was upset. I will come to her for hugs even when I go to Key Stage 2!” Phoram is an Arts graduate from Mithibai College, has a Bachelor’s degree in Education from IGNOU, and has Postgraduate Diplomas in Early Childhood Education and Hotel and Hospitality Administration from SNDT University, Mumbai.
Pranay Desai has 11 years of design practice behind him. He graduated from the prestigious MS University of Baroda and specializes in Visual Communication. His core competency is in the area of Graphic Design. Pranay has been a visiting faculty for Art and Design at Riverside for the students of Keystage 3. He has been responsible for the design backend and support for Design for Change since its inception in 2009.
Meet Eduhero Hiral Dholakia, also known as Smilangelica. Hiral spends her time learning about the nuances in various practices at Riverside, planning schedules for workshops, sharing the achievements of students and guiding guests through the Riverside journey. Additionally, Hiral works to create innovative strategies for reaching out to the public, improving on existing models, and planning remedial programs for SEN. Hiral’s colleagues have conveyed that she is extremely passionate about her work, and it is evident in her compassionate and patient handling of students and visitors. The Director of Riverside, Kiran Sethi, said, “Her ability to adapt to situations and be immersed in new situations is visible.” Hiral has a Master’s degree in Special Education with a specialization in Learning Disability from SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai. After five years of experience in the field of assessment and remedial work, she went on to co-found the REACH School in Mumbai for children with learning disabilities prior to joining Riverside.
Meet Eduhero Amit Dixit, also known as Equalizer. Amit is passionate about reasoning and interpretation and his strategies add value to anyone and everyone around him while noticing, questioning and listening with utmost care. When we met his students, this is what they had to say: "He keeps us engaged and the class is not to be taken lightly. His examples allow us to think more about the topic and diagrams allows us to make connections in various situations.” Additionally, one parent said, “His ability to pick up on their patterns and work on them is simply unmatched, and the care he takes of them is unending. We are at peace when kids are with him.” Amit has a B.Sc. from Sir P. P. Institute of Science and a B.Ed. from Bhavnagar University. He has been teaching mathematics for eight years and worked as a script-writer for animated movies about mathematics for two years.
Meet Eduhero Joshua Ferro, also known as JoJoPUNdit. Joshua enjoys looking at the world through the lens of logical analysis while cracking jokes and sharing laughs with gyan. When we met his students, this is what most of them had to say: "JJ keeps us engaged. His puns allow us to think more about the topic and make connections. We get to think and ask why to everything.” Another student shared, "Arre siiirrr! Yeh toh bahot hi ganda joke tha, thoda to standard badha do." Additionally, when we spoke to a parent of one of Joshua’s students, he shared, “He knows how to make my kid feel comfortable and identify something new in them." Joshua has a Master’s degree in Organic Chemistry and a B.Ed, both from Gujarat University. In addition to his practice in chemistry and education, Joshua enjoys playing guitar, saxophone, and drums.
Meet Eduhero Ankita Gadhvi, also known as Miss Responder. Ankita is passionate about turning her students’ passion into profession. You will find her providing children with the best exposure to align their aptitude towards their career. She has been handling multiple tasks, making sure that the quality of her service is excellent with each step. This comes very naturally to her as she is very hardworking and dedicated. Ankita is very open to feedback, which has helped her polish her practice with time. When we met her students, this is what they had to say: “Ankita Ma’am has been a person who has excited us to have passion and work towards achieving it.” Additionally, a parent said, “I think she has been doing a fantastic job of increasing Riverside’s presence across the globe as well as helping students identify their true potential and follow their dreams.” Ankita has a Master’s degree in Business Management with a specialization in Finance from Gujarat Technology University. She teaches Economics and Accounts in Grades 11 and 12.
Amrita has a B.S. in Biotechnology and Sociology, from the North Dakota State University in North Dakota, US. Currently, she is pursuing to graduate in May 2017 with a M.Ed. in Teaching Education – Biological Sciences, from the same alma mater. Additionally, she is a 2016 Teach for India alumnus who taught a total of 112 students of grade 3 and grade 4 in Mumbai and Hyderabad over a period of two years. Amrita has a passion for traveling, meeting new people, and experiencing new cultures. She also loves teaching and hopes to be an advocate for educational equity.
Mehtab Gavli has been with us since June, 2006. She loves reading and you will see her with a book whenever she has even a little free time. She has a very caring nature and enjoys being with young children. She has recently learned the art of stitching and is now imparting her learning to her peers. Her dream holiday is to stay on a Beach – anywhere in the country!!!
Zaheeda Gavli has been with us since June, 2009. She loves to dress up immaculately every single day and an integral part of her dressing, is the use of Kajal in her eyes!! She loves cooking and travelling as also watching movies and listening to Hindi songs. A conscientious worker – who sticks to her routine, she has recently been assigned to the Art Room, and she handles the set-up as well cleaning of the space just as immaculately as she dresses!!!
Sandeep Singh Avtar Singh Gill (known to all of us as Sonubhai) has been a Driver at Riverside since August, 2006. However, he started off as a Conductor and then trained to become a Driver. He is an avid Sportsman and enjoys playing varied Sports. He also likes to watch Bollywood Movies and the Kapil Sharma Comedy Show on Television is his all-time favourite.
Rajvinder Singh Gurdeep Singh Gill has been a Conductor since November, 2007. He enjoys dancing, playing cricket and watching old Movies. He has tremendous knowledge about Hindi Movie Actors of yesteryears, and what he does not know about them, he’ll research and fine out!!! Basically a shy person, it takes him a while to interact with and speak to new people.
Meet Eduhero Asma. Asma's passion lies in her deep interest on how do children learn best. She has been in the field of education from a very young age. Asma has taught children from a diverse age group, teaching science and math to young second graders to teaching economics to high school students. She directs her pedagogy practice in enabling children to be independent thinkers. She has been a school educator for five years and her voluntary teaching goes back to more than seven years. At Riverside, she works with the DFC team, with whom she works toward the implementation of the Design Thinking Curriculum across the country. This gives her an opportunity to interact with different stakeholders and disseminate her leanings in building a strong network of educators who work on building the “I Can” mindset. She also works as a resource person and is currently working on different resources which focus on 21st century skills. Asma is friendly and very approachable, and she operates with a solution-oriented approach. Asma has volunteered with the British Information Center, Guwahati in various capacities. She is a certified GLOBE teacher. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Education from Gauhati University. She was a 2013 fellow at Teach for India. Asma enjoys working with technology. She's an avid reader and huge movie buff.
Meet Eduhero Ranjhani Iyer, also known as Ms. Terracotta due to her qualities of adaptability and grittiness. Ranjhani strives to have each of her students hold an opinion of their own and not go with the general flow. Understanding, taking a stand and expressing one’s views is what she strives for in every student. Sharing about her work with her friends becomes a very dear moment for her and she does it with zeal. When we met Ranjhani’s colleagues, they spoke very well of her. Sulekha ma’am said, “Ranjhani is an enthusiastic learner, a helping hand and has a cheerful attitude.” Itchha ma’am said, “She is like a sponge and has quickly adopted and adapted to Riverside practices.” Ranjhani has a Master’s degree in English and Communication Studies from Christ University, Bengalaru. You will always find her with a book or listening to music.
Meet Eduhero Namrata Jajoo, also known as an (H)OLA! (Observer-Learner–Arranger). Namrata is passionate about the well-being and development of educators, students, and self. She spends her time conducting observations, researching, mapping, making connections and re-imagining processes, as well as sharing relevant ideas and possibilities with learners around her. When we spoke to the RLC team, they said that they “love [her] observation and mapping skills.” Namrata has fifteen years of working experience in the fields of corporate communications, marketing, and education. She is a postgraduate in Public Administration, is completing her Ph.D. thesis on “Quality Circles,” and has received training from Harvard Business School.
Meet Eduhero Hetal Jariwala, also known as Mama Gensitive. Hetal always seeks to improve the well-being of her students and teachers. She comforts them by listening to them with a lot of patience. She also allows for a lot of voice and choice in her daily practice by showing the relevance of everything. You will see her stretching herself to improve on her practice and doing so regularly. When we met Prachi, a student of her class, she shared, “We can go to Hetal ma’am whenever we are feeling low. She makes all the sessions quite interesting, but especially when it comes to hands-on learning.” Hetal studied Commerce at Gujarat University and has a B.Ed. She has taken courses in “Training in Multiple Intelligences,” Teaching for Understanding,” and “Making Learning Visible” as well.
Meet Eduhero Muzammil Mohammed, also known as Mr. Reason's. Muzammil is great with listening to students and their concerns, helping them to come out of their confusion, and sharing the best solution in the best possible manner. Itchha, Muzammil’s co-teacher, shared: "Muzammil, you're a very hard working and positive person. You take critical feedback in a positive manner and work on it effectively. Thanks for being with me this year!" Additionally, a Grade 7 student said, "We have always waited for your sessions and I will never forget the way you taught us through experiments." Muzammil is a graduate from MG Science Institute and holds a B.Ed. from JG College of Education.
Meet Eduhero Nilesh Khare, also known as TechMan. Nilesh believes that technology is a way of life. His work adds value to Riverside by integrating technology into real life in a way that makes it accessible. He spends his time with children on how to work with different tools to make life simple. The children are well versed with the tools they know and can apply them where and when needed. When we met his students, this is what they most had to say about him: “We always enjoy and learn new skills in his IT sessions. He is patient and takes time with everyone till they understand. He always shows different examples and tutorials in his sessions for which he does a lot of research. In all his sessions we find that his interest and focus is exceptional. He always helps us to understand different skills and is also very polite. We always wait and are excited for his sessions. We are looking forward for next year IT sessions.” Nilesh has a degree in Multimedia and Animation. He taught at Aptech for two and a half years.
Meet Eduhero Rashida Makati, also known as Ms. CreActive. Rashida feels strongly about the wellbeing of her students and uses her creativity and brisk attitude to make her students proactive and energetic like her. She is keen to create a space that provides a variety of experiences that enhances her students’ learning and promotes well-rounded development. At the end of the last school year, Rashida’s students weren’t ready to leave her classroom. As some of her students exclaimed: “I love you,” “I want Rashida mamma,” and “I will miss you.” Rashida has Bachelor’s degrees in English and Education from Institute of Language Teaching. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in English.
Kalpana Makwana is a born fighter, who has overcome testing times in her personal life and come out a winner. She has been associated with Riverside July, 2009. She is known for her good cooking and is an avid shopper. She has learned how to stitch, and is an able support during our Artist in Residence programmes at school when she churns out costumes, props and accessories on demand!!!
Meet Eduhero Gitika Mandekar. Gitika is passionate about human behavior and education. She teaches English and Psychology to her students. As an educator at Riverside she incorporates everyday experiences in understanding oneself and others. She believes education is an indispensable human right and aims to equip her students with a love for learning. One of Gitika’s students shared, “I find you really bubbly and chirpy, which I love because whenever I see you -- even if I am not in a mood -- I will say ‘Hi.’ And I love it that whenever you see me, you say 'Hi Darling' or 'Bye Darling'. Also, I enjoy your classes because they all have a balance of fun and studying.” Additionally, one of Gitika’s teammates at Riverside shared, “Gitika is a warm and loving colleague and friend who always makes people feel special by the sweet way she addresses them. She is a strong, independent individual who faces challenges head-on and always has time for those who need her. Her passion for Psychology has made her a hit in the senior grades, and the students love discussing the subject with her.” Gitika completed her Postgraduate in Managerial Psychology from Manchester and Bachelor’s degree at Christ University India. She has worked with different organizations, has taught Psychology and has worked on one-on-one remediation with children with difficulty. She is a supporter of alternate therapies in well-being and has completed workshops in TA101 and energy healing.
Meet Eduhero Jahnavi Mehta, also known as The Humanist. Jahnavi’s goal is to infect as many children as she can with the ‘I CAN’ bug. By adding value to Riverside – and through Riverside, the world – she makes a difference daily. Jahnavi conducts school visits, audits, and teacher trainings for a range of schools within and beyond India, and she regularly shares the best practices of Riverside with everyone. When we asked one of Jahnavi’s colleagues about her role at Riverside, he said, “Jahnvi is a friend, mentor and guide to me. Her presence has the ability to raise the energy in any space. Her tireless dedication towards Riverside, her exemplary stamina, makes her an ideal leader… keeping faith in and for Riverside and its people!” Jahnavi has been at Riverside since its inception for fifteen years. Additionally, she is a graduate in Commerce and has a Bachelor’s degree in Education from IGNOU.
Meet Eduhero Neena Mehta, also known as The Reed. Neena strives to bring out quality output by using her language skills and articulation in writing to help her fellow educators. Neena’s ability to build professional and personal relationships has been an asset to Riverside. She values the school’s purpose and has a passionate way of promoting its cause, which she demonstrates while managing the aProCh initiative and working with Mizan Leaders and trainees. What we consistently hear from Neena’s colleagues is that she has a calm persona and the magnitude of her work does not phase her; this in turn spreads the same equanimity to others around her. Neena has Bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration from Sydenham College and Computer Technology from Purdue University, in addition to a Postgraduate Diploma in Systems Management from NIIT.
Meet Eduhero Vinita, also known as Flogent. Through art, Vinita creates a space where her children get to know themselves, others and the world better, allowing for the enrichment of their sense of empathy. Her intervention gives them a pause, gets them to go closer to things; to find the extraordinary in the ordinary; to discover patterns both physical and psychological, as a fall out of the gap that is likely to be bridged between individuals. An intervention in weaving with Grade 6 made some of them say, “We got to know skills and attitudes as we always focus on content and character – it was a balance of that,” ”Weaving was similar to Zen Mode because in weaving we also get time to be calm and patient and it was like a reflecting time for me,” and “Weaving slowed me down. If I had a bad day I would cool down when weaving.” Vinita has a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Art. She has taught at Riverside for eight years.
Meet Eduhero Suja Nair, also known as Intentionalist. She cares deeply about all her students and always tries to form personal connections with them. She is a lifelong learner whose imaginative and creative blend helps her to make learning meaningful and interesting for her students. When we met one her students, this is what she had to say about her: “Suja ma'am is one of the most energetic and fun-loving people who strives to make her sessions interactive and engaging. Apart from being extremely patient with the kids, she is always found taking feedback from different people to become a better version of herself everyday. She is honest in her opinions without ever hurting people.” Suja has a Master’s degree in Physics and a Bachelor’s degree in Education, both from Gujarat University. Along with her studies she has also earned a diploma in Software Programming. Her love for stage and performing arts has ensured that she continues to learn the dance form of Kuchupuddi even today. She has been teaching Physics in Key Stage 3 for the past seven years and has a total of ten years of teaching experience.
Meet Eduhero Pooja Nair, also known as Awarener. Pooja makes learning meaningful for her students by showing them the relevance what they learn, and she makes sure that each learner gets the opportunity to grow in all areas. Pooja adds value to the students and team with her support, be it through one-on-one time to understand something or vigilantly recording anecdotal moments of the kids. Her biggest strength is that she works from her heart and creates a sense of well-being that enables every child to have a voice to express their thoughts, feelings and opinions. One of our Riverside Parents described Pooja as “a calm person who makes my child comfortable.” Additionally, a Key Stage 1 Leader said that “As a team member she is dependable, curious and eager to learn. A delight to have with her child-like exuberance.” Pooja is a graduate in Commerce and has a Diploma in Business Management with E-Commerce. She enjoys travelling, cooking, and listening to music.
Meet Eduhero Sulekha Nair, also known as Ms. Kind. Sulekha believes in balancing character with content and enjoys sharing anecdotal moments of her grade. One of Sulekha’s students shared, “Dear Sulekha ma’am, you are an incredibly great educator, lovely ideator, and most of all, a kind soul. I love the energy that you always you bring in. Thank you for being there for guiding, helping and supporting us always.” Ranjhani, one of Sulekha’s co-teachers, shared, “You are a great mentor who gives room for mentees explorations, expert at classroom management, quick at sharing ideas, problem solver and a person who never gives up.” Sulekha has studied Economics and History. She has been a teacher in Ahmedabad for twenty-five years.
Balvinder Singh Sukhbir Singh Nanda (known to the Riverside family as Billubhai) joined Riverside as a Conductor in March, 2009. He is very popular with the students, since he is very patient with them. He enjoys the game of cricket – not only to watch it on Television, but also play the game whenever an opportunity arises.
Himendra Singh Negi who is from Dehradun, has joined us as Riverside's in-house Film-maker!! He is a graduate from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. He has been sketching since as long as he can remember. He has worked as a cartoonist in 'Divya Himachal' - a newspaper in Himachal Pradesh. He enjoys teaching and was a lecturer in 'film language' in ICAT Hyderabad.
Meet Eduhero Prasmi P.R., also known as the "Lover of Nature." She finds beauty in every specimen of the natural world and holds herself responsible to take care of the same. She hopes to pass on the baton of protecting the environment to the students at Riverside. She believes that awareness and scientific thinking will empower the students to fulfil this responsibility. The study of science reflects not only the human understanding of the world around them, but also brings them closer to other living things with whom they share this beautiful planet. Prasmi has completed her B.Sc. and B.Ed. from Delhi University, along with a Diploma in Environmental Law from WWF (India). She has worked with an environmental NGO before joining the field of education in the 2010. Her prior work experience includes over six years in the primary years as an homeroom teacher and grade coordinator, in addition to training and handholding new teachers for the IB Primary Years Program.
Meet Eduhero Nandini Parekh, also known as La Imaginista. Nandini believes that the common sense at Riverside needs to become common practice in education. In order to achieve that goal, Nandini does what she can to ensure that the processes of Riverside are documented and shared with the larger teaching community, starting with the new entrants at Riverside. Itccha Chainani, a Grade 5 teacher, said, “Working with Nandini in the class taught me a lot about how to ensure that all the 3 ‘R’s are taken care of. I learnt a lot just by observing her.” Heny Parikh, a Grade 3 teacher, shared, “If I want to understand why we do something at Riverside, my ‘go to’ person is Nandini. She not only explains why we do it, but also gives me strategies of doing it 3 different ways.” Nandini has taught at Riverside since its inception for fifteen years. In addition to her experience as a teacher, Nandini has received training from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Mukeshbhai Parmar has been working as a Driver since February, 2014. He loves playing cricket and listening to Gujarati songs in his free time. He has a good sense of humour and loves to crack jokes. Like most others, he too is fond of travelling – within the city and out of town.
Meet Eduhero Nilesh Patel, also known as Dr. Expericurious. Nilesh enjoys teaching scientific thinking and is always asking questions, cracking jokes and designing experiments. When we met his students, this is what most of them had to say: “He keeps our curiosity alive by keeping his curiosity alive by designing experiments. We always have fun with him, and he keeps us engaged in his sessions because he make us observe different phenomena that make us think. His Friday challenges are really fun as well. He is very passionate for his subject because he shows the relevance for each topic and crack jokes in physics language. He is a person who doesn’t just speak but proves phenomena and shows it. We have learned from him that if you trust your theory than you trust your practice.” Nilesh has a Master’s degree in Physics with a specialization in Spectroscopy from The Maharaja SayjiRao University of Baroda. He has studied the relationship between photospheric magnetic flux and coronal X-ray emission of the sun as research scholar at the Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad.
Meet Eduhero Priti Patel, also known as Dr. Emwise. On a typical day, you will find Priti welcoming everybody with a warm smile and a comforting hug. Priti adds immense value the Riverside community by putting immense energy into her relationships with everyone at Riverside. She is loving and trustworthy, and you can rely on for any kind of help. “When Priti ma’am is there, nothing to worry,” one parent said assuredly, “she knows our children so well, the times when they are low or need any kind of help we trust she is there for them.” Prat cares deeply for each of her students, and constantly goes out of her way to make sure their wellbeing is her first priority. This effort is not lost on the students. “Ma’am comes with a positive energy,” said one of her eighth grade students, “she lightens up the place with love and humor.”
Meghna Patel is a part of the Riverside Learning Center, which conducts for the professional development of educators, both in and out of Riverside. This includes training programs, workshops, and conferences. She is specifically focused on the documentation of the processes and practices. Meghna believes in sharing best practices to improve the education system and make learning more meaningful for each student. Meghna is known in Riverside as the “Dabba Queen,” as she takes out a different food container hourly. Meghna has a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Occupational Therapy from Boston University (U.S.A.) and has worked with children with special needs in the US.
Parul Patel is associated with The Riverside School since its inception in 2001. A B.Com Graduate, she started her career as a Junior K.G. Teacher in 1990. Currently working as an Administrator, Parul was actively involved with the Design for Giving School Contest in 2009, and is an integral part of the Design for Change Global Contest since 2010. She enjoys reading and watching movies, and is an out-and-out people's person. Her administrative skills are impeccable and she puts her heart and soul into everything that she does.
Mahendra Patel has been working at Riverside since November, 2015. He is very quiet in nature and goes about his work with full dedication. He lends a helping hand in keeping the campus clean at all times and diligently takes care of all the plants and greenery around. He is a willing worker and takes on any responsibility entrusted to him.
Meet Eduhero Kavita. She is a graduate in Commerce and a passionate dancer. She left her corporate job to become a professional dancer, choreographer and teacher and focuses on getting her children better at dance. She is a good sounding board and listens to her students with a lot of patience. Kavita believes that every child can be dancer and has been following her passion for the past fifteen years. Besides dancing, she also enjoys singing and mimicry.
Meet Eduhero Sagar Patel, also known as Pied Piper. Sagar is interested in physical fitness and conducts sports sessions for students. When we met one of his Grade 8 students, this is what he had to say about him: “He is always fair in his decision and loves to play with the students. He always guides the students to plan a better coaching session by pushing them further. You will always see him surrounded by KS1 kids at the end of the day waiting for his cheerful goodbye.” Sagar has played hockey at the national level for five years and uses his passion for the sport to teach his students to enjoy playing sports as well.
Meet Eduhero Khushboo Patel, also known as Ms. Enthuscipant. Khushboo enthusiastically participates in different activities and makes her children keen to learn new things. Additionally, she encourages them to share about what they have learned and how they have learned. When we met the parents of Khushboo’s Grade, one of them noted, “When my child joined this school, she was very shy in coming forward to share something but after a few months, we as parents are very happy to see her confidently perform and narrate a story in front of everyone.” Khushboo has a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from M.S. University, Baroda, in addition to a Postgraduate Diploma in Guidance and Counseling.
Meet Eduhero Priyamvada, also known as Pulsator. Priyamvada makes a dedicated effort to establish and co-create processes, relevance and protocols with her students. In the classroom, she enriches student’s language competencies, patiently listens to and guides adolescents, and shares life experiences to help build their positivity towards life. When we meet one of Priyamvada’s students, he shared, “Priyamvada ma’am is energetic and passionate about teaching Hindi and making learning interesting. She takes us seriously and listens to our concerns, and we know that she is guiding us well.” Priyamvada holds Honors and a Master’s degree in Hindi and a B.Ed. from Kolkata University. She also has a Diploma in the official Hindi-English translation course from Rabindra Bharati University. She has worked as a professor in Girls College for two years and in DPS Gandhinagar for one year. She also worked as RJ for FM channel in AIR, Kolkata and Ahmedabad. Priyamvada has been teaching at Riverside for 7 years.
Meet Eduhero Monisha Purohit, also known as Actitudent. Monisha stays true to the values she believes in and her strength lies in the fact that she never gives up. She believes in teaching and reaching students by focusing on the 3 R’s of Riverside: relevance, relationships and rigor. By bringing opportunities such as business challenges and expert interventions, she connects classroom teaching to the real world, which leads to enduring understanding. and tries to build a strong bond with her students. Moreover, she adds value to the Riverside team by mentoring other teachers to focus on quality learning. Monisha has been working at Riverside for the past eight years. She has a Master’s degree in Commerce, a B.Ed, and has received her Cambridge International Diploma for Teachers and Trainers.
Meet Eduhero Vidhi Rajdev, also known as Flash Girl. Vidhi believes that “one size does not fit all” in the classroom and works to teach and reach each child in her class. She adds value with her calm nature and patient approach along with her constant effort to hone her practice by design and not by chance. Vidhi’s performance in the classroom hasn’t gone unnoticed. As one TeacherEd member remarked, “The way [Vidhi] addresses the needs of children with special needs is commendable and shows her ability to reach out to all in her class.” A parent of one of Vidhi’s students said, “Whatever roots you are developing in my child -- it’s simply amazing.” Vidhi has a Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education, in addition to a Master’s degree in Finance. Vidhi has three years of working experience in education.
Peena Rathod has been working with Riverside since July, 2012. She has an extremely friendly nature and you will always see a smile on her face. Living in a joint family has taught her the art of working very amicably with her peers. A willing worker, she will readily step in wherever she is asked to, and diligently complete any task assigned to her.
Kailash ben has been with Riverside since June, 2009. She is literally a one man army and you can see her around the whole school. Petite though she is, do not be fooled by her size – she can do any task assigned to her – at any time!!! Although she is a Foodie, who loves to try out new cuisines, she confesses that she does not like to cook at all!!!!!!
Meet Eduhero Sarrah Saasa, also known as Compatient. Sarrah has a passion for teaching, and she does that the best she can by getting to know her students and how they will learn best. She aims to bring across Economics as an interesting and fun, rather than a complex subject, so that students enjoy learning it and excel at it, and are better equipped and aware of the world they live in. One of Sarrah’s students said, “It has only been a month since she has started teaching us, but it seems like we’ve known her a really long time, and this is all because she has interacted with us more than just inside the class. She is more than a teacher -- she is a friend." Additionally, one of Sarrah’s co-teachers shared, “Sarrah is extremely passionate about economics and looks forward to spending time with her kids. She is a great person to go to for hugs and a great person to be around.” Sarrah has a Diploma in Economics from London School of Economics, and has completed her B.Sc. in Business and Management from the same. She aims to continue her learning journey and complete her B.Ed. and Master’s degree in Business, to enhance her capabilities as an educator and a citizen leader.
Meet Eduhero Jatin, also known as Mr. Emelbond. Jatin likes to have each and every child of the class be involved in his sessions and find happiness through music. He always creates his own songs and sings along with his students. Jatin builds a relationship with every student by being friendly with them. His strong belief that age cannot limit the learning aspect in any field enables him to continue learning and building on his passion for music. When we met the parents of Mr. Emelbond’s students, they appreciated his efforts by saying that “Our children are lucky to have you as a music teacher” during Artist In Residence (AIR) and other events. One of his students also shared, “Music session is one of my favorite sessions. We love you Jatin sir!” Jatin has completed his Master of Arts from H.N.G University. He has been a music teacher for eight years, in addition to being a creative musician, song writer and music composer. He has also performed in the 2014 International Folk Music and Dance Festival held in Europe (Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Austria) and has been honoured for his compositions by the Chief Minister of Gujarat.
Nandita completed her BA (Hons) from Miranda House and Masters in Arts from St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi and further pursued her Bachelors of Education from University of Lucknow, India. She has passionately worked with students of all ages at Vasant Valley School, Delhi and DPS, Bopal, Ahmedabad, holding responsible positions. She will be teaching English to Grade 8 and 9 students at Riverside, and is focused on building global citizens of tomorrow. She believes in making a difference so as to make this world a better place. She firmly believes that every child is gifted and is passionate about bringing out the best in each one of them. Nandita is keenly interested in organizing various events and team building exercises, is also an ardent costume designer and loves experimenting with recipes.
Kiran Bir Sethi is the Founder/Director of The Riverside School in Ahmedabad, India. She is also the founder of ‘aProCh’ - an initiative to make our cities more child friendly, for which she was awarded the Ashoka Fellow in 2008. In 2009, she was presented with the ‘Call to Conscience’ Award by the King Centre at Stanford, for the citizenship/liberation curriculum that The Riverside School implements. In 2009, she founded 'Design for Change' (DFC) - the world’s largest movement of change – of and by children. DFC is in over 30 countries – impacting 25 million children. In September, 2011, she won the prestigious “INDEX – Design to Improve Life Award”. In June, 2012, she was awarded the “Rockefeller Foundation Youth Innovation Award”. In February, 2014, she has been awarded the “Patricia Blunt Koldyke Fellowship 2013”, by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Design for Change has been declared Lego Foundation’s “Reimagine Learning Challenge Champion” in November, 2014. In March, 2015, she was amongst the Top 10 Educators, nominated for the Global Teacher Prize – instituted by the Varkey GEMS Foundation. In June, 2015, Design for Change won the Commonwealth Education Good Practice Award. Kiran has just been declared winner of “Asia’s Game Changer Award – 2015”; the ceremony for which will be held at the U.N. in October, 2015. In September, 2016 Kiran has been appointed as an RSA Fellow by the Royal Society of Arts, U.K.
Meet Eduhero Ms. Archana Sethi, also known as Ms Empathist. Archana does whatever she can to optimize a child’s learning and self-enrichment by helping them to embrace all experiences and opportunities that come their way. When she leads sessions, students often ask “Ma’am, can we have longer sessions, pleeease? We love being with you in the lab.” Speaking about Archana’s classroom, a parent recently said, “Ma’am, there is some magic in the place my child has started learning and sharing.” Archana actively focuses on honing the processes and protocols that can bring out the best in every student. Archana has a Master’s degree in Special Education, and has completed a development therapy course for children with neurological conditions.
Jazz Sethi is a professional choreographer and performer from Ahmedabad. She has performed over 200 professional shows in India and abroad and has completed her training from Broadway Dance Centre New York. Along with dance as her base, she has conducted and attended several theatre programs and incorporates a lot of theatre semiotics in her choreographic pieces. She has 7 years of teaching experience from Spin Academy where she was a senior instructor and choreographer. She has worked with professionals like Tom Alter, Abhishek Saha, Rahul Bose and Abhijat Joshi through her performances. Jazz is a published poet and an avid reader, who loves to travel and listen to music. She is working on introducing Performance Studies into the curriculum at Riverside, and is also heading a Multidisciplinary Studio Arts Division.
Raag Sethi graduated from the Woodstock International School in Missouri in 2009, after which he took a gap year to work for the Design for Change contest which was featured in TED that same year. He completed his undergraduate degree from Chapman University, California in Integrated Educational Studies with an emphasis on schools in the community and music performance in Classical Guitar. Currently he works at The Riverside School, conducting Professional Development courses for teachers regarding Pedagogy and other teaching methods. He teaches Music, Global Perspective and Literature for High School. He also has a Jazz band in Ahmedabad and organizes the Ahmedabad Jazz & Blues festival annually. Raag is currently pursuing his Masters of Science in Psychology in Child and Adolescent Development.
Meet Eduhero Jheel Shah, one of our Grade 1 Eduheroes who’s also known as ConfiLens. Jheel has a strong belief in the Riverside philosophy, and with it, she enables herself to foster the well-being of her students. In her presence you will see kids having fun and building not just content but also character: not just in a session, but at all times. Her enthusiasm is surely contagious! When we met one of the parents of Grade 1, he shared how his child “came home smiling every single day from school...Jheel made them realize how important it is to be a good human being and at the same time, be themselves and have a voice!” Jheel has Bachelor’s degrees in Commerce and Education from Gujarat University. She enjoys reading books and listening to music in her free time.
Hemant Chinubhai Shah joined Riverside as a Driver in March, 2009. Unlike most other members of the Team, Hemantbhai enjoys playing Chess, and is ever ready to play a game of Chess if time permits. He enjoys watching Bollywood movies and listening to old Movie Songs. He is an excellent Mimic and loves to imitate members of the Riverside family.
Rafikunisa Shaikh has been with Riverside since August, 2015. She has been assigned to the Higher Secondary School Building, and as such she has picked up the CIE examination protocol, besides other routine work. She is a good cook and loves to whip up delicacies for her loved ones. She also loves to travel and visit new places.
Rukshana Shaikh has been at Riverside since June, 2009. She is a very caring and emotional person, but shy in nature. Her strong religious beliefs, saw her go for a Haj pilgrimage with her family in 2015, and that has been the highlight of her life till date.
Roshan Shaikh has been at Riverside since December, 2008. Being immaculately dressed at all times is her passion. She is an adapt seamstress and has recently acquired the art of Quilling, which she has put to use by making Tea Lights in her spare time. She is very particular about students not leaving behind their belongings, and you will find her constantly reminding students to take their belongings.
Dilshadbanu Shaikh is the newest member of the Riverside family, who joined us only in September, 2016. She is currently finding her feet around the campus and learning various jobs by working alongside her peers. She is a quick and enthusiastic learner and has fitted into the routine of daily work rather smoothly.
Meet Shabnam Shaikh, one of our K2 Eduheroes who’s known for bringing happiness to the children in her classroom. Her belief that every child learns differently encourages her to incorporate novel ideas and strategies to her practice. As one of her K1 students from last year noted, “Nobody knows how to make me wear my pants but [Shabnam ma’am] did something and my pant got fit for me.” Shabnam is very creative and serves as a great and supportive mentor in her areas of strength, including costume design for the Artist in Residence (AIR) program in all Key Stages and a librarian. One of our Riverside Parents said, “I have always found [Shabnam] very responsive and helpful.” Shabnam is a Commerce graduate and has a Bachelor’s degree in Education from IGNOU. She worked as a librarian at Riverside prior to working as a K2 homeroom teacher. She enjoys exploring arts and crafts through different mediums.
Shaheen Shaikh is another new entrant – having joined Riverside in February, 2016. She is a quick learner and has adapted to the school routine very easily, despite this being the first time she is working in a School. She is very caring by nature, and loves being with young children. Not only does she enjoy cooking, but she also loves to serve others the delicacies that she makes.
Meet Eduhero Jaya Sharma, also known as Mistree. Jaya is passionate about the sustainability of earth and tries to get others to make informed choices considering the highest order for a sustainable biosphere. She reveals the amazing designs of life in all forms and their values, which in turn ignites the sense of respect and care for self and others. She makes the living world appear worth taking care of. This journey includes activities like looking into a body after death and drama, and through that, all the ‘whys’ start to unravel. Sharing happens all the time between her and her students, be it when one is falling ill or falling in love. When we met her students, this is what they most had to say about her: “How excited she is about life is inspiring. We remember having fun dissecting the heart of a buffalo – I haven’t heard happening in any other school! She focuses a lot on ensuring we learn to take care of ourselves.” Jaya holds a Master’s degree in Science with a specialization in Genetics and a B.Ed, both from Kolkata University. She has been teaching for fifteen years.
Meet Eduhero Poonam Sharma, also known as Lady Vayaktakar. Poonam has a passion for Hindi, which she teaches to her students through different languages of learning. She adds value to her students’ learning by enhancing their language competency and being humane, as she wants her children to express their feelings better. She aims to equip children with good vocabulary and a bank of strategies by reading with them, playing word games, and creating and enacting different stories, poems and letters. Poonam works with students, parents and other teachers alike and is open to feedback. When we met her students, this is what they had to say about her: “We enjoyed sessions, learnt a lot of new vocabulary and got to know how we can read Hindi in a better manner.” Poonam has a Ph.D. in Education from Dr. B. R. Ambedkar University in Agra, along with Master’s degrees in Hindi and Economics. Additionally, she has been a lecturer for seven years in a B.Ed. College and is qualified as a Nursery Teacher Trainer.
After working in the corporate sector for over 31 years, Mrs. Nilufer Siganporia joined Riverside as an Administrator for Key Stage 3 in April, 2009. A Commerce Graduate, with a Diploma in Secretarial Practices, she is essentially a P.R./H.R. person. She is the first point of contact for visitors at Riverside, whom she familiarizes with the Riverside philosophy and environment, before handing them over to the concerned Educators/Facilitators. Besides this, she also handles the correspondence for the entire school and works on the logistics of Kiran’s extensive travels. She plays a pivotal role in organizing travel, boarding & lodging, ground transportation, sight-seeing tours, etc. for Riverside Guests, who come over to attend Conferences, Seminars, Jury duty and Award Ceremony for DFC, and so on……….. Her inherent love for children has made her a popular “Agony Aunt” – not only for students of all age groups, but also for the Teacher Team!!! She loves to travel around the world with her family, reading mushy romances, listening to music and dancing. Nilu is “high on life” and just wants to bring love and joy in the lives of all whom she meets. Her life’s mantra is “God has a Plan for my Life, and that’s all I need to know”.
Jasu Solanki worked with a Travel Agency as an Office Clerk for nearly 15 years, before joining the Accounts Department at The Riverside School in November, 2011. He is in charge of handling accounts of the school. Besides this, he is also solely responsible for maintenance of the Building, premises and equipment used at school.
Mayur Kishorebhai Solanki has been working as a Conductor since December, 2011. He too loves new-age Technology – especially in Mobile Phones. He enjoys travelling around the city and watching new Bollywood Movies. Student well-being is of paramount importance to him, and although he is a quiet and shy person, he will speak up when it comes to the safety of the children on the Bus.
Pinky Solanki has been associated with Riverside since July, 2009. She is a very caring and loving person, who loves being with children. Her current involvement with Pre-K has earned her the title of being the “3rd Teacher of Pre-K” – thanks to the dedication with she works with these students. She is an excellent seamstress who is also very good with embroidery work. She loves to create various molds and models from clay and this makes her very popular with her young students.
Meet Eduhero Cheena, also known as Srinivasan. He loves working with children, and believes that every child comes with the reminder that god is not yet discouraged of man. He sees art in mathematics, and mathematics in art, and wants to have his students experience this too. Parents of his students have shared how their children feel comfortable, happy and excited coming to his classroom. Cheena graduated from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore in 2010, and worked for six years at the Teach For India Fellowship -- first as a teacher in low-income primary schools, and then as a teacher-coach. He joined Riverside in 2016.
Vijay Thakor has been working as a Conductor, since September, 2014. He is an eager learner and is fast catching up on the finer nuances of his job by watching and interacting with his peers. He is interested in Sports, Music and Films.
Dashrathbhai Laxmanbhai Thakor (popularly known as Dashrath Kaka) has been a Driver with Riverside since February, 2008. He is very quiet and shy by nature, and one has to really make an effort to get him involved in a conversation. However, he is extremely dedicated and any job entrusted to him will most certainly get done. He loves listening to old Hindi Movie songs.
Haresh Thakor joined Riverside as a Driver in September, 2014. He enjoys playing cricket and his favourite pass time is listening to new Hindi Movie songs. He is a stickler for punctuality and follows his routine diligently. He is quite the technology buff and indulges himself by using Mobiles with new age technology, which he understands and appreciates.
Ketan Thakor has been a Conductor at Riverside since December, 2015. Very quiet and reticent by nature, it takes a lot to get him to speak up or involve him in any conversations. His favourite pass-time is to watch new Bollywood movies.
Meet Eduhero Mira, also known as MIND-EMO. Mira feels strongly about inclusivity and adds value to the Riverside community by having conversations that are rich. She strives to get her children to meet various minds and designs a variety of experiences that bring perspective and the world to her children. Her children will be a reflection of all that she has done through the year; as they interact with unknown people and new spaces, they will be confident of who they are. A parent of one of her children said, “Mira is deeply involved in the lives of the children she is with. She understands each child, his/her strengths and areas of concern and works to provide each of the children, opportunities to develop themselves.” Mira has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, in addition to an MI Certificate from Harvard University. She has been a teacher for nine years all across India, including Manali and Bangalore.
Meet Eduhero Archana Todi, also known as The Faith Keeper! Her patience and sensitivity allows her to work very well with students and parents alike, in addition to serving as a Key Stage 1 Leader with Phoram Desai. She values “every today” by multi-tasking and honoring deadlines. Archana never misses an opportunity to share her learning with the team as well as educators beyond Riverside, thus enabling one and all. Speaking to her role as a Key Stage 1 Leader, one teacher said, “We have an immense belief in [Archana] because she does what she says. We feel safe under her caring nature, and her intention and effort to elevate every team member is really appreciated.” Additionally, one parent stated how she is “proud to have such a loving and caring mentor who will not only take care of our children but also guide and mentor us for our well-being.” Archana has Bachelor’s degrees in Education and commerce from IGNOU, in addition to studying education at Harvard University and jewelry designing from the National Institute of Jewelry Designing.
Kalpesh Kumar Kantilal Trivedi joined Riverside as a Driver in June, 2007. He enjoys playing Cricket as well as Volley-Ball. He is a quiet and soft spoken person and emotional by nature. His paramount interest is to ensure that the children he drives to and from school commute safely in his bus.
Meet Eduhero Viddhi Trivedi, also known as Miss With-Ye. Viddhi wants to bring a change in the way knowledge is imparted in classrooms and shifting the role of a teacher in a classroom as a facilitator-collaborator friend who is always with her students in the journey of their learning. She will do this by redefining the way she conducts sessions and sharing how she brings change in a student’s life by bringing a change in the way they learn. When we met her some of her students, this is what they had to say about her: “Viddhi ma’am is not really a teacher to us. She is more of a friend who guides us to search for knowledge and not information; to understand the worth of knowing something rather than how to know something.” A fellow teacher praised her, saying that "Viddhi is a very hard-working and honest. She does her work with all the dedication and energy, without failing to honour timeliness.” Viddhi has a Master’s degree in Commerce and a B.Ed, along with an Advanced Diploma in Child Care and Child Development from the University of Mumbai. She has two years of experience in an ICSE school, where she has been designing a curriculum for primary grade students under the TFU Framework.
Meet Eduhero Gayathri, also known as Flexadapt. Gayathri enjoys trying out new things in practice that helps to build her understanding of the students. She is also very flexible and adaptive, which enables her to work well as a member of the Children Support Program. Gayathri believes that if students are emotionally connected with the teacher, then learning will become more interesting for the students. She always approaches students in a positive and friendly way. When we met one of Gayathri’s stakeholders, she told us, “Gayathri is very proactive and very friendly. She is always ready to learn new things with full enthusiasm and positivity.” Gayathri has a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. This is her second year working at Riverside.
Anjali Vasa Sheth has done her Bachelors in Computer Engineering and then pursued Masters in New Media Design from NID. She believes, that the kids teach her to make her sessions more engaging and meaningful. She has been designing and conducting sessions, which are Reggio inspired, for Keystage 1, around various concepts. She wants to create opportunities for children that would drive them, using their innate curiosity, to build their own connections and learnings. Apart from kids, she loves to nurture her garden, and her soul with dance.
Meet Eduhero Kirti Zala, also known as Persipatient! On a typical day, you will find her creating opportunities for children to engage in free play as a member of the aProCh program. Kirti enthusiastically organizes different initiatives like Street Smart, Parents of the Park, City on Cycles and Mov’ing Experience. When we met her stakeholder, Mr. Neeraj from NGO Saath, this is what he had to say about her: “Kirtiben has provided an opportunity for children to experience and explore spaces outside their community. She is able to handle situations under pressure in calm and confident manner, making each experience beneficial for the child.” Another stakeholder, Mr. Soham Shukla from Spark Foundation, added, “Her dedication to make programs valuable and successful, and her relationship-building skills and continual support ensures partners are always motivated. Kirti has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from B.K. School of Management, Ahmedabad, as well as a Master’s degree in Finance from Strathclyde University, Scotland. She has worked in the Hospitality Industry for 7 years and is currently running a Placement and Staffing Firm.
Meet Eduhero Sabina, also known as Ms. Actitude. Sabina makes learning happen through games as the main strategy, which engages all the students and increases their participation in the task. She has innovative ideas and different techniques for using a variety of materials to create things. In addition, Sabina encourages her students to have an “abundance mentality” to share any piece of information or skills that they learn. One parent said that Sabina “[has] been more than a mother to my child, and helped him bloom.” Students said that they would miss having different experiences and opportunities provided by Sabina, and that they enjoyed getting to explore a variety of materials with her. Sabina has been at Riverside for five years and is pursuing a B.A. in Psychology from Gujarat University.
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