Since the inception of the school in 2001, we have put a considerable amount of effort to ensure that the work environment at Riverside brings in the best and brightest talent. We choose to invest in the best.
Kiran Bir Sethi is a Designer who became a Teacher, a Principal who grew into an Education Reformer and subsequently morphed into a Social Entrepreneur. A trained Graphic Designer, she comfortably uses the language of Design – iteration, prototype, design specs – to develop not only curriculum innovation, but also community-based Social Programmes. After graduating from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad (India) in 1989, Kiran successfully ran her own Graphic Design Firm for over a decade. She moved into Education when she founded The Riverside School in Ahmedabad, India in 2001, which is now viewed as a Laboratory to prototype “design processes” that enables “transformative” student learning experiences.
Kiran 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 received the "Call to Conscience Award" by the King Centre at Stanford. In 2009, Kiran launched “Design for Change” which uses a simple 4 step design framework – FIDS (Feel, Imagine, Do, Share) to cultivate the I CAN mind-set in all children. Today, DFC is the world's largest movement of change - of and by children, and is in 60+ countries — impacting over 2.2 million children and 65,000 Teachers.
Over the years, Kiran, Riverside and Design for Change have won several accolades and Awards, and some of the most recent ones are:
• In 2017, Kiran met the Pope in the Vatican to sign an Agreement whereby DFC is being introduced in over 460,000 Catholic Schools across the Globe.
• In 2017, DFC has been recognised as one of the 100 most innovative educational programmes in the world by HundRED.org (based in Finland).
• In 2018, Kiran has been awarded the “Light of Freedom” Award, at the Vital Voices, U.S.A., Global Leadership Awards.
• In 2018 Edutopia covered The Riverside School for best practices.
• In January 2019, she has been honoured with the Lexus Design Award for 2019, in Pune, India
• In March 2019, she was invited for one week to the Harvard Graduate School of Education, as a Chen Yidan Visiting Global Fellow, to conduct classes and workshops for their Post-Grad students
• In June, 2019, she was the Keynote Speaker at the OIEC International Congress in New York • In October, 2019, she was awarded the Earth Prize in Luino, Italy
• In November, 2019, Design for Change conceptualised and helped to host the first ever All Faith - I CAN Children’s Global Summit at the Vatican in Rome from 27th to 30th November, with participation of over 2500 children from across 40 countries, who were blessed by the Pope!!
Kiran currently resides in Ahmedabad with her Husband – Geet Sethi and two wonderful children – their son, Raag and daughter, Jazz. She loves listening to music, watching movies, singing, dancing and has an insane love for fruit-filled Dark Chocolates!!!
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Aritra is a storm trooper parent, with a penchant for writing, teaching and learning. The quote she lives by is “the soul is healed by being with children.’’ She was earlier working at Udgam School for Children as the 'Content Manager'. She also blogs at various online platforms like First Moms Club, Baby Chakra etc. and is also the main editor of 'The Latte Mom'. She first heard about Riverside School when they shifted to Ahmedabad in 2012 and were looking for schools for her son. This year however, she got double lucky to enter the Riverside family both as a parent and also as Keystage 3 English teacher (General English for Grades 11 and 12) . Aritra is super excited as she will be associated with DFC as well. She loves reading and is a big cinephile too. She loves happily ever afters such as DDLJ, Pretty Woman and the likes!! Given the current scenario, when Netflix is our solace, she's pretty much hooked onto foreign and regional movies. The last one she watched was a French movie 'Nothing to Hide'.
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 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.
Nikita Desai joined as a member of the Design For Change - Global team in 2017. She has been with Riverside School for the past 19 years as a parent, an educator, Head of Riverside Learning Center and as a School Leader for Key Stage 2. (Grades 3 to 7) The fundamental philosophy that drives Nikita’s impeccable work ethic of hard work, dedication and user-centered design is, knowing that with adequate opportunities and support, every child can do anything and everything. Attuned to the Design for Change motto of ‘I Can’, she aspires to help all her students become aware of what bothers them and then to empower them to shift focus from vision to action. Nikita’s understanding of the pedagogy has been strengthened through training in Multiple Intelligence, Differentiated Instruction as well as an online course by the Harvard Graduate School of Education - ‘Teaching for Understanding’. She was invited to present Riverside’s philosophy by the Royal Education Council of Bhutan, Day Star School, Beijing, and Design Thinking at the Teach For All conference in London. She has also co-facilitated a workshop with Kiran Sethi at the Lego conference in Billund. She has been to schools in Rajkot, Anand, Sangamner, and Chittoor as an auditor for their pedagogy and practice. She has been the core team member in organizing the I CAN Children's Global Summit in Rome, where 2000 children from around 40 countries had a personal audience with Pope. Nikita enjoys interacting with people and meeting new minds, photography, listening to music, traveling, and trying different types of food.
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.
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.
Ritu is a B.Sc. Graduate and she also holds a Masters Degree in Dietetics & Food Services Management and B. Ed. 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 2008 onwards.
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.
Nikita Ganatra has completed her schooling from St Joseph's Girls High School and has completed her BBA degree from KIIT (Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology) from Bhubaneshwar, Odisha. Her interests are dancing, singing and exploring new places. She also likes to spend time with her family. She believes that children are the most beautiful creatures of God and she looks forward to begin the journey with the young toddlers and see them grow with love and compassion. Her strength lies in being a keen listener as she believes that being attentive to each child helps in building trust and relationship giving him/her a comfort zone. She is enjoying learning the Riverside philosophy and processes. Each experience being a new learning for herself, she aspires to grow........but at the same time is dedicated to elevate her students to make them ready for the world.
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 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.
Sunita hails from a working-class family and is a simple, confident, punctual and hard-working girl. Her father is a retired Honorary Captain, who served in Indian Army for 32 years with utmost passion and dedication. Her mother is a homemaker and has transformed their lives with compassion and hardwork. Sunita's life has been totally influenced by her parents and she feels that whatever she is today is all because of their continuous motivation and belief in her. She has two younger siblings…. one of them is pursuing his masters in Economics; and the younger one has just given his 12th Board Exams. Sunita started her career as an educator in 2018 at St.Xavier’s College, Ahmedabad. Later she joined Airport School, Hansol. Her hobbies include cooking, singing, dancing and listening to music. She loves to try out new recipes and spends a lot of her free time cooking. Teaching is her passion and she enjoys spending time with students, listening to their point of views and solving their queries. Being an army kid, she's been to different cities, made friends everywhere and got the opportunity to know people better, understand and learn about their cultures and values which are all her cherished memories!! She credits her Dad for her major strengths - Punctuality and hardwork. He always taught each member of their family, the importance and value of time.
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.
Raju Shaikh has joined Riverside as a Lab Consultant. He has a B.Com Degree from Ahmedabad College, and has previously worked in the Garment Industry. Raju is a soft-spoken and humble person who is very dedicated in all that he does. Besides handling the Biology, Chemistry and Physics Laboratories, he also helps look after the maintenance of the School premises. He enjoys driving and travelling, and is ever willing to help in whatever way he can.
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.
Vishwa Srivastava has been in the education line for 13 years, working in the capacity of a teacher, trainer, coach, and a pedagogist. He is engaged with The Riverside School as an educator for English Language for KS3, and also conducts Workshops / Training for clients of Riverside Learning Center. He has a Master's (Hons.) degree in Psychology, a 9-month Diploma in School Management & Leadership from Harvard Business School, and a Master's degree in English Literature. Vishwa is a lifelong learner with the desire to seek; make and offer meaning.
'With-Ye', that's how we know Viddhi Trivedi at Riverside. She is one of the teachers on who everyone can rely on for anything. She is approachable by everyone and anyone. She has a unique sense of understanding about the people around her that enables her to Empathize with people. She is passionate about her subject and that's what she aims to develop in her students. She believes in preparing students for life and that is what she does along with teaching Economics and Business studies. Making connections and experiencing theoretical knowledge in practice is her forte which she passes on to her students. Viddhi has completed her entire education from Mumbai and worked with many schools there. With more than nine years of teaching experience (different age groups), she has and will continue to make a difference.
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.
Meet Educator S. Chandrasekar, also known as Chandru. He is passionate about building a super-strong understanding of the philosophy of education and incorporating it in daily planning and execution. He resonates with this profound statement: taking time to read about education and wider issues can make all the difference between teaching as a job and teaching as a meaningful vocation. He is an alumnus of Teach for India, worked as a full-time teacher for three years in a low- income-affordable private school in Ahmedabad. Before this, he worked as an associate in the content design team for a year with Pratham in New Delhi. He was selected for the Summer Research Fellowship Programme at the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore. He holds a post-graduate degree in Physics from Madurai Kamaraj University. He found much joy in cultivating plants, loves making visual artworks, practicing guided meditation, and has a flair for reading and conversing with people.
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 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 a homeroom teacher and grade coordinator, in addition to training and handholding new teachers for the IB Primary Years Program.
Karishma Shah has done her M.Sc in Environmental Biotechnology from Sardar Patel University. Thereafter she worked for Environment Communication with World Around You (WAY) organisation. She has also worked with the Vikram A Sarabhai Community Science Centre (VASCSC) for a little less than 5 years, conducting indoor and outdoor activities with rural as well as private school children. She has an extrovert personality, and her curiosity and readiness to learn has added a lot to her experience. She has always enjoyed teaching students in an innovative and creative manner and this inclination towards teaching made her develop an interest in getting a B.Ed degree from Gujarat University. She is currently one of the home room teachers of Grade 6 kids and also teaches our Grade 9 students Biology.
Neha Shahani, is passionate and enthusiastic about teaching. After completing her schooling from Rajasthan Hindi High School in Ahmedabad, she went on to secure B.Com and B.Ed degrees from GLS Institute. She intends pursuing her Masters now. She is helpful and considerate by nature and also enjoys watching movies and listening songs. But dancing is her passion and crafting gives her immense happiness. She has recently started her facebook page NehArt, which is related to art and craft. She strongly believes in the quote by Gandhiji, "Education which does not mould the character is absolutely worthless."
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.
Shafaq Munshi has a pleasant and extrovert personality. She enjoys bringing a creative twist in her sessions and adopting new methods of teaching. Her enthusiasm is contagious and so is her smile! Teaching for her is a two-way learning as well as an interactive process which enables growth of not only the learner but also the educator. Her love for kids keeps growing day by day as she moves ahead on the journey of being an educator.... currently in KS1. Shafaq is a Commerce graduate from Gujarat University and holds a B.Ed degree from GLS University. She intends pursuing M.Com in the near future. She loves to travel and explore new places and is always ready to learn and do new things.
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 eight years of working experience in education.
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 enjoys exploring arts and crafts through different mediums.
Hemlata Sharma - known as Rupal on the Riverside campus, has done her schooling from Central Academy School, Beawar (Rajasthan) and her M.com from MDS University, Rajasthan. Her hobbies are dancing, listening to music and surfing the net. She also loves spending time with her family. A fresher in the Teaching profession, she looks forward to growing as an Educator, with the various opportunities available to her at Riverside. With her strength of hard work, self motivation, dedication and being a constant learner, her long term goal is to give her best to her students, and thereby serve the School with loyalty and sincerity.
Mamta Wadhwa is a B.A. with Psychology. She is the mother of a 12 year old; and has been in the teaching profession for the past 5 years. She is passionate about working with the early childhood age group. She believes that experimentation and meaningful interaction is a part of her profession, and this enables her to connect with young children and help them to be immersed in a wide and rich learning environment. She also believes that each child is unique and needs time and assistance to understand and grasp things at her / his own pace, make new friends and to build their self confidence at an early age. She is optimistic by nature and she enjoys sketching, painting, listening to Music, travelling, making new friends, swimming, etc.
Deepa Avashia is a School Leader at the Riverside School, Ahmedabad. An avid reader, her love with education started 15 years ago prompted by the need to find the right education for her own children. What started as an interest in learning has now become a deep compelling passion to uncover and discover the constructs of how the mind acquires understanding. The ‘Design Thinking’ workshop at the ‘d. school’, Stanford was a turning point for her. Drawing on the insights she gained from that experience, she now works with her team, the students and parents to cultivate a learning environment fuelled with optimism and humane values. A strong believer that design is a powerful tool of perpetual renewal, Deepa uses the process of co creation and iteration to continue to test and action ideas that energises the teaching practice. As a master trainer, Deepa now works with school leaders to transform their schools using a systems thinking approach, thereby impacting the lives of children beyond Riverside.
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 six years.
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 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.”
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 Nine years. She has a Master’s degree in Commerce, a B.Ed, and has received her Cambridge International Diploma for Teachers and Trainers.
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 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.
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.
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 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 been teaching at Riverside for twelve years.
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. Whenever new Educators join the team, she takes them through an Admin orientation to welcome them to the Riverside family. Besides this, she also handles the correspondence for the entire school and works on the logistics of Kiran’s extensive travels. When it comes to Cambridge and implementation of Examination protocols, she will make no compromises whatsoever. Riverside is cited as a Centre of Excellence by Cambridge, and she constantly supports and goads the Teacher Team and Students to uphold this status. She was nicknamed “Mama Bear-Hugs” by the first batch of graduating students, and the nickname has stuck, because of the warm bear hugs that both students and teachers come to her for!! She loves to travel around the world with her family, 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”.
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 is the career guidance counselor at Riverside with Green Belt Certification ( University of California, Los Angeles, UCLA extension)
A major part of Vivek's upbringing has been in Dubai - to which he owes his disciplined and restrained nature. He is always on the lookout as to how to make life simpler - eliminating clutter and unnecessary steps involved with any task. He loves physical organising of all things (data included). He also likes to explore new technologies and resources that are available online - that can be put to use in all pieces of work. He has studied hospitality - which is why he is always there to serve anyone that needs help - to the best of his ability!! 🙂
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.
Moinuddin Shaikh is a Commerce Graduate from Seth R A Bhavan's College, Ahmedabad. Prior to joining Riverside, he worked as a Supervisor in K.C.I.C. Pvt. Ltd., a Ground Handling Agent operating at the S.V.P. International Airport, Ahmedabad. Moin is a very soft-spoken and humble person, completely dedicated to his work. Besides looking after the Science Laboratories and Maker Space on campus, he ensures that the School premises are well maintained at all times. He is always willing to help people, in whatever way he can, and enjoys driving and traveling.
Roli has done her Masters in English Literature. She has lived in many different cities all over India and thus has a cosmopolitan outlook. She started her career in Bhilai by working as Assistant to the Chairman of an Engineering company. From there she moved to working in a Pharmaceutical company in Ahmedabad. She has overcome a seemingly insurmountable physical condition with cheerfulness and a strong will power. Hers is the story that determination can make you achieve anything in life!! She is fond of movies and cooking and is a peoples person. She is often described as "a vivacious and fun loving person"
Apart from being passionate about dance, Finoli has always been curious about exploring and trying her hand at new things. Born and brought up in Ahmedabad, India, she did her bachelors from H.L.I.C., Ahmedabad with a major in Accounting. Later, she went to the US for her Master’s in Business Administration and worked on the Customer Service front for 3 years. Even while working in the US, she was closely associated with dance and teaching kids at the India Community Center. She does dance blogging in her free time and loves creating videos. Besides dancing, she loves travelling and food.
Jinal Shah started her career in the educational field in 2012. Earlier, she has worked with the Pre-Primary and Primary Division in different schools and has played the role of Mentor, Event Coordinator and magazine Editor. Her previous school was TGES - Wadi (Prep), Rajkot where she had a great experience of developing herself and teaching students in innovative ways. She had been to Riverside School for training in the past and is thrilled to now be working in Riverside, as it’s like a dream come true. She loves to listen to songs and watch movies and the last movie which she watched and admired was Angrezi Medium and she hardly ever misses watching a good movie.
Meet Sharon Thomas, the street smart kid of a moderately conservative family with a cup full of extroversion inside. From her favourite relaxing me-time being playing Ukulele & Keyboard alone on her terrace to meeting new people & finding ways to help and uplift them in best possible ways, this Delhi University graduate in Bachelor's of Science has a long list of achievements and a beautiful journey. From being an Assistant Professor to an Administrative School Supervisor, she's also a two times awardee of the prestigious IAS fellowships; a Gold medalist in Master's of Science and has many more feathers in her cap!! So, can all of us meet over coffee now? - Is her parting question.
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 ten years. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and at present is pursuing her B.Ed degree from Gujarat University.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
Premila Makwana is another new entrant – having joined Riverside in July,2018. She is our bathroom warrior. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Sarfunnisa Khalilahmed Shekh is the newest member of our team, having joined us on 1st August 2019. She loves cooking for her family and traveling is something she really enjoys. She has 5 years' experience of working in a School. 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.
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.
Jignasa is 42 years old and is a single mother. She has 3 daughters and a son. Whilst her oldest daughter is working, the remaining 3 children go to school. She enjoys cooking and makes delicious Gujarati food!! She lives with her children in Noble Nagar. Her present scope of work at Riverside includes cleaning and helping in common areas. She will also lend a helping hand wherever needed. She is a hardworking and energetic individual. Do say hello to her when you see her around.
Mayur Vaghela is 19 years old and is a passionate football player and has played in a state tournament. He stays in Sadar Bazar and has been working part-time in our school for the last 1 year (On Saturday & Sunday). His work includes cleaning alongside Mahendra bhai in the common areas, the ground and doing odd jobs as and when required. He is a hardworking and energetic individual.
Anjali hails from a 4-member family, which besides her, consists of her mom, dad and her dog. She completed her B.A. from St. Xavier’s College, Ahmedabad and is currently pursuing her B.Ed. from JG College of Education. She is a devout Christian and a very active member of her church. She has participated in Elocution Competitions and has been a State level winner. Anjali writes dramas/plays, does acting and has participated in Poetry Recitation competitions in the Youth Festival. She loves cooking and finds it therapeutic. She is a big foodie; trying various cuisines and going to different restaurants is also a hobby!! Another favourite hobby of hers is photography. She loves travelling and discovering new places. She loves animals - especially dogs and cats. She also loves gardening - especially growing vegetables and fruits. In addition to all of this, she loves reading books and watching movies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yashvant Singh Sandhu (popularly known as Gollu bhai) has been a conductor with Riverside since May, 2017. He is very quiet and shy by nature, and one has to really make an effort to get him involved in a conversation. He enjoys playing Cricket and always ready to watch Salman Khan movies.
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.
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.
Vijay Thakor has rejoined the Transport Team as a Conductor effective 1st April, 2019. Having worked as a Conductor for nearly 4 years earlier, he is well aware of his role and responsibility as a Conductor, and is looking forward to his Second Innings with us. He is interested in Sports, Music and Films.
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 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.
Purvi is a Chartered Accountant and Hypnotherapist. She has completed her M.Com, and also has an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from IGNOU. She is a Therapist and Counselor and has been practicing alternative healing for almost 2 years, through which she empowers people in various areas of their life by clearing emotional, mental and physical blocks, and guiding them in their spiritual growth. She is a Tarot – Angel Card Reader and Reiki healer also. In the past she was involved in her Family's Automobile business for almost 7 years. She enjoys reading, painting, dancing, fitness activities, listening to music, mindfulness meditation, healing activities, etc.
Seema Panj Nermeti is an amalgamation of the rich Hindu and Muslim heritage inherited from her educator parents. She was always given the freedom to choose what she wanted to do. It can be seen in the gamut of education she acquired.... a Graduation in Sociology, Public Administration and Political Science as well as a diploma in Systems Administrations from NIIT and a diploma in Mechanical Engineering and other certificates that were acquired in last 2 decades spell out loudly that Seema has no Seema!! In the 25 years of her rich experience as an educator and administrator she has had opportunity to work with the best brands as well as start up schools. She also has the expertise of setting up a school, running the administration, dealing with multiple boards and handling diverse mind sets. People usually get a pleasant surprise when they find her serene demeanour suddenly cracking a whacky joke. This fun side comes handy while dealing with stressful situations or helping subordinates and colleagues open up. According to her, the best solutions and initiatives are driven with a smile and a lil' bit of unaudited laughter. She has a doting husband and an over zealous son who constantly keep her on the feet. She also has pets who (she claims!) love her more than her husband and son put together. Seema loves cooking for people she loves & also loves eating with everyone. She enjoys working with kids as she knows she is growing with them.
Nisha has worked with TGES at Rajkot for 11 years with different grades of Key stage 1. She then took a break of 1.5 years, as she got married and shifted to Ahmedabad. She lives with her in-laws and husband, who works as a Medical Representative at "Heet Pharmacy". Her colleagues and friends say she is kind, hard working, sincere and animated. She is also persistent and has a good eye for details. She loves narrating stories, listening to music, and watching horror movies!! And last but not the least, she loves being around kids and that's the reason why she wanted to be a teacher, so she could make a difference in their lives!!
Chirag is a facilitator by profession. He is a Commerce graduate from Mumbai University and a Post graduate Diploma holder from Kohinoor Business School in Finance and Marketing. He has worked as a Junior Analyst, after which following his passion for teaching, he joined Witty International school as a facilitator in 2011. He enjoys doing challenging jobs and likes to work in a team. He has immense love for street animals and has devoted himself (since the last three years) in doing his bit of duty towards these animals. He is less of an athletic person; and instead loves to play Chess and Video games.
The love and respect of his students is what matters most to him. He has learned not to accept defeat in any condition. In Nov 2019 Chirag met with an accident whereby his Left shoulder got dislocated and fractured. Realizing that he wouldn’t be able to write for three months atleast and this would keep him away from his work, he started writing with his right hand (he, being a lefty) and thus resumed work within five days of the accident.
His favorite leisure activities are reading and watching travel blogs. Chirag is a foodie and enjoys eating as well as cooking!!
Jalpa was born and brought up in Mumbai. She shifted to Ahmedabad a decade ago for expansion of her work. She resides with her family - which includes her parents and daughter - in
Professionally she has pursued Masters in Psychology, B.Ed in Special Education with a registered RCI number and Graduation in Counselling. She has also studied Law in Juvenile Justice and Child Rights. She has been practicing since 2000. Recently, she has associated herself with a part of Research that includes clinical trials.
She runs a personal practice under the banner of 'Brighter Horrizon' catering to Special needs as well as Mental Health. She enjoys teaching Psychology to students, listening to spiritual leaders and living an active life.
She joined RIVERSIDE School to work with the visionaries whose ideologies have helped many to grow holistically; and hopes that with her contribution, more can be done for the society by bringing out the best from the students.
Shoot for the moon, at least you will land up on a star "- a phrase which is very close to my heart as my father used to quote this to encourage me towards excellence.
I was a software engineer for 3.5 years working with IBM and Cognizant.
I breathe creativity and believe in creating an impact in the work I do.
The two year fellowship in Teach for India was hence a breakthrough as it helped me realize what impact truly looks and feels like.
I run a Poetry community- What's your Verse, for students, helping them make their voice visible by harnessing student leadership skills.
I'm a chai lover. On a normal day you can find me with a Ruskin Bond book or engrossed in any mystery novel with my chai. Slurrrppp ... !!! :)
Born in “God’s own Country” and nurtured by the universe of curiosity, this Taurian is a jack of all trades and master of none! From kayaking in the pacific ocean to walking on the ramp, she has tried it all.
She is a development sector consultant by experience, an educationist by passion, and a Software Engineer by qualification. Her quest for knowledge and experience has taken her to multisectoral avenues, working in capacities of government advisor, policy maker and pedagogy practitioner, gender
advocate, subject matter expert in fields of skilling, training & capacity building, K-12 education, Edtech and NGO & CSR management. She has previously worked with multinational companies like PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and international NGOs like Oxfam.
Her vision is to be part of a revolution which works towards a just, equitable, sustainable and humane society. She believes the “young adults” of today are the torch bearers to the world. Educational reforms and making learning fun is her promise to the students she engages with.
Her extra curricular interests include books, politics, dance, travel and random banter; and her professional motto is “to be one family at work, bound to each other with love and respect,producing more than I consume and giving more than I take,” and hence Riverside!!
After working in content and marketing for 10 years, Maitreyee realised her dream of being an educator in 2018 at a school in Goa. Her parents are from Pune who met and fell in love at a social organisation that worked in offering cheap and accessible education in the villages of Maharashtra during the 80's and 90's. Being from Pune, she is a self-proclaimed foodie. Her interests lie in Digital Rights of children and finding ways to represent their voices in the multi-stakeholder model of the Internet. During her free time she can be found being a mechanic to her soon-to-be vintage bike, reading books, attending global conferences on human rights and internet governance or exploring mobile games. Her teaching is rooted in Constructivism and she always keeps the 4 C's of 21st century learning (creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking) at the heart of all her lessons.