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 20 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.
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.
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.
'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 and B.Ed, 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.
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.
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)
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"
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
Bhavika Balani was born and brought up in Rajkot. She has both B.com & B.Ed. degrees. She's an experienced teacher and has worked for about 5 years in TGES School, Rajkot. After getting married and moving to Ahmedabad, she taught in WhitehatJr for a while. She loves teaching, cooking and listening to music!!
Dhwani Soni graduated from Mumbai University and would be pursuing her master's degree too from there. She has worked in the jewelry field for almost six years. The timings there turned out to be challenging after she had a child and she was unable to satisfactorily manage her job along with her responsibilities as a mother; hence she quit.
She then worked in the education field and realized that she could take her career ahead and would not have to compromise in the upbringing of her child.
Teaching allows Dhwani to make a difference in someone's life for a year and this is what keeps her enthusiasm intact while working with students.
Earlier she worked with TGES at Rajkot for almost 3 years and then shifted to Ahmedabad. She feels that the opportunity of working at Riverside will give her the perfect platform to grow in her professional career.
To improve her language she reads a lot. She is fond of painting and enjoys sleeping after a good meal
Himanshi is a passionate human and a great team player. Brought up in Pune, she has completed her Masters in Human Resource Management. She practices Anomaly on a daily basis which makes her a unique and a valuable part of the community. Elevation and Excellence is what she aims to achieve. Earlier working with GLSIC as a professor in English & Economics has enriched her experience of the subject. She is a writer and an Orator and believes that all kids can be the same. She lives by the mantra, “it’s better to be surrounded by innocent souls rather than being anywhere in the world.” She has joined us as an English teacher in Key Stage 3 and is super excited to learn, unlearn and relearn throughout the journey. She loves reading by the beach and finds peace and quiet in the same. She’s hooked on Hollywood movies and soaps and her favourite one is ‘The devil Wears Prada.’
Kajal Udhani is a Zoologist, an Educator and an Author. Her Teaching interest ignited soon after completing her 12th grade, when she along with her friends started teaching the underprivileged kids. Her writing career began in 2020 soon after the lockdown happened, as it broke her monotonous routine and gave her the opportunity to vocalize her thoughts, thus creating a manuscript. Within 3 months, her Internationally Published E-book received more than one lakh readers.
Kajal graduated from St. Xavier’s College with Zoology as her major and pursued a Degree in Education thereafter. Professionally, her father is a Lawyer and mother is a homemaker. Coming from a nuclear family, her father instilled the quality of verbal communication in her; while her Mother taught her the importance of patience.
Her father also gave her the understanding of how society works, its loopholes and brutality, which worked as fuel for her to engage her thoughts of modern society and pre-existing social vices into a book. Her hobbies include learning Psychological behaviours and fostering Cats.
Pooja was born and raised in the city of Banyan trees (Vadodara) - which also makes her fondness for nature and old monuments more evident. As a kid, she used to watch Discovery and Disney movies a lot! As an educator, she loves teaching kids through storytelling. Her ultimate goal for all the kids that she works with is to become independent thinkers and problem solvers and most importantly develop love for reading.
Pooja holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, a Master’s degree in Social Work, as well as a B.Ed. As a student of Social Work, she has worked closely with Tribal women and children of North Eastern states and Dang district of Gujarat. Her field work experience also includes working with beneficiaries at CLP Paguthan, ABB, Litigation centers for women and S.S.G Hospital – Psychiatry Dept.
She has 7 years of experience of working with children and stakeholders of education including (parents, teachers, H.Ms and N.G.Os). Her fellowship journey while working with Teach for India encouraged her to solve puzzle pieces in the Indian Education system and then she began her journey as an educator to dig deeper through practice. Her work experience includes working with Teach for India, Anand Niketan (Shilaj), Vibgyor and G.G.I.S as an Educator. She has also been active in designing curriculum for academics and extra-curricular projects with these schools. Pooja developed her love for teaching through Storytelling and Creative teaching tools while working on a project with Edusaarthi Team. Someday, she wishes to write and publish storybooks of her own and provide access to children from all backgrounds to explore a new world in books.
Always ready for a cup of chai Pooja also loves exploring new food places, binge watching movies and nature walks!!
Kumar Joshi is also known as Kami. He holds a Masters degree in pure sciences - Msc in Organic Chemistry from Parul University. He also holds a B. Ed degree which he's obtained from JG College, Ahmedabad. For Kumar, teaching is a 'passion turned into profession.' He believes that teaching the current generation would keep him connected with the upcoming future. He also strictly believes that being in touch with humans is better than being stuck to computer screens; it keeps humanity alive!!
Kumar has prepared a research paper wherein he has worked on the removal of heavy metals. This research paper of his has been published in an international journal.
Personally he's a cinephile and an anime fan which helps keep the drive in him alive while he's off from work. Cooking is also one of his hobbies; he loves feeding people experimental dishes which contain his own touch of "magic."
Khushboo Maskara is a designer, creator, artist and server at heart and that is what drove her to this opportunity at Riverside. Though a diamond grader by qualification, being around kids has always been fun and she feels immensely energized by being around them. She enjoys the fact that she's able to add value to their lives.
A mother of a 10 year old (Riana) at Riverside, she is overjoyed to see how
her daughter is growing up to be a wonderful person. Khushboo also loves to be a hair stylist and makeup artist for her daughter - whenever she would want her to be!! :-)
Swati Purohit is very happy and excited about working at Riverside with such a dedicated team. She is a teacher by choice and loves interacting with students. She has done her MA in Hindi Literature and has a B.Ed. degree too. She has 12 years teaching experience. Her hobbies are Reading, Writing ,Singing and painting . Her strengths are her honesty and diligent work. She likes to learn new things and in her opinion, learning is a never ending process and one should always be open to learning new things! Choosing short-term goals and achieving them is something she really enjoys. Her father is a retired teacher and mother is a housewife. Her father-in-law is a retired Branch manager and mother-in-law is a housewife. Her husband works in Torrent Pharma as an Assistant Manager. She is blessed with two children - a daughter, who studies in Grade 11; and a son who studies in Grade 2. Her native place is Ratlam (MP).
Riverside is a school of her dreams.... The moment she stepped into this school, she realized that this was a fascinating place. Here she discovered that all human beings are happy, calm, focused, confident and intelligent. She noted that students were happily and proudly mopping the floor and they were animatedly talking and discussing things with the teachers. She has not seen any teacher shouting, lecturing or scolding the students.
Parvez Shaikh....is a graduate in Business Administration (Event management and Public relations) from the Bharatiyar University.
With an experience of around seven years in the field of event management, all through he has been known for his calm nature along with a decisive nature.
Experiences and interactions throughout his career have shaped him as an adaptive individual and an ever-ready learner.
He is an explorer both ways - personally as well as professionally. In terms of work, he loves to explore new ideas, designs and methods. Personally, he enjoys exploring new places, food and cultures. In his free time Parvez loves meeting his friends, going for long drives and playing table tennis.
Talking about his family, they are a family of four - his father, his brother, his wife - Shafaq and himself. He feels his personality of being a 'Go-getter' stems from them.
All in all, he believes that every day of life is a new lesson which brings new learnings for everyone.
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.
Amrita Ghosh Chatterjee is an enthusiastic, motivated and energetic teacher, who became a teacher by choice as being with children gives her a burst of energy. Both her parents were school teachers. After her Convent schooling, she pursued Graduation and Post Graduation in Biochemistry. In 2015, she moved to the USA because of her husband's post doctoral research work. She lived there for more than 6 years and worked at a Montessori school for 3 years as a school administrator and teacher. Then, for a year, she joined The University of Texas at Arlington, Texas, as a visiting scholar, studying Biochemistry. Amrita believes that the key to becoming a successful teacher is to know how to respond differently to each individual, based on the uniqueness of the way each student reacts to her methods of teaching. She currently stays in Vastrapur, Ahmedabad with her husband Dr Animesh Chatterjee, her 3 year old son, Ishaan and extended family. She loves traveling, cooking, listening to music, singing, watching movies, and also loves to read motivational and culinary books. She loves eating Bengali misti (deserts)!!
Sara Nakra has done her Masters in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering. She always knew that she wanted to be a teacher and her family also supported her. From a young age Sara started giving tuitions to the younger ones as she enjoyed solving their problems and teaching them the right method to solve. After completing her M.tech she got the opportunity to be an Assistant Professor and teach engineering students. Over there she taught four engineering branches (IT, CSE, ECE and EE). She also worked for Chegg Tutors, Whitehat Jr and Byju's Future Schools. She has written a number of research papers and they got published in well known journals like Springer, IEEE, etc. Sara is also an Internationally Certified Makeup Artist; so yes, she can 'Doll-Up' anyone!!
Waheeda M Munshi has done her Bachelors in Computer Applications from IGNOU. Further she pursued D.EL.ED through NIOS. She has also done her MBA through National Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. She has worked passionately at Sacred Heart Primary School, Shahibaug, Ahmedabad for 10 years and taught students of all grades. She firmly believes that every child is gifted, and is passionate about bringing out the best in each one of them. She always seeks to improve the well being of her students and colleagues. She comforts them by listening to them with a lot of patience. Waheeda mainly teaches English but is fluent in Hindi, Gujarati, Urdu and Arabic as well. Not only is she interested in reading, she enjoys singing songs too!! She likes being peaceful under all circumstances.
DEEPIKA LAL JOTWANI believes in the power of words. Words that can make you or break you. As an individual, Deepika finds inspiration in nature, ideas, poems, songs, books, and films. She loves writing poems in English and Hindi in her free time. She has inherited singing as a gift from her family. Dancing is a meditation that enlivens her soul. And spending time with her two lovely daughters is what she looks forward to every day.
As a professional, Deepika has worn many hats - right from sales to teaching, filmmaking, client servicing, and copywriting. With time she observed that every role she took was largely about communicating effectively with different stakeholders. Presently, she's into digital content development for NGOs, ad agencies, and individual clients. She assists them to communicate with their audiences through social media and websites. Deepika endeavours to become an effective communicator who can aid in creating awareness and help in resolving conflicts and gaps through powerful communication.
Ashish Parihar was born and brought up in the hills of Mount Abu. He completed his graduation and post graduation in Biotechnology from Jaipur. Thereafter he has been working as an Educator, since about 9 years, with the last school being Zydus school for Excellence. His hobbies include riding bikes, cooking, gardening and travelling. His personal attribution is that of being a certified RJ for All India Radio (AIR); he's been associated with them since 2015. Ashish has a notable sense of humour and is always driven to accomplish his goals.
Andrews McEwan is a Physics Educator who believes that the true aim of education is to shape minds and just to build careers. He has completed his BSc and MSc in Physics from St. Xavier's College and School of Sciences respectively. He also holds BEd and MEd degrees. He has been in the teaching field for the past five years teaching Physics in some esteemed institutions like Anand Niketan Maninagar and Adani Vidya Mandir. His family comprises just him and his parents! His interests encapsulate Reading, Writing, Music and Cooking. He sincerely looks forward to expanding his horizons as an educator by being a part of the Riverside community under the aegis of some of the most wonderful teachers that he has ever met.
Devarshi Dave has completed his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Physics, and has two years of academic experience teaching undergraduates Physics and BEE courses. His interests are theatre and photography. Additionally, he enjoys stand-up comedy, which he has been practising for the past three years!! He enjoys making puns and jokes. Condensed matter Physics is another topic of study for him. Since Math is the universal language and Physics provides us a fundamental understanding of how the universe functions, he is passionate about teaching pupils both these subjects.
Shivangi Arjaria has worked at different locations with different International Schools as an Administrator and thoroughly enjoyed the profile and the everyday challenges it brings to the table. She also has an inclination towards DIY crafts and Home Decor and loves creating short videos on Instagram where, over a period of one year, she has organically built a community of over 2500 followers. She is rather spiritual, not religious.
Travelling with her family is something that she always looks forward to.
Formally trained as an architect from CEPT, Nilosha Dave has worked in architectural education and practice. She wants to learn about the pedagogies of primary school education and aspires to design systems of new learning & knowledge sharing. She is curious about Visual Art, Indian Classical music, Permaculture, and Cartography.