Niti Gupta

Founder-Parent & Directress

Niti is an engineering graduate and MBA from IIT Kharagpur but foremost a mother who found inspiration in her daughter to set-up a Montessori Children’s House. As a Montessorian, she is living her passion at Sketches and works with children in the primary environment. She holds a diploma in Montessori education from MNTTA, Bangalore. As the founder-parent at Sketches, she is growing our community of young Montessori learners and is also building a community of like-minded parents who want this truly transformative education for their child.


She worked in corporate HR roles prior to becoming a full time mother and follow her passion to be a Montessorian.


A quote from Dr. Maria Montessori, she finds really inspiring -


“We must help the child to act for himself, will for himself, think for himself; this is the art of those who aspire to serve the spirit.”                      

Nishant Gupta



Nishant is an engineering graduate from IIT Delhi. He currently works with a global pharmaceutical company and has held different roles in the pharmaceutical industry for last 10 years with some of the top multinational firms at different locations around the world.


As a father of a young daughter, he realized the importance of early years of life and co-founded Sketches with his spouse. He provides as needed support to help establish Sketches as an exemplary Montessori House of Children.

A quote from Dr. Montessori, he finds really inspiring-

“To stimulate life, leaving it free, however, to unfold itself - that is the first duty of the educator.”

Shalini Rani

Academic Program Manager &

Directress, Elementary Environment (6-12 years)

Shalini is a graduate from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi and a postgraduate from University of London. She got her AMI diploma in Montessori Primary education (2.5-6) from Sir Ratan Tata Institute, Mumbai and AMI diploma in Montessori Elementary Education (6-12) from MTRT, Hyderabad.

She is the directress for elementary environment and as the overall academic program manager, she wears many hats to ensure smooth operation of our learning environments across all age groups.

She has worked for a few schools in Delhi previously. She helped establish the primary environment for a new Montessori school in Thailand and worked there for 2 years prior to returning back to India and joining Sketches Team.


As a mother of a daughter, Shalini is deeply invested in the Montessori philosophy and method of education and this is not just a profession for her but her chosen way of life. 


Chayanika Gogoi

Directress, Primary Environment (2.5-6 years)

Chayanika is an engineering graduate from Pune who obtained her AMI diploma in Montessori Primary education (2.5-6) from Sir Ratan Tata Institute. Prior to joining Sketches, she has worked at several Montessori schools in the US. She is a passionate educator who has upheld the authentic Montessori methodology in the learning environments she has been leading in Montessori schools.

A quote from Dr. Montessori, she finds really inspiring -


“Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by reason of their innocence and of the greater possibilities of their future.”

Shailaja Shukla

Directress, Primary Environment (2.5-6 years)

Shailaja is an engineering graduate and holds an AMI diploma in Montessori Primary education (2.5- 6 years) from RTI, Mumbai. She became interested in Montessori approach due to her keen interest in working with children. 

In her prior professional stints, she has worked as a show host and product manager for online media channels.

A quote from Dr. Montessori she find deeply inspiring -

"One test of the correctness of educational procedure is the happiness of the child."




Archana Gupta

Hindi Language Expert

Administration In-Charge

A Grandparent at Sketches

With over 35 years of experience as a teacher for children in 2-6 year age group, helping young children to reach their full potential is her passion. Children in our community are strongly attached to her and fondly call her “dadi”. She is a post graduate in Hindi and supports us as the Hindi language expert in our environments. She handles several day to day operations and provides an oversight to the functioning of the school.

Hemalatha Srinivasan

MNTAA Course Director

Lead Montessori Trainer

Hemalatha Srinivasan is a renowned Montessorian. She obtained AMI Diploma in Montessori Education in 1978. She has over 43 years of experience working in the Montessori Environments (both locally and abroad). She has been the head of many Montessori Schools like Lexington Montessori School, Lexington (MA) USA, Golden Bead Montessori House of Children, Bangalore, India. She has participated in many AMI and AMS conferences worldwide.


She has designed MNTTA’s Montessori training program which is being offered at Sketches and is the lead trainer for the program. Her course is a benchmark training program delivered through online and classroom sessions. The online content includes comprehensive video films including minute details for each and every activity of Montessori Education. She has been an examiner for various Montessori Teacher Training programs and also provided consultancy services to very well-known Montessori Schools in India and abroad. 

Mitali Nandi

Montessori Trainer

Mitali Nandi is an experienced Montessorian. She obtained diploma in Montessori Education from IMTC, Bangalore. She has been the Principal Mentor at Nurture Montessori House of children, Bangalore from 2013 to 2016.


She has also provided consultation to various schools on setting up a new Montessori environment. She has served as an examiner at Montessori training programs. She holds a bachelors in Zoology and masters in political science along with B.Ed.  


She had international teaching exposure working with the Science curriculum in Botswana. She is a trained Yoga practitioner and loves to travel worldwide.

Anchal Sobti Mitra


Aanchal is graduate in Psychology (Major) from University of Mumbai and a postgraduate from Lancaster University, United Kingdom. She holds an AMI Montessori Diploma 3-6 from the Maria Montessori Institute, London. She worked in three AMI Schools in London as part of her teaching practice and also in a Montessori School based in Mumbai. She has also obtained a training in Montessori Infant Toddler Program (0-3) from North American Montessori Center. She has supported Sketches in many capacities -  as a trainer, as a consultant, or conducting parent workshops, curriculum reviews etc. 


She worked in corporate sector for a few years but later decided to pursue a career in working with young children which drew her towards Montessori. As a mother of a daughter and a Montessorian, she deeply believes in this pedagogy and is a strong supporter of establishing authentic Montessori environments in North India. She also likes to devote her time teaching spoken English to economically weaker sections of the society and working with various NGOs.