Our TEAM

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

Founder-Parent

Advisor

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.”

Ruchi Sinha

Program Manager & Directress

Ruchi is a graduate from Delhi University and has worked as a professional photographer for over 5 years in the US. A mother of twins who joined Sketches community when they turned two, she first developed strong interest in the Montessori principles as a parent and went on to obtain her professional training in Montessori education for 2.5-6 age group from MNTTA, Bangalore. She has also completed AMI orientation programs for 0-3 and 6-12 age groups.

Prior to pursuing her passion in photography, she worked for over 7 years with various multinational companies in learning and development and quality functions. As the program manager at the school, she is responsible for managing various academic and non-academic aspects of school operations.

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

 

“The child is truly a miraculous being and this should be felt truly by the educator.”  

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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 two children, 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. 

Julie Mahato

Directress, Primary Environment (2.5-6 years)

Julie is a management graduate who pursued her interest in early childhood education to secure an AMI diploma in Montessori Primary education (2.5-6) from MTRT, Hyderabad. She has worked as an HR professional in different organizations for several years before starting her journey with Montessori education.

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

 

“We discovered that education is not something which the teacher does, but that it is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being” 

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Chikkla Chakma

Directress, Primary Environment (2.5-6 years)

Chikkla is an economics graduate from Mysore University who obtained her diploma in Montessori Primary education (2.5-6) from Indian Montessori Training Center, Bangalore. Prior to joining Sketches, she has worked in the banking and services sector. 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 finds deeply inspiring -

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

 

 

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Devanjana Mukherjee

Operations Executive

Devanjana holds a post graduate in Journalism and Mass Communication. She has over 6 years of experience in managing operations for different organizations. As Operations executive, she is responsible for supporting various aspects of school's academic and non-academic operations.

 

A quote from Dr. Montessori she finds deeply inspiring -

"The greatest gifts we can give our children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.”