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 is an engineering graduate from IIT Delhi. He currently works as an Associate Director with a pharma 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.”
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 (3-6) from Sir Ratan Tata Institute, Mumbai and AMI diploma in Montessori Elementary Education (6-12) from MTRT, Hyderabad.
She is the lead 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.
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.
Directress, Primary Environment (3-6 years)
Afrin is a graduate from Mumbai University and obtained her AMI diploma in Montessori Education from Sir Ratan Tata Institute, Mumbai.
She has a professional experience of working in the airline industry for over 10 years in different roles. She decided to pursue her strong interest in early childhood education and is now a dedicated Montessorian.
She has multifaceted skills in drama, painting, embroidery and music and helps children in the exploration of these skills in the environment.
A quote from Dr. Montessori, she finds really inspiring -
"Imagination does not become great until human beings, given the courage and the strength, use it to create."
Directress, Toddler Environment (1.5-3 years)
Ruchi is a graduate from Delhi University and has worked as a professional photographer for over 5 years in the US. A mother whose children (twins) joined Sketches community as toddlers, she first developed strong interest in the Montessori principles as a parent and went on to obtain her professional training in Montessori education from MNTTA, Bangalore.
Prior to pursuing her passion in photography, she worked for over 7 years with various multinational companies in learning and development and quality functions.
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.”
Directress, Toddler Environment (1.5 - 3 years)
Sanya is a graduate from Delhi University and holds a diploma in Montessori education from MNTTA, Bangalore.
She pursued her strong interest in working with young children and enrolled in the Montessori training program offered at Sketches while also supporting the school as a trainee. She joined the team as the lead directress for the toddler group.
Her dedication and passion to work with children makes her a strong contributor to our team.
A quote from Dr. Montessori that she finds inspiring -
"He does it with his hands, by experience, first in play and then through work. The hands are the instruments of man's intelligence."
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 day to day operations and manages the administrative functions at the school.
A quote from Dr. Montessori, she find 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.”
MNTAA Course Director
Lead Montessori Trainer
Hemalatha Srinivasan is a renowned Montessorian. She obtained AMI Diploma in Montessori Education in 1978. She has over 41 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 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.
Rajiv Shankar Agrawal
Rajiv is the founder director of MNTTA (Montessori and Nursery Teachers Training Academy). He is an engineering graduate in Computer Technology and a postgraduate diploma in Advanced Computing.
He is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute (PMI) and Leadership credentials from George Washington University. He has over 15 years of experience in Information Technology working with companies like Intel and HP.
He is very passionate in the Education Domain and founded MNTTA in the year 2009 with the vision to provide professionally qualified teachers to preschools.
He realized that to offer a consistent high-quality training program, one has to use the technology and developed on a unique model for Montessori training producing over 200 videos to standardized the Montessori Presentations under the direction of Mrs. Hemalatha Srinivasan.
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.
Bhavana is an engineering graduate from Bangalore, who first got introduced to Montessori principles as a mother and went on to get her professional training from two institutes - IMTC, Bangalore and MNTTA, Bangalore. She shared the same passion for establishing authentic Montessori environments in Noida as the founders and was the first one to join the team as the directress for Sketches Children’s community. Her journey with Sketches halted when she had to move to another city for personal reasons. She has set up her own authentic Montessori environment in the new place.
A mother of two daughters, her journey in Montessori practice began when both her daughters went to a Montessori School for their early education. Fascinated with the methodology, she began working at the same school and believes that her background in engineering helped her connect with the philosophy because it is so scientific in approach and based on direct observation of children in a prepared environment.