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 trained Montessorian, she is living her passion at Sketches and works with children in the primary environment. 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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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” 

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.”

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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."

 

 

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.” 

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