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Our TEAM

Niti Gupta

Founder-Parent & Montessori Guide

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 directly with children in the learning environments. 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.

 

He is the co-founder at Sketches (as a parent looking for the right education for their child) and 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 Verma

Montessori Guide, Elementary Environment (6-12 years)

Shalini holds a diploma in Montessori Elementary education for 6-12 years old from Montessori Teacher Education Center, San Francisco Bay Area. She became interested in Montessori approach due to her keen interest in working with children. 

She has worked previously with a number of schools in California, US as a Montessori Elementary guide.

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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Julie Mahato

Montessori Guide, 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

Montessori Guide, Toddler Environment (1.5-3 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 -

 

"He does it with his hands, by experience, first in play and then through work. The hands are the instruments of man's intelligence."

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Pooja Sinha

Operations Lead

Pooja has over 6 years of experience across various roles in operations for different organizations. As Operations lead, she is responsible for managing multiple aspects of school's academic and non-academic operations. She holds a post-graduate degree in computer applications. 

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.” 

Anjali Malik

Program Manager

Anjali is a graduate in science from Delhi university and was associated as a fellow with Teach for India for 2 years where she worked with government schools on implementing an effective learning approach. She pursued her interest to bring about a change in the education system by learning the Montessori pedagogy. 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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Archana Gupta

Administration In-charge

Ms. Archana Gupta (a grandparent in our school community) has over 40 years of experience working with young children in schools. As administrative in-charge, she oversees the day-to-day functioning of the school and provides as-needed direction to the entire team at school. Children fondly call her dadi.

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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