Teachers

Preethi Sunderam – Home Room: Nursery   Bianca Brandt-Rousseau – Home Room: Kindergarten

Preethi is a qualified and knowledgeable early childhood educator, with over 10 years’ teaching experience including at Gateway International School Chennai and Kiwi Learners. She is a trained IB PYP practitioner and holds a Diploma in Primary Education from the Indian Montessori Centre, as well as a Masters’ Degree in Applied Geography and a Bachelors’ of Science Degree. She began her career in aviation - becoming the first South Indian woman to hold a Commercial Pilot’s License – and has also worked as a Soft Skills Trainer and a Career and English Language coach. She is a keen gardener and animal lover and will apply these interests to developing our school’s organic garden and urban farm.

 

Bianca is a Canadian citizen and native French speaker who has lived and taught in North America, Asia, Europe and Africa. She is a trained and experienced IB PYP educator with over 8 years’ teaching experience including at Banjul American Embassy School and American International School Freetown. She holds a Bachelors’ Degree in Education from McGill University in Canada, as well as a Bachelors’ Degree in Cultural Studies & Sociology. She is a certified Children’s Yoga Instructor and our in-house child literacy specialist. She is passionate about yoga, meditation, nutrition and recycling, and loves finding innovative ways to introduce these to our students’ holistic learning.

     
Shivani Karkera – Home Room: Grade 1 & 2   Rajini Shivakumar – Home Room: Grade 3

Shivani is a trained IB PYP educator with three years teaching experience including at Gateway International School Chennai, in addition to significance experience in the IT sector as a Graphic Designer & Website Designer. She has a Bachelor of Arts and a Diploma in Animation which she uses to lead students in creating their own Stop Motion animation films and eye-catching posters. She is fluent in English, Tamil and Kannada, and in addition to being our in-house Graphic Design teacher, she brings to the school a passion for yoga, food and dance.

 

Rajini is a Malaysian citizen who did her schooling in the UK where she was a straight-A student in Maths and Sciences before returning to Malaysia to gain a Bachelors’ Degree in Accounting. She has eight years’ teaching experience including at Hiranandani Upscale School and APL Global School, and is a fluent speaker of English, Tamil and Bahasa Malaysia. She enjoys cooking cuisines from all over the world and has a passion for organic farming which she will apply to the development of our school’s organic garden.

     
Anjali Tewari: Home Room – Grade 4   Sundra Kamakshi: Home Room – Grade 5

Anjali is a vastly experienced educator with over 16 years teaching experience at some of the best schools across Asia including Indus International School, Bangalore, Thai-Sikh International School, Bangkok, Raffles International School and Gandhi Memorial School Jakarta. She holds a Masters’ Degree in Educational Administration and a Bachelors’ Degree in Education, as well as a Masters’ Degree in English Literature and a Bachelors’ Degree in English, Economics and History. In addition to significant training and experience in IB PYP and teaching English as a Second Language (ESL), she also has a Diploma in Textile Design.

 

Sundra is a trained and experienced IB PYP educator with over six years teaching experience including at The Indian Public School, in addition to significance experience working for companies in the IT sector. She is our in-house Science-specialist with a Bachelors’ Degree in Education, focusing on Physical Science, as well as a Bachelors’ of Science Degree in Biochemistry. She is fluent in English and Tamil and brings to the school a passion for teaching dancing and singing to her students.

     
Mahashweta Sengupta: Language Specialist   Narinder Khatri: Visual Arts Specialist

Mahashweta is a qualified and experienced Language Teacher who has lived and studied in her adopted home of France where she received her Masters’ Degree in Teaching French as a Foreign Language from the University of Poitiers. She has over four years’ experience teaching French and English to students in both France and India, including at Alliance Francaise of Bombay, French Institute of Pondicherry and German International School Chennai. She is a fluent speaker of French, English and Bengali, as well as having a sound understanding of German, Hindi, Tamil and Sanskrit. She also brings to the school a passion for teaching music and dancing to our students.

 

Narinder is a passionate Art Teacher and accomplished artist with experience of being a Visual Arts Specialist in IB schools in India including at Pathways School Gurgaon. He has a Masters’ and Bachelors’ Degree in Fine Arts, and has had his art work exhibited in numerous galleries and institutions over the last seven years, as well as collaborated with eminent Indian and international artists. He is fluent in English and Hindi and is also a very capable sportsman and fitness fanatic and will use these skills to lead our older students in cricket, badminton and boxing training.

     
Sangeetha Arul: ICT Specialist    

Sengeetha is a USA citizen with over nine years’ experience in communications, including five years in senior positions for companies in the US, before moving to India to work in the education sector including working at Hiranandani Upscale School. She received her Masters’ Degree in Communications & Information Studies from Rutgers University, USA, and also has a Bachelor of Science Degree. She is passionate about engaging students with reading and Information & Communications Technologies (ICT) and has received training in applying ICT in IB classrooms.

   

Teaching Assistants

Mrs V. Umaiyal (Uma)   Mrs Ponniammal (Ponni)

Uma has over seven years’ experience as an early years Teaching Assistant, including at the Chettinad Health City Kids Center. She speaks Tamil and English and has a particularly talent for Arts & Crafts which she enjoys sharing this with our younger students.

 

Ponni has over four years’ experience looking after young children of expatriate families, both inside and outside of their homes.