Teaching – Junior Campus

Ms. Abirami

Ms. Abirami has a Post-graduate Diploma in Industrial Relations and a Diploma in Montessori training. Introduced to Hari Shree as a parent, Abirami was inspired to do her Montessori training after watching her kindergarten daughter work and learn with the Montessori materials. ‘Being with children gives me a positive energy that I carry with me for the rest of the day. This job offers me the opportunity to learn much more than any other job, just by watching the children and imbibing their energy and intelligence’, says Abirami.

Ms. Anita Thabithal

Ms.Anita graduated in Business Administration and also completed a Diploma in Montessori Education. Her varied experience includes Administration, Marketing and Teaching. She was drawn toward Montessori Education by her passion towards working with children and she joined the Hari Shree family as a Pre-Primary teacher. Anita believes that every child is unique and a blessing from God.

Ms. Divya Jeevan Rao

Ms Divya holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from ICFAI. She has worked in the financial sector for 4 years before her current assignment as a teacher. Her daughter was her inspiration to explore the world of children. She felt naturally drawn to it and took up the opportunity to work in this atmosphere. ‘Every day is exciting with new opportunities to learn’ says Divya. ‘There is never a dull moment in my day’.

Ms. Jayashree

Ms. Jayashree is an Engineer by qualification and early work experience. She worked as a software engineer in the IT industry for 10 years before taking up her current assignment as a teacher. Montessori-trained, Jayashree started taking active participation in the activities of the Junior Campus as a parent volunteer. As she started enjoying her time with children more and more, she took up the first opportunity that came her way. ‘It is an enriching and fun-filled experience to work with children. I consider my time at Hari Shree well-spent and I look forward to continued learning and contribution in the years to come’, says Jayashree.

Ms. Krithika Krishnan

Ms. Krithika has a Masters degree in Commerce and worked in Accounts and Administration for 6 years before taking up teaching. She completed her Montessori training from CMTC and has specialised in dyslexia from the Madras Dyslexic Association. The Montessori course instilled a passion for teaching in her and she worked in reputed schools in Chennai for 4 years before joining Hari Shree. Krithika strongly believes in the Montessori principles and takes immense joy in watching children reach their milestones. As she enters her 7th year as a teacher, she is confident that no profession can give her as much content and happiness as teaching. According to Krithika, “Each child is different and I learn a lot by just observing the child. I grow along with them and consider it a big blessing to be able to interact and work with children”.

Ms. Lakshmi Raj

Ms. Lakshmi Raj has a post graduate degree in Economics and a Diploma in Montessori training and education. She joined Hari Shree and the Montessori Method of teaching after a long stint with the banking industry and the logistics industry. She looks forward to helping young minds unlock their potential and enjoy their journey as well.

Ms. Lalitha

Ms. Lalitha, a Montessori teacher at Hari Shree since 2014, is an Electrical and Electronics engineer by qualification. Though her family commitments and her young daughters kept her busy, Lalitha made the most of her time and interest and pursued multiple certificate courses until she acquired a Montessori certification. A perfectionist by nature, she appreciates the Montessori philosophy of allowing the child to achieve his or her own level of independence and perfection at work. “Spending the day with children is extremely fulfilling. My day is full of interesting anecdotes. When I go home, my little daughters bring in their share of interesting stories and that completes my day,” says Lalitha.

Ms. Mala

Ms. Mala has been a Montessori teacher for many years and is one of the earliest faculty members in Hari Shree. Though originally from a corporate environment, Mala has associated herself with children and their education all through, by way of homework help and tutoring for primary school children, especially the under-privileged. Mala’s introduction to Hari Shree was as a parent volunteer to teach Gita chanting for the school assembly. ‘Being with children, we have enough opportunities to bring out our potential and talent. I am very happy being a teacher’, says Mala.

Ms. Padma – Coordinator

Pleasant in her approach and organized in her work, Ms. Padma holds a Master’s degree in Economics and a Diploma in Early Childhood Education. She brings to the table, a rich and diverse teaching experience through her stints at Modern Montessori International, Singapore and Elite English School, Dubai. Padma has always loved to work with Kindergarten students. She heard about Hari Shree through her friends and made it her first choice for a workplace, when she relocated to Chennai. ‘I am very happy spending time with children. When I teach them, I learn a lot too. I am very satisfied and happy at the end of each day’, says Padma.

Ms. Parameswari

Ms. Parameswari is a thorough Montessorian with a Master’s degree in Science and a Diploma in Montessori training. She has worked in Abacus Montessori, before joining Hari Shree 3 years ago. Parameswari feels it is the responsibility of each and every teacher to be a role-model to her group of children, to be careful in what she/he speaks or does, to be dedicated and give one’s best effort. ‘Life-long learning happens only in a teaching career, so I have chosen to be a teacher’, she says.

Ms. Preetha

Ms. Preetha holds a Diploma in Montessori training from CMTC, Chennai. Originally from a corporate environment, Preetha made a switch to teaching and working with children after her son was born. Aspiring for a career in education backed by demonstrated ability to teach, motivate and contribute, she is now dedicated to providing quality education and care for young children at Hari Shree. ‘I was greatly inspired by the Montessori method of education. I was amazed at the respect and trust it vests in the child and makes learning spring-board from there on. I am very happy to be a Montessorian’, says Preetha.

Ms. C. Rekha

Ms. Rekha holds a Bachelor’s degree in Science and a Diploma in Montessori training. She has been in the teaching profession for a decade, and has been teaching in Hari Shree for almost 6 years. Rekha is very enthusiastic about working with children and believes that children should learn in a systematic and a fun-filled way. ‘I find this job challenging and satisfying. One needs to demonstrate sincerity, creativity and affection to the children to create a healthy environment for them. And of course, I love all the art & craft we do’, says Rekha.

Ms. Sandhya

Ms. Sandhya holds a Master’s degree in Management and a Diploma in Montessori training. She worked in the Consulting/IT industry for over 12 years before taking up a teaching career. As a student, Sandhya was involved in teaching, by taking tuitions, helping under-privileged children from her neighbourhood with school work and teaching spoken English. During her stay in the U.S., she has been an active volunteer in city libraries offering reading help, basic computer education, story-telling, homework help etc. Sandhya enjoys working with children. ‘I look forward to coming to school. Unlike a corporate job where the focus is on what I take back home, I go home with a free mind. My focus is on what more I can bring back in learning and spirit the next morning’, says Sandhya.

Ms. Sasikala Kribakaran

Ms. Sasikala has a Post Graduate degree in Psychology from Madras University and an MBA degree from Annamalai University. After six years of experience in management, she decided to pursue teaching, since that was her underlying passion. She went on to complete courses in Montessori Education and Special Education for dyslexic and autistic kids. For Sasikala, teaching means making a difference in the lives of kids and helping them succeed in pursuing their passion. She believes in giving students ownership over their learning.

Ms. Shanta Kumari Sekar

Ms. Shanta Kumari or Shanthi, has been with Hari Shree for over 5 years. She holds a Diploma in Montessori training from the prestigious IMA institute in Bangalore, in addition to a Bachelor’s degree in English literature. She worked as a head teacher in a Montessori school for several years, before joining Hari Shree. Shanthi always wanted to be a teacher and cannot visualize herself in any other career. She feels her core strength is her adaptability to any environment, which is key to the Montessori approach of ‘follow the child’. ‘I have learnt a lot, working with children. Hari Shree offers a very conducive atmosphere for teachers to work and learn, on the job. There is a right mix of freedom, motivation and appreciation here, and that keeps me thinking along new lines and being more and more creative’, she says.

Ms. Smitha Krishna B

Ms. Smitha Krishna, a Commerce graduate, is a qualified Montessori teacher with a B.Ed. degree in Special Education. She has also completed an intensive teacher training course with MDA (Madras Dyslexia Association) and handled students with learning disabilities.. A compassionate teacher who genuinely cares for her students, she has the capacity to motivate, kindle student interest and communicate effectively. Her artistic ability makes her presentations come alive for the students. Sincere, dedicated and focused, Smitha strives for excellence and also enjoys mentoring new teachers.

Ms. Sreemathi R

Sreemathi graduated in Home Science from Bangalore University and she also holds a Diploma in Computer Applications. Her career began as a Computer Science teacher at Oxford English School in Bengaluru. After marriage, she assisted her husband in administrative work at their Mathematical Sciences Institute for 8 years. Her interest in learning more about the Montessori way of teaching saw her join the Centre for Montessori Teacher Training, Chennai. She completed her diploma certification in 2014-15. Her interests include listening to music, reading and craft.

Ms. Vijayalakshmi R

Ms. Vijayalakshmi holds a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and a post graduate diploma in Human Resources Management. Her love for children steered her towards teaching. She equipped herself with certifications and completed her formal Montessori Training with IMTC, Chennai. A firm believer in the Montessori principle of promoting a solid educational foundation and independence in children, she strives to maintain a positive and lively environment in the classroom. ‘If there is one word that I believe in blindly, it is ‘LOVE’ for human souls. There isn’t anything that one cannot achieve with unconditional love’, says Vijayalakshmi.

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