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Mrs. Vishakha Deshpande, Head - Pre Primary Section

Vishakha Deshpande - Principal at SMT ThaneShe holds B. A. degree with Economics and specialized in Early Childhood Care and Education with a Diploma & has been in the Early Childhood Education field for 27 years.

She is a regular invitee in National and International Conferences to share her expertise and read research papers on various topics related to Early Childhood Education. She is the Ambassador of India for the World Forum Foundation USA.

As a researcher, she has been instrumental in developing content and designing Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum for Pre-Schools, nationally and internationally. She has been the Working group member of the Curriculum Research team of World Forum Foundation. At present she is the leader of the Curriculum Working Group along with Patrick Mokokoro of Zimbabwe. (www.worldforumfoundation.org/curriculum)

She has been identified and honoured as 1 out of 40 ‘Promising Emerging Leaders’ in Early Childhood Education amongst 191 candidates from around the globe.(www.ChildCareExchange.com/leadership)

She is the National representative and state secretary of Maharashtra Balshikshan Parishad and works hand in hand with Grammangal, an NGO started by veteran Educationist Anutai Wagh. She is an eminent Teacher Educator and has trained more than 3500 teachers in 6 states of India and the United States of America.

She continues to serve as a Resource person for ECE for the Oxford University Press – Pan India (https://india.oup.com) and has been with Yeshwantrao Chavan Maharshtra Open University Nasik for their Distant Education Early Childhood Teacher training course.

Vishakha is a regular Key Speaker on All India Radio and Television channels. (ref-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quhp8jOA0mU)

An eminent amateur theatre artist, Vishakha Deshpande is a Writer and director of Children’s dramas. She believes that incorporating drama in pre-school curriculum is of utmost importance.

‘Knowledge stream for every dream” is her mission statement.


Teacher

Sangeeta ChavanMrs. Sangeeta R. Chavan has done her LLB and ECCEd from Mumbai University and Icon Institute respectively. In addition she holds a degree in entire Psychology. She has an overall experience of 3 years in pre-school teaching.

She believes that pre-primary education is a child centred programme which follows a play-way method. She thinks that the job of a teacher is not limited to teaching formally but to provide supportive environment to students to learn. Her enthusiasm would influence students to participate in many activities other than studies. She has the ability to bring out student’s hidden talents.

With her experience and knowledge in psychology, she has accepted her role of being a good teacher.


Admin Incharge

Niketa JoshiMrs. Niketa Joshi, basically a Home Science graduate and a PG Diploma holder in HR, has a vast experience in marketing , HR & administrative field.

Being from a corporate background, she has proper understanding of administrative operations. She has worked with reputed organizations like CADD Centre, L&T, Vitasta Consulting, Varshasookt Consultants. During her tenure in CADD Centre, she had undertaken activities like Road show organization, new product launc, arranging Customer Meet (Thank you meet) etc. She was also handling “3D Printers”, a new technology introduced in India.

Her academic background and over 8 years of professional experience has paved her path to this institute.


Teacher

Madhuri AherMrs. Madhuri Aher began her teaching career in 2014 with a reputed institute in Thane. She graduated with B.A in Economics and holds Diploma of Early Child Care Education from Adroit Institute -Mumbai. She is caring, loving and an enthusiastic person. She believes that children have great energy source in themselves and every child has unique personality so as a teacher we need to provide them opportunities to learn from explorations.

She has organized different events like Annual function day, Sports day, Festival celebrations. She also won First prize in Cooking without fire competition and Second prize in mock-tail competition in the previous school. She loves music and dance. She is pursuing M.A. in Education from Indira Gandhi Open University, Delhi.


Teacher

Swampa MohiteMrs. Swampa Mohite, a graduate from Mumbai University and a Diploma holder in ECCED, Handicraft and Montessori, has a passion for uncovering unique things. She is open to learning and discovering new things. She is also a classical dancer (Kathak).

Being a teacher, she believes that every child can reach his learning potential with high expectations, necessary support, opportunities and caring classrooms. Our approach should make children feel that they are important part of our life. She also believes that children should be motivated to learn by appreciation in the form of small prizes etc for their contribution or skills that they have developed.

We welcome her to our team and wish her a bright future.

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