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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. (

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.(

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 ( 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-

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.

Mrs. Sangeeta R. Chavan


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.

Mrs. Madhuri Aher


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.

Mrs. Swampa Mohite


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.

Mrs. Aditi Oak


Aditi OakMrs. Aditi Oak is commerce graduate and trained in Early Childhood Education. She holds post graduate diploma in Sports Management and Broadcast Journalism from International Institute of Sports Management and Media Research and Study Centre respectively. Earlier she has worked with various news channels and media house as script writer and sub-editor. She feels that Early Childhood Education should be child centric and catering to all-round development of child.

Aruna Surlekar


Aruna SurlekarAruna Surlekar is a commerce graduate. She holds a Diploma in Travel and Tourism and has experience of 6 years in Customer interactive work. She has also worked with (IATA) International Air Transport Association for one year.

Since Childhood, dancing is her passion and she has Visharad in Bharatnatyam.

Being interested in child psychology she went on to complete her Diploma in ECCED and Montessori. She is highly motivated, enthusiastic and committed educator with innate ability to understand and motivate children. She believes that each child is special and unique and should never be compared.

Geetanjali Amrute


Geetanjali AmruteGeetanjali is a LLB graduate and has practiced in solicitor firm for three and a half years. Her passion for young children encouraged her to take up course in ECCED and found it more interesting, hence diverted her work. She has three years of experience in preschool teaching.

She believes that every child is unique. They should learn at their own pace. She enjoys teaching preschool children and watching them achieve greater heights.

Mrs. Akshataa A Kasturey


Mrs. Akshataa A KastureyMrs.Akshataa A Kasturey is a B Com graduate and holds a Diploma in early Child hood Care and education. She also holds a masters degree in Library Science. She loves to conduct cultural activities like drama, Musical Drama for Children. She feels drama is a way of giving and feeling expression and a way of expressing thoughts. With the help of drama we can bring out the hidden talent from these small children which will help them to be a good human being.

Hetal Modi


Hetal ModiHetal Modi is a Commerce graduate and has completed Diploma in early childhood care & education. She has also completed Diploma in Export and Import management. She has teaching experience of One Year and also worked in Export Import firms in administration and documentation dept. Her hobbies are listening Music, Dancing ,Travelling and teaching.

She loves children and likes to spend time with them. She feels that children are like mirror. Like Mirror never says lies , children always say the truth.

Swapnali Manjrekar


Swapnali ManjrekarSwapnali Manjrekar is a Commerce graduate. She has and experience of 8years in the corporate sector(TCS, JLT co.). Thereafter, having an interest in teaching she pursued a Diploma in Early Childhood care and Education.

She loves teaching and believes that each child should be given the freedom of self-expression.

Teaching is a highly transferable skill. One of the main reason for wanting to teach is devotion to lifelong learning.

Mrs. Kumud More


Mrs. Kumud MoreKumud More is science graduate. She has completed Diploma in early childhood care and education. She loves to spend time with kids. She likes to be a facilitator for them. She believes that children have their own imaginations and ideas. We have to accept it and give the opportunities to explore them. She also encourages them to blossom their personality.

Manisha Dhale


Manisha DhaleManisha Dhale is a commerce graduate and has completed her training in Early Childhood Care and Education. She has also completed Diploma in International Airline and Travel Management, Diploma in Computers and Typing. She has teaching experience of three years and has also worked as Computer Operator and Marketing Executive. Her hobbies are singing, dancing, travelling, stitching and drawing. She has a passion for teaching small children and hereby performs her duty as a facilitator.

Aparna Jeste


Aparna JesteAparna Roopesh Jeste has a Master degree in Literature and holds a Diploma in system Management. Though she worked as a Customer Support Executive in various corporate companies, she eventually realised that she is passionate about small children and would love to work in Early childhood education field. Hence she diverted and now with one year experience in this field, continues to nurture her passion. She strongly believes that every child is gifted with some thing by God and is capable of doing great things if given the correct tools and right environment.

Nandita Deshpande


Nandita DeshpandeNandita Deshpande, She is a commerce Post Graduate from Nagpur University and has 10 years experience in Travel Industry. In addition to this she has done ECCED from Shree Rishikesh Prasarak Mandal, Navi Mumbai. Also has experience of one & a half years in teaching.

Nandita firmly believes that every child is different but unique...they need to blossom with bright future & colourful life, and her role would be showing them the path towards achieving their goals.

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