padma shastry, founder and director
Padma took the scenic route to special education. She started as a civil engineer, took some time off to be a stay-at-home mother, then followed her daughters into the classroom as a volunteer. This eventually led to a Master’s in Special Education from Santa Clara University, and a career as an Education Specialist. She was head of the Special Education department at Buchser Middle School in Santa Clara, California, before returning to work in India. She has worked with students with different kinds of mild to moderate disabilities such as LD, autism, Down’s Syndrome, seizure disorder, vision impairments and orthopedic disabilities.Her areas of interest include Learning Disabilities, integration into mainstream education, creation of inclusive classrooms and teacher education. Reading and puzzles fill up whatever spare time she manages to eke out of a full day.
SUPRIYA HOSKERI, ASSOCIATE
Supriya Hoskeri is a educationist, teacher trainer and school improvement specialist. She has a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University, USA. She is also a certified Mindfulness practitioner, and training to be a developmental play therapist.As a counselor and educationist, she focuses on nurturing children’s cognitive as well as social and emotional abilities. She is experienced in creating school-wide and individualized behavior plans and supporting teachers and parents to create teachable moments to foster desired behavior in children. She has trained a few thousand teachers and school heads from schools across India to improve teaching/learning practices. She believes in helping children develop into responsible and accountable individuals. She loves blowing bubbles, inventing games, dancing, making paper boats and mastering the art of making silly faces and conversations – being a child among children!
Prabha Cheruvalath, Consultant
Prabha has a Master’s in Special Education from National University, California, and an administration credential from Santa Clara County Office of Education. Her areas of interest include Learning Disabilities, autism, other related spectrum disorders, brain injuries and school-to-adulthood transition. Her background as a medical practitioner helps in understanding the specific needs of the special population that she serves. She enjoys traveling with her sons, her dogs, her volunteer work, and maintains a large garden in her backyard in her spare time.
Anjali Shastry, digital and communications manager
Anjali is a digital journalist who has worked at The Washington Times, Voice of America Asia and Capital News Service. She now works to raise awareness of the importance of special education in India, but continues to write when she can. In her spare time, she hunts to find the world’s best cinnamon bun and attempts to finish the scarf she started knitting seven years ago.