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People & Values

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We are team of educators, designers and technologists committed to the cause of education.

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Vinod Karate

Pathfinder. Netflix Ninja. Bibliophile.

Vinod is a social entrepreneur who previously served as founding member and Director at STIR Education, a successful not-for-profit start-up focused on building teacher changemaker networks in India and Uganda. Under his leadership, STIR program in India scaled to over 15,000 teachers. Prior to this, Vinod worked at investment banks like Nomura and Lehman Brothers. He did his MBA from Delhi School of Economics and holds a B.Sc. in Physics from Delhi University.

Top Quote "To be is to do, to do is to be, do be do be do."

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Sarita Sharma

Language Guru. Improv Queen. Culture Vulture.

Sarita Sharma worked in Sardar Patel Vidyalaya Delhi for 7 years where she headed the Maths Lab Programme for primary school. For the next 6 years she headed the primary wing (Grade 1-3) and led the Math team in CurriMakers. Sarita conducts workshops for teachers in various subjects, theater and pedagogy independently, as well as for British Council. She holds a B.El.Ed. from Delhi University and M.Ed from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai.

Top Quote "When we die, everybody feels the pain but we do not know about it. It’s the same with stupidity."

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Suvidhi Khurana

Momo aficionado. Globetrotter. Excel Sheet Junkie.

Suvidhi has 6 years of work experience in the education sector as a researcher, teacher trainer and teacher. ​ She has worked with government schools, affordable private schools and various non-profit organisations in various capacities. ​ Prior to joining TheTeacherApp, Suvidhi worked at organisations such as J-PAL, STIR Education and Teach for India. She holds an Ed.M. in International Education Policy from Harvard University and B.A. in Psychology.

Top Quote "The world is a book and those who don't travel read only one page."

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Ishan Wahi

Problem Solver. Penny-wise. Fitness-Fanatic.

Ishan is a technologist who has 5 years of experience in building and launching education, media and financial technology products at organizations like IBM Research, Amazon and PayPal. Building the University of Texas-Austin’s eLearning platform, sparked his curiosity to delve deeper into education technology, and eventually solve the problem of digital access for teachers in India, at TheTeacherApp. Ishan holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science from The University of Texas, Austin.

Top Quote "If life seems to have more questions than answers, try to be the one who asks the questions."

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Medha Bankhwal

Storyteller. Adventurer. Salad devotee.

Medha started her career at Google, managing digital advertising (AdWords) accounts for small and medium businesses. To explore the potential of education to act as social equaliser, she joined Going to School, a design-driven education non-profit where she worked across Bihar and Jharkhand. She loved the non-stop hustle at Global Citizen Festival, India working on Education and Gender Policy & Advocacy. Medha holds a B.A. in Economics from Shri Ram College of Commerce.

Top Quote "My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style"

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Bhanu Jain

Star-gazer. Peace maker. Supermom.

Bhanu has taught as a primary school teacher for over 7 years in private as well as government schools such as Sardar Patel Vidyalaya and Navyug School. She was involved in creating teacher training curriculum and assessment of teacher training programs at Etasha, TISS, NCTE. She has worked in the field of teacher professional development and as a content developer in Mathematics for over 4 years at Xseed Education and Birla Edutech. Bhanu holds a B. El. Ed. from Delhi University, M. Ed. from TISS, Mumbai and Master’s in Sociology from IGNOU.

Top Quote "Enjoy the little things in life for one day you’ll look back and realise they were the big things."

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Monica Kochar

Freethinker. Humorist. Tree hugger.

Monica has a teaching experience of over 19 years in International and National curriculum at Pathways World School, The Valley School (Krishnamurti Foundation India), Mirambika and The Mother’s International School. She has also worked as an author and teacher trainer at Oxford University Press and a school consultant at India Council of Integral Education, Sri Aurobindo Society.

Top Quote "To each to his own."

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Shilpa Thakral

Researcher. Sustainability Champion. Dessert Disciple.

Shilpa has experience in school education for over 14 years; has worked as a teacher, teacher educator at private schools and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Education, Delhi University. She participated in the ‘Climate Change Educators Skillshare’ in Melbourne, Australia under the Australian Leadership Awards (ALA) Fellowships. She holds a B.El.Ed, an M.Ed., M.Phil (Education) from the Department of Education, Delhi University and M.A. in Political Science and Public Administration.

Top Quote "Smile, because it confuses people. Smile, because it's easier than explaining what is killing you inside."

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Ishtha Kapoor

Vitalizer. Visualiser. Stationary Gatherer.

Ishtha has worked with STIR Education as a Qualitative Data Analyst, aiming to understand teachers’ beliefs about their students and about each other. She holds a B.A. from Lady Shri Ram College and M.Sc. in Social Psychology from London School of Economics. Her thesis led to her deep interest in child psychology, and subsequently in the space between child development and education.

Top Quote "Those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music."

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Parul Bhardwaj

Listener. Explorer. Zen-maker

After teaching for 4 years, Parul joined Currimakers where she helped build child-friendly curriculum, delivered through print and digital media. She has worked as a subject matter expert in Mathematics and team lead at S.Chand Group of Companies and content developer at Pearson India. She’s been engaged with study of the web portal by Delhi University, Regional Resource Centre for Elementary Education. She holds a B.El.Ed​ from Delhi University, M.Ed. from TISS and is currently pursuing Master's in Psychology at IGNOU.

Top Quote "Imagination is more important than knowledge."

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Kriti Bhandari

Writer. Drama Queen. Chocolate Enthusiast.

A passionate educator, Kriti holds B.Sc. from Delhi University and a B.Ed. from Indraprastha University. As the academic head of the primary department of Presidium School she was responsible for curriculum implementation, parent communication, classroom observations and teacher feedback.

She taught at Presidium School as a primary teacher for 4 years. She also worked with Currimakers where she reviewed and co-authored books for grades 1 through 5 on theme based learning and science.

Top Quote "Live life like you have nothing to lose!"

WHAT WE VALUE AS A TEAM

Being on deck for each other

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We ensure that each one of us grows every day. We guide, stand behind and celebrate each other's’ brilliant work and contribution, understanding that we are better together.

Being Anchored to the User

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The teacher is the centre of our universe. We constantly aim at making our product available to the last user with least infrastructural resistance as well as intuitively usable.

Being a believer of possibilities

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We aren’t dejected by failures. We treat each challenge as a learning opportunity and become better upon overcoming each hurdle.

Being Agile

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We don’t let the aspiration for perfection slow us down. We wish to build fast, fail fast, fix fast.

Being Relentless

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We are relentless in our pursuit for excellence and persistent with ideas. Excellence for us is transformation in classroom practices through strengthened foundational knowledge of teachers.

Being transparent and open to feedback

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We get excited about feedback on our product. We seek to understand, from each other and our users, and we listen with curiosity.