Arti Khanna

School Director/Principal

Educational Qualification: Bachelor’s degree in Arts, Bachelor’s degree in Education from Delhi University India, Montessori Early childhood certification from American Montessori Society.

Year I joined DAV Montessori & Elementary School: 2005

After teaching for 10 years as a lead teacher at a school here in Houston area, I joined DAVM as the School Director in the year 2005.  I enjoyed my classroom time and the opportunity it provided me, to guide the young children with a strong foundation and love of learning. Under my current role as the school Director/Principal, I feel privileged and proud to be a part of this great school community, dedicated parent partnership, team of excellent teachers & faculty and an exceptionally bright student body. We are working towards making this world noble one child at a time.

 

Sukhinder Kataria

Office Manager

Bachelor’s degree in Arts, Bachelor’s degree in  Education & Post-Graduation in Sales & Marketing.

Year I joined DAV Montessori & Elementary School: 2013

I feel very privileged to be able to help nurture and shape the future of our young promising students. When I am not at work, I love spending time with my family, reading, being outdoors and catching up on the latest music & shows.

Chetna Desai

Lead Teacher Preschool Red Class

Educational Qualification: Master’s degree in English, Master’s degree in Education, Montessori Teacher’s Diploma from the American Montessori Society and a Director’s Diploma.

Year I joined DAV Montessori & Elementary School: 2000

I worked as a Higher Secondary Teacher in India for 13 years before moving to the U.S.A. I taught in a Montessori school for 8 years before joining DAVM. I feel blessed to be able to continue to pursue my passion: serving children.

 

Shilpa Pokhriyal

Lead Teacher Pre school Blue Class

Educational Qualification: Bachelor’s degree in Commerce, AMS – Early Childhood Montessori Certification

Year I joined DAV Montessori & Elementary School: 2006

I have been teaching since 2002.  I like finding new ways to improve student learning, while using Montessori materials as well as other teaching strategies. Students enthusiastic response towards learning and their happy faces make teaching worthwhile. It has been blissful teaching and such a privilege to be part of their early childhood education.

 

Monita Mehtaji

Assistant Teacher Preschool

Educational Qualification:  Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. Montessori Diploma Certificate in India. Preschool/Montessori Certification from NAMC USA.
Year I joined DAV Montessori & Elementary School: 2007

I taught for 7 years in India before joining the DAVM family. I love kids with their innocent smiles and the trust they put in their teacher. This job provides me with an opportunity to nurture their young minds. I am grateful to the school for proving me a friendly & open environment and being an important part of the Children’s development.

Rina Sadhukhan

Assistant Teacher Preschool

Educational Qualification: Master’s degree in Math from India
Year I joined DAV Montessori & Elementary School: 2010

I love teaching because I like to work with children and help them grow so that they can be successful. Also, I always learn so much from them as well. Additionally, the environment at DAV makes my job more enjoyable.

Uma Jajoo

Hindi Teacher Preschool to 1st Grade

Educational Qualification: Bachelor’s degree in Commerce & Economics, Diploma in Computers, Teachers Certification.

Year I joined DAV Montessori & Elementary School: 2011

I taught as a private teacher and at DAVSS for 6 years before joining DAVM. “Teaching is always learning” … I believe this very much and hence feel privileged to be the Hindi Teacher at DAV and blessed to have these little people in my life. I continue learning with them and I don’t remember a dull moment in my classroom…I love the honesty, curiosity and innocence the children bring with them.I enjoy being part of their excitement as they learn a new language and I take pride in guiding them take their first steps in learning Hindi in USA.

 

Charusheela Vyas

Hindi Teacher 2nd to 5th Grade & After School Teacher

Educational Qualification: Master’s degree in Hindi, Bachelor’s degree in Education, Early Childhood Development and Directors Course.

Year I joined DAV Montessori & Elementary School: 2014

I taught for 36 years before I joined DAVM. Teaching is my passion. I love being around children, love their talk & their dreams. I love to learn and grow with them.

Madhu Bangia

Lead Teacher K.G 1st Grade

Educational Qualification: Bachelor’s degree in Commerce, Diploma in Computers from NIIT and Montessori and Primary Teacher’s Training from New Delhi. Director’s Certification from Child Care Council of Greater Houston.

Year I joined DAV Montessori & Elementary School: 2000

I started my teaching career from Bal Bharti School, New Delhi and taught there for 14 years. I joined DAVM as a Hindi and Assistant teacher during the 1st year and thereafter have been working as the Lead teacher for K.G. and 1st grade. Teaching is my passion. I thoroughly enjoy being with my students. Smiles on their faces is my biggest priceless reward. There is nothing in the world I love more. D.A.V. is a wonderful school to teach. The amazing students, outstanding parent community, dedicated and friendly management and staff, makes it a wonderful place for everyone to learn and grow. I am proud to be part of such an exceptional institute which is spreading the knowledge of both the world.  I am very pleased to be associated with this marvelous, awesome and alluring school. I am thankful for the opportunity to work in a nurturing, loving environment.

Aruna Gummadi

Lead Teacher K.G & 1st Grade Orange A Class

Educational Qualification: Master’s degree in Environmental Science, Master’s degree in English literature, AMS Early Childhood Montessori Certification.

Year I joined DAV Montessori & Elementary School: 2006

It only seems like yesterday that I started teaching at the school. No two days in school are ever the same, and watching the children grow and flourish and become passionate about their learning is a joy to be involved in. Teaching will allow continuing our own journey as a student and a life learner. Creating a class in which students are at their best in character is a joy.

I believe each child embodies a unique and wonderful spirit. My aspiration is to see children growing into adults who are independent, responsible, and compassionate innovators. While I am with my students in the class, I try to remember that we are really growing….is with them.

I  thoroughly enjoy working with the happy staff and wonderful children.

Preeti Rana

Preschool Lead teacher

Educational Qualification: Master’s degree  in Family Resource Management.

Year I joined DAV Montessori & Elementary School: 2013

I love being with children, working with them gives me immense pleasure. Their smiles make my day beautiful.I love being in school each and everyday.

Geeta Kadakia

ELA Teacher - 2nd to 5th grade

Educational Qualification: BBA- Finance and Entrepreneurship,

MEd-Educational Psychology, EdD-Administrator Leadership for Teaching and Learning

Year I joined DAV Montessori & Elementary School: 2018

I joined DAV Montessori and Elementary School in 2018. I like the challenge of having mixed-ability classrooms and differentiating instruction to meet the needs of all students. I enjoy reading about brain research and the implications it has on teaching and learning.

Purnima Biswas

After school Teacher

Educational Qualification: Bachelor’s degree in Science

Year I joined DAV Montessori & Elementary School: 2014

I love children and I enjoy every moment working with them.

Biswajita Nanda

Assistant Teacher Preschool & After school Teacher

Educational Qualification: Master’s degree in Political Science from Utkal University Bhubaneshwar India.

Year I joined DAV Montessori & Elementary School: 2014

I find that children are refreshing and stimulating, and they keep me grounded. I want to help them to prosper and protect them from anything harmful as best as I can.

Sarika Gupta

After School Teacher

Educational Qualification: Master’s degree in Economics

Year I joined DAV Montessori & Elementary School: 2015

I feel very happy working in this great environment where we care, play and teach our young ones in such a loving and nurturing manner.

Shama Arya

Science Teacher 2nd to 5th Grade

Educational Qualification: Bachelor’s degree in Science (Chemistry Honors), Master’s degree in Chemistry from Delhi University

Year I joined DAV Montessori & Elementary School: 2019

I have taught Science at DAV institutions all my career, starting in India and now in Houston. As a Science teacher, my goal is always to make the subject accessible to students by ensuring that they have fun in my class through hands-on activities and understand the real-world implications of their learnings. I aim to alter my teaching methods to fit the individual needs of each student and to ensure that they have an overall positive learning experience.

Hema Thakor

Social Studies/Technology Teacher 2 nd -5 th Grade

Educational Qualification: Bachelor’s degree in Biological and Physical Sciences, with Minor in Microbiology and Psychology from University of Houston-Downtown. Elementary through 6 th grade certification training from Texas Teachers of Tomorrow.

Year I joined DAV Montessori & Elementary School: 2019

I joined DAV as a substitute teacher in 2019, during that experience I was able to learn about DAV values, the curriculum, and had the opportunity to connect and work with the students on all the subjects. As I began this school year with a new role as a Social Studies/Technology Teacher, I look forward to getting to know each of my students and their families. I firmly believe that education should be a lifelong activity, and every student here at DAV have the opportunity to pursue a quality education. Education is something I value very highly, to me being a teacher means making learning fun for students and engaging lessons that are pivotal to a student’s academic success. Making the classroom an exciting environment that will help students to speak freely and share their thoughts. Students who are inspired by their teachers can accomplish amazing things, and that motivation always stays with them throughout their life. I want to be able to make sure the students I teach receive the full knowledge on the subject. I am very excited to start this 2020-2021 school year with the DAV family. It is going to be a great year full of learning, fun, and growth.

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