Meet Our Team
Careers @ Prakriti
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A post graduate in Computer Science, Bharti was the co-founder of tech-based startups in market research and e-learning, before being the architect of Prakriti, both in form and spirit. She has led the growth of Prakriti into a school, a community learning centre and an inclusive learning space for children with special needs. Bharti is a Vipassna meditator and inspires children on mindfulness and having loving kindness towards all beings of nature.
Shilpa spent 10 years working in the World Bank and the banking sector in India and Singapore. After the corporate stint, she returned to what she used to enjoy as a child- to demystify complex issues and teach. A young parent herself, she joined Bharti in building Prakriti, as a learner-centred school, taking inspiration from Mirambika, where she spent her years in training. Even as she was the most accomplished student at both her school, Sardar Patel Vidyalaya and alma mater in DU, she believes in changing the yardstick of how we measure performance of learner to a more holistic and integral way. These days, Shilpa is re-learning Kathak and is looking forward to her performances.
Mridul Batra has been in the Education sector for the last 10 years, before a professional stint in the Banking sector. He was transforming the Primary years program and taught Economics at High School at Bharti Public School, Delhi. In addition to his responsibilities at Prakriti, Mridul is also overseeing a leadership development program for Principals of about 100 Delhi Govt. Schools in the East of Delhi for the past 2 years and now for South District in 2020. Mridul earned a B.A. in Economics (DU), an M.S. in Economics from the National University of Singapore, and an Ed.M. from Harvard. Other than learning in schools, Mridul is passionate about photography & design (he studied Photography Design at the National Institute of Design, (Ahmedabad)). He is an alumnus of Delhi’s Sardar Patel Vidyalaya.
Ritu Gupta has been teaching Biology to Senior School for last 12 years. She has been the Academic Coordinator of a large CBSE school in Delhi for over six years. She is a certified Education Leader by Cambridge and an M.Ed from Central Institute of Education at Delhi University.
Rahul has worked with the Nobel Peace Laureate Prof Muhd Yunus on making Indian companies pursue conscious capitalism through social innovation. He has run two startups in clean energy and healthtech space and has worked in global M&A and and corporate finance. Rahul is an MBA from INSEAD and is pursuing his Masters in Education. Rahul is passionate about learner-centered education and leads institution-building, innovation and growth at Prakriti. He enjoys playing squash, skiing and loves to read on pedagogy and spirituality.
Sh H C Batra
Sh H C Batra is mentoring the Prakriti team on developing the school campuses to be as child-friendly as possible. With his four decades of experience as an Economics teacher and as the Founder and Chairperson of Bharti Public School, he has significant experience in developing education models that are relevant and high performance cultures in academic organisations.
Ven Ajahn Jayasaro
Venerable Ajahn Jayasaro was born in England and is a prominent figure in the movement to integrate Buddhist developmental mprinciples into the Thai education system. His countless contributions include writing the book ‘Stillness Flowing’ which is a definitive biography of Ajahn Chah.
She has four decades of experience in Early Child Care and Education (ECCE). Ms. Krishna, an author and educationist, has been leading Prakriti’s effort to design and develop a curriculum to ignite young minds. Vinita di, as she is fondly known, has conducted numerous workshops and sessions on a wide range of child-related issues at Prakriti. She has been the Director of Khaas Kitaab Foundation, an NGO engaged in publishing innovative books for children. She herself is an award-winning author of children’s story books as well as text books. She has also been the faculty member of a course on Early Child Care & Education at Mirambika Research Centre. She also consults on early childcare and education issues. She was the first Director of Tamanna, an organization for helping children with special needs. She has been involved with the curriculum re-design of primary and pre-primary school at Mother’s International School, Delhi, for the past ten years.
Shradha has a bachelor’s degree from Lady Irwin college and has a Masters in Psychology from IGNOU. She is a registered rehabilitation psychologist who has also finished her course work of Behavior Analysis from the university of Florida. Shradha is passionate about working with children with developmental disabilities. She has a work experience of 8 years in which her engagement areas have been on training her team of therapists, working with children on the floor and also supporting parents with in-depth training and programmes.
Srishti is a Masters in Psychology from Banaras Hindu University and has worked in British School on a variety of special needs.
Dr. Priyanka Jain Bhabu
Vanila is a Finance professional with Corporate experience of a decade in BFSI sector. She gave up her career to serve the community after her son got diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and dedicated herself to the cause. She pursued Diploma in Early Childhood – Special Education and is a RCI certified Practitioner.
She finished her coursework of Behavior Analysis from the Florida Institute of Technologies, US and very recently finished her MA in Clinical Psychology from IGNOU. She holds a work experience of 5+ years for working with children with Autism and Developmental Disabilities
Shreya has done her Bachelors and Masters in Commerce from Delhi University. She started her journey in education in the year 2014 with Teach for India Fellowship and has also been a part of private institutions like Shiv Nadar School. During her years of working as a teacher, she discovered her passion of working with children. She is also an avid reader and a music buff.
Vineet is one of the oldest faculty members at Prakriti. Over the years, he has developed expertise in many areas from understanding children & problem-solving while simultaneously his insights with external resources. Other than facilitating the kindergarten group, his responsibilities include designing the school curriculum under the guidance of programme mentors, leading sessions on the Anapana meditation and also creating online study sessions for the school’s social initiative with the Janwaar village children. Vineet is an MBA from IMT, Ghaziabad.
Mehak is an ardent learner. She began her journey with Prakriti as a facilitator in April 2019. Mehak feels delighted to be able to contribute for a cause like education. Being able to express herself freely gives her freedom and power to unleash the creativity within! Her hobbies include theatre, dancing, listening to music, playing physical sports (especially Athletics), reading novels and things online and indulging in intellectually stimulating conversations. She has completed her graduation in B.El.Ed from Institute of Home Economics, Delhi University.
After completing her graduation in Bachelor’s program in Elementary Education (B.El.Ed) from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Yamini joined Prakriti in the year 2018 with the goal of exploring herself as a facilitator and gaining invaluable learning experience. Prior to this, she had worked with Bluebells International School for a brief period of time, after which, she proceeded to join XSEED education as Quality Analyst. Presently, she is pursuing her Master’s in Education (Elementary) from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. Not only is she a passionate reader and a storyteller, but she also enjoys theatre and creating poetry.
Mrs Shuchi Mishra is a graduate in Psychology (Honours) , Economics and English and a Masters in Psychology from Lucknow University’s Advanced Psychology Centre. She has been a recipient of the national scholarship. She has recently completed the GSE4x: Introduction to Family Engagement in Educational course of study offered by HarvardX learning initiative of Harvard University.She has been teaching, primarily English, since last three decades, first 18 years in Lucknow (ICSE) and then for the last 13 years in the Sanskriti School, Chanakyapuri, Delhi, a CBSE school. She delivers English learning over the playground, the theater, the excursions, the visits outdoors, films, musicals and debating societies.
Aman is an alternate education enthusiast who has been a follower of the J Krishnamurti ideology. He started his professional career as a corporate lawyer with Glaxo Smithkline but followed his passion and joined Shibhumi, a an altnernate-Cambridge school based in Bangalore. He has significant interest in exploring History from a research mindset and has successfully prepared IGCSE learners for over two years.
Having completed her Bachelor’s program in 2019 in Elementary Education (B.El.Ed) from the Institute of Home Economics, Delhi University, she joined Prakriti as a facilitator in April 2019. She has attended Satya Sai LGP workshops and has been on an innovative school trip to Digantar in Jaipur. She is now pursuing her Masters programme in English from IGNOU. Her hobbies include theatre acting, painting, playing basketball and badminton, and she is fond of reading, listening to music and dancing.
Ankita joined Indian Space Research Organisation after her B Tech from IIT Kanpur, where she worked as a Design and Fabrication Engineer for 6 years. She teaches Systems Design, STEM, Physics and Chemistry at Prakriti
A ‘Passionate and Effortless’ Storyteller, Ria commenced her journey with the Prakriti family as an Early Years Facilitator along with the additional responsibility of being an English facilitator in 2020. Previously, she has been a member of ‘Kathashala’ storytelling group, and currently a core member of ‘Story Ghar’ storytelling group, she considers connecting and communicating with children as one of her strengths. Recently, she upgraded her learning by completing MA English with a specialisation in Indian Folk Literature from IGNOU and also, a CIG (Certificate in Guidance) course from IGNOU, gaining insights into the various aspects of child development. Ria, also, holds a degree in English Hons. from Punjab University and a PGD in Human Resource Management from Symbiosis.
Ekta joins us after a long stint in primary years facilitation, last one being at JBCN International School, Mumbai. Ekta didi brings a rich experience of +15 years in the field of learning and teaching primary years in India and abroad. Through her varied experiences such as in Garden International School, Malaysia(ranked in 10 best schools in the world), she has developed a broader vision of education and a perspective to understand children. She is fond of reading and travelling. She graduated from Lady Sriram College, Delhi University in Psychology & Economics and later, an MBA in Marketing. She has completed her early years training in India and Malaysia. She holds certification for “making PYP happen”(Canada). And has attended certified workshops for Jolly phonics, masters in storytelling, Teaching methodology by Dale Carnegie, POCSO, etc.She joins Green Group and lead Languages Programme for Junior Primary
Having completed her B.Ed from Singhania University, Rajasthan, Sandeepa didi joined Prakriti after gaining close to six years of experience at Auro Navakriti School, New Delhi, and MatriKiran School, Gurugram – both progressive schools. She completed her B.A from Delhi University and Early Childhood Care and Education from District Institute of Education and Training (DIET). She has a natural flair for art and craft. She loves to tell stories and has a keen interest in music, poetry, and singing.