Founder, Mentor, Elem Main Guide & Adolescent Studies Guide
Vidya Shankar is a Child Rights Practitioner and Montessori Specialist with the TN Commission for Protection of Child Rights. She is the Founder of the CASCADE Family Learning Cooperative, which functioned previously under her Organisation – Relief Foundation. She continues to guide the newly formed Society, in her role as a mentor and advisor.
In her previous avatar, Vidya was a Chemical Engineer. However, she has since swapped those robes in favor of a more rewarding one which seeks to create safe spaces and communities for children. In the last fifteen years, she has been a part of an Adoptive Families Support Group, SuDatta, a Member of the Juvenile Justice Board and has served as the Chairperson of Chennai District’s Juvenile Welfare Board besides being an active proponent of Children’s issues especially quality and meaningful education.
She also conducts workshops on Juvenile Justice, Laws related to children and is experienced in training teachers up to middle school level on child rights and school reforms to make them child friendly and parent participative. She also offers parenting and educational counselling sessions over distance and in person.
She has completed her AMI Elementary Montessori (for 6-12 years old children) Diploma and Post Graduate Diploma in Child Rights Law from National Law School, Bangalore. More about Vidya…..
Hari Kumar Venkatramani
Hari is an Engineer from National Institute of Technology, Trichy. After a short stint in the software field, he decided to enter the field of Education. He did AMI International Diploma for 3-6 years old children in Bombay. After working for an year, he did his AMI International Diploma for 6-12 years old children from Navadisha Montessori Foundation in Chennai. He has been with Relief Foundation since 2015.
Tamil Resource person
Vidyalakshmi was drawn to the Montessori way of education after discovering it for her son who went to a conventional school for several years. Her child has gained from the free choice based elementary environment and enjoys coming to class everyday. Having done her M.Sc in Math and with a B.Ed too, she was also a teacher in the same school for over 5 years. To gain more from the method, she undertook the Primary Montessori course at IMC Chennai and joined the FLS team in 2016 as a Casa Directress. She has now moved to Elementary and gives Tamil language sessions to children and has a flair for music and poetry. Her passion is to work with young children and she finds the Montessori way for children to be the most ideal for developing into happy productive citizens of tomorrow.
Additional Resource Persons:
- Ms. Vimala Vittal – Biology
- Ms. Jayaprabha – Hindi
- Ms. Vanisri- Sanskrit
- Mr. Raghupathy- Statistics
- Ms. Supriya (Maths)
- Ms. Deepa (Economics, Business Studies, Accountancy, Commerce)
- Dr. Chandra Shekhar Balachandran ( Social Sciences and Cultural Geography)
- Mr. Murali Krishnan – English Literature, Humanities, Health Education, Music
- Ms. Vidya Shankar – Art, Life Skills and personality development
- Mr. Viswanathan – Agriculture
- Saraswathi Krishnan – Hindi and Culture
- Vidyalakshmi Anand – Tamil and Culture
- Kamakshi – Sanskrit and Culture.
- Suganya Gandhi – Elementary and Adolescent studies support guide.