About Us

Functioning in the Adyar area of Chennai since 2010, CASCADE FLS is a Montessori based replicable educational eco system that empowers children, self-directs their learning, and helps families to learn and grow as involved parents in their children's lives.

We continue to generate success stories among members in our community who ally with the system, thriving in its growth and stabilisation.

It's parent organisation Relief Foundation (public charitable trust) runs four rural Montessori resource centres since 2015. CFLS and RF collaborate to offer rural learning experiences for elementary and adolescent ages.

Meet the Team:

Montessori House for Children and Elementary School ensures that the Casa, Elementary and Adolescent guides are trained in Montessori Pedagogy under the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) OR IMTC Indian Montessori training Courses. The Centre prides itself on the quality, educational depth and Talent of its faculty. Lead guides hold Montessori credentials recognized through the AMI. All trained assistants undergo specific Montessori Assistant Training both in-house and from independent trainers to achieve consistency.

Founder

Mrs. Vidya Shankar

Founder, Mentor - AMI Elementary, Adolescent and Montessori Sports

Vidya Shankar is a Child Rights Practitioner and a Montessori advocate for children. Her role as a founder and mentor of the entire guides team at CFLS, has made possible the collaboration with her organisation - Relief Foundation’s rural Montessori centres for mutual benefit and growth. Vidya is passionate about the holistic approach of Montessori education and the skills Montessori Children develop, which allows them to contribute to society in a meaningful and profound way.


Ms. Anusha Rajaraman

Partner, Parent volunteer.

Anusha Rajaraman is an Engineering graduate, trained in AMI Primary, now pursuing AMI Elementary. She is passionate about art based education and fostering inner well being of children. She is a proud parent of two children in Cascade FLS and is a part of its Core team. She keenly pursues her passion for bettering the educational options available to the families.


Ms. Jayshri Krishnakumar

Development Lead, Parent.

Jayshri Krishnakumar has formerly worked in various areas of Business Development in Germany, and right now is working towards the overall development of CFLS. She is a happy mother of a 5 yr old who attends the Casa Program in CFLS. Jayshri's interests are Gardening, Classical Art forms and Philosophy.


CLASSROOM GUIDES AND LEAD GUIDES - ADYAR

Ms. Srirani (Casa Lead Guide)

Srirani is a certified Montessori Primary Guide with 7 + years of experience in the field. Her experience in Montessori schools helped her define her passion for the Montessori philosophy and methodology.

Seethalakshmi Subramaniam (Elementary Lead Guide)

Seetha is an AMI certified primary and Elementary Montessori guide with years of experience in facilitating children's innate need to reflect and create self-aware and insightful learners.

Ms. Revathy Naveen (Montessori Art and Culture Lead)

Revathy pursued her education in Literature.

Trained in Montessori Primary and Elementary, Revathy believes strongly in the Montessori quote: “it is the child who makes the man, and no man exists who was not made by the child who once he was.”

Ms. Bhooma Suresh (Elementary Support Guide)

With a basic degree - Bachelors degree in English literature and Psychology, Bhooma has done certification courses in handling special children. Children and animals are the causes she relates to and works for . Committed member of Rotary International . She can speak English Hindi, Marathi, Tamizh and Malayalam.

Dr. Chandra Shekar Balachandran (Humanities and Cultural Geography).

Dr. Chandra has been involved with Geography education in India and US for over 35 yrs. He anchors tigsindia.com through which he helps students learn the power of Geography education, teachers make Geography teaching exciting, and parents have meaningful conversations with their wards.

RESOURCE PERSONS - ADOLESCENT STUDIES

Ms. Akila Ramesh (Homescience)

Akila is a Special Educator and Assessor with accredition from RCI Rehabilitation Council of India(RCI)-CRR No. A24019. B.Ed (SEDE),TNOU, Chennai, India.

She has over 16 years of experience in teaching Business studies, accountancy and Home science for class 10 and and 12 (National Institute of Open Schooling-NIOS curriculum ). She is adept in teaching children with learning difficulties.

Brindha Kannan (Adolescent counselor and Life Coach)

Her passion is to work with adolescents and young adults so that they can reach their full potential. With all the above background she has now become an internationally certified Coach for transformation.

Ms. Nithya Nandakumar

Nitya is a teaching professional with flair for arts. She is passionate about travelling and studying about different cultures; this passion of herś has given her a very broad outlook in understanding people and their behaviours, which in turn has a positive impact on students that she teaches and trains. She strongly believes that as a teacher her job does not end with teaching the curriculum alone but to go further and teach children values. Nithya offers lessons to NIOS students on English, Business studies, Psychology, Social studies and Economics.

Mr. Imran Ali Namazi (Web Design and Creative Writing)

An Electrical Engineer turned Programmer, Imran is passionate about the "whys" of building websites, the content that goes into them and the future of this Earth. Slowly becoming a writer, he has been a part of us since 2021, evolving his "music led classroom discussion" and creative expression classes. He now conducts a unique Web Design course for our seniors.

Mr. Nataraj Panchapagesan - Environmentalist (offering Earth Ethics course)

An IT professional turned social entrepreneur, he gave up a successful career in the US to follow his passion for setting up a social enterprise. He created a network of like-minded individuals with a passion for transforming communities. Namma Ooru Foundation (NOF) is a not-for-profit organization founded by him and run by a group of passionate individuals who care about the environment.

Vidya Mahesh Kumar- Painting

Ms. Vidya is a home maker and hobby crafter turned full time artist. A masters degree holder in sociology, she pursued art training under Artist A. V. Ilango, later working as a teacher in his studio. She then went on to obtain a PG diploma in painting. She now works in her home studio, branded as "vidyarty creations", painting and teaching students art both offline and online. Travelling and sketching on location particularly interests her.

Mr. Murali Krishnan (AMI Elem Guide for Upper elem and Advanced Tamizh)

Murali Krishnan is a post graduate in English and Computer Applications. During his tenure in the Software Industry, he had volunteered for many years in the child welfare sector, especially the Juvenile and Observation Homes in Tamilnadu.

His core Strength is adopting best classroom practices that will make learning meaningful for children.

Ms. Jaya Prabha - Hindi

Jaya prabha is a graduate of Homescience and Education. She enjoys facilitating joyful learning, as a volunteer in municipal schools of pune and chennai, from the year 2014. Presently a resource person for basic education in Hindi and Tamil.

Vinoth Maximus, High school Math Science guide (Cascade FLS elementary Alumnus now entering college)

High school graduate from a Cambridge International (A level) certified school. High achievement award winner in Physical Science at IGCSE exams. Aspiring to become a Sound Engineer. Applied for an Electronics and Communication engineering program. A science and math enthusiast. A Physics lover especially interested in Astronomy. Classical trained singer and a Western Dancer. Pianist (Grade 1 Trinity exam) and a Badminton player. Participated in IIMUN ( India's International Movement to Unite Nations ) and have conducted intra- school debates.

CLASSROOM GUIDES - ANNA NAGAR

Ms. Nandini Murali (AMI Primary Guide, Parent)

Nandini is an MBA, trained as an AMI Montessori primary guide. She is immensely passionate about children’s early experiential education the Montessori way. She’s a firm believer and follower of the quote "Children become what you are and so be what you want them to be".

V.R.Leelavathi (Montessori Hindi Guide, Parent)

Leela has a Bachelors degree in Business management from Mangalore University. Completed Diploma in Primary Montessori (3 to 6 years age )from IMTC Chennai. She firmly believes in the Cascade FLS model of education that follows the child in his learning journey.