Avani Rashne: Business Development and Operations Director
Avani Rashne has over fifteen years of experience encompassing responsibilities of implementing and executing the SSC and CBSE programs in various schools of Mumbai. She started her career as a teacher and managed national curriculums and teaching programs for ten years. Later she joined one of the leading brands of self - operated preschools in India as an Early Childhood Education trainer. She has conducted teacher training programs and was involved in the establishment of a school since its inception. Her skills saw her being promoted as the principal of the same school and she has been responsible for managing the functioning of school and has built positive, cooperative and mutually supportive relationships with staff and parents.
Avani is now the proprietor of Young Minds , A Learners Academy offering various educational services for children.
Aparna Krishnan: Creative, Media and Content Director
Aparna is enthusiastic about child development and dreams of bringing forth new ideas and a more professional approach towards early childhood education in India. Her background in psychology and interest in educational psychology prompted her to pursue a Master (research based) in Human Development from SNDT University. Upon completion of her degree, she joined a major preschool chain as a trainer, facilitating and training students to become ECE teachers. She then took on the role of a supervisor conducting workshops, planning training and professional development sessions, interacting with parents and educators and creating a curriculum for the training programme. Her interest in early childhood education and research resulted in lectures and workshops in University with the Masters students.
Aparna is currently working as an educator planning and implementing the Early Years Learning Framework with children. She also works as a bi-cultural support worker helping and supporting children and families to adjust to new educational set ups.
Jeenal Desai: Strategic, Marketing and Program Director
Jeenal is passionate about child development and has a vision to bring reforms within the current early childhood education sector in India. Soon after gaining Bachelors and Masters Degree in Human Development (2008) from University of Mumbai, she joined the Head Office of a leading preschool chain in India with rapid expansion plans, giving her hands on experience in managing regional operations, setting up new centres across India, designing curriculum, documenting progress reports of preschool children, conducting orientation programs, seminars and workshops. She has conducted theory lectures related to Child Development for students, parents, teacher trainers and monitored practical training of trainee teachers in preschool classrooms.
Jeenal is currently working as a Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies.