Advisory Board

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Veranda Advisory Board

S. Vijayalakshmi, Educational Consultant and Trainer

(Master of History Degree, PGD in Educational Leadership)

S.Vijayalakshmi is an educational professional with over twenty years of experience in administration of institutions, implementation of curriculum, holistic learning and education of children with special needs. She has been the headmistress/Director for CL Mehta Sishya, OMR for the past six years. Her passion for teaching and mentoring is reflected in the love and respect the children have for her. Her advice and guidance would serve as a great asset to steer our school in the right direction

Sebanti Maitra, Curriculum Developer & Teacher Trainer

(Honours Degree, B.Ed)

On graduating from St, Xavier’s college Kolkata with an Honours degree, Sebanti Maitra decided to pursue her love for education and went on to complete her B.Ed from Shri Shikshayatan College Kolkata. Her journey with practical teaching started at a school called Akshar where she not only made her foray into classroom teaching but also had the overwhelming opportunity of integrating children with special needs into mainstream education.

Her experience and learning at Akshar and Sishya, not only nurtured but also facilitated her passion to explore beyond the boundaries of conventional ways of teaching. It is at this point of time that she realised that the art of teaching English Language is dynamic and needs constant research. It was an exhilarating experience during which she trained herself to add value to the education system from the pre primary to the high school level.

She researched and developed Preschool Curriculum that was holistic and helped children make a smooth transition into the world of education from the cocoon of their homes. It is at this point that her metamorphosis from being a teacher to a curriculum developer began. Teacher training and mentoring became the next thing that she wanted to become adept at. She has free lanced and created preschool curriculum for many schools and have seen them bloom into state of art centres of learning.

Shiny Surendran

(MSc - Dietetics / Nutrition , BSc - Dietetics / Nutrition)

Shiny Surendran MSc, Grad Dip Sports Nutrition (Intl Olympic Committee), Accredited Sports Dietician - Sports Dieticians Australia, Level 2 Kinanthropometrist - ISAK , New Zealand, Consultant Sports Nutritionist - Hande Medical Centre, Lecturer in Sport Nutrition - Sri Ramachandra University has joined the panel of consultants at Hande Medical Centre.

An Accredited Sports Dietician from Sports Dieticians Australia and is the first Indian to hold the Diploma in Sports Nutrition from the International Olympic Committee . With 17 yrs of work experience, her core competencies are in preventive nutrition and sports nutrition. Shiny spends a lot of time understanding their lifestyle and presents eating patterns and past attempts in search of solutions through eating right . The ultimate aim is to make her clients independent in making wise choices while eating and also help reach their fitness goals through smart eating!

She is the first Olympic Council certified Sports Nutritionist in India who specializes in sport, preventive nutrition and weight management.

Sharath Kamal Achanta

(National/International Table Tennis Player)

Wielding the Table Tennis racket at the age of six, his un-daunting spirit and interest in the game to win, has made him reach the summit. Recipient of the Prestigious Arjuna Award for being the outstanding sportsperson in the field of table tennis in the year 2005, he is currently ranked at his best ranking, World No. 32(as of June 2015), the best international ranking by any Indian. He has won a total of 6 medals (3 Gold's, 1 Silver and 2 Bronze) in the 3 Commonwealth Games at Melbourne in 2006, Delhi in 2010 and Glasgow in 2014 and still counting. Participant of Olympic Games 2004 in Athens and in 2008 at Beijing, he is looking ahead to win a medal in the forthcoming Rio Olympic Games in 2016. He is currently training and playing for Borussia Dusseldorf, one of the best clubs in Europe with some of the leading players in the World.

Starting with inter-schools, district tournaments, state tournaments, he went on win many National and International accolades. There was no turning back for Sharath Kamal

It was a great moment of National pride and glory to the game of Table Tennis when he achieved the following:

1. Represented India in 3 Olympic Games ( 2004 at Athens, 2008 at Beijing and 2016 at Rio).
2. First Indian to win Gold medals at Commonwealth Games. Have a total of 6 medals ( 3 Gold's, 1 Silver and 2 Bronze) from 3 Commonwealth Games.
3. Recipient of the prestigious 'Arjuna Award' in 2005 by the president of India for being an outstanding sportsperson.
4. Seven times National champion.