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TEAM

The Gateway Team

Great care has been taken to ensure that each and every teacher, clinician, and even non-teaching staff member at Gateway-Mumbai possesses the educational qualifications, prior work experience, and attitudes necessary to contribute effectively towards the success of our mission. At present, our team consists of enthusiastic and dedicated professionals with several years of relevant experience in India and overseas, qualified with Bachelors, Masters and even Doctorate degrees in Special Education from the most renowned universities in the UK, USA, and India.

Gateway-Mumbai invests tremendous time, effort and money towards providing its team members with opportunities for professional development (PD) through the year including: four weeks of intensive training during summer, monthly in-house workshops during ‘PD Day’, multiple opportunities to attend expert-led workshops and national/international conferences, and observation visits to our several collaborator institutions in the US each year.

Click on any team member's name to read their full profile.

    • Indira Bodani

      Founder

      As the Founding Trustee, Indira has conceptualized and directed the establishment and development of The Gateway School of Mumbai. Her experience in the field of special education began when she was serving as a teacher, for 5 years, at the renowned Sadhana School for children with special needs in Mumbai. After the birth of her first son, Indira spent 13 years in the USA working closely with a multidisciplinary team of renowned educators, therapists, and doctors, to support her older son’s developmental needs.

    • Siamack Zahedi

      Trustee

      Siamack served Gateway-Mumbai as the founding Head of School for 5 years, and he is presently an Honorary Trustee of the Keshavlal V. Bodani Charitable Trust. He has completed a Master's degree in Education from Columbia University (USA), and is currently pursuing a Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from Johns Hopkins University (USA). Siamack has been working with formal and informal educational initiatives across a diversity of geographical contexts in India, since 2004. Today, as Founder and Managing Director of A2Q Education consultancy, he continues to work on school design and school development projects around India and overseas. Visit A2Q's website (link) to learn more about their work.

    • Varsha Makhija

      Co-Principal

      Varsha is a founding member of The Gateway School of Mumbai (GSoM) and joined the team in 2011. She has completed a Master's (MA) in Clinical Psychology from University of Mumbai, India. Prior to joining GSoM, she has worked with a variety of non-profit organizations, corporate institutions and schools for over 6 years.

    • Radhika Zahedi

      Co-Principal

      Radhika has completed a Master’s (MA) in Mathematics Education from Teacher’s College, Columbia University, USA. She has worked in public schools in New York, USA, teaching Math and Science, has taught in IB and IGCSE schools in Mumbai, and was a Consulting Expert and Teacher Coach and facilitated extensive Professional Development at a rural school in north-east India for over 5 years.

    • Radhika Misquitta

      Director of Research and Outreach

      Radhika is a founding member of The Gateway School of Mumbai (GSoM) and joined the team in 2011. She has completed a Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Special Education - Learning Disabilities from the University of Texas at Austin, USA, and a Master's (MA) in Special Education from SNDT Women's University, Mumbai, India. Prior to joining GSoM, she has worked in India and the USA as a Teacher Coach and Special Educator for over 9 years.

    • Rachna Shah

      Outreach Program Manager

      Rachna is a founding member of The Gateway School of Mumbai (GSoM) and joined the team in 2012. She has completed the Hornsby Course in Dyslexia & Literacy from Alpha to Omega, UK, and her Master's (MA) in Psychology from S.N.D.T. University, Mumbai, India. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Education degree (Ed.D.) from Johns Hopkins University, Maryland, USA.

    • Nituna Baretto

      Humanities Coordinator

      Nituna has completed the Teacher Training Course from St. Margaret's College, Mumbai. Prior to joining GSoM, she has worked with international schools (ICSE and IB) across Mumbai, teaching and developing curricula for over 8 years.

    • Rimi Chopra

      Arts and Movement Department Coordinator

      Rimi has completed a Certificate in Arts-Based Therapy (ABT) from the World Center for Creative Learning Foundation, Pune, a Master’s (MA) in Arts from SNDT Women's University, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology from St. Xavier’s Institute of Education, Mumbai, India. Prior to joining GSoM, she has worked as an Arts-Based Therapist at clinics, as a Counseling Psychologist in schools and rehabilitative centers, and conducted music workshops for children in pediatric settings, across Mumbai.

    • Mala Lamba

      Sensory-Motor Department Coordinator

      She is a founding member of The Gateway School of Mumbai (GSoM) and joined the team in 2012. Mala has completed a Certificate Course in Sensory Integration from the University of Southern California, USA and a Bachelor’s (BSOT) in Occupational Therapy from Seth G.S Medical College, Mumbai, India. She has been practicing as a Pediatric Occupational Therapist since 2010.

    • Ridhika Shah

      Speech Therapist

      Ridhika has completed a Master’s (MASLP) in Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology, from Topiwala National Medical College, Mumbai, India. She stood 2nd across Mumbai in her graduating year. She has been practicing at clinics across Mumbai as a Speech & Language Therapist since 2011.

    • Manika Khanna

      Director of Admissions & Counseling Department Coordinator

      Manika has completed a Bachelor's (BA) in Psychology from University of Waterloo, Canada, and a Master’s (MA) in Clinical Psychology - Infant and Child Development from the University of Indianapolis, USA. Prior to joining GSoM, she has worked as a Counsellor and conducted neuropsychological assessments for LD/ADHD/ASD for children and adolescents at a variety of organisations in the USA.

    • Indrani Chatterjee

      Library Media Specialist

      Indrani has completed a Master’s (MEd) in Special Education from the University of Cincinnati, USA. Prior to joining GSoM, she has worked with a variety of schools in the USA for over 30 years, and has received the Teaching Excellence Award from The Kentucky Education Association.

    • Riddhi Gogri

      ICT Coordinator

      Riddhi has completed a Bachelor’s (BEd) in Special Education from SNDT Women's University, Mumbai, India, and a Bachelor’s (BA) in Psychology from University of Mumbai, India. Prior to joining GSoM, she has worked in the learning resources department at an non-governmental organization in Mumbai, designing Individualized Education Plans and Special Educational Needs modules and conducting remedial education for children with special needs.

    • Tvisha Luthria

      Section Coordinator & Lead Teacher

      Tvisha has completed a Bachelor’s (BEd) in Special Education - Learning Disabilities from SNDT Women's University, Mumbai, India and a Diploma in Early Childhood Care & Education (ECCE). Prior to joining GSoM, she has worked in nurseries and preschools across Mumbai.

    • Urvi Shah

      Lead Physical Therapist

      Urvi is a founding member of The Gateway School of Mumbai (GSoM) and joined the team in 2011. She has completed her Bachelor's (BSPT) in Physical Therapy from University of Mumbai, India, a Certificate Course in Neuro-Developmental Treatment from the University of Colorado, USA, and a Certificate Course in Sensory Integration from the University of Southern California, USA. She has been practicing as a Physical Therapist since 2010.

    • Amy P. Jain

      Occupational Therapist

      Amy has completed her Master’s (MSc OT) in Occupational Therapy from the University of Northampton, UK. Prior to joining GSoM, she has worked with children with special needs in clinical and academic settings in the UAE, and has experience with a wide range of diagnoses and ages.

    • Pooja Thakkar

      Speech Therapist

      Pooja has completed a Master’s (MASLP) in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology from Ali Yavar Jung National Institute For The Hearing Handicapped, Mumbai, India, and her Bachelor’s (BASLP) in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology from Topiwala National Medical College, Mumbai, India.

    • Sneha Rawlani

      Counselor

      Sneha has completed a Bachelor’s (BSc) in Psychology from The University of Exeter, UK. She has worked with a non-profit organization for children on the autistic spectrum in Exeter, UK, and as an intern at a psychiatric clinic in Mumbai. GSoM is her first experience in the field of education.

    • Ekta Somaiya

      Case Manager & NIOS Coordinator

      Ekta has completed a Bachelor’s (BEd) in Special Education - Learning Disabilities from SNDT Women’s University (Center of Special Education). Prior to joining GSoM, she has worked in general and special education, and has provided remedial education and assessment at clinics in Mumbai, working with Psychologists and Occupational Therapists.

    • Rudri Joshi

      Math Coordinator

      Rudri has completed a Bachelor’s (BEd) in Special Education - Learning Disabilities and a Master’s (MA) in Clinical Psychology, from SNDT Women’s University, and a Bachelor’s (BA) in Psychology from University of Mumbai, India. Prior to joining GSoM, she has worked at Masina Hospital, Thane Mental Hospital and Shivaji Hospital as an intern. GSoM is her first experience in the field of education.

    • Afaf Siraj Kazi

      Lead Teacher

      Afaf has completed a Bachelor’s (BEd) in Special Education - Learning Disabilities from SNDT Women's University, Mumbai, India. Prior to joining GSoM, she has taught in special education for a year.

      • Salome D’Sa

        Lead Teacher

        Salome has completed a Bachelor’s (BMS) of Management Studies from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, India. Prior to GSoM, she has worked in Business Development at a media company, has volunteered at non-profit organizations for underprivileged children and taught Sunday School at a local church. She has decided to pursue a career in education and GSoM is her first experience in the field of education.

      • Frazer Vaz

        Adaptive Physical Educator

        Frazer has completed a Diploma in Physical Education from Samarth Vyayam Mandir, Mumbai, India. Prior to joining GSoM, he has worked as a Physical Educator in schools and has coached children’s and adult football clubs across Mumbai for over 9 years.

      • Taila Anandasagar

        Lead Teacher

        Taila has completed a Bachelor’s (BA) in Psychology (Sociology - Minor) from Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada. Prior to joining GSoM, she has worked in accounting, and has volunteered at The Hospital for Sick Children, Ontario and was involved in fundraising for charity events benefiting the literacy programs of elementary schools in Ontario. She is also a trained dancer.

      • Mehernaz Eshraghi

        Lead Teacher

        Mehernaz has completed a Bachelor’s (BCom) in Commerce from University of Mumbai, India, and a Diploma in Interior Design from Rachana Sansad, Mumbai, India. Prior to joining GSoM, she has worked as an interior designer and has also taught value education classes to students. She has decided to pursue a career in education and GSoM is her first experience in the field of education.

      • Noella Samuel

        Mentor Teacher

        Noella has completed a Bachelor’s (BEd) from St. Xavier's Institute of Education, Mumbai, India, and a Bachelor’s (BA) in History from University of Mumbai, India. Prior to joining GSoM, she has taught at non-profit organizations and schools across Mumbai for over 3 years.

      • Foram Mamniya

        Lead Teacher

        Foram has completed a Bachelor’s (BEd) in Special Education from SNDT Women's University, Mumbai, India. Prior to joining GSoM, she has worked in the corporate sector and in IT. She has decided to pursue a career in education and GSoM is her first experience in the field of education.

      • Amrita Menon

        Counselor

        Amrita has completed a Master’s (MA) in Counselling Psychology from SNDT Women's University, Mumbai, India. Prior to joining GSoM, she has worked as a counsellor with an organization that serves children with learning disabilities, and also volunteers for a non-profit organization that serves visually challenged teenagers.

      • Janhavi Raut

        Assistant Teacher

        Janhavi has completed her Bachelor’s (BA) degree in Psychology, a Post-Graduate Diploma in School Counselling from SNDT University, Mumbai, and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Special Education (Multiple Disabilities) from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) and the New Horizons Institute of Education and Research, Mumbai. Prior to joining GSoM, she has worked with the Inclusive Centre of Education and Vishesh Child Development Centre in Mumbai, and as a special educator with schools across Mumbai, including the Lodha World School and IRA Gurukul Educational Trust (NIOS). .

      • Mrudula Raut

        Teacher

        Mrudula has completed her Bachelor’s (BSc) in Home Science with a Specialization in Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE), and her Bachelor’s (BEd) in Special Education with a Specialization in Mental Retardation from SNDT University, Mumbai. Prior to joining GSoM, Mrudula has worked as a special educator, remediation teacher and educational therapist, and has also worked as Head Teacher at the Suryoday School in Mumbai that serves children with special needs.

      • Sanjana Nisar

        Assistant Teacher

        Sanjana has completed her Master’s (MCom) degree from Mumbai University. Prior to joining GSoM. she has worked in the finance department of Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, and has co-founded her own business, designing and manufacturing handbags.

      • Anuj Iyer

        Teacher

        Anuj has completed his Master's (MEd) in Education (Learning & Teaching) from Harvard University, Boston, USA. Prior to joining GSoM, he has worked with schools in Uttarakhand, Tripura, and Mumbai, and his roles included teaching, curriculum development, planning and facilitation of professional development activities, teacher and leader coaching, and school administration.

      • Shaun Williams

        Drama Facilitator

        Shaun has completed his Bachelor’s (BA) degree in English Literature from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai. Prior to joining GSoM, he has established a career in acting, appearing in TV commercials as well as stage productions with theatre groups like QTP and Akvarious Productions, and also operates the theatre company, ‘The Cellar Door’. He has trained under the renowned theatre professionals, Prabhat Bhaskaran, Sankar Vekateswaran, Daniel Oldman, and H. Tomba, and incorporates in his work various theatrical styles including improvisational comedy, butoh, clowning, ensemble theatre, and physical theatre. He has also worked with educational institutions across India, including Billabong High International School and the Cathedral and John Connon School, Mumbai.

      • Abhishek Panchal

        Visual Arts Facilitator

        Abhishek has completed a Bachelor’s (BBA) degree in Business Administration from Sikkim Manipal University, Sikkim. Prior to joining GSoM he worked as an art curator and manager. He is a self-taught visual artist, teacher and art manager, and has been teaching art to adults and children for over 5 years, using a combination of drama-based exercises and visual art to create opportunities for reflection, exploration and expression. He specializes in experimental abstract artwork rendered in acrylic or ink with intricate attention to detail. Most recently, he illustrated a children’s mapping activity kit ‘MY MUMBAI’, for the Yellow Pinwheel Kids Project. He has also established the ‘Bombay Pencil Jammers’ - an arts community-cum-collective that meets in various public spaces all over the Mumbai, with the aim of inculcating art into people’s everyday lives and to initiate ideas for artistic exchange.

      • Suresh Saroj

        Facility Maintenance and IT Manager

        Suresh has completed a Certificate Course in Hardware & Networking from Jetking Institute, Mumbai, India. Prior to joining GSoM, he performed civil work for 13 years, and then worked in Technical Support for a year. He has been with GSoM since 2012, supporting its development since the early stages.

      • Suneel Singh

        IT Executive

        Suneel has completed a Bachelor’s (BSc) in Science from Kanpur University, India and a Certificate Course in Hardware & Networking from Jetking Institute, Mumbai, India.

      • Pradnya Ambre

        Accountant

        Pradnya has completed a Bachelor’s (BCom) in Commerce and a Diploma in Taxation, from University of Mumbai, India. Prior to joining GSoM, she has worked as an accountant in corporate institutions.

      • Shailesh Chavan

        Administrator (Back office)

        Shailesh has completed his Bachelor's (BCom) in Commerce from Mumbai University, India, and a Course in Disaster Management from Aniruddha's Academy of Disaster Management, Mumbai, India. Prior to joining GSoM, he worked in administration and human resources for over 18 years for companies such as HDFC Standard Life Insurance and Shoppers Stop.

      • Asha John

        School Nurse

        Asha has completed her Diploma in General Nursing & Midwifery from the Dhanbad School Of Nursing, Bihar, India. Prior to joining GSoM, she has worked in several hospitals and medical set-ups across India and Dubai for over 23 years.