Arti Khanna

School Director/Principal

Educational Qualification: Bachelor’s degree in Arts, Bachelor’s degree in Education from Delhi University India, Montessori Early childhood certification from American Montessori Society.

Year I joined DAV Montessori & Elementary School: 2005

After teaching for 10 years as a lead teacher at a school here in Houston area, I joined DAVM as the School Director in the year 2005.  I enjoyed my classroom time and the opportunity it provided me, to guide the young children with a strong foundation and love of learning. Under my current role as the school Director/Principal, I feel privileged and proud to be a part of this great school community, dedicated parent partnership, team of excellent teachers & faculty and an exceptionally bright student body. We are working towards making this world noble one child at a time.

arti.k@davhouston.org

 

Sukhinder Kataria

Office Manager

Bachelor’s degree in Arts, Bachelor’s degree in  Education & Post-Graduation in Sales & Marketing.

Year I joined DAV Montessori & Elementary School: 2013

I feel very privileged to be able to help nurture and shape the future of our young promising students. When I am not at work, I love spending time with my family, reading, being outdoors and catching up on the latest music & shows.

sukhinder.k@davhouston.org

Chetna Desai

Lead Teacher Preschool Red Class

Educational Qualification: Master’s degree in English, Master’s degree in Education, Montessori Teacher’s Diploma from the American Montessori Society and a Director’s Diploma.

Year I joined DAV Montessori & Elementary School: 2000

I worked as a Higher Secondary Teacher in India for 13 years before moving to the U.S.A. I taught in a Montessori school for 8 years before joining DAVM. I feel blessed to be able to continue to pursue my passion: serving children.

chetna.d@davhouston.org

 

Shilpa Pokhriyal

Lead Teacher Pre school Blue Class

Educational Qualification: Bachelor’s degree in Commerce, AMS – Early Childhood Montessori Certification

Year I joined DAV Montessori & Elementary School: 2006

I have been teaching since 2002.  I like finding new ways to improve student learning, while using Montessori materials as well as other teaching strategies. Students enthusiastic response towards learning and their happy faces make teaching worthwhile. It has been blissful teaching and such a privilege to be part of their early childhood education.

shilpa.p@davhouston.org

 

Monita Mehtaji

Assistant Teacher Preschool

Educational Qualification:  Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. Montessori Diploma Certificate in India. Preschool/Montessori Certification from NAMC USA.
Year I joined DAV Montessori & Elementary School: 2007

I taught for 7 years in India before joining the DAVM family. I love kids with their innocent smiles and the trust they put in their teacher. This job provides me with an opportunity to nurture their young minds. I am grateful to the school for proving me a friendly & open environment and being an important part of the Children’s development.

Rina Sadhukhan

Assistant Teacher Preschool

Educational Qualification: Master’s degree in Math from India
Year I joined DAV Montessori & Elementary School: 2010

I love teaching because I like to work with children and help them grow so that they can be successful. Also, I always learn so much from them as well. Additionally, the environment at DAV makes my job more enjoyable.

Deepa V Guptha

Assistant Teacher Preschool

Educational Qualification: Bachelor’s degree in Commerce

Year I joined DAV Montessori & Elementary School: 2014

I love working with children and being responsible for their early development. I enjoy connecting with children and helping them to achieve their potential. I believe Montessori philosophy supports children’s independence and growth. I like the touch of Indian culture in the school.

 

Uma Jajoo

Hindi Teacher Preschool to 1st Grade

Educational Qualification: Bachelor’s degree in Commerce & Economics, Diploma in Computers, Teachers Certification.

Year I joined DAV Montessori & Elementary School: 2011

I taught as a private teacher and at DAVSS for 6 years before joining DAVM. “Teaching is always learning” … I believe this very much and hence feel privileged to be the Hindi Teacher at DAV and blessed to have these little people in my life. I continue learning with them and I don’t remember a dull moment in my classroom…I love the honesty, curiosity and innocence the children bring with them.I enjoy being part of their excitement as they learn a new language and I take pride in guiding them take their first steps in learning Hindi in USA.

 

Charusheela Vyas

Hindi Teacher 2nd to 5th Grade & After School Teacher

Educational Qualification: Master’s degree in Hindi, Bachelor’s degree in Education, Early Childhood Development and Directors Course.

Year I joined DAV Montessori & Elementary School: 2014

I taught for 36 years before I joined DAVM. Teaching is my passion. I love being around children, love their talk & their dreams. I love to learn and grow with them.

Madhu Bangia

Lead Teacher K.G 1st Grade

Educational Qualification: Bachelor’s degree in Commerce, Diploma in Computers from NIIT and Montessori and Primary Teacher’s Training from New Delhi. Director’s Certification from Child Care Council of Greater Houston.

Year I joined DAV Montessori & Elementary School: 2000

I started my teaching career from Bal Bharti School, New Delhi and taught there for 14 years. I joined DAVM as a Hindi and Assistant teacher during the 1st year and thereafter have been working as the Lead teacher for K.G. and 1st grade. Teaching is my passion. I thoroughly enjoy being with my students. Smiles on their faces is my biggest priceless reward. There is nothing in the world I love more. D.A.V. is a wonderful school to teach. The amazing students, outstanding parent community, dedicated and friendly management and staff, makes it a wonderful place for everyone to learn and grow. I am proud to be part of such an exceptional institute which is spreading the knowledge of both the world.  I am very pleased to be associated with this marvelous, awesome and alluring school. I am thankful for the opportunity to work in a nurturing, loving environment.

madhu.b@davhouston.org

Aruna Gummadi

Lead Teacher K.G & 1st Grade Orange A Class

Educational Qualification: Master’s degree in Environmental Science, Master’s degree in English literature, AMS Early Childhood Montessori Certification.

Year I joined DAV Montessori & Elementary School: 2006

It only seems like yesterday that I started teaching at the school. No two days in school are ever the same, and watching the children grow and flourish and become passionate about their learning is a joy to be involved in. Teaching will allow continuing our own journey as a student and a life learner. Creating a class in which students are at their best in character is a joy.

I believe each child embodies a unique and wonderful spirit. My aspiration is to see children growing into adults who are independent, responsible, and compassionate innovators. While I am with my students in the class, I try to remember that we are really growing….is with them.

I  thoroughly enjoy working with the happy staff and wonderful children.

aruna.g@davhouston.org

Preeti Rana

Assistant Teacher K.G & 1st Grade

Educational Qualification: Master’s degree  in Family Resource Management.

Year I joined DAV Montessori & Elementary School: 2013

I love being with children, working with them gives me immense pleasure. Their smiles make my day beautiful.I love being in school each and everyday.

Abhilasha Srivastava

Science Teacher 2nd - 5th Grade

Educational Qualification: Master’s degree in Science (Organic Chemistry) and a Bachelor’s degree in Science (Botany, Zoology and Chemistry) from India.

 Year I joined DAV Montessori & Elementary School: 2015

I joined DAV Elementary team in 2015.  have been teaching for about 7+ years as a Math and Science teacher in the Houston area.I have been the Elementary Science teacher for the past three and a half years. The first two years I also taught Math at DAV. Prior to DAV, I taught in public schools as a middle school Science teacher. 

Working at DAV is like a meditation to me because I get to teach Indian values and culture to my students along with Science. It keeps me and my students connected to our roots. My dream is to see DAV as one of the best schools in the Houston area.

 My mission as an educator is to motivate and positively influence my students by providing them a safe and nurturing learning environment where they can grow to their fullest potential. Lily Tomlin once said, “I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework”. I hope to be that teacher for all my students.

abhilasha.s@davhouston.org

Arivuselvi (Selvi) Ramasamy

Math Teacher 2nd to 5th Grade

Educational Qualification: Bachelor’s degree in Math, Network Centric Computing from the National Institute of Information Technology

Montessori Teacher Certificate from American Montessori Society.

Year I joined DAV Montessori & Elementary School: 2013

As a Math Teacher, I have two goals for my class: to make learning Math fun, and to give students a strong foundation in the basic math concepts. I achieve my goals by engaging the students in lots of hands-on activities and encouraging them to develop and investigate solutions to real-world problems.

arivuselvi.r@davhouston.org

Geeta Kadakia

ELA Teacher - 2nd to 5th grade

Educational Qualification: BBA- Finance and Entrepreneurship,

MEd-Educational Psychology, EdD-Administrator Leadership for Teaching and Learning

Year I joined DAV Montessori & Elementary School: 2018

I joined DAV Montessori and Elementary School in 2018. I like the challenge of having mixed-ability classrooms and differentiating instruction to meet the needs of all students. I enjoy reading about brain research and the implications it has on teaching and learning.

geeta.k@davhouston.org

Neeraja Apte

Social Studies Teacher 2nd to 5th Grade

Educational Qualification: Bachelor’s degree in Commerce, M.B.A in Finance.

Year I joined DAV Montessori & Elementary School: 2018

I always feel teaching kids is an unique experience and joyful at the same time. I truly feel if the future belongs to the curious – my job as a teacher is to tap into this innate curiosity of each and every child. I try and create that environment by making their studying material relatable ,so kids can draw links from their everyday experiences.  

As a new teacher the communication at D.A.V is open,honest and respectful which gives me a strong sense of belonging to the team. It’s wonderful to be a part of this school.

neeraja.a@davhouston.org

Purnima Biswas

After school Teacher

Educational Qualification: Bachelor’s degree in Science

Year I joined DAV Montessori & Elementary School: 2014

I love children and I enjoy every moment working with them.

Biswajita Nanda

Assistant Teacher Preschool & After school Teacher

Educational Qualification: Master’s degree in Political Science from Utkal University Bhubaneshwar India.

Year I joined DAV Montessori & Elementary School: 2014

I find that children are refreshing and stimulating, and they keep me grounded. I want to help them to prosper and protect them from anything harmful as best as I can.

Sarika Gupta

After School Teacher

Educational Qualification: Master’s degree in Economics

Year I joined DAV Montessori & Elementary School: 2015

I feel very happy working in this great environment where we care, play and teach our young ones in such a loving and nurturing manner.