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Our Team!
 

DLRC facilitators are highly dedicated, focused and passionate individuals. They have only one goal at heart - to make learning relevant and inclusive for all students. Our team comes with years of industry experience and passion for the subject they facilitate.

Chetan is pursuing Masters in physical education and is a skilled physical fitness and sports facilitator.  He loves playing traditional games and promotes them at DLRC.

Ajay Dalmia



Founder
Financial Planner
Cambridge Examination Officer

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Ajay, Founder of DLRC, brings a wealth of diverse experience across different business disciplines. Prior to co-founding DLRC, he managed Green School (Bali, Indonesia) and had cross-functional experience in the corporate sector. Ajay holds an MBA (Marketing and Finance) from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA, and MSc (Mechanical Engineering) from the University of Akron, OH, USA. While he has done his graduation in Mechanical Engineering, he loves History and facilitates the subject to students in G11 and G12. At the same time, he is passionate about Maths and drives the pedagogy at DLRC. Ajay is an avid runner and cyclist who successfully scaled the highest motor-able road in the world - Umling La - on his cycle. 

Chetan is pursuing Masters in physical education and is a skilled physical fitness and sports facilitator.  He loves playing traditional games and promotes them at DLRC.

Aarya Aigalikar


High School
Business, Economics &  Psychology

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Aarya has recently completed her Master's in Economics from Pune University. She also holds a bachelors in Economics. She has also studied psychology, philosophy, logic in her academic career. She has successfully completed 3 months certificate programme of Investment Banking and Operations.
She is eager to engage in interdisciplinary research, recognizing the interconnectedness of economics with other fields. She has keen interest in not only studying the theoretical or normative economics but also learning its real-time applications and policy implications. 
She has worked on several projects and assignments like market research, business strategies and game theory; statistical analysis of data; cost-benefit analysis of several government projects, Analysis of Indian Union Budget, etc.
Apart from academics, Aarya is a budding performing artist. She has been learning Indian Classical Music for more than 15 years. She also enjoys reading novels and Marathi literature.

Chetan is pursuing Masters in physical education and is a skilled physical fitness and sports facilitator.  He loves playing traditional games and promotes them at DLRC.

Dipti Natu

Primary school
Numeracy, Thematic Studies

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Dipti has done her Bsc in Zoology, MSc. In Bioinformatics and done First part of MA in psychology
She worked as a part time lecturer in biotech department in Palghar college for one and half year in 2007 and 2008.
She worked in few coaching classes as a Biology teacher from 2008 to 2010.
She enjoys reading books and gardening. Last year she did REBT course and she is still reading and listening and trying to learn various lectures related to that.
Dipti facilitates Numaracy in Transition and Design lab in Primary and Middle school.

Chetan is pursuing Masters in physical education and is a skilled physical fitness and sports facilitator.  He loves playing traditional games and promotes them at DLRC.

Blossom Joseph

Middle, High school
English Language 

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Blossom, an enthusiastic educator with a decade of experience at Vibgyor High in Pune, firmly believes in the boundless nature of learning. Armed with Bachelor's degrees in Education and Commerce from The University of Pune, she brings a rich tapestry of knowledge and experience to her teaching practice. 
Driven by a passionate pursuit of continuous growth, Blossom has tirelessly expanded her expertise. Her journey includes obtaining a Diploma in Cyber Law and a certification in Public Speaking, all aimed at enriching her teaching abilities and fostering deeper connections with her students. Blossom's passion for education only matches her love for music, dance, and theatre. 
Blossom facilitates the learning of the English language in Middle and High School.

Kalpita has a Masters in Political Science, a Bachelor’s in Education and a Bachelor’s in Geography from University of Pune. She has been working in the field of education for the past 11 years, during which she has taught English and Social studies as per the SSC and ICSE curriculum. She has been a board examiner for the Maharashtra secondary school examination. She takes keen interest in reading about educational philosophies and research. She is passionate about bringing subjects like history and civics closer to the day to day experiences of children. She is a passionate explorer, interested in backpacking and road trips across the country to explore the socio-cultural roots of a new place. Kalpita facilitates Social Sciences in Middle school, History in Grades 9 and 10 and General English in Grades 11 and 12. She also facilitates ‘Share with dignity’ and is High school Internship Coordinator.

Katha Dhus

 

 


Middle School

Social Studies, Science
 

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Katha has completed her Master’s degree in Geography from university of Mumbai, Kalina and has a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Ramnarain Ruia Autonomous college, Mumbai. She also has a Post-graduate diploma in Disaster Management from IGNOU, New Delhi. Katha is a trained Kathak dancer since the last 19 years and has a Nrityalankar (equivalent to MA) degree in Kathak from Akhil Bhartiya Gandharva Mahavidyalay, Miraj. 

Katha has appeared for many national as well as state level competitive exams like UPSC- CSE & CDS, MPSC, AFCAT (Airforce), Bank exams and has also been selected for the SSB interview for Indian Army and Airforce. She has been the recipient of Maharashtra state’s Middle school scholarship examination and secured the 43rd rank in the year 2011. She is an enthusiastic person with a strong urge to help share her knowledge and also learn new things in the process. Katha has always been an all-rounder and enjoys all physical and mental activities to the fullest. Katha is a new addition to the DLRC family and will be facilitating Middle school Social Studies and Science.

Chetan is pursuing Masters in physical education and is a skilled physical fitness and sports facilitator.  He loves playing traditional games and promotes them at DLRC.

Maharookh Daver


Middle school 
Travel & Tourism

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Maharookh after completing her masters from Bombay university in Political Science with a specialisation in International Relations, Maharookh joined Thomas Cook as a management trainee. She spent 2 years with Thomas Cook Mumbai in the holidays division doing both domestic and inbound tourism after which she was transferred to Pune to set up its Leisure travel division. While in Pune she dealt with Inbound, outbound and domestic tourism as well as conferences, closely involved in both marketing and operations. She quit after 8 years with Thomas Cook to set up her own travel consultancy dealing with curated premium holidays. Maharookh has around 30 years of experience in the travel industry with a wide array of experience in all it's aspects. She’s fond of baking and when not working likes cook up treats for friends and family. Maharookh facilitates Travel and Tourism for grades 9-10 and enjoys emphasising our interconnectedness through the subject. She firmly believes that “ We travel not to escape life , but for life not to escape us”

Chetan is pursuing Masters in physical education and is a skilled physical fitness and sports facilitator.  He loves playing traditional games and promotes them at DLRC.

Naeem Shaikh

High School
Chemistry, Biology

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Naeem is a passionate researcher with a Master's degree in biotechnology from the Institute of Bioinformatics and Biotechnology, University of Pune. Naeem has a captivating interest in venoms and their biodiscovery prospects. Through his research at the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru he has made significant contribution to our understanding of venom ecology and evolution. Further his interests extend to the field of bioinspired robotics, bridging the gap between biology and engineering. 

Inspired by his family's legacy in education, he aims to become a full-time academic and inspire the next generation of researchers igniting a passion for research and inquiry in young minds. He is a strong advocate for scientific communication and public outreach, actively participating in science fairs and promoting open-source hardware. His current role at DLRC involves facilitating biology and chemistry for high school and design lab for middle school.

Chetan is pursuing Masters in physical education and is a skilled physical fitness and sports facilitator.  He loves playing traditional games and promotes them at DLRC.

Neha Bhumkar
 

Admin, Admission Co-Ordinator, Cambridge Exam Co- Ordinator

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Neha Bhumkar is a skilled administrator with over 8 years of experience in the education sector. Born and raised in Mumbai, Neha now resides in Pune where she has made a name for herself as a reliable and practical individual with a passion for helping others. Neha's strength lies in her ability to connect with people and her natural empathy towards others. She is a problem solver who always goes the extra mile to ensure that everything runs smoothly. 

In addition to her professional expertise, Neha is a well-rounded individual with a love for nature, dance, music, and reading fiction. She holds a Masters degree in Philosophy from Mumbai University. Overall, Neha is a dynamic and talented individual who brings a wealth of experience and skills to her role. She is DLRC’s admin.

Chetan is pursuing Masters in physical education and is a skilled physical fitness and sports facilitator.  He loves playing traditional games and promotes them at DLRC.

Pooja Patil

High School
Mathematics & Physics

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Pooja has a Masters in Physics from University of Pune and a Bachelors in physics from University of Pune. She has been working in field of teaching for 3 years. 
Pooja has cleared the JEST-2023, GATE-2021,GATE-2022 and SET exams and is eligible to be an assistant professor in government colleges. Her goal is to keep the curiosity of physics alive in students. Pooja facilitates physics and math for high school at DLRC.

Chetan is pursuing Masters in physical education and is a skilled physical fitness and sports facilitator.  He loves playing traditional games and promotes them at DLRC.

Prathiksha Rao K

Primary, Middle School
English , Enrichment Club

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Prathiksha comes with an acute interest in working with young children. With an MA in social work from TISS, she has worked for the past 15 years in the development sector with organisations and schools that worked in the area of education. She also holds a diploma in Montessori Teachers training which has contributed to her understanding of the teaching-learning process. She enjoys being part of every child’s journey to becoming independent readers and confident writers. 

She has joined the DLRC family and will be facilitating English for the primary school.
In her free time, she enjoys reading fiction, and spends many hours working on making mosaic art.

Chetan is pursuing Masters in physical education and is a skilled physical fitness and sports facilitator.  He loves playing traditional games and promotes them at DLRC.

Rajni Ansolia

Primary school
Hindi Language, Handwork, Enrichment Club

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Rajni has a bachelor degree in Home science with early childhood as major subject. She did Her masters in food and Nutrition with silver medal.
Since her School days she had passion in crochet,knitting and  Stitching for which she did 1 year course. She also has a Diploma in ECCE and Food Preservation. She has over three years of experience in teaching , including pre primary and primary. She also have more than six years of hands-on experience in Handwork. At DLRC she facilitates Hindi subject and Handwork for primary grades.

Chetan is pursuing Masters in physical education and is a skilled physical fitness and sports facilitator.  He loves playing traditional games and promotes them at DLRC.

Sarita Ragade

Humanities & Teacher Mentor

Middle School

Social Studies
High School
Sociology

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Sarita believes that learning is a continuous process, and practices sustainability at work and at home. She has a Bachelors in Nutrition from SNDT University, Mumbai, and a Masters in Hospital Administration from Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad. She has worked in the Retail industry and has been in a consulting role with NGO’s for the past 28 years. 

Sarita has been an active volunteer at public schools and the public library in the USA. She loves to experiment with food, travel and enjoys attending music performances. 

Sarita facilitates Social studies for grades 6 and 7. She facilitates Sociology for AS and A level for grades 11 and 12. 

Sarita has developed a new curriculum which is a mix of sciences, geography, history, cultural immersion, environmental sciences, music & movement called the Thematic units for the Primary grades. She is the mentor for the Thematic Team.

Chetan is pursuing Masters in physical education and is a skilled physical fitness and sports facilitator.  He loves playing traditional games and promotes them at DLRC.

Snehal Wadwekar

High school
Chemistry & Biology 

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Snehal is an accomplished educator with a strong academic background in Biology and Chemistry. With a Master's degree in Microbiology, M.Phil in the field of Biotechnology. She has also completed her B.Ed. Snehal brings a depth of knowledge and expertise to her teaching. Over the span of 11 years, she has honed her skills as an educator, imparting her passion for science to students at various academic levels. Her experience encompasses teaching both undergraduate and postgraduate students. She enjoys listening to music, reading books and indulging in embroidery.

Chetan is pursuing Masters in physical education and is a skilled physical fitness and sports facilitator.  He loves playing traditional games and promotes them at DLRC.

Supriya Pawshe



Primary, Middle & High School
Sports, & Enrichment Club (Rangoli)

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Supriya is a young sports enthusiast. She is highly organized and brings an immense amount of rigour in the sports program at DLRC. She co- facilitates sports from grades 1-12 and prepares students for inter-school competitions. She has completed a Bachelor's of Arts from SP college Pune, and IPES course from Agashe college Pune. She has been working in the field of physical education for the last 4 years. She is a national Kabaddi player and has been working as a gymnastic coach for the past 5 years, totalling 10 years of sports experience.

Chetan is pursuing Masters in physical education and is a skilled physical fitness and sports facilitator.  He loves playing traditional games and promotes them at DLRC.

Sweety Menon



Middle,High school
English Language

 

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Sweety has completed her Master in Computer Management from MIT Pune. She has 14 years of experience in teaching English and SST in ICSE & CBSE boards. She worked earlier in IT industries for Clinical research/Clinical data management sectors.
She enjoys dancing (classical-bharatanatyam) & reading science fiction. Sweety facilitates English and social studies in middle school and General English in high school.

Chetan is pursuing Masters in physical education and is a skilled physical fitness and sports facilitator.  He loves playing traditional games and promotes them at DLRC.

Shriniwas Hibare


 

High school
Mathematics

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Shriniwas done Msc in Mathematics. He work with various schools and classes . Mainly dealing with Jee mains.. Having 14 years experience in teaching with 4 years of As and A level.

At dlrc He deals with Ig and A level mathematics.

Chetan is pursuing Masters in physical education and is a skilled physical fitness and sports facilitator.  He loves playing traditional games and promotes them at DLRC.

Aman Kaushik



High School Mentor
Math
ematics, Physics

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Aman Kaushik holds a Master's in Mathematics and a B.ed. With 9 years of teaching experience, including Akanksha Foundation and a Waldorf school, Aman has touched the lives of many underprivileged children and fostered a love for learning. Beyond the classroom, Aman excels in sports, representing his district in football, cricket, and table tennis. He seeks adventure through trekking and finds solace in meditation. He aspires to explore theatre arts and has a deep passion for sustainability. Through the lens of mathematics and physics, Aman perceives the world as an interconnected web of intelligent systems governed by simple laws. At DLRC, he empowers students in grades 9-12 to unlock their potential in these subjects.

Chetan is pursuing Masters in physical education and is a skilled physical fitness and sports facilitator.  He loves playing traditional games and promotes them at DLRC.

Meenakshi Dalmia



Founder
Chief Education Officer
Creative and pedagogical designer

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Meenakshi, DLRC founder, holds a B.ed and M.ed from Boston University (with distinction), B.Sc, Physics from Calcutta University, Waldorf training from Sacramento, CA, and Diploma in Child Brain Development from Pennsylvania. Mona has spent 20+ years weaving through conventional and unconventional education systems as she journeyed from the USA to Singapore, to Bali, to India. She learned to live in harmony with nature and incorporate these in her practices. She envisions and drives the Creative & Educational aspects and teacher development at DLRC, and for other educational institutions. She is renowned in the field of education for her clarity of thought, in depth knowledge, ideation and her ability to manifest. She also facilitates English in high school. 

Chetan is pursuing Masters in physical education and is a skilled physical fitness and sports facilitator.  He loves playing traditional games and promotes them at DLRC.

Pavan Iyengar




Founder
Design Lab & SIP Mentor
Outreach officer

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Pavan, Founder of DLRC, is the driving force behind making the Centre sustainable and is responsible for outreach. He makes science exciting through concepts from "Toy from Trash". His present mission is to facilitate varied learning experiences for the intimate and wider DLRC community. Pavan holds a Masters degree in Physics from Pune University and Bachelors degree in Physics from Fergusson College. He has worked in top research labs in Pune (SPPU, IUCAA, NCRA-TIFR) and Bengaluru (RRI). He was a Project Fellow at IISER Pune - implementing an independent research project - engaged in the Energy Transfer in Photosynthesis. Trained In Astro Physics & Quantum Field Theory, he sees everything as a Physics Interaction. Pavan facilitates Design Lab school-wide.

Chetan is pursuing Masters in physical education and is a skilled physical fitness and sports facilitator.  He loves playing traditional games and promotes them at DLRC.

Anuya Deo



High School
Design & Technology

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Anuya is an architect and holds a masters degree in Urban Design from Kent State University CUDC, Ohio. Along with spatial design, she has been working in ceramics for last 6 years as Agneya Design. She has a certification in design thinking from IDC, Mumbai. Anuya facilitates Art and Design in Grade 11; Ceramics and theatre in high school enrichment clubs. Additionally she coordinates the DLRC extended experiences (after school) program - “Anubhav”.

Chetan is pursuing Masters in physical education and is a skilled physical fitness and sports facilitator.  He loves playing traditional games and promotes them at DLRC.

Chaitanya Mungi 


High school
Che
mistry 

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Dr. Chaitanya Mungi has completed his Ph.D. from IISER Pune in the field of Astrobiology, focusing on the origin of life aspects of it. After completing his Ph.D. he joined the IISER Pune Science Activity Centre (SAC). At SAC, he conducted hands-on sessions for various schools and colleges. He is interested in STEM Tinkering and exploring scientific concepts through making models. At DLRC, He facilitates chemistry for Grade 12.

Chetan is pursuing Masters in physical education and is a skilled physical fitness and sports facilitator.  He loves playing traditional games and promotes them at DLRC.

Chetan Patil


Sports (Physical Education) Mentor

Primary, Middle, High school 

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Chetan has a Masters in Physical Education from University of Pune and a Bachelors in agriculture from University of Rahuri. He has been working in the field of Health & Physical education for the past 8 years. Chetan has cleared the SET exam and is eligible to be an assistant professor in government colleges. He is pursuing his Phd in physical education from the University of Pune. Chetan is a national volleyball player. He has state championships in 6 different games - baseball, chess, table tennis, volleyball, throw ball, and petanque. He has completed the NCC (National Cadet Corps). His goal is to keep himself fit & make people around him fit. Chetan facilitates physical fitness at DLRC.

Chetan is pursuing Masters in physical education and is a skilled physical fitness and sports facilitator.  He loves playing traditional games and promotes them at DLRC.

Garima Singh


Primary school
English Language, Thematic Studies, & Enrichment Club

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"If you have something more than you need, you must share it with others." Garima - Our Primary English Facilitator -  brings to the table the deep philosophy of living an enriching life. She is a science enthusiast with a love for languages. She has an MSc in Chemistry, and is pursuing an MEd, at SPPU. She has more than 9 years of teaching and tutoring experience in under-resourced schools in Pune under the Science For All Foundation,  Sabarmati School, Latur, and Teacher Training Programs, Ranchi. She was awarded the prestigious LILA Fellow 2017. 

Kalpita has a Masters in Political Science, a Bachelor’s in Education and a Bachelor’s in Geography from University of Pune. She has been working in the field of education for the past 11 years, during which she has taught English and Social studies as per the SSC and ICSE curriculum. She has been a board examiner for the Maharashtra secondary school examination. She takes keen interest in reading about educational philosophies and research. She is passionate about bringing subjects like history and civics closer to the day to day experiences of children. She is a passionate explorer, interested in backpacking and road trips across the country to explore the socio-cultural roots of a new place. Kalpita facilitates Social Sciences in Middle school, History in Grades 9 and 10 and General English in Grades 11 and 12. She also facilitates ‘Share with dignity’ and is High school Internship Coordinator.

Kuldeep Rawal

Primary, Middle, High School
Music, Marathi, Enrichment Club

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Kuldeep Rawal is a professional musician, with a Masters in Political Science and has been performing for the past 22 years. Trained under Guru Dr. Kamlakar Joshi, he has done his Visharad in Hindustani Classical Music and has studied Vocal Music under the Gwalior Gharana. He is a multi instrumentalist and plays the Flute, Tabla, Dholak, Dholki, Harmonium, the Keyboard, Congo, Bongo, Djembe and many other instruments with equal dexterity. He works as a session’s musician as well as an educator. Kuldeep facilitates music in primary, Middle and High school. He also facilitates the Enrichment clubs and Marathi.

Chetan is pursuing Masters in physical education and is a skilled physical fitness and sports facilitator.  He loves playing traditional games and promotes them at DLRC.

Mahima Kaushik


Primary School
Thematic Studies 
Middle school 

Science

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Mahima has completed her Masters in physics from Central University of Karnataka and Bachelors in Physics from SIES college Sion, Mumbai. She has done projects in BARC and TIFR on Nuclear physics, Astrophysics. She likes the process of research and is interested in Psychology and Education. She wishes to explore different learning modalities and know how true learning happens by using inquiry and integration. She likes to cook and be in nature. She aspires to be a life long learner. At DLRC, Mahima facilitates Thematics, Science, EVL and Numeracy.

Chetan is pursuing Masters in physical education and is a skilled physical fitness and sports facilitator.  He loves playing traditional games and promotes them at DLRC.

Namita Kichlu




Hindi Mentor,
Storyteller
Primary, Middle, High School

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Namita is highly renowned in the field of Hindi and theatre. Hindi is more than a language for Namita, it's a living, breathing being whose beauty is missed by most. Her passion is to showcase this beauty in a simple, interesting manner through story-telling, theatre and writing. She has also been helping young minds develop love for the language, for 25 years, as a  Hindi instructor and Hindi Division Head for reputed CBSE and ICSE schools. Namita has been an anchor on AIR and often indulges in script writing and translation work. She has a Masters in Hindi and Economics along with a B.ed. She loves reading stories and poetry and is very passionate about the HINDUSTANI language. Namita strives to rejuvenate the lost Hindi literature through developing love for the language in children. She facilitates the learning of Hindi throughout DLRC.

Chetan is pursuing Masters in physical education and is a skilled physical fitness and sports facilitator.  He loves playing traditional games and promotes them at DLRC.

Neha Upadhyay



Primary school
Mathematics

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Neha Upadhyay has a Masters of Mathematics and Bachelor of Education degrees. She has a passion for writing Hindi poetry and creating crafts and models for children. Her love for mathematics has led her to pursue a career in teaching, to spread the joy of learning mathematics to young children. Neha has taught in CBSE and IGCSE schools. She facilitates the learning of Maths and Hindi in the primary section, DLRC. She is dedicated to making the subject accessible and enjoyable for all. She believes that learning should be fun and engaging, and strives to instill this philosophy in all aspects of her work.

Chetan is pursuing Masters in physical education and is a skilled physical fitness and sports facilitator.  He loves playing traditional games and promotes them at DLRC.

Pradip Chakraborty 


Primary, Middle, High School
Visual Art, Enrichment club 

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Pradip Chakraborty, a Master in Fine Art, embodies the essence of a true artist, drawing profound inspiration from the world’s greatest artist: nature. Nature, with its impeccable precision, masterful use of colors, and perfect sense of balance, serves as his ultimate muse. Pradip’s keen observation of nature’s wonders—from the mesmerizing visuals of woods and seas to the intricate compositions of birds, wildlife, and underwater creatures—fuels his creative spirit.

For Pradip, the human figure stands as one of nature’s most brilliant creations, capturing the depth and complexity of life itself. He believes that political boundaries should never constrain the boundless world of creativity and dreams. As a devoted worshipper of nature, Pradip considers himself a citizen of the World of Art. His dedication to his craft and his reverence for nature’s beauty make him an invaluable member of our organization.

Chetan is pursuing Masters in physical education and is a skilled physical fitness and sports facilitator.  He loves playing traditional games and promotes them at DLRC.

Priyanka Deshpande


English Mentor
Primary, Middle, High School

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Priyanka is a Company Secretary from The Institute of Company Secretaries of India, New Delhi and a Commerce Graduate from Karnataka University. Inspired by her mother's passion for teaching, she set out to explore the world of education through the Teach For India fellowship. With two years of fellowship experience and three years as a Senior English Teacher at iTeach Schools, Pune, Priyanka believes she has found her calling. Her de-stress mantra is read, read and keep reading. A Visharad in Bharatnatyam and trained in Hindustani Classical music, she feels art is the doorway to connect to your inner self. A pet parent and an animal lover, she has recently embarked on the journey of exploring the world of trees and animals through Animal Telepathic Communication. Priyanka facilitates the learning of English language in Middle and High School.

Chetan is pursuing Masters in physical education and is a skilled physical fitness and sports facilitator.  He loves playing traditional games and promotes them at DLRC.

Rameshwar Lal


Primary, Middle, & High school
Carpenter

Design Lab, Enrichment club 

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Rameshwar assists in all primary, Middle & High classes. He co- facilitates Design Lab, trek, and Hindi Library. 

Rameshwar is an adept carpenter and extremely hands-on person who enjoys working with all learners. He also takes care of infrastructure creation and upkeep of the beautiful campus.

Chetan is pursuing Masters in physical education and is a skilled physical fitness and sports facilitator.  He loves playing traditional games and promotes them at DLRC.

Shivaji Mane 
 
Design Lab Mentor
Primary, Middle School
High Sch
ool 
Enrichment Club 

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Shivaji is a tinkerer at heart and enjoys designing and making toys to promote scientific experiential learning. He has conducted more than 2800 science toys workshops across various schools, colleges, NGOs and societies. Thousands of children, parents, teachers, and corporate employees have benefited from these workshops. Shivaji mostly uses material from trash, like waste plastic bottles, rubber slippers, used pens, etc., to make these science toys and teaching aids. This promotes sustainability among the younger generation. Shivaj has worked extensively under the tutelage of Padma Shri awardee, Shri Arvind Guptaji, at IUCAA for learning and making scientific toys. 

At DLRC, he coordinates the 'Design Lab' for all grades. He also helps with organising 'experimental Physics' at DLRC in high school.

Chetan is pursuing Masters in physical education and is a skilled physical fitness and sports facilitator.  He loves playing traditional games and promotes them at DLRC.

 Dr. Sona Sharma



High School
Biology, Chemistry Mentor

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Dr. Sona is a passionate researcher and enjoys learning new things. She has more than 7 years of experience in biological research and has worked in the biotech Industry for more than 2 years. She has also worked as a lecturer in the Biochemistry department of Nagpur University and Hislop college, Nagpur. She has a Doctorate in Biotechnology from Agharkar Research Institute (University of Pune) and her Masters in Biochemistry from Nagpur University. She believes that Biology is an essential subject to learn and tries to pass on her passion for biology to all. Teaching sciences through experiments and experiences, she encourages practical learning over theoretical knowledge. Sona loves music and travelling. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends along with delicious food.

Chetan is pursuing Masters in physical education and is a skilled physical fitness and sports facilitator.  He loves playing traditional games and promotes them at DLRC.

Sushila Singh

Primary School
Hindi Language, Handwork

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Sushila has completed Masters in History and Psychology from Kanpur University.She has done Advance diploma in Child Education and applied Psychology and Certificate course of Intermediate Grade of drawing. She is also Persuing B.Ed from Savtri Bai Phule University, Pune.She has more than 5 years of teaching experience in alternative school. Her teaching experiences in Hindi and Handwork. She enjoyes the teaching mythology, stories and poems of great writers and poets of Hindi literature. Her hobbies are writing poetry, singing and gardening. She loves to spend time with kids.At DLRC she facilitates Hindi and Handwork in Primary School.

Chetan is pursuing Masters in physical education and is a skilled physical fitness and sports facilitator.  He loves playing traditional games and promotes them at DLRC.

Tara Sawant

Middle School
Mathematics
High School
Mathematics, Physics

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Tara holds a Masters in Physics from Prof. RMC affiliated with Pune University and Bachelors in Physics from Goa University. Tara has been working in the field of teaching for the past 5 years. Her passion for teaching blossomed from a young age, driving her to pursue a career dedicated to empowering students through education. 

She is a multifaceted individual with a creative soul. Her love for photography is palpable in her keen eye for detail and her remarkable ability to capture the essence of the world around her through the lens of her camera. Additionally, Tara possesses a culinary flair and derives great joy from experimenting with new recipes and flavors in the kitchen.

Her goal is to inculcate love and deeper understanding of Physics among students. At DLRC, she facilitates middle school maths and high school maths and Physics.

Chetan is pursuing Masters in physical education and is a skilled physical fitness and sports facilitator.  He loves playing traditional games and promotes them at DLRC.

Jyoti Ghodke

Primary school & Middle School
Hindi, Marathi Language

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Jyoti has completed Masters in Marathi, Hindi, English, History from University of Mumbai and M.ed from Mumbai's ( SNDT) College. She has 8 Years of teaching experience in different schools. Her teaching experience is in Marathi and Hindi subjects. Her hobbies are traveling, cooking and reading.  She believe  that teaching Learn the importance and value of education :
As a student, you should understand that studying is a path to what lies ahead in your life. Studying is a path to attain all your dreams.
At DLRC she facilitates Hindi in primary and middle  school.

Kalpita has a Masters in Political Science, a Bachelor’s in Education and a Bachelor’s in Geography from University of Pune. She has been working in the field of education for the past 11 years, during which she has taught English and Social studies as per the SSC and ICSE curriculum. She has been a board examiner for the Maharashtra secondary school examination. She takes keen interest in reading about educational philosophies and research. She is passionate about bringing subjects like history and civics closer to the day to day experiences of children. She is a passionate explorer, interested in backpacking and road trips across the country to explore the socio-cultural roots of a new place. Kalpita facilitates Social Sciences in Middle school, History in Grades 9 and 10 and General English in Grades 11 and 12. She also facilitates ‘Share with dignity’ and is High school Internship Coordinator.

​Kunal Ghodke

Primary School
Design Lab, & Visual Art
Prim
ary, Middle School
Visual Art, Enrichment
Club  

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Kunal has 2 years of experience as a website designer in the IT industry. He has completed his Bachelors and Masters degree in Computer Science from Dr. Bamu University. He is an artist at heart and enjoys making arts-and-crafts artifacts from paper and trash. Kunal is keenly interested in sewing, stitching and pottery. Kunal is a lifelong learner who takes professional lessons in art to improve his own skills. His hobbies include listening to music and stories.

Kunal facilitates Thematic, Art and Design Lab lessons for the Primary and Middle school. He also facilitates Pottery for Primary, Middle and High school grades.

Chetan is pursuing Masters in physical education and is a skilled physical fitness and sports facilitator.  He loves playing traditional games and promotes them at DLRC.

Meghna Bandyopadhyay

High School
Psychology, General English, & SIP Mentor
Reporting Coordinator

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Meghna loves people, animals and plants in that order! She is also a die hard football, tennis, badminton, and swimming fan; a complete and hopeless movie buff; and thrives on autobiographies, historicals and mysteries (fictional and non-fictional). She loves to interact with kids and introduce them to various wonders of this world. She is extremely passionate about Psychology and believes each and everyone should take up Psychology - not just to know about the subject, but more importantly as a skill to understand themselves and others. She has completed her Masters in Clinical Psychology from Nagpur University and PG Diploma in School Psychology from Jnana Prabodhini. Meghna facilitates Psychology for Grades 11 and 12; and Co- facilitates the learning of General English in Grade 11. She is the Cambridge examination coordinator at DLRC.

Chetan is pursuing Masters in physical education and is a skilled physical fitness and sports facilitator.  He loves playing traditional games and promotes them at DLRC.

Nandita Tewari

 


Primary School

Thematic Studies

Middle School
Mathematics

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Nandita has a Master’s degree in Education from Azim Premji University, Bangalore and a Bachelor’s in Technology from Graphic Era University, Dehradun. After working for 2 years in the IT sector, she decided to pursue her passion of teaching. She has worked with Azim Premji Foundation in Pithoragarh which is a very remote district in the state of Uttarakhand. She has worked in the area of teacher capacity building with the teachers of government schools. She loves Mathematics and believes in the philosophy of ‘Learning by doing’. She is committed to the success of her students. Other than academics, Nandita has a keen interest in learning new art forms. She holds her interest in doing Mandala art and paper quilling. She likes reading books and maintaining her own reading corner. 
She facilitates Mathematics in the middle school. She believes that good facilitators are strong communicators, amazing listeners, very patient and most importantly lifelong learners.

Chetan is pursuing Masters in physical education and is a skilled physical fitness and sports facilitator.  He loves playing traditional games and promotes them at DLRC.

Panchfula Chavan


Admin, Librarian

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Panchfula is a Master's degree in the Library and Information Science. She has been working as a librarian for the past 10 years. Panchfula is the Librarian at DLRC. 

Chetan is pursuing Masters in physical education and is a skilled physical fitness and sports facilitator.  He loves playing traditional games and promotes them at DLRC.

Prathamesh Pawar

Homeroom Mentor
Middle School 
Social Studies
High School
Geography, History 

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A geologist by training and a teacher at heart, Prathamesh loves to bring in his passion for Mother Earth into the classroom. He studied sciences at Fergusson College and completed his Masters from Pune University. Prathamesh has diverse experience in the education sector for the last 8 years - in the social sector as a content creator, visiting faculty at Fergusson College, and a facilitator at DLRC since 2021. Prathamesh has been following many passions and hobbies since he was a teenager - collecting postage stamps, currency notes and coins, rocks and fossils. He is a history buff, astronomy enthusiast, and enjoys a good mystery novel. At DLRC, Prathamesh facilitates Social Studies and Environmental Literacy in Middle School, while in JHS, he facilitates Geography, Environmental Management, and History. Under the DLRC Extended Experiences, Prathamesh conducts Star Gazing sessions, Forest Trails, and Heritage Walks.

Chetan is pursuing Masters in physical education and is a skilled physical fitness and sports facilitator.  He loves playing traditional games and promotes them at DLRC.

Radhika Kulkarni 


Primary, Middle school
Music, Marathi Language, 

 

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Radhika has completed her MCM from Pune University. She is passionate about Music and has been taking classical music classes for the last 10 years. She is an Alankar in Harmonium playing and Visharad in Vocal Music. Radhika is fond of her mother tongue, Marathi. 

Her love for children and deep understanding of them, persuaded her to work in preschool for 3 years. She facilitates the learning of music and marathi at DLRC.

Chetan is pursuing Masters in physical education and is a skilled physical fitness and sports facilitator.  He loves playing traditional games and promotes them at DLRC.

Sachin Dandekar



High school
Computer Science

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Sachin has diverse experience in the applied computer science industry and played various roles while working with different MNCs, a mid size company and a startup. He has also worked with a Social Enterprise in the education domain. He currently works as an SME with focus on Cloud and FinOps consulting and User Experience.

Sachin has graduated in Information Technology from University of Mumbai and did his post graduation in Management from NMIMS. He studied Psychology and Nurture of Giftedness at Jnana Prabodhini Institute of Psychology, Pune. Sachin has a passion for teaching and loves working with students. He volunteers as a Section Leader for Stanford University’s Code In Place program. At DLRC he facilitates Computer Science at High School. Sachin enjoys endurance sports and is a full marathoner.

Chetan is pursuing Masters in physical education and is a skilled physical fitness and sports facilitator.  He loves playing traditional games and promotes them at DLRC.

Shubham More 



Primary, Middle, & High school
Sports 

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Shubham holds a Bachelors in Physical Education from CACPE and Bachelors in Computer science from the  University of Pune. He is a National level Ultimate Frisbee athlete for the past 8 years. Shubham was the Maharashtra State Team captain at UPAI State Championship. Apart from Ultimate Frisbee, he plays PDFA Division III football.
He has been working as a Football Coach for the past 4 years. His inspiring goal of life is to keep learning and share everything he learns. He facilitates Sports and physical fitness at DLRC.

Chetan is pursuing Masters in physical education and is a skilled physical fitness and sports facilitator.  He loves playing traditional games and promotes them at DLRC.

Sumedha Agarwal

Primary school
English Language

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Sumedha has worked with kindergarten children for three years after completing her Bachelor's in English and Master’s in Social Work. 

She was involved in designing safe and student-friendly classroom practices and lessons for kindergarten children. She had the opportunity to derive her learnings from the EL Curriculum and Teaching Strategies Curriculum. She has dedicatedly been working on the aspect of Social Emotional Learning and making it a large part of the classroom. She thinks that education is a great medium to create a world which is sensitive and inclusive.

Chetan is pursuing Masters in physical education and is a skilled physical fitness and sports facilitator.  He loves playing traditional games and promotes them at DLRC.

Swati Shrivastav


High School
Business, Economics, Accounting

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Swati Srivastava is MBA in finance marketing and B.ed from Pune University.
She was a senior manager in Public sector bank for 12 years and brings her rich transferable  skills and  industry experience to facilitate Business, Economics and Accounts to high school.

Chetan is pursuing Masters in physical education and is a skilled physical fitness and sports facilitator.  He loves playing traditional games and promotes them at DLRC.

Vaidehi Gokhale 


Primary school
Mathematics
Middle Sch
ool
Marathi Language

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Vaidehi has a Masters in Commerce, a diploma in Montessori education and a B.ed along with 20+ years of teaching. She has worked as a teacher in various schools for 15 years and ran her own training institute for teaching Abacus, spoken English, Vedic Math and Personality development for 6 years. This experience taught her the psychology of children and parents which has helped her approach teaching in a more holistic way. She believes that teaching is not a 8-4 job, but a great means of inculcating good values in children. Professionally, she is also a counsellor and Graphologist. 

Vaidehi facilitates Math and Marathi in the primary and middle schools at DLRC.

Our Support Team

Chetan is pursuing Masters in physical education and is a skilled physical fitness and sports facilitator.  He loves playing traditional games and promotes them at DLRC.

Rajendra Jamdhade



Transport Management 
Printout Res
ource Management

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Rajendra has been with DLRC from its inception. He is very responsible and takes care of all transportation and print resources. He manages the trips to the city to get supplies for any kind of work at DLRC. 

Chetan is pursuing Masters in physical education and is a skilled physical fitness and sports facilitator.  He loves playing traditional games and promotes them at DLRC.

Ayodhya Ambhure


Primary school
Desig
n La
b, Visual Art
Marathi Language

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Ayodhya assists in all primary classes. She co-facilitates Marathi, Visual art and Design Lab classes, due to her natural interest towards arts and crafts.

Ayodhya is on her toes in offering a helping hand to all the lower primary classes. She also prepares hot meals for events at DLRC. She has 2 years of experience working with DLRC.  

Chetan is pursuing Masters in physical education and is a skilled physical fitness and sports facilitator.  He loves playing traditional games and promotes them at DLRC.

Uddhav Ambhure



Campus management
Resources Manage
ment

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Uddhav has been with DLRC for over 5 years now. He manages the campus and all the resources. He performs all duties with full responsibility. He also helps clean up and makes delicious chai and treats for the facilitators and all visitors. 

Rajendra has been with DLRC form it inception. He is very responsible and takes care of all transportation and print resources.

Rajendra has been with DLRC form it inception. He is very responsible and takes care of all transportation and print resources.

Chetan is pursuing Masters in physical education and is a skilled physical fitness and sports facilitator.  He loves playing traditional games and promotes them at DLRC.

Ismail Tamboli



Campus management
 

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Ismail maintains the campus by keeping it clean and pristine.

Chetan is pursuing Masters in physical education and is a skilled physical fitness and sports facilitator.  He loves playing traditional games and promotes them at DLRC.

Gajanan Pawar

 
Garden management
 

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Gajanan is responsible for creating the lush gardens, vegetable beds and pots of flowers on the campus. He also tends to the vermicompost and uses the compost for each section of the campus. At the end of the day, he brings an assortment of fresh vegetables from the gardens for the facilitators to take home. 

Chetan is pursuing Masters in physical education and is a skilled physical fitness and sports facilitator.  He loves playing traditional games and promotes them at DLRC.

Umesh Pawar


Garden management

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Umesh is responsible for creating the lush gardens, vegetable beds and pots of flowers on the campus. He also tends to the vermicompost and uses the compost for each section of the campus. At the end of the day, he brings an assortment of fresh vegetables from the gardens for the facilitators to take home. 

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