Teachers

Abhilash "Aby" Singhai

I am Abhilash Singhai but prefer to be called “Aby” by my friends and students. I have two passions in life:

(1) Teaching and imparting knowledge
(2) Taking complex concepts and breaking them down to their essentials so even a non-technical person can understand engineering and science

I have a Bachelors in electronics engineering and a Master in Computer science, and have worked in the tech industry for almost 2 decades I had my start as a junior level software tester, advancing to roles including Quality Assurance Director for well-known companies including Qwest Communication, Dish Network, Jeppesen, Boeing, Oppenheimer funds and Home Advisor.

I believe that learning should always be done through practical training first and theory later. I am a big believer in hands-on, in-person, classroom training. My students come from all walks of life from a home maker to a nurse, hotel receptionist to a clerk at a gas station, an adult care giver to bank teller. I believe in my students, and my reason for coming to work each day is their success.

Akhila / Marianne Gamble

Akhila/ Marianne has been a Science Teacher/ Outdoor Educator for more than 20 years. She graduated with honors from the University in Osnabrueck and has got a Bachelors Degree in Science and German, also a Masters of Arts in Teaching. She achieved a teaching certificate for PA through the Education Department in Harrisburg. Akhila won the Edcuation Award in 2015 and has attended several workshops during recent years. Her biggest passion is to inspire kids to love science and nature. She has been a public school teacher for more than 12 years and taught in several learning centers, camps, workshops for over 20 years. Akhila loves to be with her family outdoors or in her garden. Her two boys take her on adventures every day.

Ananda Nadayogi

Ananda Nadayogi received advance training in Indian classical Violin and Vocal with the legendary violinist Sri Lalgudi G. Jayaraman and his son Sri Lalgudi GJR Krishnan for about 12 years in the Gurukula system and graduated in Indian Music from University of Madras. He has performed on the violin during various occasions at different parts of the world as an accompanist as well as a soloist. 

Different regional television channels in India have telecasted his concerts. He has accompanied on the violin for concerts by many leading artists. Above all, Sri Ananda Nadayogi has the credit of teaching Carnatic Violin, Vocal and Keyboard player over a period of two decades from various reputed institutions in India, Middle East, Singapore and United States of America. Presently he is working with Northside Music School in San Antonio, TX. He commutes to Shiksha every Sunday from San Antonio.

Braj Rani

Braj Rani graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in Theatre Arts and also received a teaching degree in Early Childhood Education.  She has taught Pre K at the highly celebrated Jewish Community Center in Boston for 10 years and specialized in teaching enrichment classes like creative movement, dance and world religions. In 1994, she began her journey to study the Vedic Scriptures: The Bhagawad Gita, The Ramayan, The Shreemad Bhagwatam and The Mahabharat. She has taught Hinduism to students of all ages for the past seven years at Radha Madhav Dham Sunday School and Family Camps. Her goal as a teacher is to instill in her students a deep understanding of God and help them appreciate the values of the Hindu scriptures and Slokas.

Collin Whites

Collin Whites received his teaching credential in Secondary Mathematics (Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus) from Cal State University, Fullerton. He has worked as a Teacher and Tutor for the past 8 years. In that time Mr. Whites has been employed by Austin Community College, Orange Unified as well as Austin ISD. He has also tutored honors and AP students from McNeil and Anderson High Schools, as well as UT and Texas State students.

His goal as a teacher is instill courage by building mathematical confidence and competence. He believes in building student understanding by teaching them how to detangle math problems (What information are you given? What do you know? How do you solve the problem? How do you check your answer?).  He also believes in teaching through multiple modes (lecture, visual representation, demonstration of understanding/informal assessment thru student class activities) and using technology such as graphing calculators to learning faster, more certain and less tedious.

Mr. Whites enjoys storytelling and this is part of how he interacts with younger students. Because of his years teaching, Collin is a perceptive teacher. His student-centered activities help him to identify and remedy student difficulties. A favorite quote of his is that "Man lives by good example."

Donna Taylor

Donna Taylor has been living at Radha Madhav Dham and doing seva there since 2012. She teaches music classes during the Summer and Winter family camps organized by Radha Madhav Dham. She will be offering the same classes through Shiksha School for the Austin community.

Erica Lockwood

Erica Lockwood is a Distinguished Toastmaster and the Area I-52 Director.

Indradeep Ghosh

Indradeep Ghosh is one of the top ranking violinists in India and a trailblazer for Seni Maihar Gharana.  He initially started playing violin at the tender age of six under the guidance of Sri Anamitra Mustafi.  He has been under the tutelage of Professor Smt. Sisirkana Dhar Chowdhury since 1991.  He also had the privilege of getting training with different maestros of Indian Classical Music including Pandit V.G.Jog and Pandit Kumar Bose

Jayeeta Dasmunshi

Jayeeta Dasmunshi, founder of Austin's very own MUSICA music school which provides lessons in Indian vocal music.She has learned Hindustani classical and Folk Music from the esteemed Bengal Music College, Kolkata, India Rabindra Sangeet from Dakshini, Kolkata India and Dakshinayan in South London. Musica music school offers music certification program recognized by renown Indian Institute. Jayeeta is the examiner for the same organization in US. Jayeeta is the mentor for International Indian Icon 2017.

Her past achievements include winning a 2002 Reality show in India, performing in Rashtrapati Bhavan, North America Bengali Conference 2015.Three of her students selected for Zee SareGaMaPa Little Champ 2016.

Jules Winson

Jules Winson is the owner of Cafe Monet Art Studios in Austin and has taught at Radha Madhav Dham's Summer and Winter Camps.   A native of Indiana, Jules received her Architectural Design and Fine Artsdegrees from Purdue University. After years of working for architectural firms, Jules followed her true passion of creating a space to bring art to all people.  She is a qualified multi-media art teacher and has hosted numerous workshops, children's camps, STE(A)M classes and kid's art classes at her studios and in the community for over 17 years.  She adores children and connects with them by seeing the world through their eyes.  When she is not working in her business or teaching, Jules loves to be with her husband and 2 boys traveling, being outdoors, meeting new people and being an advocate for those who are still searching for 

Mamta Ganesan

Mamta Ganesan is from Dehli. She is not only passionate and fluent in Hindi, her lessons plans and curriculum reflect mastery of content and effective methods of teaching.

Mamta Ganesan has a bachelors in Fine Arts with major in Sculpture from College of Art, New Delhi, India. She has taught Art in public schools and love learning & teaching. Her philosophy of teaching comes from our Guru's inspiration to love and respect everyone. 

Favorite quote:

We may not remember everything you said. But we
will remember how special you made us feel.

Mamta has served as a public school teacher most of her career.

Pallavi L. Shahi

Pallavi is an ex-national table tennis player and has coached in many schools and colleges in India. She represented Delhi University and was a sports captain for Jesus and Mary College

Experience in the USA:

  • Coached at West Hill Elementary School and West Hartford Table Tennis Club in Connecticut

She has won over 200 titles in her long 20 years playing career, with regular coverage in leading newspapers like Hindustan Times, The Times Of India and Indian Express. She has appeared multiple times on National Television of India for her achievements.

Pramod Patil, Asavari Paranjape, Manda Kulkarni, and Harshal Patwardhan

Marathi Teachers:

  • Pramod Patil is a founding member of the Marathi language school in Austin. He a passionate leader and involved in helping various local non profits,  social causes and is also serves as a  commissioner on the Asian American Quality of life conmission. Pramod works very hard and focused on teaching young generation about the Indian heritage, language and celebrating different cultures together. Pramod has done many art projects and is a very good writer, choreographer and director. He loves outdoor activities and is a proud finisher of IRONMAN 70.3.
     
  • Asavari Paranjape is originally from Pune, India. She has completed her MS in Computer Engineering from North Carolina State University and works here in Austin. She has always been interested in teaching Marathi. Teaching gives her the best opportunity to be with kids. Marathi is her mother tongue and she is very happy that she is helping other parents with the same desire of teaching their kids their own Mother tongue. It also gives her the opportunity to keep the culture and traditions alive. Outside Shiksha and her day job, Asavari loves spending time with her family and is a proud mother of two kids.
     
  • Manda Kulkarni is a passionate teacher who believes in a need of a close community for Indian children growing up here in the United States. She firmly believes that a strong community raises confident, well adjusted, and well grounded children.  With that in mind, she volunteers to teach Marathi, Marathi culture, science, math, and engineering.  Good teachers make a strong impact on children’s lives.  Manda came from Maharashtra.  She comes from a family  who  started a school in rural India which operates on the principle of “Parishrama” or self-reliance.  Manda engineer by profession, teacher and grandmother by heart, enjoys being part of Shiksha Marathi school.  
     
  • Harshal Patwardhan is a motivated volunteer and loves to be around kids. Harshal actively participates in various community cultural activities in and around Austin and brings in lots of enthusiasm to the team.

Saritha Jandhyala

I am a Program Manager with extensive Software Engineering experience and a Masters in Computer Science. I am very passionate about teaching and grooming children to realize their potential in education and arts. I am not a believer in rote learning style for children. I believe that children flourish better under creative, methodical and integrated approaches for their enrichment. Creative Enrichment is  the corner stone of Learning Star Academy.  

Owner: Learning Star Academy

Saryu Parikh

Saryu Parikh was born and educated in Bhavngar, Gujarat State, India. She has Master’s degree in Botany from MS University in Vadodara. She has lived in the USA since 1969. She is a Retired Medical Technologist, was a volunteer teacher at the Literacy Council of Fort Bend, Houston area, for 11 years. She is also a volunteer advocate for the domestic violence victims, a poet and a writer in Gujarati and English. Two of her published books: “Essence of Eve” and “Smile in Tears”.

Seetha Madabhushi

Seetha Madabhushi is from a music loving family. She was named after maternal grandmother Smt. Sita Mudumbi who was also born into a highly cultured and musical family in Rajahmundry. Her maternal grandfather, Sriman Srinivasa Chary was a prominent lawyer who was also a highly-accomplished vocalist, veena player, and composer. Under her grandmother’s guidance, Seetha learned the veena, Bharatanatyam dance, and Carnatic vocal music. She is grateful to her grandmother for instilling in her a passion for music and service.

Seetha was introduced to Bharatanatyam at a very young age when she watched her maternal aunt, Smt. Bhaskaram Mani Nallani Chakravartula perform. In fact, Seetha’s first Bharatanatyam guru was another maternal aunt, Smt. Bhanumati Nallani Chakravartula. Under her guidance, she performed many ballets including Shadow play of Ramayan, Srinivasa Kalyanam, Sri Krishna Parejatam, and many Social dramas.

As she was building her Bharatanatyam repertoire, she was introduced to Kuchipudi dance by her sister, Smt. Alivelu Kandalam and her guru, Sri. Vedantam Prahladasharma garu. Seetha learned basics of Kuchipudi from Guru Sri. Vedantam Prahladasharma.
After immigrating to the United States. Performing a Rangapravesam remained a goal of hers since 1986. In 2000, Smt. Seetha garu found a new guru in Sri. Vedantham Raghava garu who continued her Kuchipudi training. On July 12, 2012, Smt. Seetha garu finally performed her Natya Rangapravesam, making her long-standing dream a reality.

Seetha has performed in many cultural programs in and outside Houston, Texas. Also given many programs in India.
Aside from music, Seetha worked as a Business/Project Analyst in Oil & Gas and in the Medical industry for 13 years. She earned her BBA from Houston Baptist University. Seetha has raised two kids: one is a doctor and married to an Attorney; her son graduated from college to go on to Medical School. She is married to a physician, Ranga Madabhushi

Shanna Kelly

Ms. Kelly is a certified Special Education teacher with over 15 years classroom experience.  She has a passion for teaching and an ability to connect with her students on all levels. You may say that education is in her DNA, her business partner (and mother) was a Special Education teacher for 34 years, and has inspired her love of education.  Ms. Kelly is married and has two teenagers who keep her on the go!  When she's not teaching or busy with her kids, she enjoys spending time with her dog, Grace.

 

Shruti Mehta

Shruti Mehta, RYT200, is a long time devotee at RMD. Practicing yoga for more than two years. Recently completed 200 hr., Hatha yoga teacher training from Yoga Yoga Austin.  

Vidyut Gharpure-Page

Vidyut has been learning Bharatanatyam from the age of 8. When she was 11, she started her training under the able guidance of Guru Smt. Manik Ambike from Kalakshetra gharana. 

She completed her margam and Arangetram (First dance show after graduation - BA in Dance) in 2001 and continued to learn further. She also started teaching Manik tai’s junior students for a few years after that. With her guru’s permission, she learnt various padams and choreographies from different gurus. Vidyut being a Sangeet Visharad (BA in music), simultaneously took formal training from Guru Smt. Rajalakshmi Pichumani for karnataki music to accompany Arangetrams and other traditional Bharatanatyam programs for vocals.

She has performed and choreographed many shows in India. She has also won several awards and mentions for her dance performances. To broaden her horizons, Vidyut learnt Rajasthani folk forms in India. Later, while studying for Masters in Product Development engineering in USC, she stayed in touch with her passion by learning the basics of hip-hop and jazz. Along with her various performances at local community events in Los Angeles, she performed as a lead in a musical in L.A. This musical was based on an Indian poetess 'Bahina Bai' and was very well received by 2000+ audiences. Vidyut performed in, and choreographed a fusion of Bharatanatyam, Kathak and Flamenco along with live music and painting, which was performed in BMM convention 2015 in Anaheim Convention Center for 4000+ audiences. She was also a part of a semi classical dance in the same show. 

While working as a product marketing consultant she decided to start NrutyaSaadhanaa Dance Academy in 2015, where she teaches Kalakshetra style of Bharatanatyam. She focuses on the graceful line work and perfection in dancing.

"Dancing, being an expression has no age boundaries. You can start learning Bharatanatyam at any age. It helps you gain control over your own body and your mind. Also, with a base in classical dance, it is always easier to learn any other dance form." -Vidyut

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