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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.

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    • Abhishek Panchal

      Arts Program Coordinator & Visual Arts Teacher

      Abhishek joined the team in 2016. He is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Art Education from the College of Fine Arts - Boston University. Abhishek is a recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Scholarship Award, granted by GSoM to pursue higher education & has been a research grant recipient from the Tata Trust in 2017 to participate in a research residency program in Brazil. His focus lies in arts administration, teaching, curriculum and research in the arts. He is a certified IGCSE Visual Arts & Design teacher and also works as the curator and the production head for the GSoM art showcases. Prior to joining GSoM, Abhishek has worked with three art organisations as an administrator and art educator.

    • Aditi Khanna

      Lead Teacher

      Aditi has completed MA Education in Early Childhood Education from Bangalore University and B.A. (Hons) Psychology from Delhi University. Prior to GSoM she has worked with many schools as an intern and as a teacher for over 3 years .

    • Aditi Dalal

      Drama Teacher

      Aditi has a BA (Psychology) from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai. She has received a distinction at Grade 7 Speech and Drama and holds a Professional Certificate in Communication Skills from Trinity College London. Prior to joining GSOM, Aditi has worked as a Drama teacher and Language and Communication trainer at Intrinsic Expressions.

    • Aditi Ghosh

      Language Coordinator

      Aditi has completed PG Diploma in Special Education Multiple Disabilities: Physical & Neurological from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai University. She interned at GSoM and as a Remedial Educator in pre-primary, primary and secondary schools. Prior to GSoM, she has worked as a Project Manager and Design Consultant in the urban development and infrastructure sector for thirteen years. She has a B. Tech in Civil Engineering from IIT Bombay and an MS in Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA. Aditi is also a freelance author who writes children's books (fiction and STEM stories for children).

    • 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.

    • Alisha Nagree

      Speech Therapist

      Alisha has completed a Bachelor in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology (BASLP) from Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, Nair Hospital and a M.Sc. in Psychotherapy and Counseling from the Institute of Psychotherapy and Management Studies, Global Open University. Prior to joining GSOM, Alisha has worked at various hospitals, special schools and learning centers as a Speech and Swallowing Therapist and Audiologist for over 9 years.

    • Andrea D'costa.

      Lead teacher

      Andrea has completed Bachelor of Management Studies under the University of Mumbai with a specialization in Human Resources. Prior to GSoM she has worked with Edelweiss Business Services Ltd as Learning & Development Coordinator. She has also interned with Air India and an NGO.

    • Aparna Vyavaharkar

      Instructional Coach and Teacher

      Aparna has completed a Masters in Counseling Psychology and is pursuing a Bachelor of Education (Spl. Ed - Learning Disabilities) from Mumbai University. In over 13 years of working in the fields of psychology and education, she has worked extensively with children of ages between 4 to 11 years. She is well versed with designing course content for IB curriculum (upto Grade 5) and has varied experience comprising teaching, mentoring, counseling and administration. She has also volunteered for many teaching workshops.

    • Aradhana Bakhai Maniar

      Occupational Therapist

      Aradhana has completed Master of Science in Cognitive Rehabilitation from University of Westminster and Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Brunel University - United Kingdom, England. Prior to GSoM she has worked with many organizations as an Occupation Therapist over 4 years in India as well as overseas.

    • 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.

    • Daya Chatani

      Counsellor

      Daya has completed a Bachelors in Psychology from McGill University, Canada; has completed the Association Montessori International (AMI) Primary Diploma from Foundation for Montessori Education, Toronto; and has completed the Autism and Behavioural Science Program and the Human Resources Management Program from George Brown College, Toronto. Prior to joining GSoM, Daya has worked as an educator and program developer in special education and early child care settings in Canada. Her work included research projects, individualized program development and social skills training, with focus on autism spectrum disorder.

    • Ekta Somaiya

      HSAP & 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.

    • 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.

    • Gomathy Hariharan

      Lead teacher

      Gomathy has completed an MA (Industrial Psychology) from V.E.S College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Mumbai. She has also attended a disability sensitization course for people with multiple disabilities. Prior to joining GSOM, Gomathy has done an internship at Ayur connect.

    • Henal Vora

      Lead teacher

      Henal has completed a B.Ed. in Special Education, and a BSc. in Home Science from SNDT University, Mumbai. Prior to joining GSoM, she has worked in different schools and remedial centers in Mumbai as an intern.

    • 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.

    • Indrani Chatterjee

      Library Media Specialist & Language Teacher

      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.

    • Khadija Rangwala

      Lead teacher

      Khadija is pursuing Master of Arts in Education and has completed Bachelor's of Arts in Economics from Mumbai University. Prior to GSoM she has worked with an organization as an Associate for 1 year and interned with many educational organizations.

    • Kirti Devnani

      Teacher

      Kirti Devnani has completed an undergraduate in BSc Global Social Science from Middlesex University, Dubai and a postgraduate in MA Special Educational Needs and Disabilities from University of Birmingham, UK. Prior to GSoM, she has worked in Dubai and UK in the field of special education for over 3 years. Her work experience comprises working with age groups across 3 - 30 years. She has designed curriculums and researched on cross cultural issues in the SEND field. She has also taught photography in several educational institutions and is proud to share her passion with the GSoM student community by working on photography projects.

    • K. V. Radhakrishnan

      Teacher

      Radhakrishnan has completed B.Sc. in Chemistry, Botany & Microbiology from University of Mysore and B.Ed & M.Ed in Special Education from All India Institute of Speech & Hearing, Mysore. Prior to working in GSoM, he was associated with Nireekshe open school, Mysore for a year & worked as a science teacher & special educator for 3 years in Rajghat Besant School, Varanasi run by the Jiddu Kirshnamurthy foundation.

    • Lalita Chawla

      Lead Teacher

      Lalita has completed a Master’s in Physical Chemistry from Mumbai University. Prior to joining GSOM, she has worked in managerial and administrative capacities at banks, accountancy firms and insurance companies for over 24 years, before moving to the field of education. Most recently, Lalita participated in a teaching fellowship with Teach For India for 2 years.

    • Mala Lamba

      HSAP 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.

    • Manda Nambiar

      Lead teacher

      Manda has completed a B.A in Psychology from the University of Maryland. Prior to GSoM, she has worked with many organizations as a child care assistant and has interned for over 6 years in India as well as overseas.

    • Manika Khanna

      Vice Principal

      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.

    • Mariam Munir

      Communications Coordinator + Language & lead Teacher

      Mariam has completed a Bachelors in Special Education from SNDT University with a specialization in Learning Disabilities. Prior to GSoM she has worked for American School Bombay as a Learning Coach. While studying at St. Xavier's College, Mumbai, she taught underprivileged children for 4 years at Aakanksha, and was also part of other programmes aimed at entertaining and educating children.

    • Meghna Visaria

      Case Manager” (Low incidence disabilities).

      Meghna has completed M.Ed in Special Education (Autism and Developmental Disabilities) from University of Texas, Austin and B.Ed in Special Education (Learning Disabilities) and B.A in Psychology from Mumbai University. Prior to GSoM, she has worked and interned with various organizations as a Behaviour Therapist and Special Educator over the past 7 years.

    • Nikhita Sharma

      Lead teacher

      Nikhita has completed a Masters in Counseling Psychology and a diploma in Special Education from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. Prior to joining GSoM, she has worked in various schools as a counselor and Life Skills Teacher for over one and a half years.

    • Nikisha Kotwal

      Assistant Teacher

      Nikisha has completed studying Product Design from the MIT Institute of Design, Pune. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from IGNOU. Prior to GSoM, she worked at St. Joseph’s High School, Wadala for two years as a remedial educator. She has also volunteered at various organizations for children with special needs for over 6 months.

    • Nitesh Agrawal

      High School ICT and Math teacher

      Nitesh has done a Bachelor's in Information Technology and worked in the IT sector for a few years. Before joining Gateway, he did the Teach For India fellowship.

    • Nituna Baretto

      Humanities & IGCSE 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.

    • Pooja Thakkar

      SLP Coordinator

      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.

    • Prerna Dharamdasani

      Teacher

      Prerna has completed a Bachelor's (BA) in Psychology from Jai Hind College. She has also completed a Bachelor's (BEd) in Special Education - Learning Disabilities from SNDT University. Prior to joining GSoM, Prerna has interned with Mount litera International and American School of Bombay in the learning support department.

    • Radhika Chandrasekaran

      Section Coordinator

      Radhika has completed a B.A. in Psychology from Mumbai University, an M.Sc. in Psychology from Christ University, Bangalore, and a Certificate Course in Arts Based Therapy from World Centre for Creative Living Foundation, Pune. Prior to joining GSOM, she has worked with with special needs children and other clinical populations, offering her services as a psychologist and arts-based therapist, for NGOs and private practices in Mumbai and Bangalore.

    • Radhika Misquitta

      Co-Principal

      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 (M.Ed.) 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 15 years.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Roshan Kadam

      Account Assistant

      Roshan has completed a Bachelor’s in Commerce and is pursuing a Master’s in Commerce from Mumbai University. He has decided to pursue a career in accounting and GSoM is his first experience.

    • Rudri Joshi

      Math Program 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.

    • Sakina Gore

      Support Teacher

      Sakina has done M. Ed from Pune University. Prior to GSoM, she has worked with other schools as a primary teacher over 2 years. She has been an intern with GSoM over a year.

    • Sangeeta Dude

      Accountant

      Sangeeta has done a Master of Commerce from Mumbai University. She has been working with many different organizations and international schools like The Universal School, DAV International School over 11 years in the field of accounts.

    • Sanjana Nisar

      MathTeacher

      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.

    • Sanya Modi

      Speech Therapist

      Sanya has completed her Master of Audiology and Speech Language Pathology from Ali Yavar Jung National Institute for Speech and Hearing Disabilities (AYJNISHD), Mumbai. Before joining GSoM, for 2 years, she has given many In- home therapies for various developmental delays, injuries or disorders and swallowing therapy for pediatric and adult neurodevelopmental disorders. She has also done her internship and volunteership as speech therapist at various places. She is also a registered member of Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI).'

    • Sara D’Souza

      Lead + Music Teacher

      Sara has completed a B.Ed. in Special Education from SNDT University; a Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education, and a Diploma in Pre-Primary Teacher Training from Vidhya Nidhi Education Society. SHe also has a BA in Psychology from Mumbai University. Prior to joining GSoM, Sara has worked at the American School of Bombay (ASB) as an intern, and has worked with children privately as a vocal instructor/singing teacher.

    • Sejal Shah

      Lead Teacher

      Sejal has completed a B.Ed. in Special Education SNDT University, Mumbai, and a Master’s in Electronics from Gujarat Arts and Science College. Prior to joining GSoM, she has worked in different schools in Gujarat and Mumbai in teaching positions.

    • Sheetal Waychal

      Occupational Therapist

      Sheetal graduated from Maharashtra University of Health Science, with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy. She has experience in the pediatric field in India and overseas for over 7 years. Having the sound ability to handle patients with physical and mental incapability, her domain is early intervention. She is specialized in Sensory Integration Therapy (USA) and Handwriting Without Tears (USA). She is also trained in Brain Gym, handle techniques and handwriting assessment and treatment. She is a Certified Childbirth Educator (USA), trained in pregnant women for Ante natal & Post Natal care. She has worked with children with Cerebral Palsy, Down syndrome, Autism, ASD, ADHD, Learning Disability and many more.

    • Simrit Nath

      Teacher

      Simrit has done D. Ed from Dilkhush Special School and Teacher Training Center. She has done the internship with GSoM for a year and GSoM is her first experience in the field of education.

    • Sneha Chhabria

      Admin Executive

      Sneha has completed a B.com from Mithibai Motiram Kundnani College of Commerce and Economics in Mumbai. Prior to joining GSoM, Sneha has worked in administrative capacities at corporate organizations like Wasan Toyota, Associated Architects and International College of Financial Planning in India for over 7 years.

    • Sonia Makar

      Admin Executive - Front Desk

      Sonia is a graduate from Saurashtra University and she has worked in various schools as a teacher and in other industries with the operations department over 7 years.

    • Srishti Chhatwal

      Support Teacher

      Srishti has a Masters in Business Management with a Minor in Economics from NM College of Commerce and Economics. She was working with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in the Direct Tax department. Also, she has been associated with ICAI and ICSI pursuing Chartered Accountancy and Company Secretary certified courses. She has worked with various institutes with special needs children in the education space.

    • Steffi Lobo

      Support Teacher

      Steffi has completed M.com from Mumbai University. Prior to GSoM, she volunteered to teach 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.

    • Sunayana Korgaonkar

      Administrative Executive - Back Office

      Sunayana has completed a Bachelor’s in Catering, Hospitality Management and Administration from Alagappa University, Mumbai, and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from DCT International Hotel & Business Management School, Switzerland. Prior to joining GSOM, Sunayana has worked in administrative capacities at corporate organizations and in hospitality services in India, for over 6 years.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Ujjwal Yadav

      Counsellor

      Ujjwal is a Clinical Psychologist with over 5 years of experience. She completed her education from SNDT University. Her work experience comprises of working with all age group across 6 years to 65 years. Her expertise lies in working on behavior modification in kids along with anxiety, depression, stress management, relationship issues among others with adults.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Vikas Nerlekar

      Physical Education Teacher

      Vikas has B.P.Ed. from Mumbai University and is a certified 'D' licence holder from AIFF. He was Head of delegation for U-19 Football boys (18-19) in School Games Federation of India (SGFI) from International Board Schools sports organisation (IBSSO) held at Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan. He was a manager for U-17 Football boys (17-18) in SGFI from IBSSO held at Jammu, J & K. He participated as a manager for U-19 Athletics boys (18-19) in SGFI from IBSSO held at Nadiad, Gujarat. Prior to GSoM, he has worked with many institutes and international schools over a period of 9 years as a Physical educator and Football Coach.

    • Yesha Doshi

      Support Teacher

      Yesha has completed a Certificate Course in Arts-Based Therapy from World Centre for Creative Learning Foundation, Pune and worked with children with special needs. She has also completed a Post Graduation Diploma in Counselling from University of Mumbai. Prior to joining GSOM, Yesha has worked in Kenilworth Global Consulting Pvt. Ltd, as an Educational counselor and interned and engaged in various projects for over 2 years.

    • Zara Parekh

      Co-lead Teacher

      Zara possesses a Bachelor's of Arts Psychology major from Mumbai University. Prior to GSoM, she was working with TEACH FOR INDIA over 2 years and also was teaching and assisting children with learning disabilities on private basis.