Teacher_Author program is primarily Sheetal's organic journey of moving from being a primary school teacher to a published children's literature author!
Her journey started as a student of Elementary Education@ DU_JMC, wherein the aspect of nature of language and its pedagogy in the primary grades pushed her to explore the whole gamut of Language Education and specifically around the role of literature for her learners! The first work space at an alternative education program Digantar_Jaipur just added to her motivation and experience.
Slowly yet Surely cracking the nuances of the relationship between learning and language, the journey took her to creating contextual and comprehensive Children's Literature in the language of her learners!
Since 2005! And growing strong her love for children's literature has only multiplied manyfold, and thus the brainchild Teacher_Author program!
You may read her publications with Room to Read (India) here :) https://literacycloud.org/users/5800-sheetal-paul
Vinod is a social entrepreneur who previously served as founding member and Director at STIR Education, a successful not-for-profit start-up focused on building teacher changemaker networks in India and Uganda. Under his leadership, STIR program in India scaled to over 15000 teachers. Prior to this Vinod worked at Investment Banks like Nomura and Lehman Brothers. He did his MBA from Delhi School of Economics and holds a B.Sc. in Physics from Delhi University.
Vinod has been an exceptional mentor, helping us spearhead the program since its conception. His experience and expertise in designing and building on resources has been of significant value to the Teacher_Author program!
Beer - Cheer!
Ishtha is a self-taught artist and illustrator. Her deep love for all things colourful, fantastical and downright silly is reflected in her work, specially in the field of children’s literature. Her Masters in Psychology as well as her experience in the field of education has contributed to how she visualises illustrations for humans both small and big.
Ishtha has worked as a Production Specialist at TheTeacherApp, an ed-tech platform, where she oversaw the design and production of audio-visual modules for teachers and students of low-resourced Indian schools. She has also illustrated children-parent workbooks and stories. Ishtha currently runs her own art brand called ‘draftingboard’. You may check out her work www.draftingboard.in
Her artistic energy is visible in the Teacher_Author logo! Go check it out again =)
Cheer - Beer!
Sonia has been working in the field of elementary education for the last 12 years and has been striving to make this space more dynamic through her interventions with both children and educators.
Sonia has also developed curriculum content and has published picture story books and mathematics teacher resource books with Eklavya and the National Council of Educational Research and Training. Sonia has a Masters in Elementary Education from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai and a Bachelors in Elementary Education (B El. Ed.) from Delhi University.
Sonia is a self-taught artist and engages in storytelling and writing. Her experience around engagement and interaction with children can be seen in her impromptu strokes. She is a crazy partner in crime for anything artistic available on this planet!