Rachana Patel – Team Leader
I am a Commercial Pilot and a Qualified flying and Ground Instructor. Worked as an Instructor at the Haryana Institute of Civil Aviation as well as The Air Force School, as a mentor. I joined Fountainhead school in the year 2016. Apart from being a Science Graduate and I have also completed Montessori Training from Centre For Educational Research and Developmental Studies, Kottayam. My hobbies include parasailing, cooking (have completed a Professional Chocolatier’s Course), vegetable carving and flower arrangements. Driving long distances and my love for dogs has made me a proud pet parent of multiple Golden Retrievers. I am honoured to be elected as a member of The Mission Tiger Lands and Lakes Society. My mantra for my students – “Don’t set the sky as your limit when there are footprints on the moon,” inspired by Paul Brandt.
Himani Mehta – Homeroom Teacher – Evolve
Himani Mehta has done MBA in Human Resources from K.J.Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research in 2011. She joined Fountainhead School as a part of Primary Years Team in Apr 2016. She has also done B.Com in Accountancy & Industrial Psychology from R.A. Podar College of Commerce and Economics in 2009. She had worked with TCS as HR Executive for over 3 years.
Ishita Jain – Homeroom Teacher – Enlighten
Ishita Jain, an avid reader, believes that a great teacher is the one who molds the future right from the day a child starts going to school. Hailing from Uttar Pradesh, she has graduated as a Bachelor of Technology (electronics and telecom) from NMIMS- Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies in 2015. She was a part of ‘Rise All foundation’ in her college days which took an initiative to impart knowledge to the underprivileged children of our society. Being a Math enthusiast, she loves to explore different algorithms related to math and incorporates them in daily life. Her other indulgence includes artwork, painting, and reading blogs. She joined Fountainhead school as a PYP teacher in 2015.
Richa Sarda – Homeroom Teacher – Contemplate
Richa Sarda joined Fountainhead School as a part of Primary Years Team in Feb 2016. She has done Company Secretaryship in 2012 and M.Com in 2013 from Delhi University. She has also pursued Post Graduate Diploma in Business Finance (distance learning) from Symbiosis Center for Distance Learning in 2015.
Tina Bhatt – Homeroom Teacher – Conjecture
Tina Bhatt has been teaching PYP at Fountainhead School since 2013. She has completed Bachelors in Psychology from Mumbai University. She has been through International Baccalaureate certified training and workshops like Assessment in the PYP, Teaching & Learning and SAIBSA. These have enriched her teaching experience. She enjoys teaching, interacting with children and is passionate about learning new things. Tina also loves to read books, listen to music and travel to new places.
Shehla Shaikh – Homeroom Teacher – Excogitate
Shehla Shaikh has done B.Ed. (IGNOU) from Ahmedabad. She is a Kashmiri settled in Surat. She originally did not want to be a teacher and before joining Fountainhead, she was working with a corporate. She believes in the power of outdoor playing which provides opportunities for kids to learn to synergize, be disciplined and boosts their health and physical development. She is positive about every aspect of life and indulges in reading to calm herself. She likes to see the sunrise in the morning. She prefers to be left alone with books and she adores children. Shehla completed the Standard Chartered Mumbai half marathon (21 km) in 2 hours and 40 minutes. She has run 6 marathons till date and in Surat marathon (10 Kms) she stood second. She devotes time to teach orphans twice a week.
Puja Aggarwal – Homeroom Teacher – Ruminate
Puja Aggarwal has joined Fountainhead school in 2017. She is a FS parent from last 10years now and had been actively involved in all the parental engagements. She is a B.Com Graduate from Vanita Vishram college(affiliated to S.N.D.T university -Mumbai). She is a keen person with the curiosity of knowing everything. She lives by her words and always fulfill her commitments. She believes that learning is a life long process and educating yourself is the best gift to your life. She is a jovial person. She likes learning new things, cooking , dancing, shopping and spending time with kids.
Shreya Chawla – Homeroom Teacher – Deliberate
Shreya, a fervent reader started working right after completing her B.Tech in Computer Science from Rajasthan Technical University, Jaipur. She is in the field of teaching since 2010. She has previously worked with Lourdes Convent High School. She has been working with Fountainhead since 2014. Her passion towards teaching makes her an assiduous person which helps her connect and bond with her kids. She loves trying her hand at implementing new strategies in her class to have an effective and joyful learning environment.
Nirja Thakkar – Homeroom Teacher – Progress
Nirja joined Fountainhead School in 2017. She is an engineer and has completed Instrumentation and Control Engineering from Nirma University. She was associated with Tata Consultancy Services for a year. She is a very enthusiastic person and believes that learning is a lifelong process. She really enjoys teaching and is highly inspired by ‘The Secret’ by Rhonda Byrne.
Khadeejha Pothiawala – Language Support Teacher
Khadeejha Pothiawala has joined the Fountainhead school in 2018 as a language support teacher. She has completed her schooling from Lourdes Convent and has graduated as Business Administrator from SDJ INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE, SURAT. She is also an entrepreneur and runs a clothing line named AYSHA. She believes in creative learning and hence this is what which has motivated her to join Fountainhead, as a contribution from her part towards a better tomorrow. She is also a certified digital marketer and graphic designer and has developed websites in past. Her hobbies include hanging out with friends, watching series and cooking. She is fond of baking and cooking food for her friends and family. Her mantra in life is “To be kind and good to all, and the world eventually will reciprocate.”
Shrija Kothari – Resource Teacher
Shrija Kothari has joined fountainhead school in 2018 as Grade 6 Resource teacher. She has completed her Bachelors in Biotechnology from Veer Narmad South Gujarat University and Masters in Biotechnology from Fergusson college in Pune. She has completed her internship at Institute of Bioinformatics and Biotechnology, University of Pune for a duration of six months. She is passionate about life sciences. She is a trained Indian classical singer, fitness enthusiast and loves to travel. She believes that a good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination and instill a love of learning.
We are each a unique being, but working together in the team allows for accomplishments not possible by any one of us. – Mary-Francis Winters.
Following Single Subject experts add to the strength of the Grade 6 team.
Priyanka Chahwala (PYP Team Leader) has been working with Fountainhead School since 2010. She has completed her Food Technology from Government Polytechnic, Goa. She enjoys dancing and reading nonfiction books. She is passionate about teaching.
Oomer Farook Badat (PYP PE Educator, Track & field, Rock Climbing and Sports Climbing Coach) is a national level football player. He is a certified coach in rock climbing from Swami Vivekanand Institute of Mountaineering, Mount Abu and is a certified coach in rock climbing. He has done a basic course in sports climbing. He holds a diploma degree in web designing and has worked with Piperdiwala School for 6 years as an ICT teacher. He has also worked with Review-One as a senior manager for 6 months in the United Kingdom. He is a professional rock climber, a sports climber, an obstacle course developer and organizes trekking and leisure tours all over India. He runs a private firm “Adventure World”. He is working with Fountainhead School since 2009 and has been a Football coach, Team Leader, and Grade Wise Team Leader. He is a facilitator for PE & PS across the grades. His life motto is ‘Be courageous & work hard’. He loves to nurture and his family the most. He is passionate about Football, Adventure, Athletics, and Swimming. Oomer has a dream to give every single human being an exposure to nature and spread love towards the beauty of nature through his private firm “Adventure World” and climb Mt. Everest.
Saifali ShaukatAli joined the Fountainhead school on 2nd April 2018 as a PYP P.E teacher and taekwondo coach. He completed his graduation in Finance and Accounts in the year 2017 and is currently pursuing 1st-year B.P.Ed. He has 5-year experience in coaching taekwondo and 2.5 years in P.E field.
Mohammedsaeed Murad joined the school as a PE teacher. He will be conducting classes for Grade 6 this year.
Bilal Bham is a PYP PE Teacher and Football Coach and has been working with Fountainhead School since may 2017. He is a national level football player and has participated in numerous district, state zone, Junior, and Senior national level tournaments. He has played Athletics, Table-Tennis l on Zone and State level. His dream is to coach at least one player to play in the National Football team.
Krushi Desai (PYP PE Teacher & Basketball Coach) is passionate about playing basketball and has participated in various State Tournaments. He has been with FS since 2011. He enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee and is a part of the Surat Trail Blazers Team. He has also participated in International Marathons. He likes to read novels and enjoys learning new sports. Krushi is an enthusiastic learner and loves to cook and draw pencil sketches.
Asawari Gupta is a PYP PE coach who will be conducting classes for Grade 6.
Indian Languages Team
Unnati Bhagat – Assitant Team Leader – ILT
Unnati has done M.A. (ENG.) from Gujarat University, B.Ed. (English, Sanskrit) from VNSGU with a distinction, T.T.N.C. (Teachers Training in Needle Craft) with a distinction, and SCOPE. She has been working with Fountainhead since 2012. She has a good command over Gujarati and Hindi language. She likes to read and listen to Gujarati ghazals, cook, and travel. Unnati also writes poems in Gujarati and Hindi.
Poonam Suthar – Hindi teacher
She has pursued a PG Diploma in nutrition and dietetics and also holds a B.Ed degree. She joined Fountainhead in 2016. She is a passionate teacher who takes no time in creating a bond with the children. She likes reading Hindi novels.
Shikha Dhupia – Hindi teacher
She is a Master of Commerce from Mohanlal Sukhadiya University Udaipur (Rajasthan). She joined FS in 2014. She is a friendly and trustworthy person. She believes in the principle of lifelong learning. Simplicity and punctuality are her strengths. Her hobbies are shopping and watching movies.
Vaishali Patel – Gujarati teacher
Vaishali Patel has done her M.A and B. Ed. from VNSGU. She is teaching Gujarati in grades across the school. She is a good reader and loves to travel. She has been working with Fountainhead School since 2011. Her ideology is to be a lifelong learner.
Harsh Vaghela – Gujarati teacher
He comes from Finance background with prior work experience as a financial advisor with a Surat-based corporate firm. He is an MBA with specialization in Finance and has studied engineering with specialization in electronics and communication. The IB ideology and teaching methodology inspired him to join FS. He likes making people laugh and engage himself in social activities. He is Surat City Head of the NGO called ‘Feeding India’. He has been a part of FS since 2017.
Shalini Nandkumar – PYP Arts Team Leader, Art and Design Coordinator and Whole school art events coordinator
She has been in the teaching profession since 2008 and is working with Fountainhead School since 2012. She is PYP Arts Team Leader, Art and Design Coordinator and Whole school art events coordinator. She has done her “Diploma in Commercial Arts” from Government Polytechnic for Girls. She has attended IB workshops of CAT 1, 2 and 3. She has facilitated SAIBSA job alike session in Feb 2017.
Ravindra Agarwal – Assistant Team Leader and Music teacher
Ravindra Agrawal pursued his Bachelors in Music from SCOPA College of Performing Arts, South Gujarat University, Surat. He has plunged into teaching since 2008. He was born in Surat and has grown up with the thought that “Music is his life”.
He is the PYP arts Asst.TL and Music teacher for grade 6.
Rucha Kapadia – PYP Drama curriculum manager and Drama teacher
Rucha Kapadia is working as a Language Art Teacher (PYP) at Fountainhead School since 2011. She has completed her B.Ed. and M.A in English Language and is a Upantya Visharad in Bharatnatyam Dance. She is in the educational field since 2010. She is the PYP Drama curriculum manager and Drama teacher for grade 5 and 6.
Sanjana Narang – Visual Art teacher
Sanjana Narang was born and brought up in Surat, joined fountainhead school in July’17. She pursued Fine Arts (Applied Arts) from The School of Fine Arts, Veer Narmad South Gujarat University, Surat. Painting has always been her passion. She is a Visual Art teacher for grade 5 and 6 and will teach Visual Art to grade 3 to 6 Art and Design Special.
Looking forward to a wonderful year ahead!
With best wishes,