Leading from the front
K V Praveen Raju
Founder / Managing Trustee
Praveen Raju is the founder of Suchitra Academy an International school based in Hyderabad, India. Suchitra Academy provides an integrated facility where India’s Top players like Badminton World Champion, P V Sindhu trains. Praveen is a mentor and guide to P V Sindhu.
Mr.Praveen has been featured amongst “25 Leaders Reinventing K-12 Education” in Educational World India. He was the Executive Director of Indus International School, Hyderabad and the Founder Chairman of Indus Early Years, both among the top schools of India in their categories. He was also the founder/Vice President of TIE Hyderabad and is now Co-Chairman of FICCI Arise. He is also the coordinator of Nexus of Good (Nexus of good.org.in), Hyderabad Chapter.
He was a university-level badminton player and national level snooker player.
He completed Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and Communications from Osmania University and holds a Certification in School Management and Leadership from Harvard University Graduate School of Education and Harvard Business School (Leading Schools, Leading People and Leading Learning)
Deepa Kapoor has over 20 years of experience in the field of education. She has done her Masters in English Literature and has passionately taught young, bright minds across the country. Being from a defense background, she has a varied and rich experience of teaching in schools all over India. She has been in leadership positions in various schools pan India.
She is the founder member of the Suchitra Academy’s leadership team. She was the Vice Principal of Suchitra Academy and took over the mantle of Principal in March 2020.
She believes that every child has immense potential to excel, given the right environment. She is a strong advocate of the “No Child Left Behind” policy, whether in academics or other school activities.
Ms. Deepa believes that education cannot be imparted in the four walls of the classroom. A child has to explore, enquire and be curious about the world around them. To satiate a curious mind should be the prime role of a teacher! A teacher has to be a learner first, her patience steadfast and her dedication unparalleled. Under her able guidance, the teachers are encouraged to adapt and adopt new practices that acknowledge both the art and science of learning. They understand that the essence of education is a close relationship between a knowledgeable, caring adult and a secure, motivated child. They grasp that their most important role is to get to know each student as an individual in order to comprehend his or her unique needs, learning style, social and cultural background, interests, and abilities. She believes that with massive revolutions in knowledge, information technology, and public demand for better learning, this kind of restructuring is imperative.
She also believes in keeping herself abreast with the latest trends in education. She has been a part of a few webinars on pertinent topics related to this field. She has also recently completed an online course in School Management and Leadership from Harvard University.
Trisha is a passionate educator who wants to bring a radical change in education. She is making a difference in the lives of teachers by creating a space where they start questioning and look for meaning in their life and work. School education is her calling and she is in this field for the last sixteen years.
She has done her Masters in Organic Chemistry from Delhi University and has completed a Design Thinking course from Stanford University and TISS. She has also earned a certificate in School Management and Leadership from Harvard University. She is presently pursuing Diploma in Montessori Teacher Training.
Before taking her place at Suchitra Academy, she has been a part of the Network of Enterprising Educational Ventures (NEEV), Delhi as a Research Associate and The Heritage School, Delhi as a Facilitator. She has been part of many workshops on education and retreats on self-awareness. She is trained in Project-Based Learning (PBL) by Steven Levy, known as the father of PBL.
She believes that teachers need to be guided to learn and unlearn with children and children need to experience the freedom that instills responsibilities in them. She plays the unique role of In-house Teacher Trainer and steers the PBL, Mathematics and Science programs, adding new dimensions to the teaching and learning processes.
Head, Pre-Primary Section
Usha Gupta comes with more than 30 years of experience specialising in Early Years Program. She has worked in reputed educational institutions in the field of Early Childhood Development, Montessori Philosophy and IB PYP Pedagogy. She has eight years of experience designing curriculum/content for Pre-Primary and Integrated Curriculum Textbooks for Grade 1 and 2. She holds an International Diploma in Montessori Teaching (AMI) and is certified for implementing IB-PYP and IEYC Pedagogy in the classroom.
She believes that each child is like a tiny seed, having the potential to flourish and grow, if nurtured well and given the right environment. Her ideology is to make learning fun and engaging in order to make students lifelong learners.
Head of Primary
Kamlesh Bahukhandi is a University of Delhi graduate and holds a diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education & Primary Teachers Training. She has experience of over 20 years as a progressive educator. Before joining Suchitra Academy, she worked at ASN International School (Delhi) and Delhi Public School (Hyderabad).
She believes that every child deserves special care and affection to be able to spread their wings to fly and that It is the responsibility of teachers to identify the talents, skills, abilities and interest of the students and nurture them in such a way that each one of them blooms every step of their way.
To add to it, she stresses the importance of parents’ involvement in their child’s lives. This is particularly critical because learning doesn’t stops at school, rather it should be seen in the continuum. And it is both the teachers and parents who can make it possible by working as collaborators.
Head of Middle School
Mary is a postgraduate in Science, having a bachelor’s degree in Education. She has 10 years of experience in the teaching field and is associated with Suchitra Academy for the last 5 years, She is the in-charge of Project-Based Learning classes.
According to her education is a life-long process. She believes that the students are at the center of all school-related decisions. She is always excited to bring her experience of child-centered approach to support students learning. She believes that relationships between families and the school are vital to the success of the students.
She feels that with the right guidance, children learn to make decisions more independently, learn and unlearn from their experiences not just in the formative years but as adults too.
Head of Senior School
Ritika comes with over eight years of experience in the field of education. She describes herself as a spirited, enthusiastic, and passionate educator, committed to ensuring that every student is prepared both academically and socially for the future. Before Joining Suchitra, she has been a part of the Nirmal Bhartia School, New Delhi as a subject coordinator.
With a strong research background, she believes in creating a dynamic and forward-looking research environment for both staff and students. According to Ritika, every child is different and so the way of dealing with them. Education thus for her should be holistic addressing the emotional, social, physical, and academic needs of the students through an integrated learning approach.
As the Senior School Head, she hopes to make learning experiential in nature where young minds can be mentored and conditioned to become thinking individuals.
Head, Cambridge Section
Sara Anjum is an educator and leader with 21 years of experience in teaching and administration. She has worked extensively with both CBSE and Cambridge curriculum, in various schools, in and out of Hyderabad. An alumnus of Osmania University College for Women, she has done her Masters in English Literature and Bachelors in Education. She is qualified and awarded with ISE IV (C2 of the CEFR) certificate by Trinity College of London. English language teaching is her core competence as she is certified and trained in Cambridge IGCSE – English as a first language, English as a second language and English Literature as well as Techniques of Assessment. She is also a certified trainer/presenter for Cambridge English.
Sara has considerable experience in conducting training and workshop sessions on skill development for teachers and students. She believes in creating a balance between the academic, co-curricular and personal development of every student and hence is committed to ensure their holistic development. She firmly gives credence to the fact that, international curriculum emphasises on 21st century skills to create global leaders and global citizens.
Syeda Ashraf Unnisa
Head of Programs
Ashraf has been in the field of Education for over 13 years. She started off as a Math and Science High school teacher and has been a part of many prestigious institutions. She stepped into administration a few years ago and is currently the Head of Programs at Suchitra Academy.
Teaching has been her passion and she believes that along with changing times, teachers should also evolve; bringing in new techniques to kindle the imaginations and sustain the interest of children. She believes that students should be given opportunities to explore, experiment, and learn at their own pace. They should be encouraged to utilize their senses in their learning.
She is responsible for planning, organizing, and conducting events with the objective to provide children with varied opportunities to excel and discover their hidden talents.