Our teachers make Neev what it is, because of what they do, each day.

Ms. Vandana Aragula
Upper Elementary Head (4&5)

"As an educator, I believe in inculcating positive relationship in students, teachers and administrators who will foster and embrace every child. I will empower the whole school community to think critically and evaluate every child based on their strengths and areas of struggle, to create a supportive culture where respect, open communication and holding academic excellence are the keys to success of a school."

Ms. Vandana holds a Bachelors Degree in Economics and Bachelor’s Degree in Education specialised in English and History. She is a Certified Early Childhood Educator from San Jose City College, California. Before she entered the teaching career, she has been in the corporate world running her own company in the US for 8 years. She brings with her several years of experience in the field of early childhood and primary years education. She has also been a teacher in higher grades (Grade 6, 7, 8) teaching English, History and Geography. She has worked in schools in the US both in Early and Primary Years. Her last stint was with VIBGYOR as a Primary Coordinator. Ms. Vandana joined Neev Academy in January, 2012.

Ms. Shanthi Raghunath
Lower Elementary Head (1-3)

I believe in simple, enjoyable, and effective learning. Learning should be simplified so; students can make the connection, consolidate and sustain learning. Students should be intrinsically and extrinsically motivated to take on challenges to build knowledge and understanding of the world. Thus, create path to be lifelong learners.

I began my teaching career wanting to explore young minds and understand how they learn, at the Air Force school, Kumbhigram, Silchar [Assam]. As a part of the Air force culture I’ve learned to adapt and grow in new environment. After moving to Bangalore, for 2 years I’ve worked as a K1 teacher, at Presidency school before moving to Neev in 2008. At Neev I began my career as a K2 teacher at the Whitefield branch. In 2011, when Neev started Grade 1, I took over as the Grade 1 teacher. 3 years later moved to Grade 2 and eventually became the grade level coordinator for Grade 1 and 2, before becoming the Lower Elementary Coordinator. As a part of teaching and learning I’ve presented workshop for teachers on Classroom Management, Co-teaching and Making Thinking Visible. My interest in Math drove me to understand the math curriculum and explore teaching math through inquiry, while maintaining the rigour. I’ve created Math Modules to present the same to the teachers. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree of Arts form S’t Francis College, Hyderabad and a teaching diploma from Cambridge International Diploma for Teachers and Learners, UK.

Ms. Gouri Kar
Senior School Head (6-12)

"I believe in an education that will create intrinsic motivation to all students by providing opportunities to stimulate their passion for learning. I should be able to provide students with a nurturing and enriching environment."

Ms. Gouri holds a Master’s degree in Geography and Bachelor’s degree of Arts specialised in Geography, English and Political Science from Lucknow University and was awarded certificate of merit for distinction in Geography. She has also completed Bachelor in Education from MES Teacher’s College, Bangalore University. Ms. Gouri last worked at Redbridge International Academy, Bangalore as ‘Academic Coordinator’. Before which she was with National Public School, HSR as Social Science Teacher, teaching higher grades. She also gained experience in IB teaching at Indus International School as a Geography Teacher. She was a lead teacher for grade 8 and was handling responsibilities of Areas of Interaction Coordinator for Middle Years Programme. Her early teaching years were with St. Francis Xavier Girls High School, Bangalore and St. Agnes Loreto High School, Lucknow as Geography Teacher. Ms Gouri joined Neev Academy in 2014.

Ms. Ipsita Mishra
MYP Coordinator

"I truly believe in the kind of education that will develop the skills and build conceptual understanding of students to create lifelong learners. True education helps children demonstrate their creativity, become compassionate and curious learners with an eventual goal to grow as unique individuals who are responsible not only for themselves, but also towards the larger community. I firmly believe in the MYP curriculum and its ability to bring these values in the students that would contribute towards making them an individual global citizen."

Ms. Ipsita joined Neev in June 2016 as a teacher of humanities before which she worked in Greenwood High International School as History teacher. Ipsita has over a decade of teaching experience in various international schools in Bengaluru. She has particular interest in curriculum development. Her schooling is from Blessed Sacrament High School, Puri, Orissa. She did her post graduation in Sociology from Utkal University and then completed Bachelor of Education from Indira Gandhi Open University. She is presently pursuing her dual post graduation degree in History. She is also certified examiner for IBO for IBDP History HL/SL and a moderator for History Internal Assessment. Ipsita teaches Middle School Humanities and DP history at Neev. She enjoys painting, reading books and travelling.

Ms. Divya Mohandas
PYP Coordinator

"I believe in education of the whole child. Each child is an unique individual with an innate enthusiasm to learn more about the world around them. I believe this experience can be maximimised if all facets of the child are addressed in learning- whole child, whole experience, whole education."

Ms. Divya last worked as Prep 2 Coordinator at Indus Early Learning Centre. Before which she worked as Grade 1 Coordinator at Indus International School. She also gained her teaching experience at National Academy for Learning and Royale Concorde International School. Ms. Divya was involved in the process of putting together IB PYP documentations for Early Years. She has presented workshops on assessment in PYP, play based learning in early years and enquiry in PYP & differentiation in PYP for teaching staff and teacher training modules. Apart from the above, Ms. Divya also possesses interest in Theatre. She has written, directed many dramas for schools over the years. Ms. Divya holds a Bachelor’s degree Arts form St. Joseph’s College of Arts and Commerce. She also holds a diploma in Education from Hibernia University along with Diploma in teacher’s training and Montessori Training

A Neev teacher believes in:

  • The mission, vision and values of Neev as a human organization.
  • Always being proactive and working to the best of one’s ability.
  • The beauty and intrigue of nature, arts, books and friendship as a basis for all learning.
  • The imagination, the trust, the hopes and ideals that dwell in the hearts of all children.
  • The premise that all children are smart, and it is the job of teachers to help them figure out their learning styles and unleash excellence in all areas.
  • The immeasurable possibilities of success every person carries within them.
  • The victory of human capability over hard assets.
  • Team strength comes from individual excellence of all its team members.
  • Contributing to a learning environment which is defined by strong horizontal and vertical integration in shared learning standards and practises, where the whole team grows together sustainably.
  • Striving to create excellence in teaching practise.
  • Building deep knowledge by developing self-awareness and relationships to result in an environment that functions smoothly with highly positive and respectful personal interactions.
  • Promoting Grit, Honor and Grace. In alignment with the philosophy, fundamental concepts and pedagogical approaches of the IB programmes.