As a postgraduate in Statistics from University of Delhi, I joined Abhaya School in January 2018 to work in an environment which would help me interact with the young and inquisitive minds and to put forth my best efforts to develop individuals who would be capable of making a mark in their lives.
Our school doctor, Swapna has been associated with the school right from the beginning. She is an Anthroposophic Physician and Homeopath. She deals with children’s illness including Autism, ADHD and Epilepsy. She is an ardent believer in Waldorf Education and helps teachers, children and parents at school.
Srini Donepudi is an ‘ITpreneur’ par excellence, who has a passion for teaching. He was a parent in Abhaya before involving himself with the administrative and financials of the school. He has been instrumental in Abhaya’s growth from a school with 20 students in a 1000 square yard rented premises, to one with over 300 students in a 4 acre campus.
The Kitchen staff prepare over 300 lunches everyday for the students and teachers. They cook nutritious and hygienic meals for the entire school and work on school holidays to clean and maintain stocks of all the ingredients as well as re-order levels of daily rations.
She completed her Masters in Science and Bachelors in Education in 2005 and has been working as a primary teacher in Abhaya since then. She loves cooking and listening to music in her spare time and brings these qualities into her main lesson teaching on a regular basis.
Abhaya’s cleaning staff are a happy bunch of workers who seem to make light of all the tasks allotted to them . They keep the classrooms and other common areas spick and span everyday, before the teachers and students arrive.
Sheeba was born and brought up in Bangalore. After her Masters in Microbiology, she got an opportunity to work as a Lecturer. It was a wonderful Journey of 5yrs until she realised the joy to be found in working with young children. She was deeply inspired by Abhaya’s curriculum and concepts which is designed meticulously to nurture a child’s imagination and encourage creativity and a sense of purpose in life.
Padma is one of the kindergarten teachers at Abhaya – she has been associated with Steiner education for the past ten years . She is passionate about Steiner education and is enjoying watching the children progress through the school. Along with teaching ,she enjoys art and poetry.
Abhaya’s team of drivers transport a substantial number of the school’s students from various corners of Hyderabad. Their safety record is excellent and their ‘duty of care’ is of a high standard, with the students and staff commuting every school day in their buses.
Sushma joined Abhaya recently as a Science teacher for the high school. She has been a university topper and a gold medalist in her M.Sc. with Organic Chemistry. Her love for her subject and children has drawn her to Abhaya. She feels learning is an ongoing process where each day brings new challenges. She looks at different ways to make her classes more engaging and believes inspiration can come from anywhere.
Sujatha is our grade teacher who has recently joined Abhaya. She was inspired to join Abhaya because of the school’s humanistic approach to education and an emphasis on developing a curriculum based on understanding human development. Sujatha is originally from Mumbai and was working there as a Waldorf teacher until very recently when she shifted base to Hyderabad. She enjoys working with children and cycling to school.
Deepika worked in college administration before coming to Abhaya. She has done her B.Tech and is helping Abhaya office administration. Deepika is a cheerful person and always greets with a smile.
A recent entry to our high school as Hindi teacher Dr Gupta came to Hyderabad 20 years ago from Banaras. He has done his H.P.T. (Hindi Pandit Training) and P.H.D. in Hindi with journalism and has 20 years of experience in various schools. He is a very gentle and effable person who has brought a new energy into the team.
Gopa is very passionate and has strong conviction about the course of education in India . She has worked for the past two and a half decades supporting and teaching in a way she feels best fulfils the growth of the child. She feels that Abhaya has helped her self growth. She is the class teacher for class eight and will be completing her cycle this academic year. Having done her masters in history ,she is now into research and working to bring in changes into the middle school history curriculum.
Prathyeka Reddy Anugu
is in her first year Btech and has taken up Computer Science as her subjects. Amrita University -Amritapuri Campus, Kollam, Kerala
My experience at Abhaya was wonderful. I’ve learnt a lot and I couldn’t have learnt that anywhere else.
I’m doing IB now at Aga Khan Academy Hyderabad. My HL’s are Visual arts, English and Economics my SL’s are Math, Chemistry and Telugu
2017 Passed Out
Smita Patwardhan was born and brought in Raipur and after marriage settled in Hyderabad. She is very passionate about teaching an joined Abhaya in 2007 as a Hindi grade school teacher. She has an Education background (M.com, M.A.,M.Ph, B.ed). She is inspired by the Steiner Philosophy and it has changed outlook towards life in general. Apart from teaching she is interested in Dance, Poetry, Translation, and voice over advertising jingles.
Divya is our day care and part time nursery teacher. She is an empathetic individual alawys ready to substitute in the Nursery in case of emergencies. She loves the school environment and feels absolutely at home in Abhaya.
She completed her MA in Telugu and is passionate about teaching Telugu to small children. She is also interested in rangoli painting and drawing. She loves the teaching environment in Abhaya and appreciates the freedom the school allows her in developing creative teaching methodologies for the children.
Shailaja is taking her fourth cycle at Abhaya and is the present grade 2 teacher . She has been associated with Abhaya for the past 15 years . She feels very motivated by the energies and the space given to the teachers to grow at Abhaya. She also believes she draws her strength from the team.
Shailaja is a very down to earth , approachable person who is very passionate about teaching and children . She wears many hats at Abhaya . She is a teacher trainer, mentor , principal and volunteer programme coordinator to name a few.
Savita joined Abhaya 12 years ago after having worked in the corporate world. She has a calm , collected and focused personality and has always connected deeply with children. Having completed her first cycle from class 1 to 7 , Savita is now in grade 5 with her second batch of 24 children.
She is a natural with numbers and helps in making the school time table . She has taken up many roles of responsibility beyond her class.
Sirisha is a kindergarten teacher at Abhaya . She found Abhaya to be a place where ,” A child is allowed to be a child” . This is what drew her to be a part of this school. She enjoys being a part of the kindergarten team who are working on building a good Indian Waldorf kindergarten.
Sirisha is a lively , intuitive , expressive and approachable person who is open to learning . She had lived in UK for 10 years before moving back to India .
Sudha is the present grade 3 teacher , who has been in Abhaya for the past two years . She found Abhaya different from the mainstream schools . She finds this to be a place where the natural abilities of a child are sharpened in a holistic and natural way.
Sudha is blessed with a lot of patience and is an intuitive teacher . She has been a kindergarten teacher in Abu Dhabi before coming to Abhaya.
Ramu karanam is our physical director who comes from a farming background . He was drawn to Abhaya for the space it provided to give a holistic development to the children. He likes the freedom which comes with responsibility at Abhaya.
Ramu is a friendly ,straight forward , sensitive and understanding person who has the capacity to inspire and enthuse children .
Jayesh is a part time teacher ,organiser of outdoor education and landscape education at Abhaya . He has a management diploma in international trade and an engineer by profession , he has been a former parent and one of the initiators of Abhaya school. He believes this to be a place where children are allowed to learn in freedom.
His passion for Waldorf education is the driving force behind the various projects he takes up to help the high school in particular.
Kapil has been with Abhaya for a year and a half . He is the grade 4 teacher at the moment . His search for schools for his children brought Kapil to hyderabad from Delhi . He connected to the commitment of the team at Abhaya and didn’t take long to build a bond with his class . Kapil’s sincerity and honesty helps him connect to his children.
Kapil is an enthusiastic, hard working and open minded person who has been a yoga teacher and worked in the field of health for the past eight years . He has been in the field of marketing for many years before discovering his passion for teaching .
Tanuja is the present grade 6 teacher . She has been associated with Abhaya for 13 years now . She feels her driving force is the team at school and draws a lot of strength from it . She is a cheerful, helpful and hard working person who feels motivated to teach in such an open environment where education can be healthy.
Tanuja has been a kindergarten teacher for many years before stepping into the grades .
Shiva is the high school Telugu. (Language ) teacher . He feels he can do justice to teaching his subject only in this school , as he feels very supported by the school.
Shiva has an MA in Telugu language and has 13 years of teaching experience. He has great love and flair for Telugu language and ” drama ” is his forte . His openness and positivity makes him a very approachable person both to students as well as his colleagues.
Sowjanya took up teaching high school sciences as she was attracted by the the philosophy and the working atmosphere at Abhaya . Her passion for her subjects and openness to learning reaches out to her students .
Sowjanya has done her Msc in bio chemistry and enjoys sharing and exploring in the field of chemistry and biology. She has a cheerful and approachable disposition and shares a good rapport with her students .
An administrator and woodwork teacher Naren comes from a business background. With many years of administration experience, he sees the school as a place where teachers can explore and work in a free environment and students can learn without fear. Woodwork to him is all about building life skills. Integrity, compassion and patience are just a few of his virtues. He is a very helpful, open, and approachable person with a “Never give up attitude to life”
Mridula takes handwork in upper grades. Abhaya was referred to her by a friend; she came to help out for 6 months and has stayed on ever since. She enjoys working with children. She sees Abhaya as a place which lets her take handwork beyond just a hobby. With a Masters degree in Social work, Mridula comes from a joint family background with 18 members in her family, she has always been surrounded by people who worked with their hands. Mridula is a very patient, creative, kind and helpful person who is always exploring new ways of teaching children and believes learning is an ongoing process.
Kalyani teaches Hindi in the High school. She is a strong individual who shows great passion for her subject. This passion and exuberance comes across in her teaching. She was drawn to Abhaya as it presented the freedom to work and grow as a teacher. She has a flair for languages and speaks Marathi, Sanskrit, Gujarati and English besides Hindi. She is equally passionate about cooking and has struck a fine balance between both her passions. She takes keen interest in organizing food related work at school during festivals and Mela.
Our high school English and Social Science teacher, she also looks after our Library. She loves being part of Abhaya and especially enjoys the freedom to teach. She likes the holistic approach to education and the respect and open-mindedness her colleagues share. Mona, born and bought-up in Bangalore comes from an Air force background. She has travelled a lot and she enjoys challenges that every situation brings. She is curious, hardworking and honest person who looks at every situation as a new learning.
Bhakti takes handwork for the lower grades. She joined Abhaya two years ago and enjoys working with children. She is a very intuitive, approachable and patient person who likes to explore different ways of teaching. She has always been very passionate towards handwork and this comes through in her work.
A high school science and math teacher is a M.Sc. and M.Ed. He has six years work experience in main stream schools and has worked with various curriculums before joining Abhaya. The freedom to express and work is what drew him here. He sees school as a place where learning is an ongoing process. He calls himself a “Pragmatist”. He is hardworking, sincere person who takes his work seriously.
Our Grade One teacher, Sushmita was drawn to Abhaya as a place where each child is nurtured and looked at as a complete human being. She is a sensitive and emotional person who is very comfortable with herself. A commerce graduate, she hails from Orissa and most of her teaching experience has been in conventional schools. She is an open person who is eager to learn. She has the courage to try new things and has the attitude to turn her shortcomings into her strengths.
Shwetha is our Kindergarten teacher. She made her connection with Abhaya as a parent and got so deeply inspired by the methodology and philosophy that she then took training to be a kindergarten teacher. Shwetha is a very kind, gentle and instinctive person who has a good understanding of the age group she works with. All her prior experience has been in corporate sector in UK. She has an inner rest and strength which she contributes to build the same with her team.
Subramanyam is our Math teacher in middle school who had been working in the IT industry. His love for teaching has drawn him to Abhaya. He finds Abhaya to be a school with a rich teaching experience. He is a very dedicated and hardworking person who likes to explore ways of making his subject more interesting for the children. He is simple, practical and
Hemangi is our Art teacher. Having graduated from Sir J. J. School of Art – Mumbai, she worked in diverse areas as an artist and curator. She has worked with a variety of mediums like painting, sculpture, ceramic, pottery, woodwork and handwork. She has been associated with Tridha in Mumbai for many years and has pioneered in setting the Art and Craft curriculum in Indian Waldorf schools. She affirms that Abhaya offers a supportive environment and space with strong collegial support that allows her to work and explore in multidisciplinary areas at school. She carries many impressions from her extensive travels and is involved in teacher training, event planning, time-tabling and study in parent group at school. She is also involved in other administrative processes and documentation work at school.