Dr. Jaya Parekh is the principal of Ram Ratna International School since last 8 years. She has a distinguished career spanning 20+ years as an educator and administrator. She has been instrumental in establishing the school a hub for modern learning and global education. She is passionate about making learning relevant for students and ensuring that every child feels special. Her vision has helped the school to create a happy and collaborative environment where students feel cherished, parents feel valued and teachers are empowered to become collaborators and creative problem solvers. Over the years, Dr. Jaya has set enviable standards of administrative skills and achievements. She has steered and navigated the success of GEMS International School to the next level. Her pleasant, magnetic personality embellishes her persona as a passionate leader. She has a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) degree and has done her MBA in Education Management along with PhD in Chemistry.
Vice Principal - Ram Ratna International School (RRIS)
Dr Smita Gandhi
Vice Principal - Ram Ratna International School (RRIS)
Dr. Smita Gandhi is a motivated and focussed educator. She started her journey with Ram Ratna International school as Remedial Supervisor in 2011 and subsequently with her passion for education she was tasked with the role of Vice Principal. She has been leading the academics at RRIS and is closely engaged with students as an IGCSE teacher for Biology. She possesses a strong commitment to the development of academics, staff and students while ensuring a stimulating, safe and motivating learning environment. Dr. Smita is a team player with a strong go-getter attitude and astute planning and decision-making skills to take on new challenges. She has deftly handled multi-dimensional responsibilities over time to support the staff and the institution. She has been consistently pushing the envelope to deliver unique and impactful methods of learning and education.
Ms. Heena Sheikh is the Pre primary and Grade 1 coordinator. She is an ECCE certified early childhood educator with a passion for early years learning to enrich young minds through play and mindful experiences. She enjoys nurturing and caring for young learners. She believes that each child is unique and everyone learns and thrives at their own pace. She conducts values and life skills classes and manages the overall coordination for the pre-primary section with her prudent administrative skills. She believes in Einstein's thought of “Imagination is more important than knowledge - for while knowledge defines all that we currently know and understand, imagination points to all we might yet discover and create."
Mr. Gregory Hendriques is the Primary coordinator at RRIS. He is a Commerce graduate with B.Ed. degree and diploma in Cambridge English Training. His work experience includes working towards new learning and exploring new avenues with profound intention to cascade his learning amongst the students. He brings humour, attentiveness and simple methods in class and school activities to make teaching and learning a pleasant experience for everyone. His organisational and interpersonal skills have been instrumental in the seamless coordination of the primary section.
Ms. Usha Poojary is the Secondary coordinator at RRIS. She has done her M.Sc. in Botany and holds Bachelor in Education (B.Ed.) degree from Mumbai University. She teaches Biology and manages administrative aspects as secondary Coordinator for 5 to 8 grades. Her teaching and functioning style reflect her positive attitude. As a keen learner, she is always exploring new avenues of learning and transferring the knowledge to her students.
Mr. Nilesh Patil is the Sports Coordinator and Football Coach at Ram Ratna International School. With a masters in P.Ed and over 9 years in physical education and coaching, Mr Nilesh is a dedicated and enthusiastic physical education specialist with comprehensive experience in developing lesson plans and formulating curriculum for K-12 students. With his license as a coach in Football of the All India Football Federation, he brings specialized expertise as a grass-root Football coach to help the young ones to achieve an all-round development in physical education and sports, especially football. His primary focus is also on developing lifelong healthy habits in students to promote their health-consciousness.
Ms. Priyanka Channa is an experienced educator and brings a rich experience in education sector across grades, subjects and geographies. She has taught diverse subjects including, Psychology, ICT and Hindi at various schools in India as well as in Singapore. She is a person of varied interests that reflect in her qualifications – a Bachelors in Humanities (Psychology & Hindi) a Masters in Information Technology (M.Sc. IT) and a specialized certification in teaching (CICTL – Cambridge International Certificate in Teaching & Learning) from Cambridge Assessment International Examination.
As the PRO at RRIS, her responsibilities include, but are not limited to, managing the admissions process, represent the school at various forums, organize events for the schools and being the face of the school in all public dealing.
Ms Maya Singhai is a science postgraduate and diploma holder in School management, PGDCA. She is the transport supervisor and manages the in house transport team of school bus drivers, attendants and the housekeeping staff in the school. She heads the transport planning, scheduling and overall safety for the school. Ms Maya has excellent administrative skills and has been instrumental in consistently maintaining the safety standards, efficiency and punctuality of the transport system for RRIS over the years.
Ms Dhanashri Kotwal is IGCSE teacher and the Chief Exam Officer at RRIS. She is MSc in Microbiology, Bachelors in Education from Mumbai University. She teaches Science in Secondary and Biology and Environmental Management in IGCSE section. In her role as the Chief Examination officer she manages the internal exams and IGCSE exam administration. She is a passionate teacher who has been enjoying her teaching with activity based teaching- learning process. With her patient listening attitude she loves to be connected with her students and colleagues.
Ms Shaila Bajpai Pandey, is the Quality Control Manager and IGCSE English teacher. A Masters in English Literature Ms Shaila has also done her PGDMM with specialization in Marketing. She looks into the overall aspect of quality of academics in primary at RRIS with special focus on English. She has a rich experience of working with several international schools across Mumbai. She is a poet at heart and has received a fellowship from the Ministry of Culture for writing in prose. She also trains the students on several communication projects like Ted Ed and Junior TV Anchor.
Ms Cheryl Mukadam is the Head HR at RRIS. She is a Commerce Graduate with a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resources from Symbiosis, Pune. In addition to HR, she also manages the purchase function of the organization and is the CCA in charge of students activities. With her corporate experience of 7 years in leading companies, she has highly efficient management and administrative skills. While fostering a positive work environment, she is committed to employee development and growth through various professional development programs for employees at the school.