Our Team

We have a diverse team of educational experts who have worked with the foundation for decades.

Ruchi A

School Principal and Managing Trustee

Ruchi is a passionate educator who believes in alternative approaches to education. She started her career as a preschool teacher, working under Madhavi Kapur. This laid the foundation for her journey in educational perspectives and alternate methods of teaching.

She worked at the American School of Bombay before taking up the post of Principal at a progressive school Gopals Garden, that she headed for 12 years. She has studied the Waldorf methodology of teaching at Tridha - A Steiner School and has undergone various other courses that propagate creative and alternative learning. She has a total of 20 yrs experience in education and also offered consultancy to various educational setups and start-ups like The Big Umbrella Preschool and Avanti Schools Trust. She enjoys conducting parenting seminars and workshops for teachers and students. Her many skills include creative communication and singing.

Late Madhavi Kapur

Founder

Late Madhavi Kapur, our Founder, also known lovingly as " ADI “ , was a homegrown educationist, who believed in applying common sense and indigenous wisdom to the modern globalizing world. She worked towards building bridges between the past and the future, rural and urban children, the 'haves' and the 'have-nots', the east and the west in a healthy cross fertilization of ideas. Her experiments and experiences met with resounding praise from students and their parents who were inspired by her work.

In 1986, she set up her first school - S.P.M. English School in the city of Pune. Together with her group of professional educationists, she innovated with prevailing systems, adapting textbook theories and the latest research to the unique environment of urbanizing India. The year 1995 witnessed her break new ground when, along with her team, she took the process forward by establishing a more developed institution - the Rewachand Bhojwani Academy - which, in time, has become a relevant and replicable model.

In 2001, Ms. Kapur founded an educational trust THE MADHAVI KAPUR FOUNDATION - for the replication and scaling out of her work, so as to impact the wider educational system. She was a strong pillar of all the work of the Foundation and she left behind a legacy for us. She is fondly remembered by all and her work continues to impact many lives even now.

Anjali Inamdar

Director of Interface

Anjali tai began her association with Adi in 1989. She initially was only a parent but Adi was able to identify in her an eagerness to teach using Adi’s innovative and experience based teaching methodology, and so asked her to be a Marathi teacher. Adi didn’t give much importance to qualifications and degrees, rather seeking out people who showed an enthusiasm to teach and learn, and bought into her philosophies of education. Once they were part of the school community they were always encouraged to study further. In 1998 Anjali tai received an award from NCERT for the teaching methodologies she used in her classroom with non-marathi speaking children.

At Aman Setu, Anjali tai is the Director of Interface and she works with parents, students and teachers alike. She has always been involved with Government and Zilla Parishad related work, and in the past has also supervised the Corporate Social Responsibility aspect of Keystone. She has also been a Marathi teacher at Aman Setu.

Sonali Sathaye

Head of Ratnajaali

Sonali Sathaye has been in the teaching profession for over 17 years. Having worked as a teacher of Maths, Hindi and Home Science, she has taught all classes from Std 1 to Std 10. She carries a rich experience as she was the 'Director of Interface' at R.B. Academy and Primary school supervisor in Global lndian International School. She has translated many children's storybooks from English to Hindi. She has developed many Maths and Hindi language games which have been successfully used in the class rooms. Sonali is currently heads the curriculum wing coordinator at the Madhavi Kapur Foundation.

She is involved with the research and development of Ratnajaali curriculum. She coordinates the process of implementing the curriculum effectively at Aman Setu and at other client schools. As a teacher trainer, she has conducted workshops on Teaching methodology for Hindi and Mathematics, Study skills, Class room management techniques, Project planning, Divergent and creative thinking. Her forte is training of Pre primary teachers to make the initial learning experiences for the young child pleasurable and lasting.