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The last few months have been challenging for all of us in the school system. We suddenly had to move from a brick to click system, deal with uncertainty at the home and work front and very quickly adapt to the current phase we are in. During this time, educators have put on a brave face through adverse times and ensured not just students learning but also their upskilling is not affected.

Behind each of these educators working at the frontline tirelessly, are school leaders who have supported them throughout the year. As John Maxwell said, Leaders become great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others. Each of these school leaders have been a Changemaker and taken steps to ensure their teachers power through the year via constant support, guidance and the opportunity to upskill. They have led the way to show everyone around how important it is to adapt to changing times by constantly learning new skills, pedagogies and teaching techniques.

Aditya Birla Education Academy being one of the best teacher training institutes in India, recognises the effort of each of these leaders and awards them the prestigious Changemaker Award. This Teachers’ Day, we applaud each of these Changemakers and wish them the best for creating a culture of #lifelonglearning

CHANGEMAKER AWARD WINNERS 2022

Dr. Sita Shankar
Dr. Sita Shankar
Principal - Gopalan International School
Changemaker - Bringing New Practices in Teacher Education

Dr. Sita Shankar dons several hats - she is the Principal at Gopalan International School, a Biology teacher for the secondary and senior secondary grades.... She is also a workshop trainer and leads several workshops on topics like Competency based learning, pedagogical development in classrooms to name a few. Read more
Ms. Sangeeta Sanghavi
Ms. Sangeeta Sanghavi
School Eminent Hindi Educator
Changemaker - Bringing New Practices in Teacher Education

Sangeeta Sanghvi who makes Hindi teaching easy as much as talking about pedagogy and Bloom's taxonomy. She is forever motivating teachers to bring... in the best practices of teaching in the language and has them eating out of her hands during her sessions.Read more
Ms. Suryavathy
Ms. Suryavathy
Principal - Harvest International School
Changemaker - Bringing New Practices in Teacher Education

Ms. Suryavathy is the Principal of Harvest International School, Bengaluru. She is also an expert in English Language and Literature teaching and... has empowered teachers with best practices in her subject area. She has motivated teachers to lead classrooms which are dynamic and promote student critical thinking.Read more
Mr. Yatishachar
Mr. Yatishachar
Eminent Social Science Educator
Changemaker - Bringing New Practices in Teacher Education

An explorer by nature - he brings in his passion of travelling into the subject that he teaches. Not only does he spread the joy of teaching Geography amongst his ... students but also the teachers that he mentors. He brings in the best practices of teaching Social Studies to teachers from across India in his workshops.Read more
Ms. Vamsheepriya Amar
Ms. Vamsheepriya Amar
Principal - MVJ International School
Changemaker - Bringing New Practices in Teacher Education

Ms. Vamshee is the Principal of the MVJ International school Bengaluru and supports all workshops on Pedagogy in Science and Physics.... And mentoring teachers on how to make Physics teaching innovative and bring in creativity in teaching.Read more
Dr. Bijoy Thomas:
Dr. Bijoy Thomas
Assistant Professor, St. Xavier & Institute of Education
Changemaker - Teacher Development

Dr. Bijoy Thomas has a doctorate in Web-based Learning and specialises in Blended Learning and Digitisation of learning in classrooms.... He has several research papers in this area and also guides Ph.D Students.Read more
Ms. Kalpana Chavan
Ms. Kalpana Chavan
Assistant Professor, St. Xaviers Institute of Education
Changemaker - Teacher Development

Ms Kalpana is the Assistant professor at the prestigious Xavier's Institute of Education and Research. She has authored several... research papers and is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Education. Ms Kalpana leads several conferences on Educational Research.Read more
Dr. A.P Jayaraman
Dr. A.P Jayaraman
Chairman, NSCE, President - Academy for STEAM
Changemaker - Teacher Development

Dr. A.P Jayaraman is an author, likes spreading the goodness of teaching and Science, an exemplary teacher, Nuclear scientist.... Dr. A.P Jayaraman - Chairman of the National Centre for Science Communicators and is the President of The Academy for STEAM. He is a Trustee of the Indian Development Foundation. He is a Ted Talk speaker and spoken on the topic - Nuclear Masala dosa.Read more
Ms. Shailaja Mulay
Ms. Shailaja Mulay
Master Trainer and Teacher Mentor
Changemaker - Teacher Development

Ms. Shailaja Mulay has 45 years of Pathfinding and Exploration of Capability Building for Students and Teachers,... as a School Teacher, Counsellor , Vocational Guide , Assistant Headmistress , Knowledge Builder , Mentor, Teaching children with hearing loss.Read more
Dr. Deepa Bhanushali
Dr. Deepa Bhanushali
Behavioural & Corporate-Skills Trainer
Changemaker - Teacher Development

Dr. Deepa Bhanushali has spent the last 40 years working in the Education and Training industry and has trained people from ... different walks of life, corporate professionals, officials related to teaching, education officers, and higher authorities, including commissioner-level officials.Read more
Ms. Nicole Vaicunas
Ms. Nicole Vaicunas
SEM, Outreach Coordinator
Changemaker - Best Enrichment Practices

Ms. Nicole Vaicunas is someone who leads workshops on Gifted Learning and Enrichment in ... classrooms and leads programs offered by the University of Connecticut. An Educator and Author dedicated to nurturing the gifts and talents in every child, through leveraging and promoting Social Emotional Learning, and well recognized educational enrichment models.Read more
Dr. Biswajit Saha
Dr. Biswajit Saha
Director, CBSE, Government of India
Changemaker - Bringing New Practices and revolution in education system

Dr. Biswajit Saha holds a Doctorate in Computer... science and is creating a revolution in classrooms across India by bringing practices like Robotics, Tinker labs and AI in classrooms. These Initiatives driven by him are going to take Indian classrooms to the forefront of STEM and STEAM teaching.Read more
Dr. Gopan Gopalakrishnan
Dr. Gopan Gopalakrishnan
Deputy CEO, DCM Group of Schools
Changemaker - Empowerment of teachers

Dr. Gopan leads academics at the DCM Group of schools. He works with teachers and students right... near the borders where access to the internet itself is a challenge. He is forever looking at ways to collaborate and bring reforms in the learning outcomes of the students. Read more
Ms. Kaveri Dutt
Ms. Kaveri Dutt
Trustee and Senior Educationist
Changemaker - Empowerment of teachers

Ms. Kaveri Dutt dons several hats, but foremost she is a teacher at heart and has taught at Loreto house and... enjoys her time with students in the classroom. Importantly, she now supports and mentors teachers to bring in innovative teaching and is making sure that she is supporting them with the best practices and workshops on several topics that will make a difference to the student learning outcomes.Read more
Dr. Shivanand
Dr. Shivanand
Principal, DPS Bangladesh
Changemaker - Empowerment of teachers

Dr. Shivanand is one of those progressive School Leaders who is always wanting to be ahead of the... curve. He has lead several initiatives in his school like designing and implementing the Visible thinking routines, placements of his students in top universities across the world. He is known to spearhead the schools he leads to an exponential growth and passionately believes in teacher upskilling.Read more
Dr. MANOJ GUPTA
Dr. Manoj Gupta
Regional Head - ABG Schools
Changemaker - Empowerment of teachers

Dr. MANOJ is forever ready to support teachers in schools across the remote corners of India. A passionate educator... who wants to empower teachers, principals, and students at every level. He is thinking ahead of his times in order to bring about changes in the teaching - learning process and improve student learning outcomes.Read more
Stephen Burnage
Stephen Burnage
Head of Assessments, Cambridge International
Changemaker - Pathbreaker in Education

Stephen Burnage is a leading Education consultant, workshop leader, Head of Assessments at Cambridge International.... He is busy leading workshops across the globe both online and offline in countries such as the UK, Europe, Middle-east, Central Asia. He is a Music teacher by training and is also the director of the upper musical choir.Read more
Dr. Dakshayani Kanna
Dr. Dakshayani Kanna
Founder - DK Education
Changemaker - Pathbreaker in Education

Dr. Dakshayani Kanna is a senior educationist and has established several schools in IB, ICSE, CBSE and Cambridge curriculam. She is the Founder... principal at the Harvest International School and now has her own consultancy DK Education. She is a leading trainer for the CBSE .Read more
Indersingh Kadakotti
Indersingh Kadakotti
Deputy Education Officer
Changemaker - Extraordinary support to teacher development

Mr. Indersing Kadakoti is a very busy man and one has to wait for a long time to get his audience. His welcoming and efficient tone makes the wait time worthwhile.... He has been at the helm of affairs to work alongside ABEA to implement the Project Samarth with 2500 teachers of the Brihan Mumbai Municipal corporation.Read more
Vishwas Rokade
Vishwas Rokade
Beet Officer, Mumbai
Changemaker - Extraordinary support to teacher development

Mr. Vishwas Rokade was very welcoming towards Project Samarth. He took the initiative and motivated his group of teachers to take benefits from... such professional development programs. His suggestions to bring improvement into the Project Samarth implementation were timely and useful.Read more
Alka Shivde
Alka Shivde
Beet Officer, Mumbai
Changemaker - Extraordinary support to teacher development

Ms. Alka Shivde was very supportive towards Project Samarth. She always motivated her teachers to keep themselves upskilled... and focused towards their professional growth.Read more
Ms. June Dias
Ms. June Dias
International School of the Sacred Heart, Mumbai
Changemaker - Focus on Teacher & Student Development

Ms June Dias is a Educational Consultants, Corporate trainer and leads... transforming the Sacred Heart International School to a Cambridge Affiliated school. She is a passionate educator always wanting to innovate and lead change.Read more
Seema Shaikh
Seema Shaikh
Principal, Pragnya Bodhini High School
Changemaker - Extraordinary Support to Teacher Development

Ms. Seema Shaikh has been a British counsel school ambassador since 2008. She is also a trainer for soft skills and School... management programmes, thus she helps teachers in growing professionally. She believes in the cause of social empowerment and has given back to the societies this in many ways like education, student empowerment and helping senior citizens.Read more
Neha Pradhan Arora
Neha Pradhan Arora
Educator - Co-founder Mudita Foundation
Changemaker - Leading by Example

Ms. Neha Pradhan Arora - who is an educator and builds in believing communities through collective... responsibility. She works with students and teachers to bring in Experiential tools inside and outside the classrooms. She is also the Co-founder of Mudita Foundation which works towards strengthening the school community and works towards safety in classrooms.Read more
Varsha Ratta
Varsha Ratta
Educator, Birla Education Trust
Changemaker - Star Teacher-Student of PGDGE

A teacher at the Birla Public School Pilani. She was one of the most creative teacher and was ready... to implement all that we did during the course in her classrooms. She used the pandemic as an opportunity to become a super teacher from a teacher.Read more
Dhwani Varia
Dhwani Varia
Educator - Aditya Birla World Academy
Changemaker - Star Teacher-Student of PGDGE

Ms. Dhwani Varia makes the Biology classroom come alive with all the innovative activities... that she does in the classrooms. She was one of the participants of the PGDGE and she used the learning from this course in her classrooms. Her students enjoy her creativity and out of the box activities in her class.Read more
Rupali Mundada
Rupali Mundada
Vice Principal - Stepping Stone International School
Changemaker - Star Teacher-Student of PGDGE

Ms. Rupali Mundada is the vice -principal at the... Stepping stones International School. She did not lose an opportunity to upskill herself when the cohort started the PGDGE. She turned herself into a willing learner and was always ready to implement them in the classroom.Read more
Nisha Pareek
Nisha Pareek
Educator, Birla Balika Vidyapeeth
Changemaker - Star Teacher-Student of PGDGE

Ms. Nisha Pareek works with the Birla Balika Vidyapeeth in Rajasthan.... She is a willing learner and her contributions to classroom discussions added value and richness to anyone. Nisha's classrooms were innovative and she was ever willing to invent the learnings from the Post Graduate Diploma program into her classroom.Read more