Mr. Kissman has 40 years of experience as an educator. He has been a teacher and administrator in independent international schools around the world and public schools in the U.S. In addition to being a native Michigan educator, he has lived and worked in Bali, Qatar, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Spain, Switzerland, France, Japan, and Liberia. His professional interests are curriculum and instruction, professional learning communities, and purposed designed learning environments. Mr. Kissman is the author of Phonics Things, Literacy Mats, and Multiplication Mats. He is a noted public speaker.
M.Ed. Educational Leadership – Santa Clara University, California
Director Certification/Training – Foothill College & Stanford, California
Umme has over ten years of teaching and administrative experience from the Bay Area in California. She is a dynamic instructional leader who has served in various administrative roles: Director of Programs, Executive Director of Preschool, Curriculum Specialist, Student Activities Coordinator, Accreditation Team Leader, and Teacher Trainer/Mentor. A lifelong learner at heart, she is always encouraged to stay current with the best practices in education in areas like brain compatible learning, project-based learning, differentiated instruction, emotional intelligence, and constructivism. Umme is a bibliophile of sorts with a passion for travelling.
B.A. in Early Childhood Education – Colorado University Boulder
Montessori Certified Teacher – Montessori Education Center of the Rockies
Mrs. Shahana joined New York Academy in 2016, bringing with her more than 11 years of experience in the education industry. She started her teaching career in 2004 as a Montessori lead teacher and an administrator at the Montessori School of Cherry Creek, Colorado USA. Mrs. Shahana’s passion to travel and explore brought her to Dubai, UAE where she continued her teaching career at Raffles International School. Mrs. Shahana brings a wealth of knowledge and experience as well as innovative ideas. Mrs. Shahana is a dedicated educator, passionate about contributing to the intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development of young children.
Above all she is a people person. Mrs. Shahana strives to advocate for the whole family within her practice and is looking forward to building a strong partnership with the families here at New York Academy.
Manager of Human Resources
B.A. Hotel Management Academic & HR – Osmania University
M.B.A. Human Resource Management & Information Technology – ISBM University
Ms. Geddam brings to the table her vast repertoire of running and managing highly successful corporate companies and has more than 7 years experience in human resource management & administration. She is responsible for coordinating the hiring of our our faculty and staff, as well as the performance of staff. She oversees all management operations.
Her passions are music (keyboards and composing), drawing, crafts, and writing blogs about her experience to share her ideas to inspire women. She believes that “creativity requires an idea to be realistic, possible, and yet still different.”
English Teacher/Instructional Coach
B.A. Language Arts and Education, Siena Heights University
Masters in Teaching, Marygrove College
Simendea has twenty years of teaching experience, which includes two years of administrative experience as Dean of Faculty and Team Leader/Mentor. Simendea has worked at the International School of Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong International School, The English Modern School in Doha; as well as public and private schools in the United States. She is a highly qualified educator who is well versed in the teaching of literacy and the humanities. She employs the Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop approach and stays current with best practice in education in areas such as project-based learning, differentiated instruction, and cognitive coaching. She loves to travel and has an immense appreciation and respect for different cultures.
Executive Asst. to Head of School
B.S. Mathematics – Osmania University
Ms. Fara has over 6 years of experience in various financial organizations such as Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, and HSBC in critical roles like Credit card fraud detection department, technical operations and banking services. Later she moved into retail business and worked in Himatsingka Wovens Pvt. Ltd. as an Assistant Manager. She is passionate towards her work, friendly and sensitive to the needs of other people. Her personal interests are listening to music, adventure travel, hiking and swimming.
Rinku Mercy Paul
Mercy has been a teacher, medical transcriptionist, editor, financial executive, administrator and a counsellor for USA universities over the past 15 years. She worked as a Transcriptionist and Editor in Medical Transcription field for almost nine years at Mano Infoways Pvt. Ltd. She also worked as a USA counsellor/administrator/financial executive for four years in Madison Review, Hyderabad. Being a counsellor, she has experience in visa filing for different countries like USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Poland. In her experience as an administrator she has helped organizations in hiring candidates at the first level, managing financial issues, and accounts. She believes in taking challenges, working hard, and proving your ability to develop and implement effective new systems and procedures. Her personal interest are singing, painting, travelling, and reading books.
Lead Teacher Mother/Toddler
B.A. Communications – St. Anns College, Hyderabad
Ms. Farheen brings 5 years of early childhood learning experience and knowledge to New York Academy. She started her teaching career as a playgroup teacher at Kangaroo Kids, Banjara Hills. Farheen is most known for the outstanding mother/toddler program she has developed for New York Academy. Her enthusiasm, energy, and genuine interest in children and their families have made appreciated by our parents. Farheen is passionate about laying the foundation for children’s social, emotional, and academic growth. Her programming is child centered, fun filled and creative.
Asst. Teacher Mother/Toddler
B.S. Math and Science – Osmania University
Ms. Misba has 4 years of experience as a teacher in well-known international schools across Hyderabad. This will be her second year in New York academy as a co teacher; last year she utilized her math and science skills to enhance learners critical thinking and social development for our kindergarten and grade 1. Now working in the Mother-Toddler Program, her caring and enthusiastic energy compliments her the students exceptionally well. Her passion is serving others.
Lead Teacher Nursery
B.A. Engineering in Electronics and Communication – U.B.D.T.College of Engineering, Davanagere, Karnataka
Ms. Anita has 7 years of teaching experience at several prestigious schools in Hyderabad. Teaching is her absolute passion. She has taught kids from pre-kindergarten to grade 7. She loves to teach children and support their social and emotional growth to build the right attitude and character for their future. She arrives to school every day ready to make learning fun.
Leader Teacher Nursery
B.S., B.Ed. Mathematics/Physical Science – Osmania University
M.A. Early Childhood Education – Bharti Vidyalaya College of Education and Training
Advance Diploma in Montessori Infant/Toddler – American Montessori Society
Mrs. Anjum is an charismatic Nursery lead teacher. She has a special way with this great age group that balances the learning and fun. She has been in the child development field for more than 10 years. Her artistic side remains an integral part of her teaching. She strongly believes in “learning through play,” which makes her class child centered, creative and fun. She is thrilled to be able to live out her passion at New York Academy. In her free time, her passions are dance, travel, and spending time with her family and friends.
Tahoora Ahsan (Sofie)
Assistant Teacher Nursery
Montessori Certification – American Montessori Society
Ms. Sofie brings 5 years of experience in early childhood education. She served as a lead teacher at Vivero International School, Hyderabad before joining New York Academy. Miss. Sofie is a dedicated, ambitious and goal educator and she believes in incorporating and encouraging intellectual, social development along with effective communication. With her enthusiastic personality, exuberant sense of humor, and an ability to enhance student performance, she is passionate to guide students to shape a better world by empowering them with knowledge. Her personal passion is art.
Assistant Teacher Nursery
B.A. Education – Osmania University
Early Childhood Educator Certification – Setwin
Ms.Anjum has 10 years of experience as an early childhood educator. She has taught at several international schools in Hyderabad and Qatar. Her passions for painting, art and crafts enhances her creative skills. She has exceptional rapport with students, which is greatly valued by the New York Academy School Community.
Preschool Lead Teacher
BA English Literature: Hindu College, Delhi University
PG Diploma Mass Communication: Symbiosis Institute of Mass Communication, Pune
Ms. Nupur has five years of teaching experience in the international schools of Hyderabad. Her passion, and enthusiasm have enabled her to create innovative learning environments that have supported, challenged and inspired her students. She goes beyond the curriculum to encourage students to foster creativity, develop character, build self-confidence and hone interpersonal skills to last a lifetime.
Her professional interest includes innovative learning techniques, researching curriculum, and developing literacy skills, especially reading. In her free time, she enjoys reading, travelling and watching movies.
Preschool Assistant Teacher
B.A. Fashion Design – National Institute of Fashion Technology
Ms. Kalpana Duvvuri has five years of teaching experience in the international schools in Hyderabad.
Her professional interest includes lesson planning and curriculum development. Her passions include researching and teaching Biblical spiritual discourse and engaging in church activities.
Indira Mahendarkar (Indu)
Lead Kindergarten Teacher
B.S., B.Ed. & M.S. – Osmania University
B.A. Education and Management – College of Birmingham
Ms. Indu has 13 years of experience teaching in the U.S. and in independent international schools. She has worked with students ranging from elementary through the university level. Her experience and training includes Montessori and progressive education. Her passion towards education is to bring the best and most innovative practices to the classroom environment. She loves to watch children learn, develop, and progress holistically, while applying their knowledge and skills to real world challenges.
Lead Kindergarten Teacher
B.A. English Literature, History and Politic Science – Osmania University
B.A. Education Diploma Program – Sheridan College, Canada
Sakina Razvi has 15 years of teaching experience. She has served students with special needs and has extensive experience as a kindergarten teacher, which includes working in Canada. Her professional background with kids of all age groups and special needs, and different learning disabilities has given her the skills and insights to effectively differentiate and individualize instruction. Her passions include reading and writing poetry, and “Story Time” is one of her favorite part of the day with students! She takes pride in her ability to support the social, emotional, and academic growth of each child, and inspiring children to explore, discover, and learn.
Grade 1/2 Lead Teacher
B.G.S. Elementary Generalist and Curriculum and Instruction – Simon Fraser University
Mrs. Bryant has 9 years teaching experience in a variety of grade levels as well as 3 years in Learning Assistance and as a Resource Teacher. Prior to working for New York Academy, Gwen taught in the public school system in British Columbia, Canada. Her professional interests include early literacy and numeracy. One of the aspects of teaching she enjoys most is the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues about inquiry-based learning projects. Outside of work, Gwen’s interests include sports and travel. She is already a fan of Kabaddi, and is looking forward to exploring Hyderabad and India with her husband Brad.
With her enthusiastic personality, exuberant sense of humour and an ability to enhance student’s performance, she is dedicated to be guiding students to shape a better world and empower them with knowledge.
Grade 3/4 Lead Teacher
B.S. Elementary Education – Linfield College
Ms. Lindsey comes to New York Academy from an experiential education background. Since graduating, she has taught math, science, and social studies in her home state of Oregon and on the east coast in Rhode Island. Natalie is passionate about building learning communities where students can do their best work, while engaging students to learn through project-based learning and authentic experiences.
Betsy K. Lee Verb
Lead Teacher & Coordinator Technology
B.S. Biology/Psychology/Pre Med – University of Findlay
Ed. – Educational Media Design and Technology – Full Sail University
Miss Verb has 15 years teaching experience ranging from Kindergarten to the College level. She has taught in the United States, specializing in Technology Integration. She has extensive experience working with teachers to incorporate technology into the classroom and integrating STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) with project based learning. She has exceptional skills with Digital Multimedia Design and is currently getting her Ed. D. degree from the University of West Florida in Distance Learning with an emphasis in Project-Based Learning with Flipped Classroom Learning. She is accompanied in Hyderabad with her daughter, Mikayla, who enjoys doing a variety of things ranging from art, photography, traveling and yoga with her mother in their free time.
Music & Drama Teacher
Licenciatein Music Education | University of Carabobo, Venezuela
Cristina has experience as an Elementary and Early Childhood Music Teacher, Grade1 Teacher Associate, and as the Director of Music at the Secondary Drama Club, Colegio Internacional de Carabobo. She has studied music at the Conservatory of Music of Carabobo (CMC), earning certificates in Music Theory, Harmony, Counterpoint, Music History and Universal Development. She has performed in different cities of Venezuela as a choir singer and cellist as a member of the CMC Youth Symphony Orchestra, CMC Symphony Choir, Symphony Choir of Valencia, System of Youth Orchestras and Choirs of Venezuela, and Choir of the Symphony Orchestra of Carabobo. Her passion is music!
Lead Teacher, Physical Education & Gymnastics
200HR Yoga Teacher Certified
Ms. Reyes-James started gymnastics at the young age of 3, and she has trained competitively for 10 years in gymnastics and trampoline. She has had incredible opportunities to work with various prominent institutions, which has enhance her knowledge and skills and has gained her experience in training yoga and gymnastics to various age groups. In her second year at New York Academy, she hopes to help students learn and understand gymnastics skills with the best care and training, as well as provide students with a fun learning environment in which they feel successful and confident in their practice. Her passions are gymnastics and travel.
Lead Teacher French
B.A. – Business Management, Chamber of Commerce Institute, Nantes, France
Certification in Childbirth Education
Ms. Céline was born in France and moved to India in 2010. She uses a variety of progressive language learning strategies to engage students in language immersion. She has wide experience teaching CBSE, IGCSE, IB, and American curriculum in Hyderabad. As for her passions, you will find Psychology and European history books by Ms. Céline’s bedside table.