M.Ed. Educational Leadership – Santa Clara University, California
Director Certification/Training – Foothill College & Stanford University, California
Umme has over 14 years of teaching and administrative experience from the Bay Area in California. Her education and training are from Santa Clara University and Stanford University, California. She is the founding Principal of New York Academy and is also an Adjunct Instructor at Notre Dame de Namur University, California. She is a dynamic instructional leader with an enduring passion to help children reach their full potential not just academically, but also socially, emotionally, and physically. Umme believes that teaching and learning are irrevocably connected and effective teachers inspire and support students to develop 21st Century Skills that are critical to their success in this ever changing world. She has been instrumental in bringing a world class teacher training program from Notre Dame de Namur University, California to New York Academy.
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 traveling.
Assistant Principal & Lead Teacher Language Arts
Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Master’s degree in Special Education, Sonoma State University
Master’s degree in Education Administration, San Francisco State University.
Alice has over thirteen years of credentialed teaching experience working in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has been teaching English Language Arts for grade levels K-8 since 2005. She uses a variety of strategies including phonics-based instruction, academic vocabulary programs, writers’ workshop, project-based learning, and more whole-language style instructional practices. She specializes in working with children with unique learning challenges such as autism, ADHD, and specific learning disabilities. She has extensive experience designing effective academic interventions (RTI Response to Intervention) for students spanning grade levels Pre-K to 8th grade. She loves instruction that includes project-based learning, differentiated instruction, art, technology, science, music, and field trips.
Her hobbies include painting and drawing, grant writing, learning about history, travel, live comedy, and attending music events.
Office Manager & HR Specialist
Office Manager & HR Specialist
MBA Finance & HR from Osmania University.
Joshua Malli is our HR Specialist, bringing more than 9 years of diverse human resources experience to the team. His areas of subject matter expertise include recruiting, employee relations, employee life cycle management, HR compliance & administration.
His passion is to help people gain awareness in regards to financial literacy for them to attain financial freedom and he also likes to explore and learn new things.
Masters of Business Administration – JNVU
Executive Management Program – IIM Lucknow
Geetika comes with over 6 years of managerial experience in the field of print media. After a solid stay in the black and white world of prints, she pursued a Management program from IIM Lucknow. During the course she reflected that there exists a mutual connection between the quality of life we live and the work that we take up. Considering this she decided to take a leap of faith and diverted towards the education sector that mirrored her interests. She began her next journey as Administration Manager with Klay Schools. She loves meeting new people, travelling and reading mythological fiction.
Sreedhar, Admin Manager of NYA comes with 29 years of extensive experience in different fields of administration such as office manager, accounts in charge, MIS, faculty coordinator etc. His experience is an added asset to the organisation. He is self-motivated and highly capable of achieving deadlines. He easily adapts to the new environment and latest technological trends. His team describes him as confident, balanced, hardworking and an excellent decision maker. He provides secretarial support to management, supervises and ensures proper work flow.
Music and Drama Facilitator
Physical & Health Education Facilitator
B.Sc. Biotechnology from Osmania University India
Diploma in French from Alliance Française
“Teaching children is one of the best choices I have ever made” says Jerusha. They boost her energy levels up and give her challenges which helps her reflect and learn every day. She’s trained in early childhood and primary school education and has worked with young adults for 6 years and 4 years with preadolescence. She enjoys working with children of all ages which makes her feel young and energetic. It has taught her to be patient, compassionate, sincere, and open-minded. Her belief is that every child is unique and there is so much to facilitate them which keeps her excited to give her best. She is passionate about her profession as she gets to experience unconditional love that is pure and innocent. She loves to bake and listen to music that helps her mind to stay focused.
Desiree Anurag Samuel
3Desiree is fueled by her passion for teaching and imparting her knowledge with others. An engaging and enthusiastic facilitator with more than 13 years of experience in the field of education has served in various esteemed educational institutions across India as a Facilitator, Team Lead and Coordinator. She is a risk taker who likes to explore new ideas and strategies in her teaching and learning. She even welcomes and respects everyone’s opinions and is open to others perspectives.
She considers herself a “Forever Student” who is always eager to unlearn, learn and relearn. She believes that every child is unique and learns at his/her own pace, just an opportunity is needed to learn through their own learning style. She is thrilled to work at NYA which allows her opportunities to support and encourage NYA students.
Music and Drama Facilitator
Noel D’souza has 15years of teaching experience in IB board ranging from Parent Toddlers to higher secondary students. Noel has a vision that all age group children should learn and experience music in their regular activities as music is always been considered to be a healer and growth subject in students. He has always been interactive and enhancing music skills for all age group. Noel seamlessly plays most of the major instruments such as Guitar, Piano, Drums, Violin, percussion. Noel will continue to share the experience and knowledge that he has discovered over the years with all the student for them to experience the beauty of music.
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
Certification of Teacher Education in Methodologies and Pedagogy of Teaching, Educational Psychology, Inclusion-Special Needs and Building a PLC-Professional Learning Community from NOTRE DAME DE NAMUR, California, U.S.A –Facilitated by EDPODIUM.
Mrs. Anjum is a 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.
Kouassi Saturin Kouadio
Kouadio kouassi Saturnin, Professional language facilitator is passionate for learning and has over 6 years of experience in various education environments in India. Having qualified in PGDM from WE SCHOOL in Mumbai, he is skilled in different aspects of classroom operation and curriculum development along with appropriate teaching programs to optimize the learning process with elementary and secondary level students. He has an exceptional passion for kids; willing to adjust teaching methods to adapt and meet students’ varying needs and interests, and instructs students individually and in groups. Establishing a clear objective for all lessons, units, and projects, motivating and developing creativity and critical-thinking strategy in the classroom has been his strengths.
Tahoora Ahsan (Sofie)
Montessori Certification – American Montessori Society
Ms. Tahoora has 11 years of experience in early childhood education. She started her journey at Vivero International, Hyderabad before joining New York Academy. Ms. Tahoora is a dedicated, ambitious educator who stimulates and develops intellectual, physical and emotional growth and ensures students security and well-being. She’s passionate to guide the students to shape a better world by empowering them with knowledge which is backed by her enthusiastic personality, exuberant sense of humour, and an ability to enhance student performance.
Educational Assistant Diploma Program – Sheridan College, Canada
Certificate of Teachers Education – Notre Dame de Namur University
Sakina Razvi is a passionate and seasoned educator, with 15+ years of teaching experience, primarily in Canada and India. She has extensive experience in teaching elementary school grades. Additionally, she has also worked with children with special needs and learning challenges, that has equipped her with skills and insights to effectively differentiate and individualize instruction, guiding each child at their appropriate level. This enables her to successfully bring some kids up to speed, whilst challenging those that are ready for more. Sakina prides herself in her ability to plan in-depth, while bringing together concepts from different schools of learning, in an interesting and creative way. This enables her to effectively engage students, by incorporating the best practices of different pedagogies. Her gentle yet firm style of teaching fosters confidence in her students. She believes in teaching through play, as well as providing hands-on learning experience, that engages and empowers her students. She loves sharing her experiences about Canada and aims at developing her students into curious, caring, thinking, articulating and empathetic global citizens.
Diploma in Early Childhood Education
Sanubar has over 7 years of experience and holds a diploma in Early Childhood Education. She was a part of the toastmasters club in Saudi Arabia. Sanubar is passionate about teaching and has a genuine love for children and helps them develop to their full potential. She comes from a family of teachers and takes it as a blessing passed down from her Grandmother to her mother and now to her. She possesses strong creative and language skills and works towards inculcating the same in her students. Her interests include music, art and movies.”
Diploma in English Language, Literature, and Civilization.
Oumayma has a Master of Arts in cultural studies and a diploma in teaching English through games. She worked with students from all levels in an international school following the English National curriculum. Oumayma endeavours to make students learn through playing by making lessons interesting and engaging through interactive games and activities. She can speak three languages fluently which are English, French and Arabic. Oumayma is passionate about reading and writing because they enable a person to discover uncharted worlds.
Kiran has 15 years of experience in Administration but developed the passion towards teaching so moved on to the education field in the last 6 years. She was associated with IB school and is extremely passionate about inspiring young minds to think deeply about the subject matter, play with ideas and take on more challenging work. In her free time she’s fond of singing and dancing which keeps her energy levels up.
MSc in Biotechnology and BSc in Microbiology- Osmania University.
She was born & raised in Saudi Arabia, which helped her gain perspective of different cultures and languages, She discovered the joy of teaching while working on the wonders of science in different workshops and conferences with children of all age groups. She strongly believes in learning, unlearning and relearning nuances of education and is determined to instill the quality of public speaking and develop the skill of extempore in children. Her motto at NYA is to have patience and provide a personalized mode of education for each child. Other than these she is a voracious reader and a passionate soccer fan.
A post graduate in computer science, Ms Manisha comes with 2 years of teaching and learning experience. Before getting into teaching, she explored all the fields possible but every time in her heart a little voice reminded her of the cute teacher she used to pretend-play when she was little. The one thing she learned as a teacher is that the kids are as mature, as smart, as independent as adults and we should always let them make mistakes because that is what makes them kids who are always open to try new things and learn from it. She strongly believes that making mistakes is the step towards learning and improvising which will lead to an open-minded student who doesn’t fear failure and is always prepared to face the challenges.
Priyanka has over 3 years of experience in Architecture and teaching. For her teaching has been an integral part of her life as her parents are also educationists who have owned a school for the underprivileged. Her education in Architecture brings out her artistic side which she ensures to incorporate in teaching and learning to develop the love for learning among the kids. Her strongest trait is attention to detail which has helped her tremendously in her fields of work.
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Physical & Health Education Facilitator
Ms Jennifer has 4 years of experience as an educator. She has coached soccer and PE related activities. She has worked with students ranging from different levels, and is a trained First Aid Giver approved by Manipal Hospital and many other medical fields. Her strength lies in bringing the best practice to develop the fine motor skills and game specific skills through fun activities and games. Her passion towards sports brings the best out of each student. Her other hobbies are art, craft, dancing, cooking and travelling.
Joan Jacqline Dausi
“The children you may teach may not remember you when they get older, but they will always have a part of you inside them.” This quote by Marylin Applebaum has been the driving force for Ms Joan who has been teaching the toddlers, creating the most memorable experience, and helping them with the right kind of foundation in the growing years for the past 18 years in the best of schools. The experience of teaching hundreds of toddlers and enjoying it through the years has helped her look at life on the brighter side, and this has enhanced her endeavor every year to equip her kids with the best of academics accompanied with various activities. Her favourite pastime is good music and is a fanatic of home decor and DIY.