Head of the Department – English (Secondary)

Ms. Margaret Clarence – MA (Eng.) B Ed.

Margaret has a Post Graduate degree in English along with a Bachelor’s degree in Education. She believes that the dynamic nature of today’s educational atmosphere necessitates a progressive open mind. A desire to learn as you grow is an additional qualification.An avid reader of all genres, literature and otherwise, she claims her first love is in the field of sports where she represented her school in basketball and athletics at the district level.She started her career in an established ICSE residential school St Helens, Kurseong, in the northern limits of West Bengal, India. Thereafter it was a varied experience in CBSE and Undergraduate courses in Kerala and the Middle East that sharpened and broadened her teaching acumen. A facilitator for more than fourteen years she feels she has only just begun.

“Teaching is an act of faith in the promise of the future”

Head of the Department –Hindi  (Primary)                         

Shwetal D Sawatkar – M.A Economics, M.A Hindi Litt., B.Ed., M.Lib

भविष्य में सफलता के लिए रचनात्मकता बेहद जरुरी है, और प्राथमिक शिक्षा के दौरान अध्यापक उस स्तर पर बच्चों में रचनात्मकता का विकास कर सकता है| ||

Creativity is the key to success in the future, and primary education is where teachers can bring creativity in children at that level. – Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

Shwetal is a committed teacher of Hindi with a diverse ability to teach the language across the Grades, with a strong grasp of practices involved in modern teaching. On beginning her career as a Hindi teacher in 2006 in Wonderland School, Nagpur, she  worked as a Principal in Regent English Medium School, Nagpur. Her passion towards teaching places her at ease while interacting with pupils in a manner that every child gets involved in the subject.

Shwetal is a hockey player at the national level and has participated in inter-college Throw-ball and Volley-ball championships.

She is pursuing her Ph.D. in Library Science and has released articles on the same.

  “एक आधुनिक शिक्षक का काम जंगलों को काटना नहीं बल्कि रेगिस्तान को सींचना है।

“The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.” C.S. Lewis

Head of the Department – Hindi (Secondary)

Mr. Purushottam Sharma –  (M.A Hindi & Sanskrit, B.Ed.)

कर्त्तव्यमेव कर्तव्यम् प्राणै: कंठ गतै रपि:

Purushottam Sharma is an energetic, highly passionate and dynamic individual. He is a man of Calibre, perfection and precision. He joined Bhavans Abu Dhabi in 2014, prior to which he offered his services in Kendrya Vidhyalaya.Purushottam completed his M.A in Hindi from Sri Venkateswara University Thirupathi, Andhra Pradesh.  He also completed B.Ed. from Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidhya Peeta, Tirupathi, Andhra Pradesh & M. Phil. from Calorx Teachers University Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

Purushottam has attended various national seminars organized by Sahitya Academy.

You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.”

Head of the Department  (Arabic – Primary)

SABIRA ABDUL RAHMAN

 B.A, B.Ed in Arabic

Ms. Sabira commenced her journey with Bhavans Abu Dhabi in 2012. She holds a B.A and B.Ed in Arabic, and exhibits exemplary qualities of a teacher, whose diligent working style is her signature.

Head of the Department (Arabic – Secondary & Senior Secondary)

SAJITHASHAMEER

M.A  Arabic

Ms.Sajitha is a passionate teacher who has her Post Graduation in Arabic. She stands apart due to her unique way of building and maintaining a rapport equally with students and colleagues. She joined the Bhavans family in February 2012.

Head of the Department – Maths (Secondary)

M.PADMAJA MENON    

M.SC .B.ED

Padmaja started her career as a teacher in Chennai since 1980. She worked at  Bhavans Kochi Kendra  for eight years and has contributed her services for fourteen years in a reputed CBSE school  in Chennai. During her tenure she has held many responsible positions such as Examination In Charge and Senior Secondary In Charge, to name a few. She was appointed by CBSE as Centre Superintendent for the AISCE examination held in Chennai during the academic year 2014-15. She has also attended  Evaluation Camps for 14  years as  an examiner for Grade  XII.

Apart from her post-graduation in Mathematics, Padmaja also holds a Diploma in teaching Children with Learning Disability and a Diploma in Educational Leadership  Program conducted by Kuruvila Jacob Foundation, Chennai.

An ardent lover of books, Padmaja believes in consistent hard work and loves to be in the midst of children.

Head of the Department (Social Science Primary & UAE History)

Bindu Benny

M.A (History), M.A (Eng. Litt.), B.Ed

Ms. Bindu Benny has to her credit two Post Graduation Degrees (History & English).She completed B.Ed in History(topper) from St. Christopher College,  Chennai. Her work on ‘The Importance of Archives’ was adjudged the best paper in the seminar conducted by the  Tamilnadu Archives. She has 15+ years of experience in teaching History at various schools in India and in Kuwait. Before joining PIES she was working as an H.M in J.R.K Higher Secondary School, Chennai. She has been a part of the Bhavan’s family since 2014.

She is a dedicated, resourceful and goal -driven professional educator with a solid commitment to the social and academic growth and development of everychild.

“A Commitment out of Compassion achieves success”- that’s her work formula

Head of the Department (Humanities)

Jojo Martin C.M

(BA Economics, B.Ed in Social Science)

Jojo Martin is a Post Graduate in History with more than 16 years of teaching experience.  Jojo believes that a deep knowledge in Social Science makes a student a complete human being.According to Jojo, Social Science helps the students to inherit matured thinking and unflinching loyalty to the established values and principles. Social Science brightens and strengthens the mind to resolve issues, which enables them to face the world which is undergoing unprecedented level of revolutionary changes. He affirms that the duty of Social Science is to make the students understand the past, observe and analyze the present and prepare for the future.

“The calling of the Humanities is to make us truly human in the best sense of the word”

J IRWIN MILLER

Head of the Department (Physical Education)

Mr. Haneesh Karthikeyan

MASTER OF PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Haneesh is a very enthusiastic and diligent Physical Education teacher who started his career in sports at the age of 12. When he was in Class 8, he had completed the cross country event (15km) finishing as the 16th participant. He joined Calicut University to continue sports where, in the intercollegiate cross country competition his team secured the 3rd position. Also, he represented BPE , Football team, Cricket team, Athletics team and Handball team. He completed his Post Graduation from Kannur University and also represented the Kannur University Handball team for the intercollegiate tournament held at Annamalai University. He represented the Football team, Cricket team, Handball team, Kho- kho team and Athletics team of the Kannur university as well.

Haneesh started his teaching profession in KENDRIYA VIDYALAYA in the year 2000. Then in 2003 he joined BHARATHIYA VIDYA BHAVAN, KOCHI KENDRA. During his tenure, the Cochin Kendra had hosted CBSE SOUTH ZONE Badminton tournament for the first time, and also the CBSE Nationals. He trained the Bhavanites of Kochi Kendra for the CBSE Nationals and the team bagged various prizes for three consecutive years.

He was one of the organizers to conduct the National Integration Camp 2009 in the Kochi Kendra under Shikshan Bharathi. He was in charge of the NCC 21 KERALA Battalion in Bhavans News Print Vidyalaya. In 2010, he was deputed to Bhavans Abu Dhabi as one of the founder teachers who established the new school . He has qualified as Class One National Football referee and State Badminton referee. He was assigned duty by the All India Football Association during the 60th Santhosh Trophy Tournament as a local manager of services team. He has made remarkable achievements in the Marathon held in Dubai (January 27, 2012) by qualifying along with popular athletes and secured a medal for finishing 42.195 kms (Full Marathon). His skills include good organizing capacity for mega events, an excellent coach and a person with humanitarian approach.

Head of the Department (Fine Arts)

Ms. Janarajani Malalagama

(Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts)

Janarajani is a leading Bharatanatyam teacher, dancer and choreographer, acclaimed for her ability to turn a traditional grammar into subtle, deeply internalized, personal dance poetry.Janarajani had an early training in Bharatanatyam and Carnatic music, which started at the age of six, under legendary Gurus from Kalakshetra, Chennai. It is a tradition that deepened her awareness of the fact that text and music are as inseparably linked as “the word and its meaning”. Her approach to sahitya – or the lyrical content of each composition, is marked by the impulse to tune silence and blank spaces into  stanzas. This ability to relate to poetry as a complex compound of music and meaning also inspires her.

Janarajani holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from Bharathidasan University, Trichirapalli, India. With over twelve years of experience as a teacher, she joined PIES as one of the founder teachers.

Janarajani believes dance provides spiritual education to progress as a good human. She also believes that there is no religion higher than TRUTH and there is no nobler profession than being a true TEACHER.

Head of the Department (Computer Science)

Ms. Anisha Biju

BCA; Business Professional Programmer

Anisha joined the Bhavan’s family in September 2010, after a 9-year work experience in the Gulf. With an experience spanning around 17 years in the field of Information and Technology, it was not difficult for her to take the department under her purview. Maintaining patience at a consistent level, Anisha takes care of computer classes (Senior Secondary) apart from diligently delivering her duties to keep her team in good humour.

General Coordinator Arabic & Islamic Studies

Ms. Etedal Abu Nemeih

Etedal is a highly motivated educationist. She is a woman with high values and an attitude of gratitude. She has attended numerous training programs, workshops and seminars in Arabic and Islamic Studies. She has excelled not only in academics but also in social services. She joined Bhavans Abu Dhabi in April 2012. She has been teaching for the past 23 years. She has worked at the Children’s Village SOS as the Director and Social Supervisor for children along with a number of other schools in the UAE and Jordan. She likes to learn more about different cultures and societies.

Workshops Attended:

* Certificate of Participation in the Administrative Law Seminar UAE, by the Institute of Training and Judicial Studies, 27th Feb. 2012

* Certificate of Participation in the 3rd UITP Mena Congress and Showcase, 26 – 28 March, 2012

* Certificate of Participation in the Mental Health Awareness Program under the title “Behavioral Problems of School Children”. Behavioral Science Pavilion, Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, Abu Dhabi 02nd April 2013

Etedal’s interests lie in arts, sweet-making, stories and travelling. Her message is -be excellent in work, listen to others, talk to them, welcome healthy criticism and learn from others. Only then will we be able to reach the summit.

Department of Special Education

Geeta S. Pillai

MA, MPhil, B.Ed (Spl .Ed),DSE (MR)

One of the pioneers of Inclusive Education in Kerala, she is a Special Educator and teacher trainee in the field of Special and Gifted Education topics in the school. Apart from identifying learning disability and gifted ability in early childhood, her areas of specialty include:

* Professional collaboration with parents

* Young children’s social and emotional needs

* Children’s behavioural difficulties

Geeta is credited with forming the U-LaBS (Unit- Learning and Behaviour Support) in Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Kochi Kendra, Kerala and coordinating the seven schools there since 1997. For the past sixteen years she has been assessing children to diagnose learning problems, guiding teachers in inclusive setting and parents to modulate teaching strategies for their children. She has conducted workshops for teachers, parents and professionals in Instructional Strategies for Students with Disability, particularly in learning, emotional disturbance and attention disorders. While in Kerala, she was the coordinator of the National Institute of Open Schooling System of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Schools, Kochi Kendra.

Currently, Geeta coordinates the Special Education Department in Private International English School, Abu Dhabi and International English School, Kuwait and guides teachers and parents in differentiating instruction for students with learning disabilities in inclusive classrooms.