Our Team

This then is the first duty of an educator: to stir up life but leave it free to develop – Maria Montessori

Our Team

Anokhi has been founded by three passionate and committed Montessorians with a combined teaching experience of more than 25 years. This is their way of reaching out to more children and spreading the spirit of Montessori.

Aarti Menon

Aarti Menon

After completing her Masters in Mass Communications, Aarti was certain that she wanted to work with children in some capacity. A chance conversation with a friend, an ardent admirer of the Montessori Method led her to join the IMTC course under the direction of Mrs. Meenakshi Sivaramakrishnan in 2002. This experience changed her entire perspective on the nature of education and made her appreciate the endless possibilities of reaching out to children through this intriguing method.

Eager to explore this beautiful method further she joined Head Start Montessori House of Children in June 2003.  The 11 years that Aarti spent here were a truly gratifying and valuable experience that she will always cherish. It was here that she grew and evolved as a committed Montessorian, learning every step of the way.

She is a passionate advocate of the therapeutic nature of Art and Music and would like children to cultivate a lifelong appreciation of the Arts in all its forms.

Through Anokhi she would like to reach out not just to children but to the Parent community as well, as she firmly believes that an open and honest relationship between parents and educators is the key to the social and emotional well-being of every child

Gayatri Futnani

Gayatri Futnani

Hailing from a finance and commerce background, Gayatri’s love for children was what led her to take up the IMTC (Indian Montessori Training Centre) certification under the direction of Mrs. Meenakshi Sivaramakrishnan in 2005-2006.This was her first insight into the fascinating Montessori Method and her first step towards being a Montessorian.

Subsequently, she joined Head Start Montessori House of Children as a Montessori Adult, where she spent 8 enriching and rewarding years and during this stint, she soon realised that her calling in life was to work with children.

Extremely passionate and committed to whatever she believes in, Gayatri found tremendous satisfaction in being an educator and she believes that Education is the beacon of hope for a brighter future. Anokhi is her contribution to that cause, in her own small way.

The spoken and written language including poetry are a few of her ardent interests and she hopes to inculcate the same in children as they provide an excellent platform for self-expression and to voice out one’s ideas and opinions.

What once started out as a fascination soon grew into a passion and she wishes to reach out and help more children explore and love life via the beauty of the Montessori Method.

Srividya Viswanathan

A Montessorian with an engineering background, Srividya was introduced to the beautiful Montessori materials while looking for a school for her son. As she researched and read more about this method, her fascination grew and she enrolled for the Diploma course in Montessori and Early Childhood Education at Gear International Montessori Institute, affiliated to The International Montessori Accreditation Council. This led to a 7 year long association with Head Start Montessori House of Children, which she will always hold close to her heart.

Srividya finds immense satisfaction working with children and also enjoys interacting with parents and other people involved in this cause. She is very passionate about her work and keeps herself updated via books and articles on Dr. Montessori and experiences of other educators.

Srividya has also been a yoga practitioner for the past 7 years and is certified to teach yoga to children between ages of 3 to 8 years. She loves gardening and believes that waste segregation is essential in today’s world. It is never too early to start with good practices and what better way, than to start with children.