Nadia Patel

PYP Coordinator - Curriculum

Nadia Patel is leading a team of trained facilitators providing a curriculum that brings international-mindedness to the school community. A firm believer in quality education and has long been a strong proponent of the IB Programmes, she fully understands the value for holistic education offered by the IB Programmes at all levels as opposed to unquestioned rote-based learning.

As an elementary educator, Nadia Patel is genuinely passionate about bringing breakthrough innovation to the curriculum, by instilling a love for lifelong learning amongst learners in the primary years. She has completed her education from the Pune University and has attended several International Baccalaureate workshops to gain a global perspective on changing trends in teaching-learning cultures. She is actively engaged in delivering IBPYP since 2008. Her experience in various positions such as Homeroom facilitator of EYP and PYP, Member of the core committee, Math lead, and House Master has given her a hands-on and in-depth exposure towards Whole Education. Her core strengths are collaborative planning, concept driven curriculum and PYP exhibition. She has conducted training sessions for facilitators and parents of different schools on Multiple intelligence, Team building, Use of Visible thinking routines, Inquiry based teaching and Role of Mathematics. She embraces change and is not afraid to innovate, even in the face of resistance from others.

Her objective is to create age-appropriate stimulus for facilitating the fundamental development of young learners academically, emotionally and socially. With over 12 years of experience in the field of education, she is a strong believer in recreating curriculums to suit the needs of students, in order to accelerate higher order thinking and enabling students to bring dimension and depth to their learning. She is the link between the school and IBO and ensures implementation of the IBPYP. She regularly meets with each facilitator to help plan and reflect on teaching and learning, assessments and mentor facilitators new to PYP.

She is a leader who is enthusiastic about learning, empowers and innovates to activate change and shape culture. She is constantly striving to encourage true inquiry, aiming to get students to think more deeply thinking about thinking itself. She is excited when real, meaningful inquiry is happening in school. She enjoys teaching with, and learning from, other teachers who share a vision of teaching.

Leena Gahilot

PYP Coordinator - Communication

Leena Gahilot works with a team of dedicated and highly motivated facilitators focusing on the development of the whole child as an inquirer and a student-centric collaborative learning to create well educated, internationally-minded citizens. Together with other members of the school’s management team, Leena plays a significant role in the whole-school planning, organizing and implementation of the PYP programme. She has been a key part of the exhaustive evaluation process for the PYP at SIS. She is the point of contact for the PYP parents and is the link between the PYP parents, the management and facilitators.

Leena holds a post graduate management degree from the prestigious Welingkar Institute, Mumbai, in addition to her B.Ed. qualification. She has attended various workshops conducted by IB for PYP. Prior to this assignment Leena has spent 8 years honing her leadership skills and technology understanding, working with esteemed organisations like Satyam Computers and Barclays Bank. She has worked as an ICT facilitator in SIS 5 years for the students from EYP to PYP 5. Her extensive IT experience, coupled with more than 7 years of working with SIS, has led her to pioneer the development of the School management system EduCloud. She believes in leveraging technology, which is very close to her heart, as a strong enabler and driver of smooth and seamless communication. Leena is also a member of the Google Educator Group, she firmly believes that for a school to be successful, responsive and productive it needs to facilitate and promote effective communication. Consequently her this belief has led her to promote, train and drive the use of different technological tools like Drive, Forms, Classroom & PYP Webpage across Facilitators, Management, Parents, Students and other Educators.

Leena possesses inherent strengths of interpersonal skills, leadership qualities and a diverse experience which give her a broader perspective. She brings to the team infectious enthusiasm, innovative solutions and a result oriented approach which make her a valuable asset for the school.