About us

Riverside Learning Center (RLC) is the Research, Development and Training unit of The Riverside School Since its formal instatement in 2009, RLC has served as a beacon to spread the philosophy, the culture and the best practices of the Riverside School with the wider education community. Till date, RLC has trained more than 750 educators from over 70 schools in India and overseas besides impacting more than 5000 educators through guest lectures, workshops, and its open-door policy to visitors on campus.

The Riverside School – a world class school and a vibrant lab has used a design thinking approach to develop an eco-system that empowers in leaders, teachers, students and parents with a “I CAN” mindset. The Riverside School serves as a model school that provides resources for the cutting-edge materials used in the different training programs offered by Riverside Learning Center. RLC continuously strives to develop and offer programs to make the pedagogy of The Riverside School, available and accessible to educators of all demographics.

New in 2016, Riverside Learning Center (RLC) is pleased to present its framework of Six-Pillar Approach to equip school leaders and teachers with skills and mindset to bring about transformational change in the teaching practice. We believe that Personal and Professional Development, Parent Partnership, Curriculum, Community, Leadership and Administration are the six-pillars of any school’s culture. Everything that you do to nurture these pillars is what you institution stands on. Specific processes under each pillar will provide a strong foundation to your practice. In addition, RLC customizes its Six-Pillar approach framework to meet the needs of any demographic.

A strong training program is backed by an equally strong training team. Meet our edu-heroes who have 5 – 15 year of teaching experience at Riverside and are passional about learning and sharing every today.


  • Neena Mehta,
    Head of Training
    Neena Mehta
    Head of Training, Riverside Learning Center

    With a degree in Business Administration from Sydenham College of Commerce and Economics, Mumbai and a Bachelors of Science from Purdue University, USA with a major in Computer Technology, Neena has dabbled with teaching, organizing, managing, documenting and designing programs alongside her passion for continuous learning.

    She has been associated with The Riverside School since 2007. Until 2012 she headed aProch, an initiative of the Riverside School to make cities more Child-Friendly. Her main contribution to aProCh was designing a Language and Math Curriculum for after-school program for municipal school children.

    As Head of Training at Riverside Learning Center since 2014, she has gained an in-depth understanding of the challenges in the current education scenariofrom her experiences with multitude of educators from across the globe. At the same time, her experience of 10 years as an educator at Riverside, has helped her craft user-centric training programs with a roadmap for her trainee schools and educators to develop a culture of learning and foster growth-mindset in the field of education.

    Neena carries an edu-hero profile of ‘The Reed” – signifying her strong resolve and steadfastness at all times.

Our Edu-hero Trainers

  • Ranjhani Iyer
    Ranjhani Iyer
    Ms. Terracotta

    Ranjhani Iyer has been at Riverside since two years and is associated with Key Stage 2. She has a Masters in English Language and Communication and enjoys playing with language, thereby adding humour in sessions and encourages student participation through a dynamic classroom atmosphere. She loves writing and solving riddles/ puzzles. She has conducted workshops in her subject domain and on the various processes of Riverside.Because of her grit and adaptability, at Riverside, she is also known as Ms. Terracotta.

  • Sulekha Nair
    Sulekha Nair

    Sulekha Nair, after an aggregate 25 years of teaching experience, 9 years of which at Riverside, has now assumed the role of RLC Coach with Riverside Learning Center. She provides guidance and counseling to our trainees during and after the training, hand-holding them in their post training implementation process and keeping them confident and motivated towards achieving their professional excellence. Sulekha has a Bachelor of Arts degree and a B.Ed from IGNOU.

    Over the years, Sulekha has passionately spearheaded the citizenship program at Riverside and has conducted experiential and inspirational workshops on Citizenship for trainees of Riverside Learning Center. She has represented Riverside at conferences and seminars on several occasions. As an educator, she is an accomplished story teller with a keen interest in History. She has conducted story telling sessions under Zee-Kahani express program in schools across Ahmedabad. Sulekha also writes short stories, women being her favourite subject.

    At Riverside, as an edu-hero, she is known as Ms. Kind. She has extended herself to lend a helping hand with the RTE program. She also volunteers to organize and conduct Parents of the Park events as an aProCh fellow, where she mesmerizes children with her fascinating story telling sessions.

  • Phoram Desai
    Phoram Desai
    The Architect

    Phoram Desai with 15 years of experience at Riverside, is an educator par-excellence. With a degree in Bachelor of Education and a Post-graduate diploma in Early Childhood Education, Phoram also has a keen interest in dramatics, oratory, writing and cinema. She effortlessly brings all these talents into her classroom to provide an interactive and highly charged learning environment. Along with co-leading the Keystage-1 program at Riverside, she contributes greatly to creating a rich repository of documentation at Riverside. She has conducted multitude of workshops, trainings and also represented Riverside at conferences and seminars. As an Edu-hero at Riverside, she is also known as The Architect.

  • Hetal Jariwala
    Hetal Jariwala
    Mama Gensitive

    Hetal Jariwala, has over 12 years of experience at The Riverside School. She has taught Keystage 1 & 2 at Riverside and is well-regarded for her capability to bring in real-life experiences in her classroom. Hetal has studied Commerce and has a Bachelors in Education. She has conducted several trainings for Riverside School and has represented Riverside on many occasions for conducting workshops specially for Multiple Intelligences, Teaching for Understanding and Making Learning Visible. At Riverside, as an Edu-hero, she is popularly known as Mama Gensitive.

  • Dr. Poonam Pathak
    Dr. Poonam Pathak
    Lady Vyaktakar

    Dr. Poonam Pathak, has over 4 years of experience at The Riverside School. She has taught Hindi language in Keystage 1 & 2 at Riverside and is well-regarded for her capability to enrich the learning by bringing real life experience in the classroom. Poonam has done her PhD in Education and has masters in Hindi, Education and Economics. She has translated DFC Teachers manual in Hindi. Poonam has conducted several trainings for Riverside Learning Center and has represented Riverside on many occasions. At Riverside, as an Edu-hero, she is popularly known as’ Lady Vyaktakar’.

  • Amit Dixit
    Amit Dixit
    Captain Equilizer

    Amit Dixit has over 7 years of experience at The Riverside School. He has 9 years of experience in teaching Mathematics and 2 years of script-writing for animated movies about Mathematics. Amit has a B.Sc from Sir P. P. Institute of Science and a B.Ed. from Bhavnagar University. His approach to teaching Mathematics to senior school students has rekindled joy and confidence in learning Math for many students. He firmly believes in the importance of multi-prong assessment methods and ably leads and coaches junior teachers at Riverside. He also conducts workshops to emphasize the importance of data-collection and representation and its impact on student evaluation. Amit has acquired training for IGCSE, AS & A levels in Mathematics by Cambridge University. Amit is passionate about reasoning and interpretation and cultivates a very healthy learning environment in the classroom. He is popular for his keen observation, skilful questioning and empathetic listening and suitably called ‘The Equalizer’ at Riverside.

  • Vinita Modi
    Vinita Modi

    Vinita Modi has been teaching art at Riverside for ten years. She is a graduate in painting and philosophy. She is a nature lover and likes to read. She believes that art is a medium that allows kids to know themselves and the world better. Art is for every kid - with this belief she designs her sessions such that each kid can immerse and enjoy. Kids have successfully participated in art festivals and raised funds through auction of paintings with her. She has conducted workshops on finding ' the extraordinary in the ordinary, discovering creativity in us, deconstruction and construction. She is also known as Flogent.

  • Nandini Parekh
    Nandini Parekh
    LA Imaginista

    Nandini Parekh has been with Riverside since its inception. She has taught Grades K1 – Grade 7. Her experience enables her to take workshops on Reading as Thinking, Thinking Skills, Multiple Intelligences as well as Riverside Processes for parents and other teachers. She is passionate about books and works on transferring this passion to the children, through her language enrichment sessions.

    Nandini has participated in several professional development programs. She has attended courses on Teaching for Understanding and Making Learning Visible at thte coveted Harvard Graduate School of Education Recently she participated at the conference on ‘Creative Partnerships’ in London.

    As an Edu-hero, Nandini's ability to contribute creative ideas has earned her the name 'La Imaginista'.

  • Jahnavi Mehta
    Jahnavi Mehta
    The Humanist

    Jahnavi Mehta is a School Leader at Riverside. She has been with The Riverside School since its inception. She is a Commerce Graduate and has done her Bachelor’s Degree in Education (B.Ed) from IGNOU. She has done a Diploma in Montessori Education and an online certificate course on Multiple Intelligences from the Harvard Graduate School.

    At Riverside, she has honed her professional skills by participating in conferences like ‘Creative Partnerships’ in London and ‘Student Leadership’ in Singapore. She has also represented the school on different occasions either as a speaker or panelist at conferences. She has facilitated many training workshops for Riverside and represented Riverside as a consultant in schools and conferences in India and abroad.

    Hugely inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach of teaching, Jahnavi loves to keep the curiosity of her children alive through provocation. In her free time, she enjoys reading books and listening to music.

  • Kirti Zala
    Kirti Zala

    Kirti Zala has been part of aProCh (a Protagonist in Every Child) – a Riverside School Initiative since 5 years. She holds the MBA and MSc Finance degree with corporate work experience of more than 7 years before joining Riverside. She feels strongly about creating opportunities for children to engage in free play; imagining different ways to add value to the community. She has represented aProCh at national and international forums and also has conducted workshops for aProCh. She has ably contributed in taking aProCh initiative to 11 cities in India. She is always excited about adding value to the stakeholders and inspires them to take ownership of the vision of aProCh. At Riverside, as an Eduhero, Kirti is also known as Persipatient!

  • Pooja Nair
    Pooja Nair

    Pooja Nair is in her third year at The Riverside School. She has a Bachelors degree in Commerce and loves to explore opportunities to learn and share her learnings with all. At Riverside, she has taught Grades 1 and 2 and has quickly learnt to make her sessions more contextual and lively for the students. She has successfully conducted several workshops for Riverside Learning Center relating to Language and Culture building processes at the Riverside School. As part of her continuous professional development, she has participated in workshops and seminars on ‘ The Art and Science of Question Making’ and The use of Technology in Education amongst others. She epitomizes her edu-hero name of ‘Awarener’ at Riverside.

  • Vidhi Rajdev
    Vidhi Rajdev
    Flash Girl

    Vidhi Rajdev has 2 years of experience at Riverside. With a Masters degree in Finance, she also holds Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education. Her training and experience at Riverside has enabled her to conduct workshops on Phonics and other processes at Riverside specially for trainees of Riverside Learning Center. Vidhi is extremely quick at learning and implementing and as such her Edu-hero name at Riverside is ‘Flash Girl’.

  • Itchha Chainani
    Itchha Chainani

    Itchha Chainani has over 5 years of teaching experience at The Riverside School. She has taught Key stage 2 and is also known as the Possibilator. Itchha has a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Education, along with a Diploma in Fashion Designing. Itchha values the ideas of rigor and grit, and believes that each individual can change for better if one puts in both, persistently. She inspires her students to be proactive and grow each day by choosing the right way and not the easy way. Her ability to design new ways for learning logical thinking helps children to seek relevance of what they are learning and apply it in real life scenarios. She shares her practice and pedagogy by conducting workshops, having conversations with her colleagues on a regular basis, and sending them research papers to read to ensure that each child has the maximum benefit of enriched learning.

  • Bhavika Chandnani
    Bhavika Chandnani
    Ms. Optilute

    Bhavika Chandnani with 9 years of experience at Riverside, is an educator who believes in nurturing curiosity and building confidence in all the students and colleagues around her. Bhavika holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She is also trained in Play Based Approach in Early Education and holds a diploma in Early Childhood Care & Education and Certificates in Multiple Intelligence in Elementary Classroom and Leadership Course from Harvard University. Her key interest is to understand different pedagogies around the world. She brings her research aptitude in her classroom to build curiosity and engagement, her sensitive and caring nature to bring a sense of well-being for all and her experience to establish relevance and make sense of the complex world for her young learners. Bhavika regularly conducts workshops for Riverside Learning Center on Play Based Approach Curriculum, Classroom Management in Early Education, Phonics Workshop, Logical Thinking in Early Age, Creating Learning Spaces and different Process and Practice at Riverside. At Riverside as an Edu Hero, she is known as Optilute, a person with good mix of optimism and resolve.

  • Deepa Dattani
    Deepa Dattani
    Ms Comforter

    Deepa Dattani has over eight years of experience at Riverside. She is Bachelor of Science (Home) from M.S University, Vadodara with a passion for cooking which she brings to her classroom through sensorial experiences. Her forte is working with young children and she brings innovative ways to engage these young minds to learn. Her patience is contagious and her continuous research and practice of Play-Way Method has allowed her to conduct workshops and trainings for Riverside Learning Center. At Riverside, as an Edu-hero she is also known as Ms Comforter.

  • Rashida Makati
    Rashida Makati
    Ms. CreActive

    Rashida Makati, has over 4 years of teaching experience in pre-primary grades at The Riverside School. She holds dual bachelor degrees in Arts and in Education. Her enthusiasm, zeal, preparedness and relationship building skills are her biggest assets when she teaches little children. She has conducted training workshops on various culture building processes of Riverside and on Pre-school Math program. To build on her excellent teaching practice, she has participated in workshops on Non-Violent communication, Differentiated Instruction, Art of story-telling, primary language skills amongst others, and tries to bring those elements to her teaching. At Riverside, for her creativity and proactivity she is also called Ms. CreActive.

  • Jaya Sharma
    Jaya sharma
    Jaya Sharma

    Jaya Sharma with 17 years of teaching experience, of which 7 years at The Riverside School, is an educator brimming with passion. With a degree in Master of Science and a Bachelor of Education from Kolkata's esteemed university, Jaya displays keen interest in diet and fitness. Her motto in life is to work tirelessly and inspire her students to help make the earth a more sustainable and an environmentally friendly place. Through her lens her students learn to appreciate the immensely complicated but beautiful design of the nature around them. Her sessions are exemplars in the way she employs different languages of learning, humour and rigour to keep the students engaged and yearning for more. Jaya’s classroom sessions are a popular choice for observation by the visitors at Riverside and she has also inspired many trainees by her demo sessions she specially conducts for Riverside Learning Center. For her love for plants in particular and the living world, at Riverside she is also known as Mystree.

  • Priyanka Prasad
    Priyanka Prasad
    Priyanka Prasad
    The Soliditude

    Priyanka Prasad - As a Project Coordinator of aProCh (A Protagonist in every Child) and Right to Education (RTE) initiative, Ms. Priyanka Prasad has over 9 years experience at Riverside. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Master’s degree in Labor Laws & Labor Welfare. Priyanka has a strong passion for community-based participatory projects. Therefore, she has been able to garner strong support from the community, comprising of NGOs, corporations, schools, government bodies, and citizens for the initiatives pursued at Riverside. She has also initiated the following projects: “City on Cycles” and ‘World is my School’. Besides heading these community-based initiatives at Riverside, she serves as an Educator for the children enrolled under the RTE program. Priyanka has conducted several workshops, training, and has also presented at different international and national conferences. Recently, her article appeared in 2016 European Network Child in the City conference blog. As an Edu-hero at Riverside, she is also known as The Soliditude.

  • Suja Nair
    Suja Nair
    The Intentionalist

    Suja Nair with 8 years of experience at Riverside, is a lifelong learner whose imaginative and creative blend helps her to make learning meaningful and interesting for her students. Suja has a Master’s degree in Physics and a Bachelor’s degree in Education. Along with her studies she has also earned a diploma in Software Programming. She has conducted several training for Riverside school and is also mentoring KS1 & KS2 teachers for the Science programme. At Riverside, as an Edu-hero, she is popularly known as Intentionalist.

  • Archana Sethi
    Archana Sethi
    Ms. Empathist

    Archana Sethi has over 15 years of teaching experience in various schools and NGO’s, is also known as Ms. Empathist at Riverside. Archana leads the Special Education needs program at Riverside, and is adept at optimizing a child’s learning and self-enrichment by helping them to embrace all experiences and opportunities that come their way. Archana actively focuses on honing the processes and protocols that can bring out the best in every student. Archana has a Master’s degree in Special Education, and has completed a development therapy course for children with neurological conditions.

  • Jazz Sethi
    Jazz Sethi

    Jazz Sethi is a professional choreographer and performer from Ahmedabad. She has performed over 200 professional shows in India and abroad and has completed her training from Broadway Dance Centre New York. Along with dance as her base, she has conducted and attended several theatre programs and incorporates a lot of theatre semiotics in her choreographic pieces. She has 7 years of teaching experience from Spin Academy where she was a senior instructor and choreographer. She strongly believes in a multi-disciplinary approach to performing arts, and has helped cultivate the studio arts curriculum at The Riverside School. She uses techniques from the Tisch Performance Studies curriculum in her sessions and pushes students to create their own unique organic style. Jazz has successfully conducted workshops for Riverside Learning Center to inspire expression, movement and performance in education. Jazz is a published poet and an avid reader, who loves to travel and listen to music.

  • Fozia Contractor
    Fozia Contractor

    Fozia Contractor has over 11 years of teaching experience at The Riverside School. She has taught students from grade 2 to grade 12 and her class is alive with metaphoric and real life connections and hands on experiences. She is a Management Auditor by training and also has a Bachelors in Education. Fozia is a coach and mentor to many teachers at Riverside where her observation and constructive feedback elevates overall teaching practice of her mentees. Fozia has conducted many workshops and training sessions for Riverside Learning Center and has also represented Riverside as a speaker. Her key competency is Current affairs, Scientific thinking and Planning and Assessment. At Riverside, as an Edu-hero, Fozia is known as a Synthesizer.

  • Hiral Dholakia
    Hiral Dholakia

    Hiral Dholakia has a Master’s degree in Special Education with a specialization in Learning Disability from SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai. After five years of experience in the field of assessment and remedial work, she went on to co-found the REACH School in Mumbai for children with learning disabilities prior to joining Riverside. She enjoys working with children and being a patient listener. She believes that educators play an important role in shaping the lives of the students and hence feels it’s important to build the competency of the Eduheroes. Her strengths lie in adapting to situations and dealing with problems patiently. As a Riverside edu-hero, she is also called ‘Smileangelica’.

  • Mira Thomas Joshi
    Mira Thomas Joshi
    Lady Mind Emo

    Mira Thomas Joshi has a Bachelor's degree of Economics and a diploma in Multiple Intelligences from Harvard University. Out of 15 years of teaching experience that spans most of India, it is her 6th year at Riverside. Mira enjoys reading, watching cinema and surfing the net. She is an educator who feels strongly about inclusivity and brings that passion in her practice on daily basis.. She strives to get her children to meet various minds and designs a variety of experiences that bring real-life perspective and the world to her children. She has conducted multiple workshops and represented Riverside at conferences and seminars. Her participation in any conversation enriches the minds and hearts of people around her to earn her the name Lady Mind-Emo.

  • Muzammil Mohammed
    Muzammil Mohammed
    Mr. Reasons

    Muzammil Mohammed, with a degree in Physics and a Bachelors degree in Education has gathered 2 years of experience at Riverside, as an educator. Muzammil has a keen interest in tinkering which led him to lead the Maker Space at Riverside. He is a great storyteller Muzmi Stories as they are popularly called have helped him build strong relationship with his adolescent students who look forward to his sessions. His strength is teaching kids with different languages of learning which makes his classroom into a highly charged learning environment. He is a wild-life enthusiast and an avid mountaineer. As an Edu-hero at Riverside, he is also known as Mr.Reason's.

  • Priti Patel
    Priti Patel

    Priti Patel, a graduate in Commerce, has over 12 years of experience at The Riverside School. She has taught Key-stages 1 and 2 at Riverside, her strength being to help children see relevance of what they are studying, by connecting it to the real world. She has conducted several trainings for Riverside School and has represented Riverside on many occasions for conducting workshops on classroom management, Citizenship and Making Learning Visible. For a person who keeps student well-being at the core of her heart always, at Riverside, as an Edu-hero, she is known as Dr. Emwise.

  • Sabina Zamindar
    Sabina Zamindar
    Ms. Actitude

    Sabina Zamindar is an educator who thrives on innovation, creativity and positivity. With a degree of Bachelor in Arts and online course from Harvard University on Multiple intelligence theory, in her 8 years at Riverside, she has honed a classroom practice that sets a benchmark for engagement, energy and inclusion. Sabina has taught different grades and has led the Inclusive Program on gender sensitivity in KS1. She has used her creative talents to set up a vibrant Material Library at Riverside and also leads the Material Exploration Studio for the Studio Arts programme in KS2. She has conducted various workshops and training sessions for RLC. Her actions speak louder than words, so as an Edu- Hero, she is also known as Ms. Actitude.

  • Deepa Avashia
    Deepa Avashia

    Deepa Avashia is a School Leader at the Riverside School, Ahmedabad. An avid reader whose love of education started 12 years ago, prompted by the need to find the right school for her own children. What started as an interest in learning has now become a deep compelling passion to uncover and discover anew, the constructs of how the mind acquires understanding. Her ability to look at the big ideas and then distill the same into deliverables in class has accelerated her journey from an Educator to a School Leader. Her rapport with not only the students but also with the parent community and the teacher team has made her a School Leader that everyone looks up to.

    The ‘Design Thinking’ Workshop at the d school Stanford was a turning point for her. Keeping in mind the importance of Designing Thinking in today’s education, her constant endeavour is to get her team and the children to understand this process and imbibe the same in their day-to-day learning.

    She has had opportunities to represent Riverside at various conferences like WE ASC, Delhi and InspirED. Besides this, she has also successfully conducted workshops for teachers to help them make a paradigm shift in their understanding of education and children, thus impacting thousands of children across the country.