“The purpose of education must coincide with the larger life purpose of those being educated.” This firm belief is what drove the founder of the Heritage School, Mr. N.C. Jain, to enter the field of education over 15 years ago. His philosophy, passion and belief have been the guide for many to find truth in their lives. His presence continues to inspire the next level of changes in the education eco-system. Known for his philanthropy, he is actively involved with various social organisations for welfare work.
Alumnus of Harvard University and Co-chair of FICCI’s School Education Committee – FICCI Arise
Manit Jain has been actively involved with Heritage Xperiential Learning School in an advisory capacity on several strategic issues including infrastructure development, talent attraction, curriculum design, teacher capability development, parent engagement, systems, processes and standard operational procedures. He has personally championed and led several change initiatives to transform the school into an experiential learning school. He is also the co-founder of I am a Teacher, an initiative that is developing a model for practice-based teacher education in collaboration with Boston Teacher Residency.
Alumnus of Harvard University
Vishnu Karthik is the definition of passion and this reflects in his ‘being’ and ‘doing’. His journey – from a management consultant with firms like Grow Talent, Accenture, delivering projects across India and abroad, to that of the Head of Senior School, curating deep learning experiences - is one of a deep-rooted conviction in the role of education in creating sustainable and much-needed change leaders and social entrepreneurs in society. He is passionate about scaling and incubating experiential learning schools. In 2009, Vishnu co-authored (along with Swami Mitrananda of Chinmaya Mission) ‘Seeking’ – a travelogue on a 14-day sojourn across the Arabian sea on a cargo ship. You can read more of his writings on experiential learning at www.deeperlearning.org
Former Principal Woodstock School, Mussoorie
Formerly the Principal at the Woodstock School, Mussoorie, Ms. Kaye Jacob is a veteran educator with 40 years of experience across international schools in the U.S., Japan, India and Egypt. Born into a family of educators, Kaye’s love for teaching started early in her life and her vast exposure helped her own journey from the classroom to the principal's office. Ms. Jacob has a Master's degree in Educational Policy and Administration and a Bachelor's degree in language arts education, both from the University of Minnesota. Just before joining The Heritage School Gurgaon, she completed a three-year assignment with ESOL (Educational Services Overseas Limited) to start and establish the West Campus of the American International School in Egypt.
After 30 years in international schools, Ms. Kaye’s search for a school that is firmly grounded in the local community yet open to international best practices has led her to The Heritage School where she provides leadership on a plethora of key issues. She brings to the school a wealth of ideas, a deep understanding of processes for professional development, an abiding love of children and adolescents, and amazing enthusiasm. But the most endearing aspect of her personal leadership style is her belief and perseverance in focused issues such as the literacy, for example, with a focus on the development of critical reading and reflective writing skills which will ensure that students are prepared to be lifelong learners in a world where adaptability will be key. Ms. Kaye makes for a great sounding board for advice and life guidance to teachers, students and parents alike.
“Education is an inward journey which manifests itself in the world outside. It reaches its destination only when one builds an insight where there is no memory, no remembrance, no conclusion, no anticipation and no reaction.”
Ms. Neena Kaul, an educationist truly believes that education is the only possibility that can create human beings with goodness that arises out of harmony between mind and heart, where there is craving to learn and grow with objectivity, and an urge to seek a balanced and contended life. Children if educated well can transform the society into a desirable abode.
With this vision at its core, Ms. Neena Kaul has served as an educator for the past 26 years in several roles starting from that of a Teacher, Principal and a Director. Her passion for teaching and her love for children got her to work “with” children and not just “for” them. With Masters in English Literature and Bachelor’s Degree in Science, she became a Principal at the age of 26 and has to her credit the remarkable achievement of establishing four top quality schools as the founder Principal.
Vision exists when people in an organisation share an explicit agreement on the values, beliefs, purposes and goals and when it is visible unanimously in ones thoughts, words and actions. Creating that vision is a venture which she could successfully achieve in all her organisations.
Ms. Sunita Swaraj is a firm believer in the counsel from the sacred Bhagavad Gita: “You have a right to perform your prescribed duty, but you are not entitled to the fruits of action. Never consider yourself the cause of the results of your activities, and never be attached to not doing your duty.” This is the work ethic that informs her passion for teaching and education. Along with her 16 years of experience in teaching and school administration, Ms. Swaraj is an advocate for a well-rounded personality development of the child. Under her stewardship you shall find the campus abuzz with student clubs and guest lectures, speakers and events to allow students to develop life skills that serve them well in life, work and play.
Being the daughter of a defence officer, she had a disciplined upbringing. “When you’ve got solid commitment and solid objectives, you’ve got a much better chance to reach your goal.” she says.
Alumnus of Harvard University
Smriti Jain is the co-founder of ‘I am a Teacher’ (IAAT), a not-for-profit organisation that aims to prepare a critical mass of teachers that can lead change in and through classroo She headed the Middle School at Heritage Xperiential Learning School, leading a team of 50 teachers. She stepped into this role at a critical stage where the Middle School was being transformed from a conventional programme to a more experiential, progressive, relevant and child-centred programme. In the last few years, she has worked extensively with teachers and facilitated several workshops for teachers.
Alumnus of Harvard University
Rajesh Jain has over 25 years of experience in setting up and leading organisations across diverse sectors such as real estate, education, export manufacturing and information & technology. Apart from this, he has also provided direction to a multitude of social initiatives in the healthcare and education verticals. A second-generation entrepreneur, he provides strategic direction to all entities under the Conscient umbrella. In the education space, he has also co-founded the Heritage School in Vasant Kunj, New Delhi in 1999.
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