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Project People


Vinita Shah
Vinita is a founder of the Teach India Project.  She was born in India and lived and worked there until she came to the US.  She is an author, cook, number cruncher and eternal optimist.  The internet, development policy, current affairs and global business intrigue and move her.

Pallavi Datar
Pallavi is interested in Global studies and the impact of social networking on children's education.  As a founder of the Teach India Project she hoped to create an online resource for information about India which would appeal to children as well as educators. As a finance professional Pallavi watches and tends our bottom lines.


Steve Preston
Steve Preston is a retired elementary school principal. He is also the president of The Burlington (Massachusetts) Community Scholarship Foundation . He is interested in promoting Global Education , especially the history and culture of South Asia. His goal in joining the Teach India Project was to find the means to send educators to India.


Swati Dave
Swati Dave is an educational and project management consultant with over 20 years of experience in the fields of civil engineering, project management, education, non-profits and teaching/training. She joined the Teach India Project team in November 2011. She brings to the team her experience of working with kids through non-profits in India and her experience of working with an educational publishing group in the US.

Swati is Director of Professional Development at Teach India Project leading all educational programming for educators.


Aruna Varshney
I came to U.S.A. thirty years ago with my husband. I have been teaching in Shishubharati for last twenty years. Shishubharati is the school of languages and culture of India with three sites in New England . First ten years I taught Indian Culture and Hindi language. For last ten years I have been Director and Coordinator for Hindi Language and teaching only Hindi language. I keep my mind open for different cultures and want learn the best from them. I love to teach small children especially when they associate Indian culture with American culture. I find it is very educational.


Tara Olshaw
Fourth Grade Teacher Burlington MA
Has the greatest job, hanging out with fourth graders, inspiring her to explore the world and learn every day.  Teaches diverse students from many corners of the earth; using global awareness lesson plans that open the world to her students.  During the summer months you can find her reading memoirs, take classes or traveling with study groups throughout the world


Niranjan Nanavaty
I grew up in a small town. I completed post graduation in science in 1961, joined Bhabha Atomic Research Center, Mumbai, as scientific officer. After a few years I moved to a newly formed industrial unit of BARC to commercialize scientific and technology innovations and was there until 1993.  Since then I have been part of senior management of a non-profit organization, and most recently an educator, advisor, trainer and consultant.


Meenal Pandya, Sumita Sinha, Amitabha Deb, Suman Shah