Meet the team
Ms. Savita Koshy - CEO & Director
Savita is a Masters in Special education (2007) with a Post Graduate Diploma in Learning disability from Macquarie University, Sydney (2007). She completed her Diploma in Special Education-Cerebral Palsy , RCI-India (2004) and Diploma in Inclusive Education from Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. (2005)
Her work experience involves working as a part of the interdisciplinary team of Spastic Society of Karnataka from 2004-2007. She is also an external examiner to Spastics Society of Karnataka for the RCI-CP practical examinations.
She started her association with Kara 4kids as Special Educator in May 2008. During her long association with Kara4kids, she has been the Head of Centre following which she moved on to conceptualize the special education program at Kara 4 kids. She is the Program Director of Nidhi Early Interventions and Early Start Interventions.
Dr. Gayatri Kiran - Director & Technical Consultant
Gayatri Kiran is a Doctorate in Psychology from Bangalore University and is a Post Graduate Alumnus & UGC Research Fellow of Delhi University. She has more than 20 years of experience in the area of Early Childhood Care and Education, including special needs in early years. She is the Founder Director of Samyukta Child Development Consultancy, a Bangalore- based consultancy firm which offers technical support to organisations working in the areas of early childhood care education and special needs; as also private affordable schools. [www.samyuktacdc.com]
She started her career working as a Senior Psychologist with mainstream schools and special needs centres. She has worked as a part of the team that established and managed the early intervention centre [for children aged 0-6 years] in Spastics Society of Karnataka, Bangalore. During this time she also taught Psychology and Child Development in the Diploma courses for about 13 years.
Kiran Devariya - Investor & Advisor
After a rewarding 26 year Corporate career in Engineering and IT companies, Kiran has shifted gears and has been associated with the development sector over the last 4 years. Besides being an experienced Professional in Supply Chain and Business Operations, he brings in expertise in Organisation Design & Structure, General Management and Strategic planning.
Shravya Rao, Speech language pathologist.
Shravya has completed her graduation from jssish, Mysore and post graduation from KMC, Mangalore. She has received PROMPT therapy and attended work shops on DIR floor time.
Shravya continues to expand her knowledge by attending work shops and conferences
S Vinitha - Developmental Therapist
She has a Bachelors in Physical Therapy from Manipal University. She has attended workshops on Sensory Integration and Causes and Effects of Handwriting Difficulties and Potential Strategies. She has worked with children with disabilities including Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Down's Syndrome and Developmental Delay.
Sumana R. Kumar - Web support consultant
She has a Masters in Clinical Psychology from Fergusson College, Pune; and a postgraduate diploma in Special Education (multiple disabilities: physical and neurological) from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai. She is a certified specialist in Handwriting without Tears®. As a special educator, she has a demonstrated record of working with children from the ages 2-16 years. She has experience of working with the Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) systems, such as Avaz and Proloquo2Go, by incorporating them in her curriculum. She has shared her experiences thus far in the field, at the annual workshop of Vani Speech and Hearing Clinic, Jabalpur in 2019.
Vanishree - Special Educator
Vanishree has a total work experience of 24 years in different fields of which 12 years have been as a special educator. Her expertise lies in training and handling children with varied special needs. She has undergone the special education teacher training by KPAMRC as well as the vocational instructor’s course (DVTE) by NIMH (now NIEPID).
Vanishree's main goal in life is to make the world a better place for children, especially children with special needs, She considers teaching as her life's calling. Teaching English is her forte. She also has other skills of art and craft activities, games and counseling.