By profession Sudeshna Sinha is a special educator, and has been largely involved in establishing experimental elementary schools (Aashirvad Vidyalaya at St. Joseph’s School and Shikshamitra in Kolkata). Her expertise is in developing curriculum, appropriate pedagogy, materials, books and assessment tools. Currently she heads Shikshamitra, an education resource and teacher training centre. Sudeshna is dedicated to teacher training at the elementary level and she excels at motivating, supporting and creating inspired, caring teachers. Sudeshna is also involved in writing and preparing books and documents for teachers and children in lucid language She has designed methods and materials for effective teaching, especially in languages.
Beginning his career as a youth leader in CINI Asha (Kolkata), Biswajit Chitrakar transformed into a devoted teacher at Shikshamitra. He specializes in Maths for primary level up to Class 6. Presently, Biswajit serves as Chief Coordinator of Shikshamitra, conducting the maths trainings for teachers of government and private schools, and NGO-run centres. He is an integral part of all trainings and materials that are created and offered by Shikshamitra.
Maura Hurley is an Art educator who has succesfully run a community library out of her home for over 20 years. She incorporates story books, environment, sustainability, and experiential learning in all of her sessions. Maura is one of the main coordinators of Shikshamitra library and helps develop and conduct Shikshamitra’s Libraries as Open Learning Spaces workshops. She is currently also the in-house art & design person at Shikshamitra.