To ensure that school learning is a joyful experience that enables all learners to maximise their potential and become ethical, global citizens in order to lead life of dignity and value to themselves and the world.
Each individual is valued and respected.
Students and educators are engaged in a collaborative learning process.
Knowledge is constructed through active exploration of materials, ideas and social interactions.
Teaching processes are based on in-depth understanding of the principles of learning differences.
Sonya Philip, M.Ed.
Sonya Philip, M.Ed.
As a longtime educator my objective for Learning Matters is to make learning a joyous process for children. To assist children to find meaning in school learning and be able to connect it to their everyday lives. To allow their natural wisdom, curiosity and creativity to flourish and ensure that all students succeed.
I know, the seeds for lifelong development are sown in the early years. It is crucial to give young children the advantage with the right start. I am committed to providing research based best practices in our Early Years classrooms at The Children’s School.
Unfortunately, I have seen and worked with several students who despite being capable and bright struggle at school because their learning profile is not understood. Since our inception in 2005, Learning Matters Foundation has assisted hundreds of students through accurate diagnosis and educational intervention in our after school intervention program.
We also share our expertise and the current research on learning and teaching with educators and parents through professional development workshops.
I invite you to join us in our exciting endeavour. We must establish equitable classrooms in order to create healthy citizens for a just and tolerant society. Not a tall order for those of us who invest in the future – the future, which is after all, meant for our children.
Sonya PhilipSonya is the founder/ president of Learning Matters Foundation. She loves children and is passionate about giving each child the tools to show their success.She is an educator with two post graduate degrees in education from the United States including one in special education. Sonya has over three decades of teaching experience. She has taught at The American School in New Delhi and at The Lab School of Washington in DC.Besides being a reading specialist trained in several recognised reading programs, she has attended several professional courses at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and at the Reggio Emilia Malaguzzi Centre. She regularly works with students, consults with parents and conducts workshops for school educators.Sonya is a Vipassana meditation and yoga practitioner. She is a keen golfer and lover of the Himalayas.
Samara GuptaSamara has extensive global experience in the field of learning and teaching. With a Masters in Special Education from Lesley University, U.S.A and over ten years of teaching experience, she has a deep understanding of and respect for children and their natural diversity of minds. She is dedicated to enabling children with all kinds of minds discover and celebrate their strengths. Samara strongly supports learning environments where children can collaborate and be encouraged to think creatively in order to build an understanding of their world.Samara is also a reading specialist and is trained in the Lindamood Bell Seeing Stars and Visualizing and Verbalizing Programs. She is committed to her continued professional development and has attended several courses including those at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Bank Street College of Education and Reggio Emilia Malaguzzi Centre.Samara conducts regular workshops for educators and parents on the neuroscience of learning.
Samini PhilipSamini Philip earned her B.A. from Oberlin College, Ohio, USA. She graduated with honours in Psychology and minored in French. She did her Master’s in Social and Political Science from Cambridge University, U.K.Samini has been working as the Admissions Director at Learning Matters Foundation since 2012. She has experience teaching in the early years and has attended several professional development courses including Project Zero at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. She has also participated and attended a month long intensive training by Susan Griss, a faculty member of New York’s Bank Street College, on Minds in Motion—a kinesthetic approach to teaching elementary curriculum through movement.
Konika KareerKonika has been an early childhood educator for 8 years and has experience working with children be-tween the ages of 1.5 to 5 years. She started her teaching journey with Gymboree as an Early Years program teacher and has been a lead teacher at Learning Matters since 2015. Konika is also a trained facilitator for parent-child early stimulation sessions.Konika, a fun loving, compassionate educator is committed to children and believes in working with her peers to support the learning and development of her students. She is committed to supporting parents in understanding the stages of child development.
Jennifer NicodimasJennifer has a Bachelors degree in Arts, a Masters degree in Political Science and has been an early childhood educator for 6 years. She has been a lead teacher working with young children at Learning Matters for the past 4 years.She has attended multiple professional development workshops including a month long training by Susan Griss on a kinesthetic approach to teaching and learning academic curriculum using creative movement.Jennifer is dedicated to the cognitive, social, emotional and physical development of each child and makes it her goal to ensure each child receives the best care and love that they all deserve.
Tanvi BajajTanvi is a Laban Movement Analyst, Dance Therapy Practitioner and Psychologist with 6 years of experience working with children. With a focus on experiential and movement-based learning, Tanvi focuses on social-emotional development in children. Her curriculum on 'Life Skills through Movement' is being taught in over 40 schools across India, including some of the top schools in Delhi, Chandigarh, Bangalore, Chennai, Goa and Hyderabad. She has also authored several papers, including a book titled ‘Therapeutic Implications of Performing Arts’ published by Routledge (2013).Tanvi conducts regular workshops on alternative pedagogy and use of performing arts in education for educators across India.
Swati PrasadSwati has been teaching both Indian and International Mathematics Curriculums to children for over 15 years. She co-founded Dr. Maths, a program that focuses on children’s mathematical thinking and learning.At Learning Matters, Swati teaches mathematics to children in the after school Student Success Pro-gram. She is a certified public accountant and has worked with Price Waterhouse Coopers in Chicago.
AmbikaMy journey into early childhood education is not one I planned for but one that has always been very close to my heart.I have a background in culinary arts and was introduced to teaching three years ago. Working with children has given me the opportunity to change the flaws in the education system that I personally struggled with. Children need freedom to express themselves creatively and emotionally. This is something that we at Learning Matters believe at the core of our practise.