Dr. Devasena Desai (Consultant)
Dr. Desai has her PhD in Parent Training and has been working for more than 24 years and specifically in the area of giftedness for over 15 years. She is also a consultant at Tribal Mensa, Pune. She was awarded the Belin-Blank Fellowship to attend their course in gifted education from Belin Blank Center of Gifted Education at University of Iowa, USA. She is associated with the European Council for higher ability (ECHA) and presents papers in Europe in the area of Giftedness. She designed teacher training programs at the center which is based from Belin Blank, Iowa, USA. She facilitates the KGEC team in formulating ideas for different programs and services for the gifted. She also offers individual guidance to parents of gifted children and supports teachers to introduce classroom enrichment activities.
Ms. Sameena Manasawala (Center In-charge and Nurturing Domain In-charge)
She has been working as a Facilitator for more than 15 years and specifically in the area of giftedness for about 10 years. As a School Counselor at the Kaveri Group of Institutes, she has contributed in initiating and addressing the needs of gifted children. Her passion to address this issue has furthered her education by being awarded a Fellowship to attend a five-day residential course in gifted education from Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education at University of Iowa, USA. She is a visiting faculty teaching undergraduate psychology courses at reputed Institutes in Pune. She has also been associated with Mensa India working with tribal gifted students. Her area of interest is nurturing programs for the gifted and has presented research papers in both National and International conferences. She is currently pursuing her doctoral research on self-concept of underprivileged gifted children.
Ms. Pooja Phatak (Research Assistant)
Ms. Pooja Phatak has completed her Master’s in Counselling Psychology from SPPU. Her Master’s Dissertation was on Learning and Thinking Styles, Study habits, Creativity and Academic Performance in secondary school children. She has facilitated group guidance sessions for school children on various topics such as career awareness, study skills, creativity, anger management, and emotional awareness. She has aptitude for research, documentation, organizing events, designing training modules and creative writing. Her analytical skills give her the necessary edge for research which is her primary role at KGEC. In her personal time she enjoys doodling, and takes on several creative ‘do-it-yourself’ projects. She has dabbled in theatre and other art forms in her college years and aspires to incorporate it in counseling and guidance in future.
Mrs. Pallavi Dalvi (Gifted Educator)
Pallavi is a post graduate in life sciences and has recently completed masters in Education from Savitribai Phule Pune University. She is NET qualified in education and aspires to work in the area of research in education. She is associated with gifted education since 2014. She has worked in teacher development domain and is now a part of curriculum development team at the Gifted Center. Being a teacher as well as a parent of a gifted kid she understands the nuances of nuturing these children as well as the opportunities that can be created by teachers to challenge gifted kids in the classroom.
Mrs. Jaai Phatak-Nayak (Gifted Educator)
Jaai has recently completed M.A. in Education from Azim Premji University, Bengaluru. Currently she is a part of the Curriculum Development Team at KGEC and works for the Math domain. Jaai is a graduate engineer from VIT, Pune. She has also been a Research Assistant at IIT Bombay for 3 years. She was working in the Nanotechnology field to develop biosensors. Along with research, she was also involved as a co-founder in a startup Students Forum which helped engineering students in their campus recruitment.
Jaai is extremely passionate about Math education because of her background in engineering and education. She wants to explore and design elements in Math curriculum which would be fascinating to students and would cater to different needs of students including gifted students.