1. Academic and Training Head
Head of Department (WISE) - Mrs. Sheetal Kapoor [M.Sc. Child Development] is an expert in curriculum development and a skilled teacher trainer. Her career spans 23 years which includes being a lecturer at the University level. She has been a pioneer in the field of Preschool curriculum designing and her curriculum has been used by some of the most prominent preschool chains pan India. She has also been a teacher trainer to schools in India and abroad. She has been associated with Witty Group of Institutions for 15years. Her responsibilities include designing the Curriculum for the preschool, designing the Curriculum for the Witty Institute of Teacher training, monitoring the IEP’s for children with special needs, conducting Education Quality Audits for Witty Group of Schools, Training the teachers. Her passion for excellence in quality, child centered approach and balanced nature contributes largely to Witty Group of Institutions.
2. Counselor Psychologist - Ms. Bhavya Panchal
Ms. Bhavya Panchal has completed her Masters in Counseling Psychology. She has completed her Graduation in Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Mumbai University. She has worked with students and adults across various age groups. She has primarily been working with children having Learning Disability, Slow Learners, Autism, ADHD, Anxiety Disorder and various types of phobias She has privately counseled cases of adults facing Substance Abuse, Child Abuse, Anger and Time Management issues and Trafficked Survivors. She has been involved in Individual Counseling, Parent Counseling and Geriatric Counseling. She has conducted Life Skill Workshops in school as well.
3. Counselor Psychologist and Remedial Educator – Ms. Kala Soni
Ms. Kala Soni has completed her Graduation in Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Mumbai University. She is a qualified Special Educator having secured her Masters in Learning Disability and Remediation. She is passionate about working with children with special needs. She has worked with Hospitals and Ngo’s helping children with disabilities, majorly with Learning Disability, Slow learners, ADHD, Autism and Emotional Disorder. She is a certified Remedial Therapist. And is also involved in Child Counseling and Parent Counseling.
4. Occupational Therapist – Dr Harish S Pokale
Dr. Harish Pokale has completed his graduation in Occupational Therapy from K.E.M. Hospital. He completed his post graduate Diploma in Rehabilitation (Occupational Therapy) at All India Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AIIPMR), Mumbai. He has been providing his services as a consultant Occupational Therapist to various clinical set ups. He has been working with children-with- special-needs since the last 10 years. He specially works for development of social skills of children with Autism spectrum disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactive disorders, Cerebral Palsy. He has completed his training for providing “Basic First Aid” to children and adults.
REACH is Centre that provides education to students with learning disabilities across all ages. We do this through customized teaching to suit the needs of individual student. This way it addresses each child’s unique challenge.
Since 2002, our mission has been to provide support services-like schooling completing 10 th & 12 th from NIOS Board, Remedial Therapy, & counselling to all, irrespective of their social & economic background. REACH is proud to have sustained so far with the support of parents & Institutions like SNDT. Today REACH has helped over 100 students to successfully integrate into the mainstream ie regular colleges, Diploma courses, Graduation & Certificate/Vocational courses.
ABOUT THE CHIEF FUNCTIONARY OF REACH:
Anuradha Patpatia is a qualified Special Educator having secured B.Ed. in Special Education & Learning Disability. She also holds a Post Graduate degree in Commerce from Bombay University. After securing her B.Ed. degree, she took an inclination to helping children with disabilities that are not easily accepted by society. She then founded REACH- Remedial Education and Centre for Holistic Development in 2002. In teaching capacity, she is responsible for academic affairs of NIOS (Xth & XIIth), providing remedial therapy and strategy teaching. She is also the Administrative Head, responsible for day to day affairs and ensuring quality delivery including compliances.
Her passion and commitment is unmatchable and has over the years won laurels for the contribution made to the lives of many who needed the timely help.