Mirra is a blend of varying abilities, and as a group it makes our work holistic.
Quiet, yet strong, Divyatha is very clear about her approach and teaches in a structured yet creative way. She once said that the best thing that happened to her was being a mother, and this reflects in her work with children. A Montessori teacher and trained in working with children with learning disabilities, Divyatha has the experience of working with children with differential needs in mainstream schools as well. At Mirra, Divyatha drives the Play Therapy program and the early reading and math programs. She is a certified arts-based therapy practitioner.
A physiotherapist who also has a diploma in Early Childhood Education, Durga works on promoting sensory and motor skills in the child. Therapy according to her has to be holistic and go beyond the space of the therapy room. She believes in getting the parent involved, and systematically empowers them to work with the child at home. Durga is a certified TLP (The Listening Program) practitioner. She is a great advocate of Physical Literacy. She is a certified cognitive motor therapist who is also passionate about exploring horticulture therapy.
Organised and meticulous in his work, Edwin is the ‘go to’ person for all admin-related work. Edwin’s carefully crafted gifts for each child on their birthdays are symbolic of his care and love for the children. He is a favourite among them. Edwin is the eyes of Mirra as he systematically monitors the everyday goings on.
Trustee and Director
A student of English literature, Lakshmi Satish was always inclined towards teaching children, this prompted her to become a trained teacher. Soon this paved the way for her to become a special educator and work in an inclusive school in Chennai. Having seen what effective inclusion could do to children with needs, the urge to reach out to a larger section of children and schools resulted in MIRRA. She is a certified arts-based therapy practitioner.
Mallika brings with her 25 years of experience in the field of general and special education. Her love and passion for children and how they learn led her to enquire and explore various philosophies and pedagogies in education. She has done many projects with various schools – rural and urban. She believes strongly that inclusion is not only possible but also the most stimulating and enriching environment for all children.
The backbone of Mirra, Regina ensures the comfort of everyone at Mirra, facilitators, parents and children. With her eye for detail, she ensures that everyone’s needs are met. She assists in activities related to life skill curriculum.
An engineer by profession, Saritha followed her passion and adopted education of children as her new calling. Passionate and enthusiastic, Saritha brings in the excitement with her to the organization. At Mirra, she spearheads the Multimedia Program and also drives the science programs. Her expertise in processes is what guides setting up of and structuring of systems in Mirra.
Trustee and Director
Satish has more than 20 years of experience in Insurance Sector. Teaching and being with children has always been his passion. Realizing the importance of thinking and communication skills in the life of children led him to come up with a comprehensive and creative intervention program. Making this a reality for children with special needs gave rise to MIRRA.
Sudha brings structure to the Accounts and Admin Section at Mirra. A B.Com graduate with experience in working in the Accounts department of a firm, Sudha is excited to resume work after 20 years. A compassionate individual that she is, Sudha has been involved for the last 15 years in volunteering activities for the DOS scheme supporting homes for the aged.
A quiet and efficient therapist, Veda holds a degree in Psychology and diploma in special education (ASD). He brings in a certain calmness and strength which the children are drawn to. Apart from therapy, Veda provides the real time experiences for children as part of their life skill training program.
Vedavalli receives and gives by her spirit of enquiry. An Engineer by profession, she is part of the team that drives the multimedia and science programs at Mirra. Vedavalli has brought a new dimension in Mirra's intervention through her Yoga instruction for children and for parents of children with special needs. Reflective and persistent, Veda drives home the point with parents on the need for physiological and emotional wellness for their children.