Advisory Board


Deepti Sawhney

Deepti has worked with the ELV founders as a Leader for ICT at The British School, New Delhi for six years. She has been an educator for the last ten years, with experiences in India and the UK. Deepti pioneers in ‘teaching through technology’ and is currently heading the ICT initiatives at Learn Today.

Earlier, she won the Microsoft Innovative Teachers’ Leadership Award at Seoul in 2005. She is certified by The College of Teachers, Institute of Education, London, UK and has received training from Trinity College, UK.


Mridul Batra

Mridul is currently developing alternative learning models for learners and also for schools, which consider learning through arts an imperative for deeper learning. Mridul has also co-founded an alternative school by the name of Prakriti to further his cause.

Previously, Mridul has worked in financial services and as a high school teacher. He also started Lucida, a photography collective where he served as a teaching artist. He is a trained economist, is enthusiastic about photography design and completed his post graduation in Arts in Education from Harvard University


Kiran Tara Singh

Kiran started one of the leading pre-schools in the city, ‘Kinder Kin’, and operated it for 28 years before winding it in 2008. In the last 7 years, she has been instrumental in growing play school brands in Delhi and currently serves Little Pearls Play School as its Principal.

Kiran’s experiences over the last 45 years in education industry have involved her helping schools to create curriculum, conduct workshops and adapt to new technologies. She holds an O Level General Certificate of Education from Oxford University and counts Lady Shri Ram College as her alma mater.


Rachel Mardenborough

Rachel holds a passionate interest and expertise in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework. She is committed to education for global citizenship. Her work with pupils, from all ethnic minorities and social strata represented in London, accurately reflects that. 

Rachel has consistently been recognized as an outstanding teacher and manager by Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted). In her experience spanning over the last 15 years, she has trained teams of teachers in evidence-based school-improvement and created Digital Strategy and ICT development plans for schools.


Crystal Lunsford

Crystal has extensive experience as an educational researcher and as an educator of undergraduate and graduate students. Her research has focused on early childhood education among a range of other education-related topics.  In the US, she worked for top-ranked universities, including the University of Michigan. 

Crystal earned her doctoral degree from Michigan State University in 2008, the top ranked US school in primary and secondary education for more than 25 years. She also holds a master's degree from Columbia University. 

Much of Crystal's professional work and her goals as a parent reflect the sentiments of early childhood educator, Maria Montessori. As stated by Montessori, "the greatest gifts we can give our children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence."

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