Atul Khanna has, for as long as he remembers, been a part of the education scene. Accompanying his grandfather, the Late Shri Durga Das Khanna, freedom fighter and Chairman of the Punjab Legislative Council, to several social development projects run for the underprivileged, he realised how education can be a life-changer for people living on the periphery and who could, with its help, change their destinies. From seeding the idea of a kindergarten in the mid 80’s to working with educationists, teachers and experts, while being guided by members of the Board, he has been very closely involved with growing the institution. Today, the Strawberry Fields Playschool and High School may be fortunate in earning accolades and figuring on several regional and national lists but for him, it is still a work in progress. Backed by a competent and committed team, he believes they are one big family that works towards a common cause. Along the way, he hopes to strengthen the institution’s collective efforts to integrate and mainstream those with lesser opportunities and resources.
Deputy Director Durga Das Foundation
Angelina Singh joined the School in 2004 as its first Coordinator and gracefully served as the interface between parents and the management during its crucial initial years. She facilitated the establishment of the administrative infrastructure and contributed towards creating the unique caring, and collaborative culture, of the institution. In her current capacity as the Deputy Director of The Durga Das Foundation, she is engaged in the organization of significant social and cultural
events, including theatre presentations, that are its hallmark. She is a member of the school management, where she brings forth her vast experience as a former Principal to provide insightful perspective to educational and infrastructural development. With a degree in law and a Master’s degree in English Literature, she thoroughly relishes the learning process in all its forms.
Coordinator Durga Das Foundation
Taranjot Randhawa joined the School in 2004 and has since served in various capacities, including educator and High School Coordinator with élan. Known for her generosity of spirit, and her meticulous and diligent approach, she has been instrumental in laying the foundation for many of the school’s practices. In her current capacity as the Coordinator, Durga Das Foundation, she is also a member of the school management. Additionally, she leads the Human Resource division, a sensitive appointment requiring empathy, balance and her unique brand of level headed problem solving skills. She has a Master’s degree in Education and Bachelor’s degree in Home Science.
Sangeeta Sekhon, as the Principal has been associated with the school since 2004. She has had a first hand experience of seeing the school grow and evolve into a fine institution, where she was first a teacher, then a Coordinator and finally Principal. She has been Head of the institution since 2013 working closely with other senior Coordinators, Sector Leads and teachers. Through a collaborative and participatory approach, a highly capable team has been led by Sangeeta to create what is today regarded as a reputed centre of educational excellence. Regular capacity building, leadership training and skill development initiatives have been spearheaded by her. Constantly striving to put the Japanese principle of ‘Kaizen’ in practice (ongoing process of making improvements) Sangeeta is a very hands-on Principal who includes the students and parent community to make the institution a sacred, intimate and warm place of learning.
Nisha Kaul, studied Engineering and Business at the University of Pennsylvania, for which she has been an admissions reader and alumni interviewer. Committed to empowering others, upon graduation, she served as a Teach For India Fellow for two years at a low-income government school in New Delhi. She was awarded the prestigious Young India Fellowship from Ashoka University and has consulted extensively at McKinsey & Company as part of their social practice. She remains committed to mentoring students through the college application process, while she aspires to strengthen the alignment of school practices to international standards in education, safety and wellbeing, and professional development.
High School Coordinator
Shabnam Singha, has a fine blend of attributes that promote harmony and bind those in her area of work. She is perceptive and mindful towards the needs of the individual student and is careful in balancing authority with empathy. Her innate ability to pulse the young minds and offer suitable opportunities for personal growth, aids the connect she has with the young adults.
Middle School Coordinator
Guneet Gill, the Middle School Coordinator deals with adolescents who are still experimenting with their identities and boundaries. She radiates a sense of calm and tolerance which puts students at ease and yet her firm handling of situations gives them confidence that they are in good hands. Her consistent sense of leadership is comforting and reassuring for both students and teachers alike.
Tina Singh Bajwa
Junior School Coordinator
Tina Singh Bajwa, the Junior School Coordinator has a challenging group of young ones in her care. Demonstrating compassion at all times, she works closely with her staff to ensure that classrooms and play areas are a dynamic space that nurture creativity, encourage students to express themselves and equip them with inputs that allow them to take their first steps towards formal schooling.
IB Diploma Programme Coordinator
Smita is an engineer by qualification and an educator by choice for the last 10 years. She has been teaching Computer Science with a passion, for the subject and her students, of both the IB Diploma Programme and the ICSE. She has also carried out roles of administration that have augmented the systems at SFHS. As an IT professional, Smita has demonstrated strong analytical and research skills and has been successful in sharing best practices across the two curricula. She has a track record of good student achievement and board results at both the IB DP and ICSE. She has led in-house workshops and is an active member of various IB networks and job alike forums that strengthen her knowledge of the Diploma Programme. She welcomes challenges and looks for solutions with a rigour that’s impressive. With the right combination of a keen eye and a penchant for streamlining systems, she brings her core strengths together as the IB DPC at SFHS.