The Team

  Kausalya Raman (Founder, Executive Director)    Kausalya Raman is a second year at UC Davis and founder of English Kadhavu. After spending a year in India and volunteering in Olcott Memorial High School in Chennai, she became aware of the problems many students studying in Tamil medium face because they are not proficient in English, and how these problems followed them even as they moved on to college. She wanted to help the students become more proficient in the language. Kausalya leads the content development efforts for English Kadhavu and plans to create many engaging and meaningful stories and activities for all grade levels.

Kausalya Raman (Founder, Executive Director)

Kausalya Raman is a second year at UC Davis and founder of English Kadhavu. After spending a year in India and volunteering in Olcott Memorial High School in Chennai, she became aware of the problems many students studying in Tamil medium face because they are not proficient in English, and how these problems followed them even as they moved on to college. She wanted to help the students become more proficient in the language. Kausalya leads the content development efforts for English Kadhavu and plans to create many engaging and meaningful stories and activities for all grade levels.

  Shreya Sodhi (Director of Development)    Shreya Sodhi is a third year at Washington University in St. Louis, majoring in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology and minoring in Children’s Studies. She is passionate about childhood education and has experience in working in elementary schools. In high school, she volunteered as an elementary school tutor, and currently works as a reading tutor through America Reads. Shreya also currently volunteers through the Beat Therapy club at Washington University to serve children in under-privileged schools. Shreya works with Kausalya in developing curriculum and activities for the book boxes.

Shreya Sodhi (Director of Development)

Shreya Sodhi is a third year at Washington University in St. Louis, majoring in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology and minoring in Children’s Studies. She is passionate about childhood education and has experience in working in elementary schools. In high school, she volunteered as an elementary school tutor, and currently works as a reading tutor through America Reads. Shreya also currently volunteers through the Beat Therapy club at Washington University to serve children in under-privileged schools. Shreya works with Kausalya in developing curriculum and activities for the book boxes.

  Aisleen Santos (Director of Design)    Aisleen Santos is a third year student at UC Davis,  majoring in Design and minoring in Technology Management. A few years ago, she visited the Philippines and learned that many children were unable to pursue a higher education. Some children had to quit school in order to work and help support their families. Aisleen is passionate about helping these children reach a higher education. She believes that every child deserves to pursue what they are passionate about. English Kadhavu can not only help students academically, but it can help them excel in life as a whole. Students can develop a deeper understanding about the world we live in. Alongside the education that they'll receive, the children can use their creativity and imaginations to further make a positive impact on the world.

Aisleen Santos (Director of Design)

Aisleen Santos is a third year student at UC Davis,  majoring in Design and minoring in Technology Management. A few years ago, she visited the Philippines and learned that many children were unable to pursue a higher education. Some children had to quit school in order to work and help support their families. Aisleen is passionate about helping these children reach a higher education. She believes that every child deserves to pursue what they are passionate about. English Kadhavu can not only help students academically, but it can help them excel in life as a whole. Students can develop a deeper understanding about the world we live in. Alongside the education that they'll receive, the children can use their creativity and imaginations to further make a positive impact on the world.

 

Contributors

Sarah Trujillo

Sundaraj Subbaraj

Jayanthi Raman

Danny Slattery

Jacob Kentner

Kelli Showalter

Suresh Subramaniam

S N Krishnakumar

Neal Patel

Saravanan Palaniappan

Manila Sodhi

Uma Menon

Sivakumar Raman

Ashok Rao

Naishadh Desai

Badri Gopalan

Damodaran Sundaresan

Thinnapan Kr

Anand Raman

Mathangi Rajagopal

Lava Raman

Hari Subbarao

Radhakrishnan Sundaram

Vaibhav Mankame

Deepak Sodhi

Sethu Palaniappan

Krishnakumar Raman

Kristoffer Kanoho

Amrutha Sundara Raman

Preethi Krishnaswami

Aashima Sodhi

Anshul Verma

Puneet Grover

Sundara Raman

Neha Sodhi

Advaith Arvind

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In loving memory of Lakshmi Suryanarayanan

Our very beloved Lakshmi Suryanarayanan passed away in April 2016. I first met Lakshmi ma’am in 2009 when I went to Olcott Memorial High School to look for volunteer opportunities. She introduced me to the English labs there and was my inspiration to eventually start English Kadhavu. Over the last few years, Lakshmi ma’am has been an integral part of our efforts and has guided us towards the creation of the book boxes, contributing ideas for many of the activities. The teacher versions of the story books and the bingo game, which are a part of most of our book boxes, are just a few of her contributions. Her hard work and dedication to her students continues to be an inspiration to us at English Kadhavu, and she will be sorely missed. - Kausalya

You can read more about Lakshmi ma’am’s work here

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  Mahati Subramaniam (Intern)    Mahati Subramaniam is a junior at Palo Alto High School. She is heavily involved in the English/Journalism programs at her school and has a passion for these subjects. She wants to pursue journalism as a major in college. After learning about English Kadhavu's mission, she really wanted to improve the English learning in schools in India in any way she could. Mahati is currently an intern at English Kadhavu and has helped Kausalya compile various new activities and story ideas for upcoming projects.

Mahati Subramaniam (Intern)

Mahati Subramaniam is a junior at Palo Alto High School. She is heavily involved in the English/Journalism programs at her school and has a passion for these subjects. She wants to pursue journalism as a major in college. After learning about English Kadhavu's mission, she really wanted to improve the English learning in schools in India in any way she could. Mahati is currently an intern at English Kadhavu and has helped Kausalya compile various new activities and story ideas for upcoming projects.