Priya Rajagopalan is a trained Montessori Educator with many years of experience as a classroom teacher and a teacher trainer.
After completing her AMI Primary diploma (to work with 3 to 6 year-old children) from IMTC Bangalore, she started her career as a Primary guide in Abacus Montessori School, Chennai. She later pursued her Elementary AMI certification from Ireland and worked with an AMI recognized school in the USA for over 20 years as an Elementary Teacher, Coordinator and Elementary Pedagogical Director.
She also completed the Adolescent training from NAMTA, USA and supported the school as Intra-school Liaison, to ensure pedagogic integrity across levels.
She has worked with SchoolScape in a variety of roles over the years, as a consultant, faculty member and trainer. She has supported some of the school projects too. She has been the key faculty for many of its teacher education programmes, including the one-year Montessori Elementary Training Course. She has been a faculty member for the Center for Guided Montessori Studies CGMS, USA for a few years, delivering Montessori lectures and overseeing student teachers.
Priya also worked with other educational institutions through iDiscoveri Education Pvt ltd. where she designed and delivered workshops/training programs for school leaders, teachers and parents of various progressive schools across India.
Based on her work with teacher education in the Kingdom of Bhutan she was invited to draft the enabling conditions for Inclusive education and Multi-grade teaching for Bhutan’s National Educational Framework.
She has been an honorary Director of the Education for Peace initiative of Prajnya, a social organization working on Gender, Peace, Justice and Security for many years and published a paper on a study of the State and NCERT textbooks as seen through the lens of the Peace Education guidelines outlined in NCF 2005.
She is passionate about the Montessori philosophy, something that guides all her work with children and teachers in any context.
She enjoys art and craft with recycled materials and has a keen interest in creating hands-on learning aids with locally available materials. Her other interests include music, camping and hiking.