Ashok Biradar obtained a B.Com. from Bangalore University. He currently coordinates administrations and the work of developing the new campus.
Diba Siddiqi has a BA in Anthropology from Bryn Mawr College, US and a Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University. She worked in rural development with the Urmul Trust in the early 1990s. At CFL she teaches middle school social science, art and photography. She also works on the land.
Gururaj Choudhari has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical engineering from BITS, Pilani. He has worked for 18 years in the corporate sector designing and developing software applications for earth sciences domain. He is interested in teaching history and sciences to middle schoolers. He is also enthusiastic about the impact of new and upcoming technologies on learning.
Kamala Mukunda completed her Ph.D. in educational psychology from Syracuse University and has taught at the undergraduate level for four years. At CFL, she teaches psychology and statistics and is also involved with a range of activities with the juniors and middle schoolers.
Kavya A Biradar has a bachelor’s degree in education from IGNOU, and an MA from Dharwad University. She teaches languages at CFL. She is interested in the literatures of various languages.
Keerthi Mukunda received her Masters in education from the University of Massachusetts and taught for a few years in a public school in Amherst before joining CFL. She has a particular interest in teaching and developing curricula in the areas of English and social studies.
Krishna H has a master’s degree in Psychology and a PG Diploma in Culture Studies. After working in the field of mental health for three years, he has been teaching psychology to high school students. At CFL, he teaches psychology and English as well as theatre and woodwork.
Nagini Prasad worked in the corporate and non profit sectors before teaching at various unconventional schools. At CFL, she works primarily with the junior and middle school children.
Navneeth has a degree in Molecular Biotechnology from Rutgers University, New Jersey. Prior to coming to CFL, he worked in a small educational NGO focusing on ‘school improvement.’ He is primarily interested in working with students of the middle school (grades 5-8) in the area of mathematics, science and social science.
Radhika Chhaparia has obtained a Master of Arts in Education from Azim Premji University, Bangalore. At CFL, she is presently interested in exploring art, language-learning and math with younger children, and in the library programme.
Radhika Neelakantan studied biology for her degree. She taught at The Blue Mountain School, Ooty, before coming to CFL, where she teaches art and biology.
Rupa Suresh has a masters degree in human resource and is trained in the Montessori method of teaching young children. She teaches English, mathematics and craft in the junior and middle school.
Sachin Mishra has a Masters in Energy Engineering. Prior to joining CFL, he has taught engineering. He is involved in teaching sciences at the middle and high school level. He is interested in travelling, natural farming and frisbee.
Sandilya Theuerkauf After completing his senior school in CFL, he lived for many years at the Gurukula Botanical Sanctuary in Wayanad, Kerala. He worked there supporting the sanctuary’s work in the area of conservation and education. At CFL, he works with engaging the students in managing the land, nature observation, vegetable gardening and woodwork.
Shashidhar Jagadeeshan has a Ph.D. in mathematics from Syracuse University. He has taught mathematics to students from middle school to undergraduate level.
Thejaswi Shivanand was educated at the University of Mysore and National Centre for Biological Sciences (TIFR). At CFL, he teaches biology, statistics and environmental science to older students and enjoys long walks with the younger ones.
After working with a design engineer for a few years in a small scale industrial unit in Bengaluru, Therlingappa moved on to work with an NGO. His work at this organisation involved improving the livelihoods of landless farmer communities through sustainable agricultural practices. At CFL, he handles the administration work of the office. He is interested in watching films, plays, reading books on developmental issues, traveling and establishing public relations.
Usha Krishnamoorthy has an undergraduate degree in Statistics from Lady Shri Ram college, Delhi University and a Master’s in Business Administration in finance and marketing from IMI, New Delhi. She has worked for 18 years in the hydrocarbon exploration sector in the fields of data management, software engineering & marketing. She is interested in the area of mathematics and exploring the use of technology in developing logical reasoning and analytical skills.
Venkatesh Onkar has an MA in English literature. At CFL, he teaches history and sociology.
Yashodara has taught English as a second language, created site-specific environment education materials, conducted hands-on workshops and run a bookstore. At CFL, she engages with children of all ages in the library, teaches Hindi to middle schoolers, enjoys doing craft, story-telling and interacting with the Varadenahalli village children.
Yasmin Jayathirtha has an M.Sc. from I.I.T., Bombay and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. She did post doctoral work at the University of Louisville and the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.