Founder-Directress Message

Shantha Shankar Directress and Founder

She is a certified Montessori facilitator and has spearheaded Darwin since its launch in 2015.

Montessori education has been her passion and belief system since the first time of experiencing it as a parent with the birth of her daughter. She volunteered to learn to raise her daughter as an independent individual and fell in love with the Montessori method. It was exactly then she knew it would eventually become her career.

Shantha is a passionate educator whose leadership approach is deeply rooted in the collaborative and facilitative nature of the Montessori pedagogy. She aims to make a positive difference in the lives of children. As a result of this, Darwin now has an open-hearted environment which encourages children to build independence and social skills as well as be supportive of their curiosities and self-expression.

Teachers @ darwin

Now, what really makes a teacher is love for the human child; for it is love that transforms the social duty of the educator into the higher consciousness of a mission. - Maria Montessori

Darwin is supported by experienced and compassionate teachers. They all hold top Montessori and ICSE credentials such as AMI/CMTC with excellent communication skills.

Hiring the most talented and dedicated teachers and maintaining 2 teachers for every classroom is our method of ensuring that every child gets the attention he/she deserves. With this, our aim is to offer an enriched, educational environment when the child is away from home.

This means only intelligent, high-energy, passionate yet patient individuals can work in both our Montessori and ICSE programs. Hard to find? Yes—we go the extra mile during our interview process. But then, that’s our responsibility: finding the best possible individuals to guide every child during their critical early years.

Parents @ Darwin

Our parents believe that Montessori and ICSE education is a magic blend. The environment inspires love for learning and as a result, children at Darwin thrive in elementary school and beyond.

We are blessed with a wonderful parent community. Our parents demonstrate respect for all adults and children in our community, the school, and the school’s programs and policies. Our parents are immersed in this system and consciously know that their involvement plays a huge impact for their child to experience holistic schooling. Our mixed aged classrooms, collaborative environment, peace education and prioritizing happiness is all that they look forward to as well.

Our parents truly know that learning doesn’t stop at school. They put in all the efforts to nurture, flourish and prepare their child for her future education. We are grateful for the parents believing in us!