Meet our Staff
Teacher Vrinda is passionate about education, outdoors, cooking, art, music, languages and effortful living. A Kashmiri Pandit, born and raised in Rajasthan, India, she is fluent in English, Hindi and basic Spanish vocabulary. Vrinda is the founder of Avid Kids Circle program and teaches daily, year round. Vrinda believes that ages 1-5 years are the most critical in human development but least recognized. Avid Kids Circle is her wish school where Vrinda works with 15+ month olds to 5+ year old children feeding her passion for teaching along with a like-minded community of teachers and parents.
Vrinda has been an avid teacher as far as she can recollect. Her initial exposure to preschoolers was at her father's preschool program in India where she worked during her high school/college years. She taught Mathematics and Biology to middle-schoolers (grades 6-8) for a year at a grades 4-12 boarding/residential school (Mayo College Girls' School, Ajmer, India) after achieving her undergraduate degree (BA Honors in Psychology) from Indraprastha College, Delhi University, India. Every moment of teaching preschoolers or middleschoolers was loved but like many young persons, Vrinda chose to continue her academic pursuits with a MBA in Human Resource Management from NMIMS, Mumbai, India and a Certificate in Computer Applications Development from College of San Mateo, San Mateo, USA. After 18 years of software development as an individual contributor, Manager and Director of Engineering, Vrinda chose to resume her passion for teaching by founding Avid Kids Circle. Vrinda Mushran also has a certificate in Early Childhood Education (ECE) from Cañada College, Redwood City, USA. She continues to take classes at the local community colleges to keep learning and to network with faculty and students of ECE.
Teacher (Part Time)
Teacher Olivia joined Avid Kids Circle in April, 2019 as a part time teacher. She is fluent in English and Spanish languages. She has 10+ years of experience with preschoolers and young children. She is experienced in leading a preschool classroom, organizational duties and optimizing the learning and play environment. A young and agile grandmother of 2, Teacher Olivia shares her passions, wisdom and classroom management experience with the teachers and children.
Prior to working in the field of education, Olivia has had careers of as IT Engineer, Real Estate Officer, Loan Officer and Co-Owner of an Apple Retail Store. She is currently also a substitute preschool teacher at La Petite Montessori (preschool) in Hillsborough, CA. Olivia also does in-home childcare and transporting young children for busy parents in her spare hours.
Teacher (Part Time)
Teacher Vlada joined Avid Kids Circle in March, 2019. Raised in Russia until teenage years, she is fluent in English and Russian languages. Vlada has a passion and drive to work with young children. As an older sister to 3 young siblings, she has always been around children and helps in looking after them. When not in the classroom, Vlada is studying to achieve her Associates degree and in time her undergraduate degree in education/psychology. She also helps parents with in-home childcare. She injects a lot of energy in the Avid Kids Circle program and takes pleasure in playing, reading, teaching students along with managing all the assistance in running a busy classroom.
Specialist Teacher (Music) and Substitute Teacher
Barbora teaches weekly music lessons at Avid Kids Circle. She is fluent in English and Czech languages aside from the language of music. She joined the program in August, 2018. An accomplished musician and teacher, Barbora's lessons span songs, rhythm, beats, musical patterns, instruments, movement and much more.
Barbora has a Masters Degree in Music and Czech Language from University of West Bohemia, Plzeň, Czech Republic. She is also the Director of Education and Teacher at the Czech School of California in the Bay Area where she teaches 1st and 2nd grade Czech Language to preschoolers and young age children. Barbora has a Certificate in Early Childhood Education (ECE) from Canada College, Redwood City, USA. Teacher Barbora's interests are teaching and working with children, music, hiking, skiing and jazzercise. Teacher Barbora and Vrinda met through a common ECE class and enjoy collaborating over their mutual interests, most of all enriching minds of young children.
(Mindfulness and Art)
Teacher Deepti teaches weekly mindfulness lessons at Avid Kids Circle. She is fluent in English and Hindi languages. She joined the program in August, 2018. Development of mindfulness in children and staff to better control our emotions is a much needed area of learning for all. It is easy to loose patience, calm and thought for the present moment weighed by the past, our individual triggers, and our anxieties. Teacher Deepti injects her learnings and reminds us to be in the present moment, thoughtful in our words and actions through many techniques/games/art/conversations that makes the subject matter relatable to our young audience. She also uses her passion for art and craft to help our students explore their creativity and enjoy artful mindfulness.
Teacher Deepti has a Masters in Chemistry from Delhi University, India. She is also a certified Mindfulness professional. Her first career was in the Pharmaceutical Industry (Pfizer and Amgen) before she embarked on her teaching journey. She has part-time teaching credentials and has worked as a substitute teacher in the San Mateo Foster City School District. She has been working in the fields of meditation and mindfulness with adults as well as kids since 2016. Teacher Deepti also conducts mindfulness lessons in the Burlingame schools.
Education Consultant and Substitute Teacher
Teacher Vasudha/Vasu is a linguist, educator, avid hiker, biker and strong believer in mindful and compassionate living. She is fluent in English, Hindi and Spanish languages. Vasudha has been a part of Avid Kids Circle since its inception in 2017. She has been an inspiration to Teacher Vrinda to return to her love for education.
Vasudha holds a Bachelor and Masters in Spanish Language and Literature from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. She also completed 3+ years of pre-doctoral coursework from University of Granada, Granada, Spain in Translation Studies. Teacher Vasu moved into education and non-profit organizational leadership after a 10+ years career in educational publishing as a Bilingual Managing Editor for elementary and middle school content for all subject areas. She is the Managing Director at Jhamtse Gatsal Children's Community (http://jhamtsegatsal.org/) for the last 7+ years which is a home and learning center to 100+ orphaned/abandoned children in Arunachal Pradesh, India. She is assisted by a dedicated staff of 40+ along with donors, supporters and volunteers from all around the world. When not at Avid Kids Circle, she is in Boston, traveling to connect with like-mind-hearted people or at the Jhamtse Gatsal community in Arunachal Pradesh, India, leading a wide range of executive responsibilities, but above all collecting infinite hugs and smiles from children healing from trauma and taking their place in the world as compassionate leaders.