A teacher by profession, Anupa Gnanakan has a passion for quality, meaningful, relevant and student centred education to children from all backgrounds, with a focus on turning schools into places where children feel safe, happy and excited, by inculcating a curiosity to learn and discover.
With a BA in Psychology, Anupa Gnanakan is a trained Montessori teacher who later pursued a Post Graduate Diploma in The Comprehensive Management of Teaching Children with Learning Difficulties, and an MA in Special and Inclusive Education from the University of Northampton. After 15 years of teaching in various schools across Bangalore, she is now the Director – Education at the ACTS Group of Institutions, a NGO that is dedicated to providing quality and accessible education to the community.
On her journey, Anupa has met many interesting people on the way, which inspired her to start a YouTube channel called Breaktime Conversations, in October 2021. This channel features short conversations with educators and learning specialists.
Anupa lives with her husband, kids and pets in Bengaluru, India.
(Currently) Director – Education ACTS Group of Institutions
Whole School Improvement, with a special focus on the Kindergarten and Primary section of the school
Long term planning and strategy for each school
Setting up systems and processes and streamlining of the functioning of the schoolsTeacher Coaching
Teacher training, workshops with Principals and school coordinators
2013 – 2015
Director – Schools Development ACTS Group of Institutions
Worked closely with teachers, helping them to develop their skills
Involved in raising funds for the schools and the education of children who cannot pay the school fee
Run environmental programmes in the schools
Leadership training among children
Team building workshops for teachers
Work with the Principals and Coordinators to keep them up to date with current teaching methods and curriculums
2010 – 2013 Special Educator Mallya Aditi International School
Special Educator for the Elementary and Middle School
Planned IEPs and adapted the curriculum according to the needs of each child
Conducted reading programmes for struggling readers
Conducted workshops for teachers on learning difficulties in the classroom
Conducted the school choir for various singing programmes
2009 – 2013 Special Educator Greenwood High
Special Educator in F.L.O.W (Feel Life’s Optimal Worth), the Resource Room for
children with Learning Difficulties for this academic year 2009 to 2010.
Working with children from KG II to Grade 8 who have Dyslexia, Dysgraphia,
Dyspraxia, Mild Autism and Poor Fine Motor Skills.
Involved in planning IEPs, devising and developing programmes for each child and holding workshops for parents.
2004 – 2009 Kindergarten Teacher Greenwood High
The Early Years class teacher for the academic year 2008 - 2009
Combining play and interactive activities with an increasing focus on early academic learning, including letter recognition, phonics, numbers and an awareness of science and nature.
Planning and organizing a range of individual and group activities, including role play, movement, dance, singing, games, arts and crafts and nature activities.
Communicating effectively with parents about their children's development.
Conducted the school choir for the theatre production of ‘Circle of Life’
KG 1 class teacher for 3 years
Planned and carried out language, math and theme based sessions for the class
Conducted Circle Time
Introduced fun yoga
Directed the Parents’ Day programme annually
Conducted the Kindergarten Choir
2003 - 2004 Acts Secondary School
Organised and planned sessions with the children
Handled singing classes for Primary to Standard V students
Conducted choir for the Senior School
Improvised curriculum to include aerobic dance movements
1999 – 2003 Head Start
Adult of the class environment of 21 children
Fostered active, engaging environment for autistic children
Took charge of work, art, stories, conversation, games and music
Introduced culturally-specific topics for discussion in class (not part of curriculum)
In charge of Parents’ day programme annually
Conducted science experiments for beginners