Here is our wonderful team of Teachers and School Administration.
KGA - Rajinder Kaur Tathgur
My name is Rajinder Kaur Tathgur. I have been teaching from last 9 years as Early Childhood Educator. I always wanted to be a teacher, even when I was young. I always enjoyed helping others learn and grow. I went to Annamalai University for my B.sc Interiors. I did my first year Bachelor of Arts from Govt. college of Girls, Chandigarh. I also did my Early Childhood Education in 2007. This will be my first year teaching Kindergarten at G.A.D Elementary. I believe every child should be valued and treated with respect. An education should empower a child and help him or her make a positive contribution to our world. “Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world”- Nelson Mandela.
KGB - Ramandeep Saran
Mrs. Saran graduated from Simon Fraser University with her Professional Qualification program. She also has a Diploma in Early Childhood Education from Douglas College. This is Mrs. Saran’s first year with G.A.D. Working in Early Years is her passion. She loves to see the curiosity of children and to provide opportunities for their confidence to grow as they explore our world. It is a pleasure for her to encourage them to ask questions and to open their eyes to learning opportunities. Early years are multi-faceted and constantly evolving, and she is restless to discover new insights, and innovative ways of improving both teaching and learning. In her spare time she loves reading books and spending time with her family.
KGC – Prajakta Trehan
Ms. Prajakta Trehan ,is one of the teachers from the Kindergarten team. She is a Business graduate from University of Mumbai and a post-graduate in Indian Classical Dance Kathak, and has a double -majors in Computer diploma from Informatics Singapore. An Educator by choice, she has been teaching children through the medium of music and movement for the past fifteen years. Currently she is pursuing a diploma in Early Childhood Education through Delta Continuing Education. She believes that every child is rich with potential and hence is a strong believer of adapting her teaching technique according to the learning ability of the child.
KGD - Melanie Forget
Miss Forget graduated with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education from Lake Erie College in Ohio, USA. This is Miss Forget’s second year teaching. She taught in London, England last year and moved from Ontario to teach here. She believes that every student is unique and has many different talents to share with others. She looks forward to being here and being a part of the kindergarten team.
Vice Principal & Kindergarten Teacher (KGE) - Kalpna Mangat
Kalpna Mangat is our Vice Principal and has a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from UBC. She is also one of our Kindergarten Teachers with over 10 years of teaching experience. She graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and History and with a Bachelor of Education in International and Global Education. Since graduating she has had the opportunity to teach in Trinidad & Tobago, the USA, and in China. Having been exposed to different educational systems it has enriched her teaching experience by providing her with new and creative strategies and teaching skills. She is a dedicated and passionate teacher who believes in a holistic education that instills human values and creativity and provides students with tools to help build their self-esteem and personalities. This is the reason she became an Art of Living Teacher with the Art of Living Foundation. She teaches the art of breathing, yoga, and meditation to help release stress, handle our negative emotions, and to help blossom into our true potential. When she is not teaching she loves to dance and is training in Bharatha Natyam, a form of Indian Classical dance.
Grade 1A - Rajwinder K Bhangoo
Dr. (Mrs.) Rajwinder Kaur Bhangoo has eight years of teaching experience in a B.Ed. College as an assistant professor. She has done her Ph.D. in Education from Punjab University, Chandigarh. She is currently pursuing English & Literature from Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops. She has also served in a variety of capacities while working successfully with students from all levels and abilities. She believes that seeing her students take pride in their hard work and accomplishments is what teaching is all about. Teaching and being a part of the learning process is the ultimate reward for any educator. She looks forward to working with you to help the learners of today to become the good citizens and leaders of tomorrow!
Grade 1B - Ritu Arora
Ritu Arora is our Grade 1 teacher. She did her ECE from Surrey Community College and completed her M.A and B.ED from India. She previously worked as a Pre-K teacher at Creative Kids Learning Center. Overall, she has seven years of working experience in the education sector. She is truly passionate about working with children. During her education and working with young children, she gained a range of skills and knowledge that helped her to be a proud educator. She strives to use creativity and flexibility to make each day a positive one, for herself and in particular for children. She is a proud mother of two beautiful children and has a blissful family life. She looks forward to knowing all the G.A.D families here
Grade 1C - Sharon Khela
Sharan Khela is a first grade teacher at G.A.D Elementary. She enjoys working with children and helping them reach for their dreams through their education. She believes every child should be
valued and treated with respect. She moved to Canada with her family in 2010 from India and did her M.A, B.ED and M.ED from India. She has 8 years of experience in teaching. Sharan has also completed her diploma from Stenberg Collage in 2013. She has worked in a school in Surrey as a Special Education Assistant from last 3 years.
Grade 1D - Dawn Robinson
Ms. Robinson has been teaching for 12 years. She completed her Bachelor of Arts at the University of the Fraser Valley and then did her after degree in Education at the University of Victoria. She has taught in various roles including a Teacher on Call in Prince Rupert for one year, a kindergarten and middle school teacher in South Korea as well a primary teacher at a BC Offshore School in Sokcho South Korea. Ms. Robinson has also taught at many summer/winter enrichment camps for English Language Learners here in Canada as well as abroad. During her spare time, Ms. Robinson likes to walk her dog, take photos, spend time with her family, and learn new things. She is excited to be teaching grade one at GAD.
AMANPREET K. SIDHU
Class Teacher - 6A
I earned my Bachelor in Science and Masters in Education degrees from India. I graduated from the Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. My goal is to develop independent learners who have a love of learning and are truly life-long learners. My passion is connecting with children and inspiring them to try new things. I hope it is an experience they never forget! On a personal note, I live with my daughter and husband in Surrey. In my free time, I love to dance, read and play with my family.
IPINDERJIT K MARWAHA
Mrs. Marwah teaches Punjabi at G.A.D. Elementary. She started off as a volunteer in the school in 2012 – 2013 school year. Mrs. Marwah completed her M.A. Punjabi and Bachelor of Education degrees from G.N.D. University. After completing her education, she went on to be a lecturer for six years. Mrs. Marwah has many cultural achievements, with her prime focus being Giddha, a Punjabi folk dance. She enjoys attending social events and discovering new things around herself. Mrs. Marwah enjoys a positive rapport with students and is always drawing from her educational experience. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her my family.
GURJINDER K SANDHU
Dr. Gurjinder Kaur Sandhu is working as a Punjabi teacher in G.A.D. Elementary School since September 2013. She has M.A., M. Phil & PhD degrees in Punjabi language from G.N.D University Amritsar, India. She earned her doctorate degree with the assistance of a Scholarship awarded by the University Grants Commission (UGC) New Delhi. She worked as a college lecturer for 16 years and as a college principal for three years in India. She wrote two books on the status of women in India with the references from Punjabi literature. She loves to read and write Punjabi literature. She feels very comfortable with her family, friends and students. She would like to work as a volunteer counselor so that she can help Indian families and the young children solve their family problems and stop domestic violence which is playing a negative role in western society.
AMARJOT K. SAHNI
Dr. Amanjot Kaur is working as Punjabi and Kirtan teacher in GAD Elementary school since November 2013. She has earned degrees of Bachelor in Library science,Bachelor in Education, Gyani ,Master and Ph.D in Religious studies from Punjabi University Patiala. She had been awarded Gold medal in Master degree. Her previous experience as a Librarian is 5 years & assistant professor in Punjab University Patiala for 8 years .She has written a book on Sikhism. Her teaching methods are very engaging and interactive with students. She likes to do work for the betterment of community.
Davinder Singh started his musical career at the age of 9 and has continued with his music for the last twenty years. He completed his M.A. in music vocal from Punjab University Chandigarh. In 2010 he moved to Surrey in 2010. His purpose with music is to spread awareness of the ancient ragas and string instruments that have been used for centuries in the Indian Classical music tradition. He teaches vocals ( Hindustani classical and Gurbaani Shabad Keertan); as well as, string instruments like dilruba, taarshehnai, sarangi, saranda, taus etc. Davinder Singh has ben teaching music about 12 years. In 2008, his team was victorious in the Indian National Youth Festival, in the field of string instruments. Davinder Singh received a two year scholarship from the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, New Delhi in 2010. He has been recognized by the Namdhari Sangat Canada Society. Davinder Singh has performed in abroad in Thailand, Kenya, Tanzania, Japan, India, USA and Canada with world renowned Indian classical artists. He has also performed in many sangeet sammelans, concerts, classical and light musical events. Davinder Singh has also had the opportunity to score documentaries, CDs and DVDs. Indian classical music is very close to Davinder's heart and his life is dedicated to the service of this art. All the ragas in Guru Granth Sahib are based on Indian Classical music. Different Ragas are recited and played at different times of the day. His favorite ragas are morning and evening ragas. Some of the morning Ragas are Bhairav, Todi, Vilaskhani, and Jaunpuri. Evening Ragas include Bhagyashari, Raage-shri, Yaman and Mal kaouns.
RANJIT K AULAKH
Mrs. Aulakh is the librarian of G.A.D. Elementary School. She has been at G.A.D. Elementary School since 2011. She started as an Early Childhood Educator at G.A.D. Preschool and has seen the school grow so much in the past few years. Mrs. Aulakh holds an MA in Punjabi, B.Lib.Sc, an Office Administration diploma and a license to practice ECE. Before moving to Canada, she worked as a librarian in India for over 20 years. Her interests outside of school include reading, singing and spending time with her family.
GRADE 7 TEACHER
Ms.Arondus grew up on a farm in Cloverdale and has always wanted to be a teacher. She has always had a passion for learning and helping others. She has been a teacher for 7 years and has taught every grade from kindergarten to grade 12. She graduated from UFV in 2009 with a Bachelor’s in English literature, Art/history and Spanish. In 2010 she graduated from SFU with a Bachelor of Education, with a minor in curriculum development; she was able to graduate in the top 30% of her class while working full time. During the summer, Ms.Arondus is director of a camp at UBC that specializes in English language learners. In her spare time she is a freelance artist; painting is her specialty. She also enjoys cooking, reading, biking, hiking and being outdoors. Ms.Arondus was our learning assistance teacher in 2014/2015 and is glad to be back at our school teaching grade 7.
AMARJEET S. VABHANA
Trained by four different teachers (Mr. Deedar Singh, Guru Thakur Kishan Singh, Bhai Baldeep Singh and later Capt Gunwant Singh) and four different styles of playing (Delhi, Punjab, Azrara and Benaras) Appointed as the Cultural Ambassador by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) to teach and perform Tabla in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, (formerly Russia). Later took up as staff artist at the Faculty of Music and Fine Arts University of Delhi. In his teaching carrier (since 1991) he trained so many students in India, Germany, Uzbekistan, USA and Canada, and has performed, accompanied internationally with renowned artists of Vocal, Instrumental & Kathak Dance. A Scholarship winner from Music and Drama Academy of Rajasthan. Amarjeet Singh has won many laurels such as the "Sangeet Bhushan (Music jewel)" award from the Education Department of Rajasthan and also was awarded by Canadian Red Cross with "Leadership Circle Award".