Our Staff

Susheela Narayanan

Professor Susheela Narayanan has been an early childhood educator for over 30 years. Born in India and brought up in New Delhi, she holds advanced degrees in English Literature from Delhi and Bangalore University, a BEd in Education from the University of Toronto and an MS in Early Childhood Education from Syracuse University in upstate New York. She also did her Montessori training in San Diego after moving here in 1977. Ms. Narayanan successfully owned and operated two Montessori Preschools in San Diego before getting a fulltime faculty position at San Diego Mesa College in January 2000. She has been the Chair of her department twice, and is also considered a leader in online education. She recently retired as Professor Emeritus from Mesa College. She is passionate about issues in early childhood education, especially concerning women and children. Her two grown children are both attorneys, living and practicing in the Bay Area. Her two school-aged grand-children are the light of her life and add to her knowledge of human development.

Mamatha Puttur

Mamatha Puttur graduated the NAMC early childhood diploma program. She has completed 18 units of early childhood development courses in Miramar College. She has worked in preschools for five years and volunteered for many more, which has cultivated her passion and love for working with children.

Smita Bhatia

Smita Bhatia has graduated from NAMC Early Childhood Montessori Diploma program from Toronto.
She holds a degree in Early Childhood Education from San Diego Miramar College.
Born and brought up in Bombay (India), she has degrees in architecture and interior design as well.
Her years of volunteering and two school-age children, have given her the platform to integrate her passion to mold young minds with good values and make them independent, capable, citizens of the society.

Rama Neelakanti

Ramadevi Neelakanti has been working with pre-school, and kindergarten elementary school children for the past 10 years in San Diego schools. She is graduated in Child Development program from Palomar College. She is trained and certified AHA CPR and First Aid holder. She raised three kids including twin boys and loves working with children and helping them learn, grow and succeed.