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Humility, reverence, compassion, forbearance, sacrifice, and sense-control are the qualities which reveal the outcome of true education.

Sathya Sai Baba

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Open Monday-Friday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Address Sathya Sai School
4-505 Ellesmere Rd
Toronto ON Canada
M1R 4E5
(Entrance on Principal Rd.)
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Phone 416.297.7970
Fax 416.297.0945

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Staff

The staff members for the 2013-2014 school year are as follows:

In an effort to reduce the amount of spam we deal with, we have included only the first part of each staff member's email address (eg. 'rchennabathni' for Dr. Revathi Chennabathni). The second part of every staff member's email address is '@sathyasaischool.ca'.

Principal
Dr. Revathi Chennabathni | PhD Ed.Psy, M.Phil., M.Ed. | email: rchennabathni
Dr. Chennabathni is the Principal of the Sathya Sai School of Canada. In 2010, she received the Government of Canada's Certificate of Appreciation Award for outstanding service and contribution as a volunteer. Dr. Chennabathni holds a Doctorate in Education from McGill University, a Master of Philosophy from the University of West Indies, and a Master of Education from Osmania University, Hyderabad, India. She has 18 years of teaching experience and taught teenage students to teacher candidates in Hyderabad (India), Seychelles (Indian Ocean), and Kingston (Jamaica, West Indies). She has worked as a research assistant and instructor at McGill University, Concordia University and the University of Manitoba. Her research interests include teacher creativity, gender education and the integration of values into the curriculum. Dr. Chennabathni has published several articles and made presentations at professional conferences. She is currently working with the Canadian Institute of Sathya Sai Education as a member of the Research Committee.
Office Administrator
Ms. Edith Recht | AMI Montessori, B.A., B.A. Jyotish | email: erecht
Ms. Recht holds a Montessori Primary Teacher Diploma, a B.A. with High Distinction in Religious Studies from the University of Toronto, and Professional Certification from the American College of Vedic Astrology. She has studied Shiatsu, nutrition, and other holistic healing arts, and is a practitioner of meditation and Kriya Yoga. She edited Dr.Charanjit Ghooi's books "Meditation and Health" and “My Beloved Adipati”. Ms. Recht was part of the school administration team when school opened in 2000 for three years and returned in 2009. She holds a Certificate from the Canadian Institute of Sathya Sai Education in the Standard Diploma Course: Course One.
Junior Kindergarten Teacher
Mr. Christopher Buccella | OCT, M.Teach., B.A. | email:
Mr. Buccella has a B.A. Degree from the University of Western Ontario specializing in Sociology and History. He received his Masters in Teaching from Griffith University in Queensland Australia. Mr. Buccella has completed several qualification courses including Special Education Part 1, Reading Part 1 and a Certificate to teach English as a Second Language. He has varied teaching experience including ESL to adults, tutoring Math and Literacy to children ages 4 to 12 and teaching in a learning centre for children age 3 to 6.
Senior Kindergarten Teacher
Ms. Amala Regisanth | OCT, B.Ed., B.Sc. (Hons.). | email: aratnavadivel
Ms. Ratnavadivel completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto in 2010, majoring in Health Studies and Psychology. She then received her B.Ed from Queens University in Kingston, Ontario. After graduating, she completed an Additional Basic Qualification in Intermediate Family Studies, allowing her to teach the Primary, Junior and Intermediate divisions. She has also completed Additional Qualification in Special Education Part 1 and Reading Part 1. She holds a Certificate from the Canadian Institute of Sathya Sai Education in the Standard Diploma Course: Course One.
Grade 1 Teacher
Ms. Theeba Ratnarajah | OCT, B.Ed., B.A. (Hons.) | email: tratnarajah
Ms. Ratnarajah holds an Honours Bachelor Degree in Arts from the University of Western Ontario with a major in English and a minor in Classical Studies. She has a Bachelor of Education from the University of Ottawa, Primary/Junior divisions, and completed an Additional Qualification course in Reading Part 1. She has worked as an elementary homeroom teacher and Literacy instructor at a Canadian international school in Hong Kong for 4 years, teaching grades 2, 4 and 5. She has taken Professional Development Workshops in Peace and Global Education, Differentiated Instruction, Education of Exceptional Students, Literacy Development, Integration of Technology in the classroom. She is musically trained and plays the flute, guitar and piano.
Grade 2 Teacher
Ms. Bhavani Munshi | OCT, 2ABQ , B.Ed., B.A. (Hons.) | email: bmunshi
Ms. Munshi is a graduate of the Concurrent Teacher Education Program at the University of Toronto with a degree in French and English. Her experience includes teaching English as a Second Language, adult education, and volunteering at the Sathya Sai School of Canada. An alumna of the Sri Sathya Sai Primary School, India, she is excited to contribute to the goal of character education worldwide. As well as teaching Grade 2, she will be teaching French to Grades 6 and 7.
Grade 3 Teacher
Mr. Parthi Kandavel | OCT, M.Sc. (Ed.), B.A. | email: pkandavel
Mr. Kandavel completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Waterloo in Mathematics and Political Science. He has a Masters of Science in Elementary Education from Medaille College in Amherst, NY, USA. He holds a Certificate from the Canadian Institute of Sathya Sai Education in the Standard Diploma Course: Course One.
Grade 4 Teacher
Mr. Vaughn MacDonald | OCT, B.Ed., CELTA, B.A. | email: vmacdonald
Mr. MacDonald completed a B.A. degree in Elementary Education from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, B.C. He is also qualified as an English as a Second Language teacher with CELTA certification from the University of Cambridge, England. He has also completed Additional Qualification in French as a Second Language Part One. He has over ten years of teaching experience including teaching ESL to adults and children in Japan and teaching grade six in Houston, B.C. and grade three and four in Cuernavaca, Mexico. He holds a Certificate from the Canadian Institute of Sathya Sai Education in the Standard Diploma Course: Course One. As well as teaching Grade 4, he will be teaching French to Grades 4 and 5.
Grade 5 Teacher
Mr. Peter Petrevski | OCT, B.Ed., B.A. (Hons.).| email: ppetrevski
Mr. Petrevski received his Bachelor of Education from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), graduating with Highest Distinction. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Guelph, specializing in Theatre and Performing Arts, and also holds a diploma in Information Technology from the DeVry Institute. He has completed Additional Qualification courses in Reading Part 1 and Part 2. He holds a Certificate from the Canadian Institute of Sathya Sai Education in the Standard Diploma Course: Course One.
Grade 6 Teacher
Mrs. Meera Ganga Persad | OCT, M.Sc. (Ed.), B.Com. (Hons.) | email: mramdath
Mrs. Meera Ganga Persad completed twelve years of primary and secondary school education at the Sri Sathya Sai Higher Secondary School, Prashanti Nilayam, India, and then completed her B.Com. at the Sri Sathya Sai University, Anantapur, India. After returning to her hometown, she completed an Accounting Specialist Certification. She completed her M.Sc. in Education from D'Youville College, Buffalo, USA. She holds a Certificate from the Canadian Institute of Sathya Sai Education in the Standard Diploma Course: Course One. Mrs. Ganga Persad is musically talented and has performed in various fundraising programs across India, Canada and Trinidad.
Grade 7 Teacher
Ms. Kerthiga Manokumar | OCT, MT, B.A. (Hons.)| email: kmanokumar
Ms. Kerthiga Manokumar has a Masters of Teaching from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto, and a Specialist Degree in English Literature and a Minor in History. She has taught in museums, hospitals, elementary and secondary schools. She has Additional Qualifications in Special Education Part 1 and English as a Second Language Part 1.
French Teachers
Ms. Bhavani Munshi and Mr. Vaughn MacDonald
Program Teacher
Mr. Ronak Gandhi | OCT, B.Ed., B.A. (Hons.) | email:
Mr. Gandhi holds an Honours Bachelor Degree in Arts from McMaster University, and a Bachelors of Education from the University of Ottawa with a major in History and minor in English, and has completed Additional Qualification courses in Special Education Part 1 and English as a Second Language Part 1. He was a member of the global cohort program at the University of Ottawa, which incorporates social justice components into lesson plans, and worked on a research project to implement environmental education into the Ontario curriculum. He has tutored students in English, ESL, Math, and Public Speaking.