Vaishali Patel has been teaching Gujarati language and culture to adults and children since 2002.
Growing up in Baroda, India and immigrating permanently to the United States at age 16, Vaishali is uniquely positioned with a view into the best of both worlds.
Living in an extended Gujarati family inspired Vaishali to pass along the value of her homeland traditions to her own 2 children by teaching them and others in the community.
Her outreach programs have since expanded to include Live Zoom Gujarati, Hindi, and Punjabi Classes, an online course that can be done at your own pace, learning tools such as the Gujarati and Hindi Memory Games, Gujarati Alphabet Flashcards, Tales of Krishna and Ramayana and Clothing of India available on Amazon, all developed to enhance a deeper understanding of Desi culture and relationships with our extended family.
We are a small team of women dedicated to bringing the joy to preserving Desi culture and guiding Sanskar Teaching to reach as many as possible around the world.
And we absolutely adore our beautiful Founder, Vaishaliben.
SIRI KAY JOSTAD
Chief Operations Officer
Siri met Vaishali when their kids were at the Waldorf School of San Diego. She brought her experience in the film industry and as a writer, marketer and entrepreneur to the business of her dear friend. Besides loving all things Indian, Siri is a traveler at heart.
Meghan is a creative force for Sanskar Teaching. Currently studying Fashion design at Savannah College of Art and Design, she applies her knowledge of color and balance alongside the vibrant Indian Culture to create beautiful graphics and brand designs.
Tori brings an enthusiasm to learn and grow the Sanskar vision. She is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she studied Business Management. Now she dedicates her skills in marketing and digital entrepreneurship to our team. She also dabbles in photography and loves to travel!
Megan is a graduate from Brigham Young University where she cultivated an entrepreneurial mindset while studying Advertising. Wanting to slip into the design world, she taught herself all she knows to add a measure of creativity to her marketing background.
Zalak was born in India and grew up in Phoenix, Arizona in a traditional Gujarati family. Every summer, her mom would sit her and her brother down to practice Gujarati, it was her way of keeping them connected to their roots.
Gargi learned Gujarati from Vaishaliben herself when she was young in the local temple. Ever since she has been in love with the language! She enjoys reading spiritual books, cooking vegan recipes and garba. She also works as an ad-tech strategist.
Raised in Mumbai in a big Kutchi joint family, and being the first grandchild, Krupa was infused with a deep understanding and appreciation for her roots. Krupa is also a fashion designer and a vegetarian food blogger and recently a new mom.
Staying conntected to Hindi and Gujarati tradition plays a major role in her daily life, being African-born, Indian-raised, and Canadian-living. She loves garba, Navratri, evening aarti, sweet dishes, family phone calls, new clothes, Gujarati new year, Diwali and fireworks!
Neetu was raised in New Delhi, India, in a traditional family that is both Hindi and Punjabi, exposing her to both religions and cultures. She moved to Canada as a teen and studied Finance and Marketing. When she had children she realized how important it is to teach them her language.
A scientist by profession, Riddhi was born and raised in Gujarat, India, moving to the US in 2011. Becoming a parent opened her eyes to the importance of preserving her native culture. Now, she helps other parents realize the same vision by bringing her talents to teaching with us.
Meghana grew up in Mumbai speaking Hindi. Now, a doctor by trade, she lives in the United States, knows Bhartnathyam and is also learning Hindustani classical singing and sharing her love for language and culture with Sanskar Teaching.
Her love for Gujarati started with learning names of foods and spices in Gujarati. She makes an active effort to incorporate our beautiful language & traditions into her life. Academic success and pursuit of a career in medicine was just as important as understanding who she is, and where her family comes from.
Born and raised in Baroda, Lipi grew up speaking Gujarati alongside Hindi and Marathi. This led her to a career fusing her design study with interest in Gujarati language, and written script. She hopes to further share love of her native tongue, and its letters, with young minds directly so they don’t miss out!
Sarvil was born in Ahmedabad & grew up in a traditional Gujarati joint family culture. He is a teacher at heart & has worked with a leading international school in Gujarat. Academically, he holds a degree in Business and Finance. Gujarati language & cricket are two most enticing things to him.
Born and brought up in Ahmedabad, Gujrat, Ruchita grew up being taught to love and be proud of her Indian heritage. After coming to America in 2005 her life completely changed, yet her appreciation for her home has always remained strong. As well as being a proud Indian, she is also a teacher who is ready to spread the joy of Gujrati with other eager minds. She hopes to share her love for her culture with others!
Purvi was raised in a traditional Gujurati household in Mumbai. Growing she had very strong family values and relationships. She is a Rutgers University alumni, a professional food scientist and a mum to two wonderful boys She is fluent (read, write and speak) Gujurati, Hindi and Marathi. Purvi the best gift you can give parents is the ability to talk to their grandkids!