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.
Megan Cutler 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.
Lisa brings a long history of customer care to the Sanskar Team. Besides bringing her organization and people skills to the team, she loves being a mom and baking.
I am a lawyer practicing part time while being a mother full time. Born in Baroda, Gujurat, I lived in Baroda for a few years in elementary school. I believe language is the bridge to take our culture to future generations. Teaching kids Gujurati locally has been the most gratifying to see little ones speaking and writing in their mother tongue!
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.
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.
Jason is based in Chennai, India. Brought up in a Malayalam-speaking household, he also grew up exposed to different cultures thanks to the diverse social circle he has. He is multilingual and speaks four languages fluently. He holds a Master's degree in Communication and works with a self-publishing company currently. He enjoys travelling, reading, and watching movies. He is passionate about art, cooking, and fitness.
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!
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!
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.
If you ever catch a teacher sneakily eating a slice of Oreo Cheesecake, know that it is Juhi!! Born and raised in Rajkot, Gujarat, Juhi is a language graduate who currently works as a Publishing Manager. She loves language, reading and dancing. She is here to share her love for language and teaching and cant wait to share all the rib tickling anecdotes that she has heard all along with her class.
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.
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!
Born in India, brought up in Zambia, Heemadri currently studies biotechnology in Canada. She started a nonprofit spoken English and personal skill development group for 40 children in India. She's worked with educational companies to train young adults to pass the International English language testing system exam that is required for studying abroad. She strives to create a community of learners that nurtures this growth in a positive, fun environment.