Sarah Manchanda

Age: 26
Home Town: Cerritos, CA
Education: University of Southern California B.A. in Communication, George Mason University M. Ed in Special Education
Specific Field Interests: Youth Development, Mental Health, Primary Education, Special Education
Placement: RIVER (Rishi Valley Rural Education Centre), Rishi Valley, Andhra Pradesh
Area of Focus: Education

Highlights: Sarah graduated from the University of Southern California with a B.A. in Communication. During her time at the University of Southern California she became very involved with a student run nonprofit organization called South Asian Rural Student Aid (SARSA). Through taking a leadership role with this organization, her interest in Indian rural education was sparked. She had the opportunity to organize a group of volunteers to travel to India in 2010 and teach English at an elementary school in Delhi. She went on to join Teach for America and teach Special Education in the District of Columbia. During her three years in the classroom, Sarah taught grades PK-5th and developed a strong passion for working with struggling readers. Through graduate studies in Special Education, Sarah became increasingly interested in mental health and methods of promoting positive student behavior in and out of the classroom. Sarah has been working at Rishi Valley Institute for Educational Resources (RIVER) for the last year. She has been developing curricular materials for students from diverse backgrounds (including students with special needs, migrant communities and/or engaged in child labor) focused on mathematics. She has also had the opportunity to share some best practices from the U.S. with teachers and staff here while also learning many new strategies for effective instructional practice. She has thoroughly enjoyed her time immersed in curriculum development, exploring methods of holistic education and traveling through India. She is excited to continue on for a fellowship extension at RIVER.

Why He Stayed

On some 375 acres of almost untouched land, surrounded by ancient hills, and small villages, lies Rishi Valley.  Housed in this pristine area is Rishi Valley Institute for Educational Resources

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