A Step Ahead was founded in 2002 by Mrs. Dolly Kochhar, a mother, an MBA and a committed educationist who was convinced that toddlers could truly benefit from the sterling, Montessori way of education if combined with the Play way Method.
Her association with teaching began with her first job with the Iran Swiss School. She later went on to complete her MBA from Bucknell University, Pennsylvania, stepping into the banking sector. She soon gave up her career in finance management to go back to her first love - teaching.
With years of teaching experience in Canada where she acquired the skills to ensure your child receives the very best in pre-school education, she moved back to India where she set up her own school: A Step Ahead.
A decade after setting up the school, Mrs. Kochhar’s endeavour to add to the educare experience for her little student continues as an ongoing quest.
Mrs. Ruchi Bhargava, an educationist to the core, is a graduate from Lady Shri Ram College and a post graduate from Delhi University in Political Science. She is a topper in her specialization in Montessori method of education from Kolkata. She has over 24 years of experience in teaching and administration at various levels in reputed schools in Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi and Delhi NCR.
Believing in imparting education through hands-on experience where ‘a child has no boundaries’ – the more you give a child, the more it absorbs. This belief of Mrs Bhargava has led her to have an in-depth understanding of various needs of a child and enabled her to work and enhance towards ‘child-centric’ environment.
She was a visiting faculty imparting Montessori teachers’ training in American Montessori School (Gurgaon) and Magic Years (Delhi) and has conducted and attended workshops and seminars on ‘Early Years Education’ and Teacher’s Training.
She ably spearheads her team to work collectively to mould and nurture the little ones, making them into confident and independent beings.
A distinction holder in Montessori Teachers Training and Primary Teachers Training, Kasturi Roy has over 25 years of teaching experience in various schools in different parts of the country namely Jesus and Mary (Lucknow), St.Patrick's (Chandigarh), DAV Public (Ranchi and Patna) and St. Pauls (Kolkata) where she has taught Kindergarten, Primary and Secondary students.
Her contribution as a Montessori teacher at A Step Ahead has been invaluable over the last twelve years. She is presently holding the position of an academic coordinator and believes that learning can be done when learning is fun. Therefore, with her creativity and extensive knowledge of Montessori, she encourages children in their work and creates a conducive atmosphere by designing an enriching program for their learning. She also teaches and encourages the children how to think and not what to think.