Staff

Core Team

Swastika Shrestha

Chief Executive Officer, Co-founder and Director of Training and Support

“Imagine if the world were to suddenly collapse and the world as you know it no longer existed. Education needs you to prepare yourself for this.” - This wisdom from my father led me to spend much of my youth developing my life and leadership skills. Eventually, I had the opportunity to facilitate life and leadership development amongst youth in Nepal as well as in the US. After completing my masters from the US, I worked with UNMIN, and consulted for IUCN, WFP, and UNDP. But my passion for working with youth led me to Teach For Nepal where my current role is to nurture leaders to transform classrooms, communities, and the nation.

Krishna Kumar K.C.

Chief of Staff

Over 24 years, I’ve taught in primary and secondary schools in different parts of Lalitpur and spent 10 years as a Head Teacher in Ashrang, one of the furthest VDCs in Lalitpur. I was there for 10 years and learned a lot about the district, and public education. The challenges faced by community schools are tremendous. There are infrastructural problems, policy challenges, the huge distance between students’ schools and homes, and the mindsets, on the part of teachers, head teachers, politicians, parents, and students. But I believe if teachers have energy, and the right mindset, other challenges can be overcome. I’m so proud to be a part of this movement, as we set new trends and raise the leadership skills of a new generation. They are working to build a truly new Nepal.

Shailendra Jha

Director of Operations and RSM

Coming from a marginalized group myself, where I am the first member of the family to get into college, I understand how education plays a major role in sustainable and inclusive economic development. Unlike my peer cousins who had to settle with low-paying jobs, early marriage, limiting them to their socio-economic stability, the investment in education from my parents led me to get an enriching life. Having seen this early in life, I have consistently advocated for excellent education especially which is challenging in our society. More than a decade-long exposure and continuous learning has made me believe that transformation of a nation is only possible by transforming the education system of the country.

Vickrant Gurung

Director of Programs

If the children of Nepal do not receive quality education we are endangering our future. This opportunity to work in TFN is an opportunity to work for the future of our society. I completed my MBA from AIT Thailand. I worked for corporate and education institutions both inside and outside of Nepal. But it is now that I have found a movement that I feel aligned with. I look forward to using my skills and experience to work with the youth and ensure quality education is achievable.

Pravesh Bhandari

Director of School & Community

As we are living in a world that is volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous, the degree of a shift from good to bad, and development and sufferings are all within. We can see the degree of diversity from poverty to abundance, suffering to rejoice, and inclusion to exclusion within the same sphere of life. My parents have always taught me how Education broadens our vision for life and how it can be detrimental to mitigate the cause of human suffering. With more than 10 years of experience working in the development and humanitarian sectors, I have always thrived to bring changes that are just and meaningful in society. And what beautiful it can be, than to work and contribute in the Education Sector. I choose Teach For Nepal to support and inspire people towards educational attainment and social equity.

Khika Prasad Nepal

Community Liaison Manager

I taught at different schools since 2004 and later changed my teaching profession to enter the development field. Subsequently, I’ve worked at various organizations working in the development field for more than 12 years. I completed my Masters of Sociology from Tribhuvan University. Teach For Nepal is the best platform for me to work in my community through the Municipal Leads and Fellows. As a Community Liason Manager, I work closely with Fellows, Municipal leads and the community. I feel accomplished when I see Fellows working so hard in the schools and community and bringing a real change.

Amir Joshi

Communications Manager

Seven years ago, when I saw a teacher attend 25 students belonging to five different classrooms at the same time, I wondered how I could change the scenario. After my Masters abroad, I packed my bags and came home looking to see how I could make a difference. Supporting Teach For Nepal to "end education inequity in Nepal" as the Communication Manager, I am finding the answers one Fellow at a time.

Lochan Paudel

Administrative Logistics & Compliance Manager

I’ve always had an interest in anything related to “service” – that led me to join Anuvuti as a Service Learning Program Coordinator. I have the experience of working with more than 4000 youth while I worked with Anuvuti. While I was doing my Bachelor’s in Education, I became aware of the public education system and society in Nepal. After that, I completed my Masters in Sociology. Both of these educational experiences led me to join Teach For Nepal, and work for ending educational inequity in Nepal. As an Admin and Logistics Manager, I look after the office management, coordinate logistics, support in finance and manage events.

Ram Keshar Thapa

Head of Recruitment & Selection

I have always believed that no child should face inequity just because they could not get a proper education and that was the reason I joined Teach For Nepal Fellowship. Today, as a head of Recruitment and Selection, I am making sure that my work as a Fellow will be carried on by passionate youths and young professionals who believe that all children in Nepal should attain an excellent education.

Jayanti Lama

Head of Training

Having taught children for seven years, I realized the change was only possible working with the little hearts and minds which drove me to apply for Fellowship and work in the remote part of Lalitpur for two years. The Fellowship journey helped me to know about my own culture and traditions at a deeper level. Being there, I came to know the true essence of life and how each person can help another to aspire even more. The passion for working with kids led me to my current position where I am supporting Fellows and reaching out to hundreds of children by helping them dream big. I believe the greatest power we have is the power to choose. So, I chose to work on this movement to end education inequity in Nepal being even more responsible and committed.

Pratik Ghimire

Trainer & Impact Manager - Maths (TFN Alumni)

I come from an average family of Janakpur. All of my childhood and school years pushed me to believe that education is the light of hope; the light that has the power to shape an entire generation, and that is why I applied for the Fellowship. The passion for working with kids led me to my current position where I am supporting Fellows and reaching out to hundreds of children by helping them dream big. I believe the greatest power we have is the power to choose. So, I chose to work on this movement to end education inequity in Nepal being even more responsible and committed.

Ruma Maharjan

Events Manager (TFN Alumni)

It was during the two years of my Fellowship that I realized the change we always talk about - the change that our country needs is possible. I was convinced that this can happen with equity in education. All forms of inequities and biases can be resolved only when every kid attains a quality education that enables them to reach their potential despite their backgrounds. I strongly believe in this and therefore I joined the TFN staff team soon after graduating as a Fellow. My previous experience as a recruiter and now as an Events Manager gives me sheer joy knowing that I play an important part in this movement of equity.

Madhav Prasad Devkota

Leadership Development Manager, Dang (TFN Alumni)

As a TFN Fellow, I wasn't just teaching Science to my students; I wanted them to learn many other things like personal hygiene, community’s sanitation, and balanced diet, among others. And as an Municpal Lead, I have become a role model, a source of inspiration to the Fellows and help guide our Fellows which would help them face all the challenges in their Fellowship.

Anuja Koirala

Alumni Affairs Manager

In March 2017 I visited a couple of public schools in rural Nepal where two of my friends were teaching as Teach For Nepal Fellows. In my interaction with their students from grade 9 and 10, I asked the class who they want to be in life. “I want to be a driver,” said all the boys. “I want to be a nurse,'' said some girls. Their limited aspirations took me by surprise. That day I better understood the significant need of empowering such young minds and hearts so that they could see higher possibilities in life. Today, as an Alumni Impact Manager, I am supporting Teach For Nepal in its mission to end education inequity in Nepal, particularly by supporting its Alumni in strengthening and scaling the impact of their continued journey of transforming classrooms, schools, communities and the nation.

Kalyan Adhikari

Impact Evaluation Manager (TFN Alumni)

I want to seek satisfaction in life by exploring new challenges and working with my people. I’ve had success in my field of study but now I want to share my learnings and experiences. I want to do something for my people while I still have such zeal, motivation, and time. My friends and my family did not like my idea about coming back from the US. I want to prove to them that I’m not joining TFN because of frustration but because of my true passion for this movement towards ending our national educational injustice. I’m sure that this team of optimistic minds will help us realize our dreams and find happiness in this journey.

Ava Parajuli

Human Resources and Organization Development Manager

When I saw I could direct my skills and experience to frame the dynamism of so many young minds, there was no second thought. As the HR and OD Manager I am determined to facilitate a more enabling atmosphere at Teach For Nepal. I bring in the required expertise mainly from my experiences in different international organizations and a master's degree specializing in Human Resources Management."

Kishor Subedi

Community Affairs Manager (TFN Alumni)

Coming from a middle-class family, I have witnessed multiple social injustices within my community. Result of which I went on a political journey to end this injustice. Not finding a clear answer to my queries, I decided to join Teach For Nepal with lots of doubts in mind and a clear understanding that society cannot progress further unless the people are educated and conscious. Two years’ journey turned out to be an open book for me to manage my impulses, understanding others, and realizing that change cannot be achieved overnight. I was constantly on the move to take one small step at a time, doing things that mattered at the moment, and not waiting for the perfect solution. Considering all of these personal experiences as my asset, I decided to join the staff team as a Community Affairs Coordinator. The decision came with the belief that I can make our educational stakeholders more accountable and responsible for our schools, children, and communities. Because, without our collaboration, our larger goal is somewhat in shade and beyond achievable.

Anu Karki

Selection Manager (TFN Alumni)

I had a firm belief that change starts from the classroom and will ultimately be reflected in the community. Fellowship was a great opportunity for me to bring that desired change. I believe my two years of Fellowship journey has helped me validate my leadership skills, made my parents and a brother proud that they have raised their girl right. After the Fellowship, I have joined RSM team to work further and to keep the promise that I had made with my students that they will always get the best Fellows even after I leave. Currently, my underlined job is to select the best graduates who will enter into the classrooms and take a step towards creating better classrooms and better communities.

Sadhana Shrestha

Selection Coordinator

After completing my Master's Degree from Germany, I decided to move back with a dream of doing something purposeful in my own country. I joined Teach For Nepal knowing how impactfully it has been working towards ending the education inequity in Nepal. It gives me great satisfaction to know that the work I am doing and the energy that I have invested will make a difference. As a Selection Coordinator, I am determined to select those best-fit candidates who are passionate about making an impact in the classroom as well as in the community.

Ashrina Ranjit

Recruitment Coordinator (TFN Alumni)

Two years of my fellowship gave me an opportunity to work towards education equity that is persistent in our society. Moreover, it broadened the horizon of how I had been perceiving it throughout my life. It also showed me different dimensions of struggle and how I can overcome it. It taught me to value my dreams. Now, as a Recruitment Coordinator, I am working to bring in more youths who are driven to work for the dreams of thousands of kids in Nepal to live the dream that one day they will attain an excellent education for I have always been a strong believer and supporter that quality education is a right and not an opportunity.

Saurav Regmi

Recruitment Coordinator

I always dreamt of being a cricketer and play for Nepal. But given my MBA in Marketing & HR from Bangalore University in India, I gravitated towards business and networking and started my career on mintbook.com in India as a Business Development Manager. But I felt rather incomplete. I yearned to learn more and I wanted to do something different. I came back to Nepal and worked as an academician with Universal College and parallelly as an Adjunct faculty in Ace International Business School (AIBS), Nick Simons Institute (NSI), Padmakanya Campus, KMC Education Network, Thames International College. After working as an educator for more than 7 years I see education in Nepal as a two-part problem. First, we have limited resources for quality educators. And, for those who are qualified, we have limited processes set up for them to succeed in their mission. So, I joined Teach For Nepal as a recruiter to set up a network to get a steady flow of quality educators and then to mobilize them by instilling the values both I and Teach For Nepal strive for.

Sulochana K.C.

Recruitment Coordinator

I always look forward to working with inspiring people. Especially, I gravitate towards the people who try to make a difference in the realm of education and push me to enhance my capabilities. Having worked in the education sector as a teacher and in various other capacities, I have been able to understand that education should not be a privilege but the right of every human being. As a Recruitment Coordinator at Teach For Nepal, my role would be in finding the right person to do the right job.

Robin Chaudhary

Leadership Development Coordinator, Parsa (TFN Alumni)

I come from a family that preferred government jobs as a dream job one should pursue in life. While doing my Bachelor’s in medical laboratory technology, I got an opportunity to volunteer for the Urban Health Care and Training Center which helped me get hands-on experience in the grass-root level and that indeed brought big notable changes in me. After my graduation, I worked as a Teach For Nepal Fellow for two years which gave me a clear picture of what education inequity and social injustice looked like in real life. Now joining the TFN staff team as a Municipal Lead, I want to surpass all my energy and experiences to all the new Fellows and strengthen the belief that one day we are going to end the education inequity in Nepal.

Sujina Shakya

Leadership Development Coordinator, Lalitpur & Tanahun (TFN Alumni)

I started as an average student who often felt challenged in school. Today I am proud that I am the first in my family to complete the degree and turned as a Fellow who touched so many lives which helped them to turn their fate despite their harsh reality of living in the village! As a Municipal Lead, I want to continue this journey by reaching out to more classroom and children in the coming days collaborating with the new Fellows.

Alina Shrestha

Leadership Development Coordinator, Marshyangdi, Lamjung (TFN Alumni)

Born and raised in the rural part of Gorkha, I experienced struggles and hardships during my early childhood. My parents could hardly afford quality education for me and my two brothers. Also, government schools those days were not equipped to cater to our needs. Soon after completing schooling, I moved to Kathmandu in order to pursue my higher education. I completed my bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Amrit Science Campus. During my undergraduate studies, I worked as a teacher in a high school near my place in Kathmandu. Since teaching was already a passion to me, and when I heard about TFN, I immediately thought of joining as I was highly impressed with the vision and wanted to work towards ending education inequity in Nepal, I served as a Fellow in one of the public schools at Sindhupalchok from 2018-2020. During my Fellowship, I have learned about our education system and the reasons why our schools are mostly ill-equipped to serve the basic education needs of students. So, I believe, Fellowship has helped me grow personally and professionally. I thus want to use the resources and learning and my experience from the community to better the lives of people. During my period as a Municipal Lead, I would share all of my experience and learning to support Fellows in every way possible in their journey.

Kritesh Bhatta

Leadership Development Coordinator, Dhanusa (TFN Alumni)

I believe that empowered and motivated youths in the nation can give much more back to the community they serve. Thus being that one catalyst to empower young minds and support them to acquire that knowledge necessary for them to be driven by vision. As a Teach For Nepal Fellow, I served in Parsa district. I taught English to around 280 secondary level students. My leadership skills evolved as I established and help them sustain multiple student clubs in the school where I focused more on student leadership and also refined my leadership skills as well. My work in education should not only be confined to Fellowship thus I decided to continue with the alumni movement by joining TFN as a Municipal Lead. I strongly believe that Fellows can bring transformative impact inside the four walls of the classroom and simultaneously as alumni grow as a life-long leader with constant support, passion, perseverance, and ambition. All of this is as well needed to create a systemic change in the education system of our country Nepal. I am with Teach For Nepal because I believe I am here to change the lives, to enlighten the darkness, and be the medium to fulfill the aspirations that are carried in the eyes of those little kids who also dream to be an agent of change and a leader of the action.

Subina Basnet

Leadership Development Coordinator, Indrawati, Sindhupalchowk (TFN Alumni)

“We don’t live by a mechanical precision, measuring our life with compass, protractor, or rulers.” It needs to live and it’s okay it doesn’t fit into any of the boxes set. I have always believed it's okay to make your own shape. With these very aspirations, I joined Teach For Nepal as a Fellow in the year 2018 to be an inspiration to many youths and do something for “change” rather than just complaining about it. In the two years as a Fellow, I believe I have presented the best version of myself, learning and teaching throughout the Fellowship journey. Now as alumni, I want to continue working in the field of advocating, addressing the prevalent societal and inborn inequities and inequalities in several forms throughout my life while I am supporting Fellows in their work.

Prashit Khanal

Fundraising Coordinator

I firmly believe that education should be a basic human right for everyone. Lack of quality education deprives the country of a very vital element from the ecosystem of prosperity and sustainable development. I feel incredibly privileged and lucky that my education was never compromised, and I got the best education I could get. Acknowledging that I always wanted to facilitate quality education for children who need it the most. During my master’s, I got to know a few TFN alums. Listening to their stories and reflections made me realize the work of TFN to reduce education inequality. Now, as a fundraising coordinator, I see myself cultivating a community of champions and supporters, enabling our outstanding Fellows to provide much-needed quality education in the public schools of Nepal.

Swechha Pokharel

Finance Coordinator

Having received continuous guidance and support from some of the most brilliant teachers and mentors, I have experienced that a teacher’s imprint on a student is not just limited to the precinct of a classroom or a few exam papers. My teachers have been my guiding light who have helped me navigate my personal and professional life with greater self-esteem and dignity. Many times, I simply emulated their qualities out of sheer admiration and in doing so, I know I have become a better person than I would have been without their presence. Their trust in my ability grounded me with the solid foundation of acceptance and perseverance. Joining TFN after becoming an ACCA Affiliate has further extended this feeling of gratitude as I witness many outstanding Fellows sacrifice their comfort while they venture into this challenging yet rewarding journey with a sense of urgency to remove education inequity. I feel overjoyed to be a part of the TFN family that believes in the possibility for every child to attain excellent education and for every teacher to demonstrate excellent leadership.

Prabhas Pokharel

Communications Coordinator

Both my parents have been educators for the past three decades. I grew up around teachers and researchers so I had a proclivity towards education for as long as I can remember. I have always considered education to be one of the noblest pursuits. I was aware of the work that Teach For Nepal Fellows were doing ever since I was in college. The values of the organization aligned with my values and ethics. So when I saw an opportunity to work with Teach For Nepal, I was delighted. Prior to TFN, I was mostly involved in applied and academic research at the University. I have research and work experiences in the areas of Inclusive Education, Early Warning Systems (EWS), and Open Government Data (OGD). As a Communications Coordinator, my goal would be to bring out the stories from the grassroots and put them at the forefront.

Aasma Pudasaini

Program Assistant

Towards the end of my undergraduate degree, I realized that going abroad was not my cup of tea so I started to look for opportunities in Nepal. I wanted to work in an organization that tackled the issues at the grassroots. Education is perhaps one of the major sectors that can bring about change in society and the country. Thus when I saw Teach For Nepal, I knew this was the organization I was looking for. Despite wanting to join as a Fellow, I was not able to as my results were delayed due to the pandemic. However, I stumbled upon the opportunity to work as a Program Assistant at Teach For Nepal and I got on board.

Rakshya Nyaupane

Program Assistant

Coming from a government school, I have first-hand experience of educational inequity. When I came across Teach For Nepal, through my seniors I quickly googled Teach For Nepal. Once I went through the website I could relate to Teach For Nepal’s vision. My first instinct was to apply for the Fellowship and apply for the Fellowship I did. Since my final semester results were pending for a long time, I could not join the Fellowship. But, as a twist of fate, I got the opportunity to be associated with Teach For Nepal as a Program assistant. As a Program Assistant, my role is to support the Recruitment, Selection and Matriculation (RSM) team.

Sirjana Dhital

Office Assistant

I was born in the village of Chatredeurali in Dhading. There are 12 members in my family - my parents, and my nine siblings. About 12-years ago, I moved to Kathmandu to be closer to my brothers, who were living here. I’ve been working at Teach For Nepal since it started. I don’t understand everything about this movement, but I think it’s really good to see young people going to teach in rural government schools. Only the boys in my own family got to attend school. I believe all children should get the opportunity to learn and have a bright future.

Amir Khokhali

Admin Assistant

When I was attending my last three years at school where TFN Fellows were teaching me, I never thought I would be working for the very organization then. Hadn’t it been the motivation from them, I wouldn’t have dreamed about living in Kathmandu or studying here itself. Once I am done with my studies, I would love to change the perspective of people in my community that even kids from villages, if given opportunity, can turn challenges into an opportunity. I was studious and active in both school clubs and other extracurricular activities. Because of this active engagement, I got a fellowship at Samanata Foundation for my high school where I got to study science as my major in Pentagon International College. I am currently pursuing computer application in Janamaitri Multiple College. While doing my undergraduate, I decided to join TFN to assist, learn and most importantly get involved with a community of people actively working towards the mission to make all children in Nepal get an excellent education.

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