Staff

Core Team

Shisir Khanal

Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder

I had the privilege of growing up all over Nepal as I followed my Baba’s civil service postings in local government institutions. This provided me with a unique opportunity to learn about different communities, development needs, and challenges. After my I.Sc. I left for the US. As I was finishing my Masters, I came across an amazing Gandhian Social Movement based in Sri Lanka: Sarvodaya. I started my professional career leading an effort to support the movement from the US. I was deeply touched by the work of bottom-up approach of social change. That inspired me to start Sarvodaya Nepal, through which I started working in rural Lalitpur. Deep engagement in community organizing allowed me to develop an understanding of the challenges children face in rural areas, particularly around attaining quality education.

Swastika Shrestha

Head of Training and Support and Co-founder

“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.

Community Affairs Manager

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.

Khika Prasad Nepal

Community Affairs 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 Fellows. As a Leadership Development Manager, I work closely with Fellows whose impact in the community is really praise worthy. I feel accomplished when I see Fellows working so hard in the schools and community and bringing a real change.

Shailendra Jha

Recruitment and Selection Manager

Professionally I was involved in the management of Brain Works Learning Solution Center Pvt. Ltd., the then Microsoft Gold Certified Partner for Learning Solution as the Program Manager. Before joining Teach For Nepal, I used to work as Head of Department at Janakpur Engineering College and was a faculty member of Khwopa College of Engineering and Kantipur Engineering College. I’ve actively participated in various club activities as well as ICT related activities locally as well as globally. I joined Teach For Nepal as Recruitment and Selection Manager because I discovered that the work I was doing in the past didn’t impact the grassroots and it didn’t result in any change. I found Teach For Nepal reaching to the grassroots and bringing change in the country with the mobilization of young graduates.

Jigme Sherpa

Recruitment Coordinator (TFN Alumni)

I am originally from Sindhupalchowk but was raised in Kathmandu. I led an IT Startup before I decided to go to Sindhupalchowk to work as a Fellow of Teach for Nepal. I am Management and IT graduate from Apex College and have worked as an RJ as well . When earthquake hit Sindhupalchowk, I had initiated relief for the people there which was featured as a documentary in Aljazeera as “Nepals’ Unsung Hero”. In an International Youth Day 2015 , I was also awarded as one of the Nepali YuvaRatna . Currently I recruit outstanding graduates for Teach for Nepal Fellowship program as a Recruitment Coordinator.

Bijay Mani Paudel

Training and Support Manager (TFN Alumni)

The journey of two years as a Teach For Nepal Fellow in a remote part of Lalitpur has helped me to explore my deep curiosity about life and universe. However, an answer to that might come through a lot of upcoming experiences. But in two years of Fellowship, I learned to celebrate this blissful life to the fullest. Previously I used to believe that politics is everything. But with my experience as a Fellow, my belief has changed. Now I strongly believe that it is education that makes the foundation even for politics. Thus I’m nowhere to work with teachers and students again as a Training and Support Manager. I cannot do everything but I can do something to change a little arc of pollution and drive myself towards the bigger goal of helping to attain an excellent education for all children.

Jalan Maharjan

Leadership Development Manager (TFN Alumni)

According to GB Shaw, “Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything in their life.” I believe in transformational change and that is possible with our hard work and dedication. I’ve completed my Masters in Rural Development and was involved with various NGOs and INGOs. I saw the bizarre condition of children in diverse parts of the country while I was in different jobs. I think the entire development of the country begins from the classroom, so I was seeking a platform where I could contribute my effort to change the lives of those children. This prompted me to join Teach For Nepal as a Fellow and after two years of Fellowship, I’ve now joined Teach For Nepal as a Leadership Development Manager.

Drishya Gurung

Leadership Development Manager (TFN Alumni)

Teach For Nepal Fellowship happened as a result of my utmost desire to know my country closely. I wanted to get a deeper understanding of our culture, weaving myself into the untold stories of contemporary individuals and understand what development means for rural communities. However, Fellowship taught me more than I asked for. This experience has immersed into the core of my being, to help me become more of the person who passionately wants to do something for my country. I deeply believe in TFN vision and in fact, I feel this is what every leader, parents and teachers should aspire to, if we want to shape a better future for our country. The changes that I have witnessed among thousands of children in TFN have convinced me to believe that “change is possible.” And it is also the fundamental reason for me to join TFN team as Leadership Development Manager after my Fellowship. I am pursuing Masters Degree in Sociology from Tribhuvan University and I graduated with Bachelor degree in Asian Studies from Asian University for Women, Bangladesh.

Sanu Bhandari

Leadership Development Manager (TFN Alumni)

I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Delhi University. I wanted to understand Nepal at the grassroots level, a better way to get an opportunity to work in a community school in Sindhupalchowk as a Teach for Nepal fellow. During my two years of Fellowship, I gained knowledge on varied aspects of how a community works in social, political and economic front. I learned a great deal about who I am as a person; my strengths and weakness and what I need to develop over time to grow as a leader. Fellowship experience was rewarding so I wanted to use my experience and learnings to support future fellows during their journey. Joining Teach for Nepal as a Leadership Development Manager has given me an opportunity to directly impact fellow’s journey and interact with different community member and stakeholders to further my own understanding of Nepalese culture.

Laxmi Rajak

Impact Evaluation Coordinator

Teach for Nepal’s vision of ensuring that all Nepali children receive a quality education is consistent with my own values and passion for social equity. Born into a poor lower-caste family and raised by a single mother, I faced dim socio-economic prospects until a scholarship to study at SOS Hermann Gmeiner School (Sanothimi) changed the course of my life. After finishing the SLC, I was able to pursue my higher studies in England and the US on full scholarships. Throughout, I was fortunate that I met teachers who saw me beyond my background, believed in me and supported me. What deeply troubles me is that unfortunately, same is not true for many Nepali children. This is what motivated me to join Teach for Nepal because I really believe in the power of teachers to transform their students’ lives. As an Impact Evaluation Coordinator, I develop and implement strategies to evaluate our Fellows and Alumni impact as well as monitor performance of students in our placement schools.

Lochan Paudel

Admin and Logistics Coordinator

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 Coordinator, I look after the office management, coordinate logistics, support in finance and manage events.

Sandesh Bhattarai

Finance Officer

I am passionate about driving Teach For Nepal’s vision and believe in the power of quality education for every child. Previously, I worked with RajMS & Co., Chartered Accountants as an audit officer for 3.5 years, where I gained the knowledge of auditing, financial planning and risk management. In my current role, I oversee the finances of Teach For Nepal. I am currently pursuing CAP-III of Chartered Accountancy and Master’s degree in Business Studies.

Prajwal Khadka

Partnership Coordinator (TFN Alumni)

I was involved in various organizations like Blue Diamond Society, Sewa Kendra Leprosy Relief, and a few government schools before I came across the Teach For Nepal Fellowship. I found it a perfect way to contribute my part to change instead of complaining, “why things don’t change?” My two years of investment in the community has been a total learning experience. I think I gave a little but I earned a lot in terms of experience, in terms of love from the community and belief from my school and students. I belong to the very first cohort and I believed that I was among a group of Fellows who together sowed the seeds of ending educational inequity in Nepal. I want to see the seed grow into a big tree. I want to see all children receiving an excellent education. Now, as a Partnership Coordinator, I’m further nurturing this dream of ending educational inequity in Nepal.

Nawang Sherpa

Fundraising and Events Coordinator (TFN Alumni)

My sister and me, we were raised by our single mother. I wouldn’t have received the kind of education I have if my aunt did not support my schooling. I could see in my aunt a difference an individual can make if s/he chooses to. Teach For Nepal Fellowship was my calling and to give back what I had received from my aunt. I joined Teach For Nepal Fellowship to make the difference in the lives of hundreds of kids and be a solution to the problem rather than just a spectator. After completing my Fellowship in 2016, I joined Teach For Nepal staff team as a Fundraising and Events Coordinator. I am in Teach For Nepal to help sustain and grow the movement by creating a community of Teach For Nepal champions. I graduated with a Bachelors degree in Social Work and Psychology from Xavier Int’l College. Currently, I am pursuing my MBA Entrepreneurship from KINGS College.

Mona Aditya

Alumni Affairs Manager

The commitment and integrity that TFN staff and Fellows work with fuel me with faith and energy to work for a long-term impact. I attained my higher education at Pearson United World College in Canada and Cornell University in the United States as a Davis Scholar. I have worked and traveled in several rural districts of Nepal and bring to Teach For Nepal my experience with youth and environmental organizations and campaigns. I am a recipient of Cornell University Partners in Sustainability Award and a Co-Founder of Nepal Ko Yuwa. My interest in youth service learning brings me to Teach For Nepal. I have served as a Selection Manager at Teach For Nepal in the past, and I currently serve as the Alumni Affairs Manager. In my role, I work with Teach For Nepal Alumni to facilitate their leadership exercise and growth beyond Teach For Nepal and to sustain their engagement in Teach For Nepal’s mission beyond their Fellowship towards a strong Alumni Movement.

Neraz Tuladhar

Communication Manager

Before I joined Teach For Nepal, I was living in the US and found myself in a place of transition, where I was asking myself this question - What would make me happy? I was going through the motions of life and finding pleasure in its various pursuits, but there was nothing that really lit me up. Nothing that really sang to my heart. And I was frustrated, so I dreamt up a solution. It involved distant countries, adventures, and escape. And in my heart, I knew that was not the answer. So I rephrased the question from “What would make me happy?” to something more achievable. What am I curious about? In the process of discovering what didn’t make me happy, my path crossed Teach For Nepal. Currently, I support Teach For Nepal with communication efforts to advocate “Education is the currency that matters the most”.

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.

Nirajan Kathayat

Admin Assistant

My belief in life is that if my small effort can put a smile on someone’s face then I think that effort is worthwhile and I will always make that effort. I want to bring changes in our societies through my work. I am involved in a various clubs like Youth in Social Change and Leo Club. I moved to Pokhara from my small village of Dolpa district at age seven for my education as there were no schools nearby. I completed my +2 level in Science in Pokhara then I moved to Kathmandu for my undergraduate. When I came to know about Teach For Nepal, I was really impressed by its vision and mission. I joined Teach For Nepal to assist in its movement from my side to help many friends like me.

Hom B Thapa

Science Curriculum Development Manager

“We want you to get an education because we want you to have a better life''. This simple yet profound words from my parents always inspire me to become a better person. My parents moved to Kathmandu and struggled throughout their life to ensure my quality education. I did my +2 in from Sainik Awasiya Mahavidhyalaya where I didn’t just earn my degree but learn skills, attitudes, and values of life. Fellowship was the best choice I made for my career after graduation in Electrical Engineering from IOE, Pulchowk Campus. It gave me the opportunity to build a better tomorrow for children of rural Nepal. Two years of teaching experience with limited resources just after the 7.8M earthquake made me believe that quality of education of public schools can be better with quality teachers. Therefore, I decided to continue being part of the movement as Science Curriculum Expert and help increase the academic impact of the public school of rural communities.

Jayanta Lama

Leadership Development Manager

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.

Let's stay in touch.

Contact Information

"TFN House"
140 Chitra Marga, Kantipath
Jamal, Kathmandu, Nepal

+977-1-4240105

Quick Links