We formed DENSA in 2018. We've consistently grown since then, all thanks to the helping hands of an amazing community! We hope to support educators by acquiring knowledge and resources that will enable them to create an inclusive, equitable, rich, and culturally responsive school community.
We aim to provide educators with awareness of the diverse community that is Durham. Our network will help students, in partnership with parents and community members, to become more confident with their learning.
Deepa Gohill (she/her) is an educator with the Durham District School Board. She holds the position of an elementary Literacy/Numeracy instructional facilitator and is passionate about bringing teaching and learning to life as it centers around human rights and equity. After many years of teaching, Deepa held the position of a literacy/numeracy coach in Ajax for 3 years and now supports many schools in Oshawa as well as virtual DDSB@home campuses. Deepa is looking forward to working with DENSA to support students, families, and educators in the DDSB.
Rama Indrakumar is an ESL Coach who has been with the Durham District School Board for 8 years. Throughout her teaching career, she has been a classroom teacher for students from Kindergarten to Grade 8. She is passionate about honouring student identity and providing meaningful learning opportunities for students. She instills culturally relevant teaching practices to ensure that every student’s voice is heard. Her goal in education is to empower her students to become lifelong learners who ask questions about the world they live in. Rama’s hope is that DENSA will act as a platform to generate authentic parent and student engagement while providing a strong network for educators to collaborate and celebrate their shared lived experiences.
Fabiha (she/her) is a secondary school teacher. She is currently teaching English and Social Sciences, both subjects she is excited and passionate about. She has been working with DENSA as an executive member since 2020 when she created the first-ever curriculum resources to celebrate Bangladeshi Heritage Month. She is excited to join the team as a co-chair and share her Bangladeshi and secondary school perspectives. Fabiha pushes her students to be lifelong learners who are curious about learning about themselves, those around them, and the society around them. She pushes her students to always decolonize their thinking, celebrate their identities and become allies to others. Fabiha hopes that with DENSA, she will be able to work with students, parents, educators, and community members to celebrate South Asian identities in our classrooms and in our communities.
Kavita Kanavalli is an educator who is passionate about student success and believes that every child has the right to equal opportunities in education. She has been a teacher for 20 years. Kavita has been with the Durham District School Board for 15 years teaching Computer Science. During this time, she has had the opportunity to be part of a number of initiatives that helps bring equitable outcomes for students. Kavita is currently Vice-Principal at Pickering High School. She hopes to educate and bring awareness about the South Asian community through the various initiatives planned by DENSA.
Tharmila Apputhurai is an elementary ESL Coach. She has been a Primary/Junior teacher with the DDSB since 2005. Prior to her role as a coach, she was a Special Education Resource teacher at da Vinci P.S. in Ajax. In addition, Tharmila has experience teaching in South Korea, Macau, China, and Sri Lanka. She is passionate about collaborating with others to create spaces that reflect students' identities and lived experiences. She is dedicated to fostering inclusive, equitable, and caring practices so that learning is meaningful and engaging for all students. Tharmila strongly believes that education provides the opportunity for us to reflect, question, and find ways to improve the world that we live in. As an educator, she is continually learning and unlearning along with her students. Tharmila is excited to be a part of the DENSA network and it's initiatives to facilitate parent engagement, student achievement, and well-being.
Tina (she/her) is a Principal with the Durham District School Board. She believes that all students have the ability to succeed given the correct support. She is passionate about working in partnership with families and the community to increase student achievement and engagement. She has a passion for technology and uses technology to provide all students with equitable outcomes. Tina is excited to be a part of DENSA, working collaboratively with students, the community, and other educators.
Thibika Thavakumar is an elementary educator with Durham District School Board. Prior to working with DDSB, she taught with New York City's Department of Education for five years. Thibika's goal as an educator is to provide a wide array of opportunities for students to succeed through positive and enriching learning experiences. She is dedicated to creating inclusive learning spaces that allows all students to feel comfortable, appreciated and accepted. She is a firm believer in promoting the trifecta of communication amongst students, families and teachers through consistent parent engagement. Through her passion in modern era technology within the classroom, she hopes to provide enlightening and thought provoking learning experiences. Thibika is a firm believer in empowering student's through education. Through DENSA, Thibika hopes to bring about inclusivity within all learning environments for students and staff.
Krrisha Angel Gnanachchandran is a French teacher with the Durham District School board for over five years. She is currently working at Rosemary Brown Public School as a Special Education Resource Teacher (SERT). She firmly believes that student representation at all levels of the education system is vital to student growth and success. When students see themselves reflected in their learning, there is power in that. Krrisha is excited to join DENSA this year as an executive member and collaboratively work with other groups on the board to promote inclusion, equity, and passion!
Sruthi Abraham is a secondary teacher with the Durham District School Board. Her goal is to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for learners, educators and parents from all walks of life. I am also passionate about committing and working toward improving student achievement and well-being. She is looking forward to being a part of DENSA and contributing to facilitating opportunities to engage with students, parents and educators.
Senthuran has been with the Durham District school board for 8 years. He is currently working at the board office as an Innovative Education Facilitator—Technology. He is continually refining his skills and practices as such encourage those who surround him to do the same.