Areas of Interest & Expertise
Linking Theory and Practice in Teacher Education and Teacher Professional Development, Environmental Education – cultivating relationship with the natural world and learning from Indigenous approaches and perspectives, Math Education at the Primary level – the relational-emotional aspect of cognitive development, Decolonial Pedagogy in Program Planning and Classroom Instruction
Ruchi is a faculty with the School of Arts and Sciences.
At the university, she is a part of the B.Sc. B. Ed., team, where she helps coordinate the Internships and Apprenticeships of the program. She also shares Resident Mentor responsibilities.
Before this, Ruchi taught at Rishi Valley School in Andhra Pradesh for two years. She anchored a mixed-age-group of children from ages 3 to 8 as class teacher. She also developed and taught curricular units in Environmental Studies at the Grade 2 – 3 levels to engage with the local community and landscape in socially and ecologically responsible ways.
She has completed her M.Ed from OISE at University of Toronto. Alongside coursework, she interned in a variety of schools across Toronto, working with children of different ages at the primary level. She also worked with some of the University’s outreach programs, such as Primary level Math Camps, Number Buddies (a math program to support Syrian refugee children’s transition into the Canadian school system), and Natural Curiosity (an educator resource that brings powerful ways to engage students in learning about relationship to the natural world through Indigenous approaches).