ABOUT US

Shiminly specializes in holistic cross-disciplinary programs for K-12 schools and private students. We emphasize the whole person in the context of their learning, bridging self-knowledge with education to empower our students for success. Our dynamic courses nurture young people and inspire them to rise to the challenges of the future.
In this age of readily available information, the static lecture-style classroom is a relic. Today’s learners must be challenged to self-motivate and operate independently, while still receiving the support and guidance they need to thoroughly explore a discipline. Shiminly is the solution.
Our program centres on the belief that learning about oneself is as important as learning about the world. A Shiminly education not only gives students world-class academic skills, but also the self-knowledge and confidence to thrive in any setting, from international education to their professional careers.

MISSION

Shiminly is driven to bridge the gap between traditional academics and 21st-century learners. We integrate much needed Life Skills into academic content. Shiminly teaches by live interactive lessons where students learn how to actively find answers for themselves and gain worldly experience.  Learners will seamlessly blend their social and emotional learning journey with their academic path. Graduates from our program will start their careers with an advantage that will benefit them for their whole lives. 

  • Lifelong Learning
    Pursue new knowledge, talents, and challenges throughout a person’s entire life journey.
  • Empathy
    Exemplify stewardship of the earth, oneself, and others through acts of compassion, respect, and understanding.
  • Authenticity
    Stay true to yourself and celebrate the truths of others.
  • Responsibility and Respect
    Understand the vital role one plays as a member of the human community, and promote supportive and thoughtful behavior.
  • Nourishment of Body and Mind
    Safeguard mental, physical, emotional, and social health at every level.

VALUES

CURRICULUM

Our curriculum is guided by recommended best practices for children to acquire worldly skills required for the rapidly changing 21st century. We implement philosophy and methodology from experts at the World Economic Forum, UNESCO, and Harvard University , to form our future-minded curriculum. We believe in evidence-based approaches in teaching and nurturing young minds that have proven life-changing results. See our curriculum

Our methodology is based on researched approaches and recommendations from experienced world tutors and leading institutions, which address the need for evolution in the current education system. Live, Interactive, authentic learning experiences, with our International Facilitators, offers practical applications for real challenges, increasing abilities and building skills to give students the best chance at success.

METHODOLOGY

EXPLORE WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS FOR EDUCATION FROM EXPERTS AROUND THE WORLD.

Shama Nannapaneni

Massachusetts, USA

Yuvraj Lehr

India

Kini Paddock

Massachusetts, USA

Ruchira Banka

Bangalore, India

Aumee Bhuiyan

Massachusetts, USA

Shannon Castillo

Massachusetts, USA

Craig Donald Buck

Bombay, India

Rekha Arora

Bombay, India

Dipti Vaswani

Bombay, India

Harsh Kishan

India

Chris

Chris

UK

Patrice

Patrice

Jamaica

Nina

Nina

Cape Town, South Africa

Mary

Ukraine

Ruth-Ann

Ruth-Ann

Canada

Benjamin

Benjamin

Thailand

Stacy

Chang Mai, Thailand

Douglas

Douglas

Spain

Kristal Hall

Jamaica

Olerato

Johannesburg, South Africa

Evan

South Africa

Graciana

Graciana

Argentina

Anita

Mauritius

Jeannie

Russ

Russ

Australia

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Chris

Chris

UK

Hi there, my name is Chris and I’m from Devon, in the south of England. I have been teaching English as a foreign language for over six years and have taught in China, the UK, Hungary and Spain. I have a background in Music and studied Composition at the RSAMD in Glasgow, Trinity Laban in London and the University of York. After finishing my master’s at York, I travelled to China to teach for a little while and fell in love with it. I’ve been teaching ever since!

Patrice

Patrice

Jamaica

My teaching journey began in 2011, after obtaining my Bachelors at the UWI, in Jamaica and subsequently, becoming TEFL-certified. My style of teaching focuses on the student’s unique needs. I believe that every student learns differently and it is my responsibility to create a learning environment that allows each student to feel safe enough to explore and experiment with new information in order to maximize their fullest potential. I’m excited to meet and get to know you. See you soon!

Russ

Russ

Australia

I am a passionate academic with extensive teaching experience. I am proficient in English, Russian, Spanish and Portuguese, as well as culturally sensitive with a deep understanding of the education sector. I obtained my Master’s degree from Moscow State University of International Relations, Russia’s top diplomatic school. I also have a PhD in history and politics from the University of Melbourne, the highest-ranking university in Australia. I am currently working on my academic monograph.

I am also a CELTA-certified English teacher and am passionate about helping students achieve high scores in the IELTS test as well as pursue further studies and vocations. My combined experience and proficiency in grammar, communication and education means I can help students to express themselves effectively in any scenario.

Graciana

Graciana

Argentina

My name is Graciana and I have been a teacher of English for the last 14 years. I am from Mendoza (La tierra del sol y del buen vino) Argentina, in Latin America. I have been to countries like Chile, Scotland and England, where I lived for 8 months.
I love teaching English online because it allows me to meet students and teachers that I would never be able to meet otherwise! Plus, I also get to learn about other countries and cultures! In addition, I enjoy having fun lessons where creativity, discussion and ideas can flourish.

Nina

Nina

Cape Town, South Africa

Hi there, my name is Nina. I am so excited to meet you and get to know you! I am from beautiful, sunny South Africa, where I currently reside. I have worked in many different industries and gained amazing worldly knowledge through these different work environments, but my true passion and purpose lies in education.

I have experience with remedial teaching and facilitating of all different age groups, from toddlers to teens, university students to high powered professionals and government officials. In my sessions, I am my student’s biggest cheerleader.

I would describe myself as enthusiastic, patient, dedicated, reliable, high-energy, flexible, encouraging but most of all loads of fun! The more fun and engaging the lesson, the more we retain. [And you don’t even feel like you are learning 😉] I love teaching, as I get to connect with many different people from all walks of life. I take pleasure in getting to know my students, understanding their needs and helping them achieve their goals. I believe that knowledge is power. Empowering others to know their full potential is what it’s all about. It’s meaningful, which makes me love what I do, even more. I can’t wait to meet you!

Mary

Ukraine

Hi! My name is Mary. I am a traveler and have been teaching for the last 7 years. In those years, I’ve lived and taught in many countries, e.g., China, Vietnam, Russia, Poland, Ukraine.

I am experienced in teaching General and Academic English. I am also passionate about helping my students prepare for the IELTS test, understand English grammar, and overcome difficulties in expressing themselves. I have taught students from different cultural and professional backgrounds and helped them achieve their academic and personal goals. Nowadays, I am working towards my PhD in Education. Teaching online helps me meet lots of interesting people, as well as get to learn about many interesting cultures and traditions. I’ll be glad to meet you and help you achieve your goals. See you soon!

Ruth-Ann

Ruth-Ann

Canada

Hello, my name is Ruth-Ann and I am excited and passionate to embark on this journey of teaching English to you. I have been teaching since 2011 after completing my Bachelors at the UWI Mona in Kingston, Jamaica and most recently a Diploma at Seneca College in Toronto, Canada. I aspire to create a safe, student-centered environment, with a focus on active learning, where students are always engaged and feel comfortable to express their thoughts, ideas and opinions. My classrooms are also spaces for exploration and discovery and each student is welcome to challenge themselves by maintaining a growth mindset where they always strive for improvement every day. I look forward to meeting each and every one of you!

Benjamin

Benjamin

Thailand

Hello, my name is Benjamin and I’m from Oregon in the United States. I have taught English as a Second Language for over three years. I have been a residential boarding school advisor, summer camp teacher, and substitute teacher for music and English classes. I have degrees in Anthropology and Journalism and have also been involved in making short documentaries. I believe this background is evident in my inquisitive teaching style. I like to meet my students where they live and encourage them to make their own personal stories crucial to their learning.

Stacy

Chang Mai, Thailand

Hello! I’m Stacy and I am from the U.S. and the Marshall Islands. I have bachelors’ degrees in History and English and a master’s degree in Documentary Filmmaking from NYU. I started my teaching journey in S. Korea and since then have traveled the world and worked with students of all ages. I like making documentaries and teaching because I love the process of discovery. How exciting it is to be there at that lightbulb moment when a student understands a new concept or idea, then creates something new and shares it. I’m so happy to go on this journey with you.

Douglas

Douglas

Spain

Hi, my name is Douglas, but most people just call me Doug. I am from New Orleans and after graduating with my bachelor’s degree in the US, I moved to Spain and earned my master’s degree in teaching. Now with over eight years of experience teaching all ages from toddlers to retirees, I find being an educator to be highly rewarding. I not only enjoy teaching my students but learning from them as well. I look forward to meeting many more students soon!

Shama Nannapaneni

Massachusetts, USA

Shama is the CEO and Cofounder of Shiminly, overseeing all aspects of product development, go to market strategy and operations. Previously she confounded and led Sigma, Inc., a professional staffing firm focused on the IT, Healthcare and Pharmaceutical industries. Shama holds a BA in Economics and Law from Nagarjuna University and an LLM in Corporate & Financial Laws from Fordham University, USA.



Why Shiminly? Shama founded Shiminly with the goal of bringing some of her personal and professional experiences to students and parents. She has seen first hand how life skills help students become more content with themselves and in return more confident and grounded. These skills also help parents become more confident in their child’s decision making, yet many schools don’t emphasize the competencies. She hopes Shiminly programs can make these skills more accessible to schools and students around the world. 

Yuvraj Lehr

India

Yuvraj leads all go to market strategy and operations for Shiminly. Previously, he managed partnerships and growth for Clever Harvey and served as the regional head of APAC School Solutions for Callido Learning. Prior to his time in the edtech space, Yuvraj gained experience in the hospitality, real estate and media industries. Yuvraj holds a HND in Hospitality from IHMES International Hotel School, Isle of Man. 

Why Shiminly? He believes he could have been equipped with much more knowledge on how to deal with the real world than he was taught in school at his time. He’s therefore on a mission to bring in Shiminlys life skill curriculum into schools by empowering teachers with the curriculum they need and students with opportunities to sharpen their skills in preparation of the changing world ahead of them.

Kini Paddock

Massachusetts, USA

Kini maintains an effective workflow at Shiminly throughout its different departments. She works with the global facilitators coordinating Shiminly’s classes. She also manages Shiminly’s LMS system. Kini was a teacher for ten years, including three years teaching English in Henan, China. She has a master’s degree in education from the USC Rossier School of Education.

Why Shiminly? Kini sees that the youth of today critically need Shiminly’s holistic cross-disciplinary life skills curriculum for their lifelong happiness. She further believes that the mission of education is to protect the dignity of human life and human rights.

Ruchira Banka

Bangalore, India

Ruchira helps strategize and plan short term and long-term objectives that would lead to curriculum implementation and growth, with schools that partner with Shiminly.

Previously, Ruchira taught and headed the Middle School in CBSE, IB and Cambridge Curricula at Oakridge International School. She is an IB textbook author, who has been awarded by the ‘Indian School Awards’ for her ‘Contribution to the Education Community’. She holds a Master’s Degree in Mathematics and a Bachelor’s of Education.

Why Shiminly?- Ruchira carries a personal goal to bring in a change into the education world by spreading focus to skill based and conceptual learning. This clearly aligns to Shiminly’s mission of creating future ready global citizens by imparting skill based education using the content that is closely related to the real world. She believes that it is skills that individuals carry with them life long and exposure to learning these at an early age gives the future citizens an edge to create a better and peaceful world.

Aumee Bhulyan

Massachusetts, USA

Aumee works with the instructional design team to develop the curriculum, courses, and assessments for Shiminly. Before Shiminly, he was an instructional designer and classroom teacher in institutes across China, Spain, Australia, and Canada. He holds an hBSC in Neuroscience and a Master of Science in Neurophysiology from the University of Toronto.

Why Shiminly? He believes that every challenge that our planet and societies will face over 50 years can be overcome by today’s students as long as they develop certain 21st century skills. These skills form the foundation of the Shiminly curriculum. He wants every child to have the opportunity to develop these skills so that, in addition to solving real-world problems, they can become the best version of themselves in the process.

Shannon Castillo

Massachusetts, USA

Shannon works with the instructional design team to develop courses and enhance curriculum for young minds by utilizing interactive tools and multimedia experiences. Shannon has experience in positions such as classroom teacher, Education Program Director,  Project Coordinator of a State-wide Childhood Trauma Center, and course design for Infancy-Grade 12 schools and Independent Holistic Life coaches. Her experience brings course design and classroom teaching together to strengthen the edtech sector. She holds a BS in Psychology and Education from Becker State College, Massachusetts. She also holds a certification in Project Management, Diversity and Inclusion, and Instructional Design, from Copenhagen, Denmark.

Why Shiminly? She believes learning requires more than just academic skills. Learning is the world around you and if given the opportunity to strengthen life skills, the student will have the confidence and foundation to empower each person they encounter, from the schools to the world.

Craig Donald Buck

Bombay, India

Craig is the primary liaison for schools and handles end-to-end delivery at Shiminly. Prior to working in the ed-tech space, he gained experience in the event management, foreign exchange and blockchain industries. He was on the core team of a blockchain protocol, helping launch and scale the business. Craig holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Mumbai. 

Why Shiminly? He believes that he has learned a lot about life after school and wishes these lessons and skills were taught to him while in school. With that thought he joined Shiminly to advance life skill development. He is hopeful to give this opportunity to every student so that they learn to cope with any situation in life, find solutions, solve problems and be a global citizen for life.

Rekha Arora

Bombay, India

Dipti Vaswani

Bombay, India

Hello, my name is Benjamin and I’m from Oregon in the United States. I have taught English as a Second Language for over three years. I have been a residential boarding school advisor, summer camp teacher, and substitute teacher for music and English classes. I have degrees in Anthropology and Journalism and have also been involved in making short documentaries. I believe this background is evident in my inquisitive teaching style. I like to meet my students where they live and encourage them to make their own personal stories crucial to their learning.

Harsh Kishan

India

Kristal Hall

Jamaica

I am Kristal Hall a trained Spanish teacher from the beautiful island of Jamaica. For the past 16 years, I have dedicated passion and soul to the discipline of Spanish and English education and I have grown both personally and professionally as I continue to give of myself to the service and enhancement of all who are ready to learn. 

Being a part of the Shiminly team has helped to foster my passion for teaching. It has afforded me the opportunity to work across borders and gifted me with a diverse cultural experience that is unmatched. With a staff of facilitators who can be easily considered some of the most brilliant minds among us, Shiminly has been nothing short of amazing and motivating.

Olerato

Johannesburg, South Africa

Hello there, my name is Olerato, but you can call me Ole. I am from Johannesburg, South Africa and hold a bachelor’s degree from the University of the Witwatersrand and a TEFL certificate. I have a great passion for the English language, particularly imparting my knowledge onto others through effective teaching methods. Apart from having invaluable experience teaching a variety of classes, my most favorite quality is my ability to think laterally to get my point across to everyone regardless of their age, background, or level of ability. My preferred teaching style is the Communicative Language Style. This is where I teach the language based on situations my students or pupils find themselves in whilst they are going on about their everyday life. I find this to be highly effective as the pupils can put into practice what they have learnt in class. I look forward to meeting you. See you in class!

Evan

South Africa

My name is Evan, and I am an educator from South Africa. I have been in education since 2003, having taught a range of age groups in various countries. I hold a master’s degree in marketing as well as English teaching certificates. I always strive to be relevant to my students and have them enjoy learning something new.

Anita

Mauritius

Hi! My name is Anita. I am from beautiful Mauritius, the paradise land of beaches, mountains, and multilinguals. My teaching experience spans across different ages and levels from children to adults and professionals. This has included students from Myanmar and Russia. I am an English teacher with the added plus of being a motivator, guide, and coach. I have a ‘can do’ attitude, with a love of learning combined with grit and resilience. Keeping classes engaging and channeling students’ thought processes is something I do with ease. My hobbies include playing the piano and making intricate bracelets. See you soon in the classroom.

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