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Meet this woman entrepreneur from Bengaluru making kids self-reliant during lockdown

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Stuti Mehrotra, believes in making children self reliant by imparting right set of skills to them. Her school Linden Montessori is helping students to get rid of gadgets and involve in activities that help them develop sharp focus and concentration. Just spare a few minutes in reading the article and appreciating her wonderful efforts…

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The beginning

Bangalore based Stuti Mehrotra (41) always wanted to be a teacher and in fact after completing her B Ed, she successfully launched her own pre-school called Linden Montessori.
But what is so great in her story? Stuti is making toddlers, in the age bracket of 1.8 years to six years, self reliant in the era of lockdown when a majority of parents are striking a balance between their professional life and the personal life. With special skills like cutting fruits, making Chapattis, arranging their own plates, put on their socks and shoes, these kids are making a real difference and leading a soulful life.

What made her launch the school?

Stuti told Chalgenius that she worked with a corporate firm for a few years after moving from Kanpur to Bangalore. One fine day, she read a book ‘Stay hungry and stay foolish’ by Rashmi Bansal which encouraged her to open her own school which she always wanted to do. “I was ok to fail but I was not ok with not even trying,” she says.
She founded her pre-school Linden Montessori at an investment of Rs 50 lakh in Bangalore in 2014 which has grown to a good level within six years of its inception.

The confidence and growth

She says she started Linden Montessori in an area which was flooded with reputed schools. Her friends cautioned her about the plan of having a school in this locality but she was sure about herself. In the first month she had 15 enrolments and within six months it rose to 50. Till 2019, Stuti used to have 200 children but because of Covid-19 the number has come down to 100.
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The USP

The parents were confident of the spacious classrooms and the way Stuti used to teach. She says she and her staff follow the child’s interest and teach him/her accordingly. She attributes three reasons to her success and the first being the high standards of safety, teachers’ deep involvement with kids, and teaching methodology. She spoke about involving children into extra-curricular activities like imparting training to them such as cutting fruits, making chapattis, doing Yoga and meditation. She says the children are now helping their parents in daily chores in the lockdown.

Covid-19

The pandemic has cut the strength of the school to half. Stuti says last year she had a waiting list for admission because she did not have enough space for additional children. But this year, many parents were not keen for online classes because of the lockdown which led to reduction in strength.

Get in touch

Stuti Mehrotra
Linden Montessori
Bangalore
9880560154
Keywords: Linden Montessori, Chalgenius, Kanpur, Bangalore
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