Shanthi Menon

Shanthi-MenonMs. Shanthi Menon (Principal)
The Deens Academy, ECC Road, Whitefield.
Phone: +918028454464 

The principal founder of Deens Academy, Principal Shanthi Menon embodies the spirit of this school, at Whitefield, Bangalore. Her passion for education and vast teaching experience put her in a unique position to continually steer Deens to the highest echelons of educational excellence.

Inspired by the conviction to make a change in the field of education, Shanthi Menon, a university rank holder from Stella Maris College, Chennai, acquired a degree in education after completing her graduation in English Literature. The initial years of a nearly two-decade-long career were spent at some of India’s most prestigious educational institutions including the Bhavan’s schools in Chennai and Hyderabad, even while Ms. Menon pursued a post graduation from the University of Madras.


Teacher at Bhavan’s Rajaji Vidyashram, Chennai (1987-89)

  • Teaching English for middle school
  • Created spoken English curriculum for kindergarten
  • Created handwriting books for primary school

Teacher at Jubilee Hills Public School, Hyderabad (1989-1990)

  • Teacher of English for middle and high school

Coordinator at the CMR National Public School, Bangalore (1998-2004)

  • Served as event coordinator and academic assistant to Vice Principal
  • Undertook remedial English classes for middle and high school

Founder Principal of Gopalan International School (2004-2006)

  • Set up the school from grassroots, inducting staff, scripting policies, undertaking marketing
  • She has to her credit the distinction of writing the curriculum and setting up the academic standard for this institution

Currently, Founder Principal of Deens Academy, Bangalore (2006)

  • As the founder, has been seminal in the development of Deens Academy since its inception
  • Handles all administrative responsibilities
  • Created an indigenous curriculum for the school
  • Has created teacher training modules and has been training teaching and non-teaching staff
  • Revolutionised the classroom teaching process –embraced differentiated learning and individual learning programmes
  • Has developed an indigenous curriculum for Life skills, Work experience and general knowledge for the students of Deens Academy
  • Chartered a growth plan that blends values, ethics, academics, physical education, art education and attitude
  • Has constituted a three-way enhancement channel between school, parent and child through an open door policy
  • Has been instrumental in implementing an internet-based, customised software for regular parent-teacher interaction and student updates.


  • MA., Literature, Stella Maris College, Chennai
  • Ed., Annamali University
  • Cambridge International Diploma for Teachers and Trainers
  • Masters degree in Education – Kuvempu University


  • Leadership and Management Training Course (HeadLamp) with The Teacher Foundation, Bangalore
  • Strategic Management from the Central Board of Secondary Education


  • Lends her experience of designing and delivering learning and training programmes to MNTTA, a teacher training institute at Bangalore, as its principal consultant.
  • Has penned many articles addressing parents and teacher trainees related to children, their growth and learning processes.
  • Presented a paper on Effective Assessment Systems, at the 4th International Conference – Systems and Processes for High Performing School in 2012
  • Has been featured in Elets News Network (ENN) – 1st October 2012 – In an interview with Amriteshwar Pathak, she shares her insights on various aspects of education and the role of Information and Communication Technology (ICT’s)

Has Featured in the Mentor Magazine – Vicissitude 2013

  • DigiLearning magazine has carried an interview with her
  • Has been featured in the ‘Assetscope’.
  • ‘Mentor’, a magazine that addresses school principals and educators, has featured Shanthi as its cover story.
  • Her article on Sports in Education has been featured in IDA.
  • Has presented papers on various education related subjects including assessment and technology in classrooms, at various national and international forums.
  • Speaker at Train the Trainer programme for ACT
  • ‘Speaker’ at Adhyapan, The International Education and Skills Summit 2015 – at Bangalore
  • 28th January, 2016 – ‘Speaker’ at IDA Conference – Collaborative Learning in Connected Age – held at The Lalit Ashok, Bangalore


  • Award of recognition for her contribution to society, on the occasion of Women’s Day, 2011, by His Excellency Dr. Joseph V G, Honorary Counsel of the Republic of Maldives in Bangalore in partnership with The Garden City College, Bangalore.
  • ‘Ideal Principal Award 2011’ by Akhil Bharatiya Nagrik Vikas Kendra, Aurangabad.
  • ‘Excellent Educator’ by the International Institute of Education and Management, Delhi
  • Award for Education Excellence 2011 from the Economic Development Forum and the Indian Achievers Forum, New Delhi.
  • Conferred the Women Leadership & Innovation Awards in the category of education, from the International Women Leadership Forum, in April 2013.
  • Recipient of the ‘Chanakya Award for The Best Principal 2013, jointly presented to her by Education World and The Bangalore School.
  • ‘Ideal Principal Award 2014’ by Akhil Bharatiya Nagrik Vikas Kendra, Aurangabad.
  • ‘Ideal Principal Award 2015’ by Akhil Bharatiya Nagrik Vikas Kendra, Aurangabad
  • Certificate of Recognition, Innovative School – Microsoft Partners in Learning Innovative School Workshop – Innovative School Program and School Leaders Community for Leading change
  • Winner in the category of Vision and Leadership – 2014 – 2015 presented by IBCI School Brilliance Awards 2015
  • Life Time Education Achievement Award, 2015’ – International Institute of Education and Management, Delhi


  • Sirigannada Prakashana Chitradurga Certificate for School 2013 for the Best School Award in the State Level
  • ’Best School Award – 2014’ by Akhil Bhartiya Nagrik Vikas Kendra (All India Citizens Development Centre)
  • Winner in the category of Vision and Leadership – 2014 – 2015 presented by IBCI School Brilliance Awards 2015
  • Awarded ‘India’s Top 20 CBSE Schools in 2015 – Ranked No. 3 in Bangalore and Ranked No. 10 in India for exemplary contribution to the Education Field’ presented by Education Today
  • ‘School Excellence Awards – Top 20 CBSE Schools’ in 2015 present by Brainfeed in recognition of School vision and mission in imparting life changing learning opportunities and pre-eminence as a beacon of change for the future generation
  • First Runner – Ignite your minds – The Leadership Event – Quest 2015 – Organised by Global Awareness Program (GAP)


  • 2009 – Headlamp – the Teacher Foundation – at Bangalore
  • 17th January 2011 – 21st January 2011 – Strategic Management and Leadership for Principals of CBSE schools – at IIFT, Kolkata Centre
  • 22nd August 2011 – 26th August 2011 – Strategic Leadership Programme (Capacity Building Programme for CBSE – Affiliated Schools) – at Educational Technology and Management Academy, Gurgaon
  • 27th January 2012 – The Howard Gardner India Tour, Bangalore Talk – ‘Creativity and Genius / Good Work’ – at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore
  • 10th– 11th November 2012 – 4th International Conference – Systems and Processes for High Performing School – Using Assessments Effectively – An integrated Systems Approach – at EduExcellence, Hyderabad
  • 16th November 2012 – 18th November 2012 – Mentor Conclave 2012 – Questioning & Co – Creating Education – at J.N. Tata Auditorium, National Scientific Seminar Complex, Indian Institute of Science Campus, Bangalore
  • 15th December 2012 – Pedagogy, Teacher Quality and Inclusivity – Implementation Challenges at Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore
  • 2013 – International Education Summit, Adhyapan – at Bangalore
  • 2nd August 2013 – 4th August 2013 – ‘Management Imperatives For Education Institution’ – at Atria Hotel, Bangalore
  • 2014 – Think CIQ
  • 17th September 2014 – 19th September 2014 – Capacity Building Programme on Effective School Management and Leadership Skills conducted by the Energy and Resource Institute, at Army Public School, Bangalore
  • 4th July 2016 – Workshop regarding Leadership in Future Schools, DPS, Bangalore


Daughter of the eminent, Dr. E Sreedharan, the Metro Man of India and wife of Mr. Hari Menon, Co-Founder CEO of Big and ex-CEO, India Skills, a pioneering vocational skills development company, Shanthi is a passionate home maker and the mother of 3 sons.


Running parallel to her chosen career is her talent in the field of dance. A trained Bharatanatyam and Mohiniattam dancer, Ms. Menon has performed extensively and has to her credit many choreographies and events which have won her many laurels.


She has been an auditioned A- grade artist at Doordarshan, Chennai. She has also to her credit some modelling assignments and comperes dance programmes and events.


Shanthi is also trained in carnatic music and is a creative artist who gives life to Tanjore paintings as well.