Sri Sathya Sai Educare Gurus
“May we both be guided and protected. May we progress together and achieve spiritual splendors together, through our studies. May no trace of displeasure or disturbance pollute our relation.”
-Sathya Sai Speaks Vol 15
Pavithra Krishnan is a Sai Parent and SSE teacher. Her journey with Swami started while in high school in Bangalore. Her affinity to Swami began with Seeing (S)Him in Brindavan where her mother was one of the singers. This grew into Association(A) with Swami’s activities in Bangalore and then in the US. SSE has enriched this into Introspection(I) every day. She received her SSE training from Sis Bernice Mead in 2011 and has been an active SSE Guru for a decade. She has taught Group 1 through 4. She has served as the SSE Coordinator (S Houston), been a part of the National SSE teacher training team, several SSE enrichment sessions, SSE Teacher mentor and National Teacher Study circle team in the past.
She lives with her husband, children and pets in Houston, Texas. She is a Technologist by profession and works in the field of Product Management. She pursues music, painting, reading, and cartooning in her free time. Being with children and participating in their spiritual growth keeps her very close to Swami. She enjoys their company and considers it a big honor to be part of their journey.
Gopi Balakrishnan is a Sai Parent and SSE teacher. He lives in Houston, Texas. He has taught group 3&4 over the past 6 years. He received his SSE training from Sis Bernice Mead in 2011 and has been an active volunteer / facilitator / participant at SSE teacher enrichment programs. He came to Swami’s fold at a very young age. He did his schooling in Trivandrum, Kerala and was an active member of the Madhuvanam Sathya Sai ashram in its formative days in the 90s.
He did his Masters in Electric power engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York and currently works in the field of Technology management and Digital transformation.
Sridevi Devaraj lives in Sugar Land, Texas and has been a SSE guru for both Group 2 and Group 3 children for the last 15 years. She is formally trained to teach SSSE and is very passionate about teaching Swami’s values to children. She is especially motivated to follow what she teaches and motivate the kids to use Swami’s values in real life. By profession, Sridevi is the Medical Director of the Texas Children’s Hospital laboratories and Professor of Pathology at Baylor College of Medicine. She is also committed to being involved in community service and loves to involve children and devotees of all ages in these efforts with the ultimate goal of enriching ourselves by sharing and caring.
Pappa Kumar has been in Swami’s fold for the past 20 years. He lives in Sugar Land, Texas and has been a SSE guru for Group 2. He received his SSE training from Sis. Bernice Mead and took part in periodic SSE Teacher enrichment activities. He taught group 2 children at the Sacramento Sai Center and later continued to teach Group 2 at the S Houston Sai Center. He considers teaching children to be not only fun but also his spiritual sadhana.
Having been in the Sai Fold since a young age, Nithya Sherman, remained engaged as a Sai parent. Her children attended SSE in Singapore and later in the US. As a Sai parent she has seen the amazing transformation of her children evolving to caring and responsible YAs. This instilled in her desire to become a Sai Teacher (Student) and this was fulfilled when she got an opportunity to be an SSE co-teacher in 2018. She has been teaching SSE Group 2 for the last 5 years and completed her teacher’s training in 2020. Her passion for teaching young children has instilled in her patience and willingness to listen, to better connect and engage with them. Her passions include dance, music, gardening and seva. She actively participates in devotional singing and volunteering activities with her family. She currently is a Finance & HR Administrator and pursues her passion for dance as a Dance instructor at Silambam Houston.