About KLA Schools of Sweetwater




Who We Are


Welcome to KLA Schools of Sweetwater!

We are Sanam and Anup Madampath.  Originally, from Columbus, Ohio, we moved to the Austin area in 2012.  We are proud parents of two daughters, Sanjana and Aria.  Having raised two children and undergone the search for the ideal school, we embarked on this project to contribute to the next generation and build the type of school to which we would send our children.  Our belief about education is a four-fold:

  1. All children learn in a unique way and it is important to nurture an environment where all learning styles are encouraged
  2. Children are naturally curious and allowing curiosity to flourish can drive rich experiences
  3. It is important to ensure that children are ready for subsequent phases of education
  4. Learning must be fun

Our Mission for KLA Schools of Sweetwater is to nurture the next generation of collaborative leaders and creative, environmentally responsible thinkers, by igniting children’s innate capacity to learn.

Anup has over 15 years of Leadership and Management Consulting experience. He has advised Fortune 500 C-Level Executives on Business strategies and strategic initiatives.

I am a Certified Montessori Teacher for ages Birth to 3 years of age.  I also hold a National School Administrator Credential and a Child Day Care Management Certificate.  I have attended several NAREA (North America Reggio Emilia Alliance) Conferences in Miami and Boston.  I was fortunate to attend Harvard University’s Education Learning Lab and Boston University’s Education Learning Lab to study and view projects related to Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education.  I have also received extensive professional development related to the Reggio Emilia Approach.

After being a Lead Teacher in both Montessori and traditional preschools, I noticed a lot of variances among learning styles in children.  In a traditional setting, learning is done in a structured way with very little focus on social and emotional skills.  In a Montessori method, the lessons are highly individualized and classroom materials are designed to introduce particular concepts with an intended scope.  With so many different learning styles of children, I started researching to find an educational philosophy that’s natural and the visibility of progression of learning is clear.  My research and curiosity led me to Reggio Emilia Approach.  It was at that point in my teaching career when I realized it was time to make my dream a reality.  Anup & I began researching Reggio Emilia inspired schools in the US.  Our search took us to KLA Schools headquarters in Miami, FL and we became part of the KLA Schools Franchise family in May of 2017.

What I love about Reggio Emilia is that this philosophy and approach encourages learning in a social context; where relationships, communication, and cooperation all yield learning.  Reading, writing, and other developmental skills are interwoven in project learning.  The classrooms are full of open-ended materials (i.e. loose parts) to engage children in discussion, work, and play.  Reggio inspired programs believe the child is an active participant in their learning.  Even though the curriculum is led by the interest of the children, the teacher is an active participant in facilitating the learning.  Teaching happens through project work where math, science, language arts, performing arts, and visual arts happen simultaneously to make strong connections of learning.  One of the key principles of the Reggio-inspired approach is The Hundred Languages; it emphasizes the importance of providing children with one hundred ways to share their thinking of the world around them.  One of my favorite quotes from Loris Malaguzzi is…

The child
Is made of one hundred.  
The child has
A hundred languages
A hundred hands
A hundred thoughts
A hundred ways of thinking,
Of playing, of speaking.

What I love most about the Reggio Emilia Approach is the dedication to the Atelier.  An Atelier is a space for children to experiment artistically through mediums, using the language of art.  You will find that our Atelier is equipped with clay, wire, paint, pens, paper, beads, shells, and a variety of natural materials.  Our State-of-the-Art Atelier supports many experiences and ongoing projects that invigorate the lives of the children and teachers.  It is a beautiful space brimming with natural light, creativity, and curiosity.

With so much focus on the inside of the school, how could we leave the children’s favorite part out…the playground! Our idea was to create a natural-organic playground.  Some of our natural elements include: wooden playhouse, trike path, log tunnels, hill slides, obstacle course, and many more unique experiences! I must also highlight our Friendship Bench – simple idea is to eliminate loneliness and foster friendships on the playground.  For our young Golfers, we have a golf green area to practice short swings and putting. We can’t wait for you to come see our playground!

In addition to the Reggio Approach and to keep up with today’s tech-savvy world, we both felt having a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Atelier is a must and a great compliment to our program.  Our STEM Atelier is a place where children have more constructive means of expression to explore their interest, experiment, and test out hypotheses.  There are extensive reports on how early exposure to STEM supports academic growth, critical thinking, and reasoning.  We cannot wait for you and your child(ren) to experience this learning space and to see how we stimulate the left side of the brain!

We truly believe KLA Schools of Sweetwater provides a positive and rich learning environment for your child(ren).  The first five years of child development have the greatest impact on your child’s life.  With the power of a strong leadership team and passionate, nurturing teachers, KLA Schools of Sweetwater will surely make a positive impact in your child ’s life.  We look forward to meeting you and your family soon!

Best regards,
Sanam & Anup Madampath

Our Founders



History


Our Founders

 


Candy Ortega, her husband, Roberto and a group of investors and educators founded KLA Schools in 2008. They opened the first KLA School in Miami, FL, in 2008 and began franchising in 2010. For Roberto and Candy, the desire to provide an inspiring curriculum, a nurturing environment, and high quality education to pre-school students across America was deeply rooted.

Roberto, KLA Schools’ CEO, inherited his passion for education from his grandfather who opened two schools of his own in South America. Candy, KLA Schools’ Educational Director, grew up in Argentina and Brazil and came to the US in 1994. She earned an Associate’s degree in Child Development and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, and began her educational career as a Pre-School Teacher at a Reggio Emilia inspired school.

Candy and Roberto have attended several Reggio Emilia conferences and study groups in the US and Internationally. Additionally, they have participated in the National Association for the Education of Young Children conference (NAEYC) in Chicago 2009, Anaheim 2011, Orlando 2011, and they have attended the 4th North American Reggio Emilia Alliance (NAREA) Summer Conference Boulder, Colorado 2008, the 6th NAREA Summer Conference Chicago, Illinois, 7th NAREA Summer Conference Pacific Grove, California, 3rd NAREA Winter Conference Mountain View, California and the 11th NAREA Summer Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico among others.

In the fall of 2015, KLA Schools of Doral welcomed Amelia Gambetti to Miami as our teachers participated in a seminar presenting their work with children. A member of the Florida Reggio Collaborative and the North American Reggio Emilia Alliance, KLA Schools hosted the Wonders of Learning Exhibit in Miami during the Spring of 2016. Families, teachers, and administrators of KLA Schools of Doral had the pleasure of attending a variety of educational experiences, including seminars led by representatives from Reggio Emilia, Italy like Lella Gandini.


The Development of Our Educational Approach


We researched many great philosophers and were most influenced by Jean Piaget’s Constructivist Theory and L. Vygotsky’s Socio-Constructivist Theory, as well as the works of John Dewey on the importance of bringing students’ past experiences into the classroom. The works of Jerome Bruner and Paulo Freire also amazed us. We share the belief that each person constructs his or her own intelligence through direct interaction with the environment and social groups.

We were then introduced to the theories of Loris Malaguzzi, founder of the infant-toddler centers in Reggio Emilia, Italy. He developed an approach to early childhood education that is today inspiring educators and children throughout the world. As a result, we traveled to Italy to visit these wonderful preschools. We returned truly inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach and passionate about spreading its wonders in our schools.

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Why Early Childhood

 

We decided to conduct a worldwide study of the industry to determine which areas needed attention and investment in order to improve the quality of education and life. Our study concluded that through early childhood education we can have a positive impact on the future of our society. It is during this critical period that children learn the fundamental pillars that will allow them to be successful in their future educational and professional endeavors. Moreover, this study provided us with our philosophical inspirations.



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Dear Families,


Welcome to KLA Schools of Sweetwater!

We are Sanam and Anup Madampath.  Originally, from Columbus, Ohio, we moved to the Austin area in 2012.  We are proud parents of two daughters, Sanjana and Aria.  Having raised two children and undergone the search for the ideal school, we embarked on this project to contribute to the next generation and build the type of school to which we would send our children.  Our belief about education is a four-fold:

  1. All children learn in a unique way and it is important to nurture an environment where all learning styles are encouraged
  2. Children are naturally curious and allowing curiosity to flourish can drive rich experiences
  3. It is important to ensure that children are ready for subsequent phases of education
  4. Learning must be fun

Our Mission for KLA Schools of Sweetwater is to nurture the next generation of collaborative leaders and creative, environmentally responsible thinkers, by igniting children’s innate capacity to learn.

Anup has over 15 years of Leadership and Management Consulting experience. He has advised Fortune 500 C-Level Executives on Business strategies and strategic initiatives.

I am a Certified Montessori Teacher for ages Birth to 3 years of age.  I also hold a National School Administrator Credential and a Child Day Care Management Certificate.  I have attended several NAREA (North America Reggio Emilia Alliance) Conferences in Miami and Boston.  I was fortunate to attend Harvard University’s Education Learning Lab and Boston University’s Education Learning Lab to study and view projects related to Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education.  I have also received extensive professional development related to the Reggio Emilia Approach.

After being a Lead Teacher in both Montessori and traditional preschools, I noticed a lot of variances among learning styles in children.  In a traditional setting, learning is done in a structured way with very little focus on social and emotional skills.  In a Montessori method, the lessons are highly individualized and classroom materials are designed to introduce particular concepts with an intended scope.  With so many different learning styles of children, I started researching to find an educational philosophy that’s natural and the visibility of progression of learning is clear.  My research and curiosity led me to Reggio Emilia Approach.  It was at that point in my teaching career when I realized it was time to make my dream a reality.  Anup & I began researching Reggio Emilia inspired schools in the US.  Our search took us to KLA Schools headquarters in Miami, FL and we became part of the KLA Schools Franchise family in May of 2017.

What I love about Reggio Emilia is that this philosophy and approach encourages learning in a social context; where relationships, communication, and cooperation all yield learning.  Reading, writing, and other developmental skills are interwoven in project learning.  The classrooms are full of open-ended materials (i.e. loose parts) to engage children in discussion, work, and play.  Reggio inspired programs believe the child is an active participant in their learning.  Even though the curriculum is led by the interest of the children, the teacher is an active participant in facilitating the learning.  Teaching happens through project work where math, science, language arts, performing arts, and visual arts happen simultaneously to make strong connections of learning.  One of the key principles of the Reggio-inspired approach is The Hundred Languages; it emphasizes the importance of providing children with one hundred ways to share their thinking of the world around them.  One of my favorite quotes from Loris Malaguzzi is…

The child
Is made of one hundred.  
The child has
A hundred languages
A hundred hands
A hundred thoughts
A hundred ways of thinking,
Of playing, of speaking.

What I love most about the Reggio Emilia Approach is the dedication to the Atelier.  An Atelier is a space for children to experiment artistically through mediums, using the language of art.  You will find that our Atelier is equipped with clay, wire, paint, pens, paper, beads, shells, and a variety of natural materials.  Our State-of-the-Art Atelier supports many experiences and ongoing projects that invigorate the lives of the children and teachers.  It is a beautiful space brimming with natural light, creativity, and curiosity.

With so much focus on the inside of the school, how could we leave the children’s favorite part out…the playground! Our idea was to create a natural-organic playground.  Some of our natural elements include: wooden playhouse, trike path, log tunnels, hill slides, obstacle course, and many more unique experiences! I must also highlight our Friendship Bench – simple idea is to eliminate loneliness and foster friendships on the playground.  For our young Golfers, we have a golf green area to practice short swings and putting. We can’t wait for you to come see our playground!

In addition to the Reggio Approach and to keep up with today’s tech-savvy world, we both felt having a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Atelier is a must and a great compliment to our program.  Our STEM Atelier is a place where children have more constructive means of expression to explore their interest, experiment, and test out hypotheses.  There are extensive reports on how early exposure to STEM supports academic growth, critical thinking, and reasoning.  We cannot wait for you and your child(ren) to experience this learning space and to see how we stimulate the left side of the brain!

We truly believe KLA Schools of Sweetwater provides a positive and rich learning environment for your child(ren).  The first five years of child development have the greatest impact on your child’s life.  With the power of a strong leadership team and passionate, nurturing teachers, KLA Schools of Sweetwater will surely make a positive impact in your child ’s life.  We look forward to meeting you and your family soon!

Best regards,
Sanam & Anup Madampath

Our Founders


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