I have 12 years with KKEL- 9 years of active service heading various departments as well as heading Billabong Malad as the Principal, the 4 years of being a franchise partner with KKEL and now the Principal of Santacruz! Ms. Kusum Kanwar, the director and owner of KK Kids Learning Systems, a franchised Kangaroo Kids preschool, is a reputed and well-known K12 educationist known for her exceptional efforts and sharp acumen in running schools, over a span of 3 decades including dedicated passionate efforts in developing top-notch special needs unit at schools.

In the last decade of her association with one of the largest Indian K12 education chain, Kangaroo Kids Education Ltd. (KKEL), Kusum assayed key roles in the firm and contributed immensely to various departments. She headed the Quality & Review team, the Middle School Curriculum and the Special Needs units. Her exceptional leadership skills and strategic acumen led to her being acknowledged as an invaluable resource and she was entrusted to head one of the most critical functions of the firm – the Operations of KKEL and subsequently heading BHIS (Billabong High International School) Malad, the largest School of KKEL. Kusum was pivotal in restructuring the processes and operations at BHIS Malad, now known as among the top schools in the vicinity.

Kusum's expertise, inspiration and inclination stems from the fact that her roles in previous appointments prior to KKEL, in the education sector dealt with teaching B.Ed and ECCE, Teacher Training, Special needs verticals and being a Principal. As Head of School Operations, Kusum primarily drove the effective functioning of the KKEL schools. Apart from ensuring implementation of effective processes and systems, Kusum also continually developed and upgraded all relevant operating policies for schools. Liaising with key Government Officials, Affiliating Bodies and Agencies for statutes and compliances were also among her primary responsibilities; which led to ICSE and IGCSE affiliations in all managed Billabong High schools.

Through her innovativeness, Kusum has given impetus to various critical units, especially the School Quality Review Systems, Special Needs and Sports & Performing arts unit of KKEL, whose solutions and framework have been acclaimed across the industry. Frequently quoted by the media, the depth of her knowledge and her indefatigable zest has garnered genuine appreciation and plaudits across the industry. Talking about her vision and mission, Kusum adds, "I have immense faith and belief that each child deserves an excellent education. I would like to use my 25 years of hands-on experience in education to shift mindsets and reach out to thousands of children across India."

In 2012, when Kusum took over the control of Kangaroo Kids Thakur Village (KKTV) (which was founded in 1997), she overhauled the entire processes and systems with a view of developing the Kangaroo Kids preschool as a world-class preschool. Starting from space management and modelling of study/ learning zones, building employee morale initiatives and training, to the operational model for the school, she turned around KKTV into the successful model that it is today.

Ms. Kusum Kanwar



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