MRS. RM.SHALINI DEVI,
FOUNDER, PHONICS POWER
UK CERTIFIED JOLLY TRAINER
Shalini is a passionate teacher, an enterprising woman and an Engineer by qualification. Shalini spent over a decade in the corporate world and later quit her rewarding job to follow her passion in teaching English to young children.
Shalini’s teaching career began in 2012 when she started teaching English to underprivileged children in Government schools in association with NGOs. During these years, she understood that most of the children, irrespective of urban or rural background, had difficulty in reading English which led to milestone delays in their academics. Her quest for an effective reading programme that has simple, step by step, fun-filled approach to learning led to Jolly Phonics - a UK based child centred reading programme that teaches literacy through phonics. Shalini implemented Jolly Phonics methodology in her classrooms and had instant success. Her students’ success inspired Shalini to set up 'Phonics Power' – an exclusive learning centre for phonics along with her partner Sharmila Ravi. Phonics Power today has grown to teach more than 300+ kids every year through its three branches in Chennai.
Shalini is actively involved in training teachers in Jolly Phonics methodology and has trained 950 + teachers in Jolly Phonics and 150+ teachers in Jolly Grammar. She has helped 60+ Primary schools and teacher training Institutes, across the states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, to implement the Jolly Phonics reading programme in their institutions. She serves as the academic consultant and curriculum planner in many of these schools and takes great pride in helping these schools move from rote learning to Jolly Phonics scientific English learning methodology. She also conducts awareness programmes on phonics and the importance of developing reading skills at an early age.
Achievements and Qualifications
Successfully completed Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT) course through British Council, specially designed by Cambridge University for English Teachers.
Frequently attend various Workshops, Conferences and Seminars on Phonics in India and abroad.
Recently attended the 51st RELC International Conference on Teaching Literacies - Emerging Pathways and Possibilities in Language Education, held at Singapore, where delegates from various countries participated and shared the best practices in Language Teaching across the globe.
Attended Workshops on “Creative Thinking – The 21st Century Skill” by Allen Davenport, ELT Consultant, ASEAN for Cambridge University Press.
Was conferred “The Best Women Entrepreneur – Inspiration 2016” at the conference for teaching society by Project Brand India.
Successfully trained 250 teachers at Velammal Vidyalaya, Chennai for 6 consecutive days in Jolly Phonics methodology
Works with Tamilnadu Foundation, an NGO based in the Pudukottai District of Tamil Nadu and has trained teachers from 25 rural schools in Pudukottai District in 2015. The project was highly successful and commended by many Government officials from the State’s Department of Education.