NEXT school is committed to making learning more engaging, rewarding and relevant. We are India’s first Big Picture Learning school. NEXT is supported by Marathon Group, a real estate developer in Mumbai, through it’s charitable enterprise – Ramniklal Zaverbhai Shah Trust.
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We are a passionate group of educators determined to bring about a much needed upgrade to the current standardised system of schooling. Our team has extensive experience with leading international schools across the city and has recently undergone rigorous training in the US and in Australia by world-renowned thinkers and practitioners. We are united by a common goal – to bring the highest quality educational experience to our children.
CEO, Big Picture India and NEXT
Parmeet is the founder and CEO of Next and also works at Marathon Group. He has been scouring the globe for the best educational models for the last 6 years. He holds a BA in Economics from Yale University and an MS from Columbia University, USA.
Co-Founder, Big Picture Learning
Elliot, who is the co-founder of Big Picture Learning is our coach, mentor and guide. He has been involved in school reform for more than 30 years as a teacher, principal, administrator and writer. He leads Big Picture’s international endeavours and has been working very closely with our team
Head of School & Primary Years Programme Co-ordinator
Radhika has over 16 years of teaching and leadership experience having taught in Mumbai and also overseas in Indonesia. She has founded 2 preschools and an inclusive school in India. She holds an International Montessori diploma, a B.Ed and M.Ed.
Early Childhood Programme Coordinator
Pragna has been an Early Childhood educator for 10 years with experience in curating engaging learning environments, designing curriculum and training teachers. Equipped with a PG Diploma in Management and a Diploma in Montessori education she is passionate about working with children.
Middle Years Programme (MYP) Coordinator
Nikhil brings in 9 years of experience in developing content and curriculum for students and adults at Packt Publishing, Zaya Learning Labs and Kotak Education Foundation. He has an M.A in Education from Azim Premji University, an M.A. in Sociology and a B.E. in Computers.
Diploma Programme (IBDP) Coordinator
After completing Masters of Sciences in Industrial Engineering and a short stint with a reputed engineering company, Amar has been working in primary and college education since a decade. He also has a Masters of Arts in Education and has worked with Thermax Foundation. There, he worked with teachers and school leaders to develop a sustainable school development programme.
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RZ Shah is the founding father of Marathon. Many may know that before he started the business in 1969, he was actually an educationist. He’s had a very deep association with the very first school in Mulund – SMPR. He started as a student, became a teacher, and then the principal, then also became a trustee and president of the trust. For more than 50 years he has had a close relationship with this school, so education runs very deep in his veins. It has been a long standing dream of his to start a school in his hometown, for which he has spared no expense.
Mr. Mayur Shah, Managing Director of Marathon Group has over 25 years of rich and varied experience in the real estate and construction industry. He is a civil engineer from the University of Bombay and MS in structural engineering from University of Oklahoma, USA. He is currently the President-Elect of MCHI, the association of real estate developers in Maharashtra and also the Vice President of Jain Jagruti Group.
Mr. Chetan R Shah, Vice Chairman of Marathon Group, has three decades of experience in planning, operations, quality assurance and execution of large projects. He is a B. Tech in Civil Engineering from IIT Bombay and M.S in Structural Engineering from the Houston University, USA. He is a past president of Lions Club Mulund and the current president of JITO, the Jain International Trade Organisation.