Meet ICC's 2020 Camp Staff!

Alissa Helgesen

Competitive Math Grades 4 and 5/6 and Ccompetitive Math Curriculum Designer 

Alissa Helgesen is an education consultant and former math and science coordinator and Interim Head of Whitby Lower School.  Alissa introduced a class called Investigations in Math to ICC in January 2020, which quickly become popular with children and parents.  Alissa is passionate about inquiry-based math and science and empowers students to be risk-takers who value their thought process as much as their products.  Alissa has an undergraduate degree in Child Development from Tufts University and a MAT for Elementary Education from Brown University.

Alexandra Hanley

Competitive Math Grades 2 and 3 and Breakfast Club Curriculum Designer

Alexandra Hanley returns to ICC Camp for the third summer. In 2018 “Lexy” taught the 4/5 group and in 2019 she taught the K/1 group at ICC STEM Camp at Audubon. Lexy has four years of experience teaching in the Greenwich Public Schools.  She has been a long-term substitute for 5th graders at Glenville and a long-term substitute for fourth graders at Hamilton Avenue as well as the permanent building substitute at Hamilton Avenue, and she student taught in a third grade class at the International School at Dundee. Lexy has a master’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Bridgeport. 

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Veera Hiranandani

Creative Writing 

Veera Hiranandani is the author of The Night Diary (Kokila), which has received many awards including the 2019 Newbery Honor Award. She is also the author of The Whole Story of Half a Girl (Yearling), and the chapter book series, Phoebe G. Green (Grosset & Dunlap). She earned her MFA in fiction writing at Sarah Lawrence College. A former book editor at Simon & Schuster, she now teaches creative writing and is working on her next novel. You can find out more about Veera at, on Twitter @veerahira or on Instagram @veerawrites.

Akruti Babaria

Ramayana Story Hour and Play Director

Akruti Babaria is the founder of Kulture Khazana which provides content for kids to learn about Indian culture in fun and engaging ways.  In founding Kulture Khazana, Akruti sought to unlock India’s cultural treasures by encouraging children’s creativity and imagination.  Akruti hosts story times, cultural workshops, professional development workshops, and corporate diversity events including a Facebook Live: Cultural Story Time with Akruti for the Consulate General of India of New York.  She also curates Indian children's materials for public libraries, nonprofits, temples, schools and families across the US.  

Nandita Sinha

Beginner and Intermediate Hindi

Nandita Sinha has been teaching Hindi at ICC since January 2017 and has been a Primary Teacher at Whitby's Lower School for 20 years.  She has a Montessori Certification in Early Childhood and graduated from Columbia University with a Master’s degree in Developmental Psychology.  Nandita co-founded and directed the Gurukul Hindi School in Stamford, CT before moving to Switzerland in 2008. 

Vaishali Akole

Beginner and Advanced Intermediate Hindi 

Vaishali Akole was ICC’s first Hindi teacher.  She has been teaching Hindi at ICC for nine years.  Prior to ICC, Vaishali taught Hindi at The Language Exchange in Greenwich; she volunteered as a Hindi teacher at HindiUSA and at Chinmaya Mission; and she worked for many years as a translator at the Judicial Court and FBI in Chicago.  Born and raised in India, she has lived and worked in the US for 25 years.

Aarav Yadav

Rubik's Cubing

Aarav Yadav is a rising junior at Rye High School.  Aarav is a member of the WCA (World Cube Association) and has competed in 11 competitions. Aarav averages 13 seconds on a normal 3x3 and has a personal best of 8 seconds. He is well-known to many ICC children.  He taught Indian sports at ICC STEM Camp in 2019, was an assistant coach for ICC’s 2019 First Lego League and an assistant chess teacher in 2020.  Aarav will be assisting Alissa Helgesen in the 4th and 5th/6th math classes.  Ryan Kovacs, also a rising junior at Rye High, will assist Aarav on Thursdays. 

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