School Director


Priya Guttal

School Director

Ms. Priya Guttal has been making a difference in the field of education since 1992. She has solid experience in classroom teaching, one-on-one tutoring, and school administration.
During her early teaching career in India, she developed an acute interest in teaching children with special needs. This led to her decision to pursue an MS degree in Special Education in the United States. During this program she learned a great deal about working with children in regular as well as special education class, US disability laws, and the public education system.

In 2000, she founded Sonrisa School with the philosophy that is based on small class sizeample teacher-student interactionstress-freecalm environment, and regular parent feedback.

It is Priya’s mission to turn kids around by improving their self- esteem and self-confidence. She achieves this by devising individualized curriculum, allowing children to learn at their own pace, focusing on basic important skills, and making learning desirable and enjoyable.

Learning Disabilities Association of California has recognized Priya’s perseverance, patience philosophy, and passion towards teaching by honoring her with the Educator of the Year Award.