Meet the Team

Our incredible team is extremely qualified and excited to be serving their community!

Srinithi Srinivas

Founder, President

Founder of Triangle Writers’ Studio, Srinithi has had a passion for teaching and writing for most of her life. She was inspired to start TWS after teaching 3 weeks of free writing camps, aiming to foster an educational environment for young students during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As an incoming college freshman at UNC Chapel Hill and blog writer for several organizations such as Body Banter and The Yellow Cardinal, she has immense writing and editing experience.

Srinithi has been teaching piano in the Triangle area for the past 2 years, is a volunteer tutor at Triangle Tutoring, and loves interacting with kids of all ages! She is also an Assistant Coach at the Miracle League of the Triangle, helping children on the spectrum enjoy the game of baseball. As the Executive Vice President of Young Modern Minds, Srinithi works to help provide opportunities and resources in academia to underprivileged students and youth. In her spare time, she loves watching Disney movies, playing instruments (veena, piano, and flute!) and going for runs in her neighborhood.

Sonia Birla

Vice President

One of the founding members of TWS, Sonia loved teaching those initial summer camps with Srinithi, and has since been devoted to TWS and its mission. Sonia began her writing career in elementary school, filling notebooks with snippets of dialogue or her Percy Jackson (which is obviously superior to Harry Potter) fanfiction. Since then, she has published various short stories, enjoys writing for independent organizations, loves her journal, and has discovered a love of sharing her knowledge with younger students. Sonia is attending UNC Charlotte as part of the Levine Scholars Program, a full-ride merit scholarship, ready to carry her love of writing to her college campus.

On campus, Sonia is triple-majoring in Finance, Operations and Supply Chain Management, and International Studies. She is the Activities Coordinator of the Global Business Brigades on campus, helping her student organization fundraise for their service trip to Panama. She is also working on an independent research project with the Charlotte Teachers Institute, studying racial equity curriculums in Charlotte-Mecklenburg County. Outside of school, Sonia is a creative at heart. She loves designing (and editing this website!), photography, film-making, discussing politics, and hiking.

Our Staff

Liliahna Renae Bedolla

Director of Marketing

Liliahna Bedolla is originally from the Central Valley of California but is currently studying Accounting at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. As a first-year, she is a part of the Levine Scholars Program (full-ride scholarship) and the Business Honors Program. Being heavily involved in both on-campus and volunteer initiatives are important to Liliahna as she was committed to several organizations during her high school career. She held leadership positions in the Associated Student Body and the Reedley High School Family Career and Community Leaders of America Chapter. With her enthusiasm for working with children, she spent her summers volunteering with the JumpStart Program at her past elementary school, where she assisted incoming kindergarten students with the transition to an academic setting. During her free-time she enjoys journaling, spending time with her family and friends, and traveling to new places.

Sarang Deshpande

Director of Finances

Sarang is a first-year student at UNC Charlotte studying business with a plan to major in finance and business analytics. He is attending UNC Charlotte on the Belk Scholarship, one of UNC Charlotte’s premier scholarships that allows students an early entry into a Master’s Degree Program related to mathematics in the business field. Throughout high school, Sarang dedicated a lot of his time to The Boy Scouts of America, reaching the rank of Eagle Scout. In addition to Boy Scouts, he was also a member of Key Club and NHS, which reinforced his love for volunteering and leadership. Growing up, Sarang loved to read books and explore the worlds that they created in his head. He started off with Magic Tree House and Geronimo Stilton, but built up to Harry Potter and Percy Jackson. Nowadays, Sarang enjoys reading mystery novels, with his favorite being Angels and Demons by Dan Brown. Outside of school, Sarang enjoys spending time with his friends, watching TV shows and movies (sitcoms, Marvel, DC, etc.), and listening to music. His hobbies also include experimenting with new recipes and photography.

Naina Mishra

Website Manager

Naina is a junior at Enloe High School and enjoys working with others. Volunteering is a huge part of her life, hence she is a part of several volunteering organizations such as Cary Teen Council, Om Squad, Teen Leadership Corps, Key Club, and the Forge Initiative. She also has been planning and running STEM summer camps for elementary students for the past couple of years. She began reading books as soon as she could and immediately fell in love with reading and writing fantasy. Robotics is also a huge part of her life, and she loves working on a team with other teammates and being a part of creating a robot and driving a robot for competition season.

Rishi Chellani

Social Media Manager

Rishi Chellani is currently attending Panther Creek High School. He loves to participate in track and field and swimming. He has a passion for writing journals, articles, blogs, and creating videos on YouTube. At school, he participates in many different clubs, including Model UN, Speech and Debate, and DECA. He volunteers with organizations that support children in need and seniors in retirement homes. He donates food and clothes to local organizations. In his free time, he enjoys reading personal growth and finance books. He loves reading to gain new information, knowledge, insights, and perspectives on different topics. He also plays the drums and is currently learning how to play the guitar. He also has a passion for investing and entrepreneurship, and would love to pursue a career in business or marketing.

Jaden Parker

Internal Marketing Manager

Jaden is a first-year student at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She has passions for impacting her community in a positive way and making the best use of her free time. She adores children and believes they should be given the best opportunities from a young age to foster a successful future. When she’s not busy with schoolwork, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, eating, shopping for new clothes, listening to music, and watching Netflix!

Owen Michael Hannon

Resource Manager

Owen Hannon is a junior at Raleigh Charter High School who loves to read, write, run, discuss grammatical structures, learn about linguistics, and cook. At his school, he is the Co-Founder and President of the Poetry Club, the Secretary of the Food Science Club, the President of the Social Justice Club, a board member for Model UN, class treasurer, peer mentor, and a varsity cross country, swimming, and track and field athlete. He is also the founder and main blogger of The Constitution Kid, where he frequently writes argument pieces on events in American politics and their relation to constitutional jurisprudence, and a RESULTS advocate, an organization that pushes for legislation that ends domestic and global poverty.

He is a two-time Annual Youth Poet, has one published short story, one self-published poetry chapbook, was awarded Outstanding Delegate at the 2021 Model UN Chapel Hill National Conference, and was a finalist in the 2021 New York Times Student Editorial Contest for his piece, “Identical Twinship: An Existential Dilemma.” As Resource Manager, he develops curriculums for the rest of the tutoring team.

Sarayu Khajjayam

Sarayu Khajjayam is a junior at Panther Creek High School and an avid runner at her school Varsity girls Cross Country and Track team. She enjoys tutoring kids at Middle Grade STEM where she teaches grades 7 and lower in topics surrounding mathematics. Outside of school, Sarayu is President of DOC NC, a local non-profit in which she started the initiative of RaceNC, a virtual 5K race in order to raise money for the BLM Movement, raising over $400. Through this past year Sarayu has gained experience working as a product development consultant in developing an app tailored to the needs of high school students approaching college. She has also worked as part of the yearbook committee at Sanskar Academy, a local Hindu Sunday school geared toward instilling key values and morals into students. Through this past year she has worked as part of the Heart for Homeless organization, creating a healthcare resource guide for the citizens of Ashville and hopes to pursue medicine in the future.

Pari Sidana

Pari Sidana is a sophomore at Raleigh Charter High School. She has a passion for enacting social change through increasing the political engagement in her community. She has done this through many channels such as being Secretary of a local non-profit called DOC NC, Treasurer of her school’s Key Club, and President of the Sophomore Class at RCHS. She is also a member of her school’s Model UN Club and the Mock Trial team. At Mock Trial Regionals this year she won the “Best Witness Award” during finals. 
Even though she is quite outspoken, she has found that sometimes expressing yourself can be difficult. Her main form of expression used to be dance. As a past intern at Taal Harmony School of Dance, she utilized this form of expression and was given the opportunity to teach kids that they could use dance as a place to say what they want as well. Unfortunately, the pandemic hindered her ability to continue using dance as an outlet. For months she struggled to find another alternative, but she finally did! Writing. TWS has given her the opportunity to continue giving back to the community through teaching kids writing, giving them an outlet as well. 

Arya Kamath

Arya Kamath is a rising sophomore at Research Triangle High School. She’s been a writer from an early age, winning her very first story writing award at 7 years old. She is passionate about creative writing, singing, lyric and poem writing, and volunteering. She is the marketing coordinator of DOC NC, an avid fiction and fanfiction author, a budding songwriter, and a strong advocate of social justice with a passion for politics! She has one short story, So Many Questions, published in Lune Spark’s Seasons of Grief anthology. In her free time, she loves to watch Netflix, clown with other Swifties, write fanfiction, read, and sing her heart out.

Brooke Xu

Brooke is a high school student and has been creating stories since she learned how to pick up a pen. She is a tutor for the NC Virtual Peer Tutoring Center where she was previously a member of the Writing Center. In addition, she is a member of the Wake County Public Libraries teen volunteering program, has been a teacher assistant at Cary Chinese School, and participates in volunteering events which include educational activities for kids. In her free time, Brooke enjoys journaling, reading, singing, and raising plants.

Diya Mool

Diya Mool is a junior at Panther Creek High School and has a passion for giving back to her community. In school, Diya is the Vice President of Medical Careers Club and enjoys teaching the members of the club about the various careers in the medical field. Over the last year, Diya has also worked with Heart for the Homeless to provide the homeless community of Chapel Hill access to low cost clinics. Outside of school, Diya is the Vice President of a local nonprofit known as DOC NC. Within DOC NC, Diya launched an initiative in which the youth of the organization provide companionship to seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic. In Diya’s free time, she loves to cook, so she works with a nonprofit organization known as Cultured Kids Cuisine to help create a cultural appreciation for food from all over the world. In the future, Diya hopes to pursue a career in medicine.

Tia Burmi

Tia is a junior at Enloe High School and has had a deep interest in writing for much of her life. As an art teacher at GB Academy preschool, she has gained experience working with children and in teaching. She worked with them to broaden their understanding of art and how it is applicable in their lives and the world around them. Tia has also taught harmonium to children aged 5-8 at the TSG Gurmat School, where she taught them how to play classical music and prayers. She is the captain of the Women’s Golf team at Enloe and has placed in the top 10 of her conference. Tia is also a member of NHS and the Vice President of Enloe Sikh Student Association. At Enloe SSA, she works to educate her community on Sikh values and history, as well as create a more unified environment within her peers. In her free time, Tia loves watching Gilmore Girls, reading historical fiction novels, writing poetry, and going for walks!

Amitauja Oishii Basu

Amitauja Oishii Basu is a volunteer teacher at TWS. She writes and is an editor for the Enloe Eagle’s Eye and enjoys making art and running her own business selling commissions. She loves writing because it helps her say things she can’t say.

Neha Jonnalagedda

Neha is a senior at Enloe High School, whose interest in writing stems from her love for reading. She is co-president of her school’s Mock Trial Club and Gender Inclusivity in STEM Club. In her free time, Neha enjoys reading, going on walks, and journaling. 
Neha is a high school student whose interest in writing stemmed from her passion in reading. She enjoys working with students on their writing in a way that allows them to be creative and explore their own interests. Outside of Triangle Writer’s Studio, Neha is co-president of her school’s Mock Trial and Gender Inclusivity in STEM clubs. In her free time, Neha enjoys reading all kinds of books, journaling, and going on walks. 

Interested in joining our staff?

Our staff members are high-school and college students with experience in both teaching and writing. We hold our teachers to high standards; apply if you are willing to commit to our program.

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