Atandra didi, Enrollment Director, Board of Directors – Atandra was born and educated in Mumbai, India. She has been involved in Ananda Marga her entire life. In 1991, Atandra became an Ananda Marga missionary, teaching yoga, meditation, holistic living as well as doing relief work and supervising & teaching in schools and orphanages all over India and the US. Atandra has a passion for vegetarian cooking that she loves to share with the NDS community. She is a talented henna artist with a keen ability to impart Indian philosophical knowledge.
Didi Ananda Krsnapriya,Director, Board of Directors – Also known as “Didi” which means elder sister, has been a yogic nun and meditation teacher for 33 years. She has served as teacher and director of Neo-Humanist Schools all over the world including, Ghana, Denmark, Australia and Jamaica. With over 30 years in education, she is known to bring the joy of yoga, meditation, gardening, singing, art and aesthetics to the classroom. As a mentor to her teachers, Didi encourages lifelong learning and integrated personal development in all her staff. Didi has been inspired by healthy living practice and the yogic lifestyle since she was a young girl and decided to dedicate her life to the practice of self-realization and service as a nun in 1978. Didi has over 30 years experience of ongoing Neo-Humanist Education training as well as 300 hours in Waldorf teacher training. Didi has served as director of New Day School as well as chair of the school’s Board of Directors for over 10 years. Didi is also co-founder of Tender Leaf Preschool in SW Portland as well as a founding member of KALA, a nonprofit organization serving the advancement of art and education.
Maitri Ersson, Treasurer – Maitri was born in one of the islands in the Philippines, met her husband, Ole, in another island and they traveled around SE Asia, Pakistan, India and Nepal, where their first child was born. He was followed by 2 sisters.
They settled in Portland in 1990. Maitri was very happy to learn that there was an Ananda Marga school in town, as she had become an Ananda Marga practitioner in 1975. For the next 17 years, she handled the finances of the school. In 2007, her husband and she started Kailash Ecovillage, an intentional community devoted to sustainable practices. Because of Kailash, she had to scale down–way down–her involvement with the school. Currently, she serves on the board as the treasurer and pitches in now and then in the office.
New Day School is Maitri’s second home, and she does not think she’ll ever find a better group of hard working people to work with. She views her work at the school as an opportunity to express her gratitude towards Baba, aka P.R. Sarkar, the founder of Ananda Marga and Neo-Humanist Education, for showing her the path to real happiness.