Golden Lotus Classroom
Teacher Jayagiita is a musician, yogi, environmental scientist, and passionate nature lover. Jayagiita brings many passions to the classroom, teaching the children yoga and meditation, offering traditional and original music, sharing her enthusiasm for sustainable practices as well as her joy in caring for plants and animals. Jayagiita was introduced to the Ananda Marga tradition and yogic practices in 1999 and took initiation as a yogic nun in 2015 and she enjoys studying its philosophy and social theory. She serves on the New Day Board of Directors and is the co-founder of KALA, an Oregon-based nonprofit which serves the advancement of art and education.
Teacher Ang is excited and happy to be back after nesting three years with her baby boy. She is also a mother of a beautiful mid-teenage daughter who kindled the light of her passion for teaching. As soon as she knew that she wanted to teach, she went to pursue the associate degree program of early childhood education and family studies at Portland Community College. Then it became a lifelong learning that she has been taking more than 100s of classes regarding teaching, and is continuing for more. After being a mother and a teacher for all those years, one thing she truly came to learn is that anything is possible with love and acceptance. There fore, each day she is working hard to make each child feel loved and accepted. When she is not teaching, you will find her fulfilling her passion for cooking in her little “Sherpa Nirvana” food trailer in the corner of Ne 42nd and Killingsworth. If you happened to be around, please come say hi and for a cup of teacher Ang’s famous Nirvana chai.
Teacher Benjamin has always felt a connection to the trees and plants that breathe in what we breathe out. He found his calling in the guidance of children, and was introduced to the education-towards-freedom philosophy of Rudolph Steiner. Benjamin undertook training for 6 years at the Micha-el Institute, learning through the inspirations of singing, story-telling, and circle play, ultimately steering his skills into the classroom for two years at the Portland Waldorf School. He also indulges in work with his hands, knitting and sewing, carving and sawing, bending and shaping, heating and hammering.
“What the teacher is, is more important than what they teach.”
— Karl Menninger
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