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 original music, and sharing her enthusiasm for sustainable practices.
Teacher Benjamin has always felt a connection to the trees and plants that breathe in what we breathe out. He also indulges in work with his hands, knitting and sewing, carving and sawing, bending and shaping, heating and hammering.
After being a mother and a teacher for many years, one thing Teacher Ang has truly come to learn is that anything is possible with love and acceptance. Therefore, each day she is working hard to make each child feel loved and accepted.
Nandini is very happy to be a part of the New Day School community and is dedicated to making a positive difference in every child’s life.
Jenna wants to serve as a guide on every child’s unique learning journey! In her free time she enjoys volunteering at farmer’s markets, climbing trees and cooking with friends.
Nathan is a writer and visual artist who volunteers with Portland's youth literacy and natural building projects.
“What the teacher is, is more important than what they teach.”
— Karl Menninger
Board of Directors
Didi Ananda Krsnapriya, Director, Board of Directors
Also known as “Didi” which means elder sister, she has been a yogic nun and meditation teacher for 40 years. Didi has served as teacher and director of Neo-Humanist Schools all over the world, including Ghana, South Africa, Denmark, Australia and Jamaica. With 40 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 served as director of New Day School as well as chair of the school’s Board of Directors for more than 17 years, and is a founding member of KALA, a nonprofit organization serving the advancement of art and education.
Atandra Didi, Enrollment Director, Board of Directors
Atandra was born and educated in Mumbai, India, and 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 New Day School community. She is a talented henna artist with a keen ability to impart Indian philosophical knowledge.
Maitri Ersson, Treasurer, Board of Directors
Maitri was born in the Philippines and moved to Portland in 1990. She became involved with New Day School and 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. She currently serves on the board as the treasurer and helps out in the office. New Day School is Maitri’s second home, and 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.