Who We Are

“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”   –Albert Einstein



Didi Ananda Krsnapriya –  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.  For 10 years, Didi served as director of the New Day School in SE Portland as well as chair of the school’s Board of Directors.    Didi is co-founder and director of Tender Leaf Preschool as well as a founding member of KALA, a nonprofit organization serving the advancement of art and education.

Jiivapriya– Jiivapriya began her path in education 11 years ago when she realized education was a powerful tool for social and environmental change.  Beginning with a non-profit outdoor adventure company, Environmental Traveling Companions, Jiiva served children and adults with special needs in outdoor education.   Along with teaching, Jiiva is a musician, yogi, environmental scientist, and passionate nature lover.  In her eighth year in early childhood education, Jiiva brings her many passions to the classroom, teaching the children yoga and meditation, offering traditional and original music from her heart, sharing her passion for sustainable practices as well as her joy in caring for plants and animals. Jiiva was introduced to the Ananda Marga tradition and yogic practices in 1999 and enjoys studying its philosophy and social theory.  From 2005-2011, she served as a lead teacher and trainer of Neo-Humanist Education at the New Day School in SE Portland.  Jiiva received her BS from Florida Institute of Technology, her ECE certificate at DeAnza college, and has served on the New Day Board of Directors as Secretary.  She is co-founder of the Tender Leaf Preschool and KALA, an Oregon based nonprofit which serves the advancement of art and education.