Maya Shakti is a trained Montessori Educator and Integral Education researcher. She has many years of experience as a classroom teacher, with school management and teacher training.
She pursued two B.Ed.’s, one in Science of Education (Mathematics/Science for elementary), and a second in Pedagogy (Montessori 0-6, 6-12, 12-18/ Learning Study/Didactics with final thesis on Erdkinder), both at Universities in Sweden. She lived and worked in Sweden for many years, participating in the running of a farm kindergarten and afterschool centre, heading a Montessori kindergarten, and many years working as a class teacher in Montessori schools with children age 6-15. She also offered material workshops in the Montessori teacher training program at the University of Gothenburg.
In 2012 she moved back to the international township Auroville in Tamil Nadu, India, where she also spent her childhood. She worked with teacher training for several years, co-created the Teacher Centre and supporting teachers and schools in Auroville through workshops and consulting. Over the years she has also offered teacher training workshops to various schools in India. The aim has been to integrate new practices that include more child centred and activity-based learning in schools working with more mainstream methods. Since 2015 she is involved with management and facilitation in The Learning Community, an integral school for children age 6-15 in Auroville.
With an interest in global change, Maya has also studied the UNESCO initiated course “The Global and Exploring Teacher”, has taken part in several of the international AMI organised Educateurs sans Frontiers Assemblies, and follows the Democratic Education movement.
She has since the past years been involved with action research on the practice of Integral Education, and is presently pursuing a M.A. in Education for Sustainable Development at Gothenburg University to deepen in this field.
Other than her passion in education as a tool for change, she enjoys gardening, cooking and travelling.