Assistant Teacher: The Owls
Harsha is an Assistant Teacher for the 9 and 10 year-olds of the Owls class, our oldest group of students at Middle Way. With her passion for education and expansive background in Buddhist studies and practice, Harsha is a wonderful resource for the Owls. Her calm and ready demeanor serves as an anchor not just for students but for staff as well. We’re very pleased to have her with us.
I am overjoyed to be joining Middle Way School as the assistant teacher of the Owls. I am passionate about education as a site for equity, wholeness, and spiritual growth. I bring to Middle Way School many years of teaching experience and Buddhist practice.
I began my teaching career as a tutor at a high school GED drop out recovery program for teenage mothers in South Central Los Angeles. Certified in TEFL, I ran a grade school English language lab for 2nd language learners, as well as taught writing and reading pedagogies, before founding a private educational consulting company specializing in individualized interventions for learning differences and cognitive difficulties.
I hold a B.A. in Religious Studies and a certificate in advanced film production from NYU, a M.A. in Theological Studies with a concentration in South Asian religious traditions from Harvard, a M.F.A. in Studio Art from Northeastern, and a Certificate in Buddhist Studies from RYI/Kathmandu University. I am a student of Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, and Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo.
In the spring of 2021 I served as Interim Buddhist Chaplain of Tufts University, where I also designed and taught courses in contemporary art, film studies, and visual anthropology.
I enjoy reading Buddhist texts and studying Pali. I love traveling, photography, reading, swimming, and I am slowly but enthusiastically learning embroidery. I am so excited to join the community at Middle Way School.