Dharma Curriculum Coordinator, Chair of the Board of Trustees, Creative Director
As Dharma Curriculum Coordinator, Noa works with educators and dharma advisors on the curriculum framework and materials developed at the Middle Way School. Collaborating with key Middle Way educational and strategic consultants, she articulates the MWS vision and mission, and helps to ensure its implementation through all areas of the MWS. She also serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees, oversees the creative aspects of the school, and teaches a dharma art program.
Noa has worked for Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche since 2001 in a variety of roles, from secretary to film PA to communications director of Khyentse Foundation, where she helped create the foundation’s branding and chaired KF’s education steering committee for more than a decade.
In 2010, Rinpoche sent her to the Kingdom of Bhutan to develop education alternatives in association with the Ministry of Education, the Royal Education Council, monasteries, and a number of NGOs. She coordinated professional development and integrated curriculum design workshops for teachers while observing and participating in local classrooms. The Druk 3020 curriculum she developed to introduce progressive education into the monastic setting is currently being implemented in Eastern Bhutan. He then asked her to start Middle Way in New York.
Noa taught English at Dzongsar Institute in Himachal Pradesh, India and at Chökyi Gyatso Institute in Dewathang, Bhutan. She is also a creative fiction and nonfiction writer and editor, and has worked on Rinpoche’s books, including What Makes You Not a Buddhist and The Guru Drinks Bourbon. She taught creative writing at Hunter College and in addition to receiving a number of awards and fellowships for her writing, she has been published in many magazines and newspapers including the New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Tricycle, Vice, and Conde Nast Traveler. She contributed a chapter to Global Perspectives on Spirituality in Education (Routledge, 2013). She earned a journalism degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a minor in arts management, and an MFA in creative writing from Hunter College, both cum laude.