With my friend and colleague Anju at our Academy in Kerala.


Call me "daya".

I am a lifelong language learner and a restless traveler, based in San Francisco. I have  been teaching ESL for more than two decades, on both coasts of the U.S., and in Japan, Indonesia, Guatemala and Hungary, and have studied eight different languages. I am currently teaching at City College of San Francisco, where I have taught all levels of Credit and Non-Credit ESL at seven different campuses.

In 2007, I took my first trip to India, where I led Communicative English workshops to youth from the Dalit, also known as formerly-untouchable, community. In 2008, I founded a non-profit, Jai Bhim International, and I serve as volunteer Creative Director, traveling to Kerala one month every year to lead workshops with our India-based team at the school that we started, Lokuttara Leadershp Academy, as well as our special girls' program, Blossom Project.

I am ordained as a Dhammacharini in The Triratna Buddhist Order and my name means "Gesture of Compassion". 


Here is a bilingual interview I gave about our India youth projects for the student-run campus television station at The Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Morelos in Jicarero, Mexico, in June 2016. 

Here is a SxSwEDU proposal my colleague and friend Denise Maduli Williams and I created. We were selected and presented at SxSwEdu in March 2017.

This is a Huffington Post article in which I am profiled as one of "20 Teachers Who Are Changing The World", from October 2013.

And here is an interview on Free Buddhist Audio from June 2013.

I'd love to hear from you. Tell me about your own journey of lifelong learning: daya@dayamudra.com

All photos on this site are by me, Dayamudra.

With my students at Mission campus in San Francisco.

With my students at Mission campus in San Francisco.