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A global educator, Maya Thiagarajan has taught in India, Singapore, and the US. She earned a BA in English from Middlebury College and a Masters in Education Policy from Harvard University. Maya began her teaching career with Teach For America and then spent ten years teaching high school English at top private schools in the US. She later moved to Singapore, where she taught in the IB program atThe United World College of South East Asia (UWC). Struck by the different approaches to education and parenting that she encountered in Asia, Maya began to interview Chinese and Indian parents living in Singapore. Using her own experiences as well as the stories of parents whom she interviewed, Maya wrote a highly acclaimed book titledBeyond the Tiger Mom: East-West Parenting for the Global Age.

In addition to teaching and writing, Maya has conducted numerous teacher training workshops in Singapore and India. She speaks widely on education, and she is a consultant and advisor to a number of schools.  In 2017, she relocated to Chennai, India, to pursue her dream of starting a company that would help schools recruit, develop, and inspire teachers. She is currently the Founder and Education Director at  TREE.

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Teaching/Education/Language Specialist