Nayaswami Nitai

Nitai Deranja is co-founder of Education for Life (EFL) International. In 1972 he started the first EFL elementary school and in 1997 co-founded the first EFL high school. In his role as president of EFL, he currently oversees a network of six schools in the U.S. and Europe. Nitai has two wonderful adult children, both of whom attended Education for Life schools. He is the author of two books: For Goodness’ Sake: Supporting Children & Teens in Discovering Life’s Higher Values and The Art of Joyful Education.

Nitai graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California in Berkeley with a Bachelor’s degree in Humanistic Psychology, the first degree of its kind awarded at Berkeley. Later he earned a lifetime California Teaching Credential and a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of California in Davis. A founding member of Ananda, Nitai has been teaching yoga philosophy and meditation since the 1970s.

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Margery Lambert has served the Temple at Ananda Portland as support staff for four years, and has been a member of the sangha for six years.