Hometown: Washington, DC
Education: New York University
Placement: Academy of Public Relations
Maya was born in Washington, D.C., but spent most of her childhood in Colorado where she developed a love for theater and dance. In high school, she studied abroad in Indonesia, taking Balinese dance classes and volunteering as an English tutor. In college, she returned to her east coast roots to study at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. In a freshman-year educational psychology class, she discovered her passion for education. Experiences in tutoring and mentoring in New York City schools and after-school programs confirmed her passion for working with young people. Remembering how important arts classes were in shaping her own adolescent identity, she combined her passions to study arts education as a tool for social change. She is extremely excited to join Blue Engine and continue supporting the students of New York City as a 2016-2017 BETA.