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Neev Literary Awards Selection Committee – 2018

Rasil Ahuja

Rasil has been a passionate reader since the day she discovered a library. She worked in technology for 10 years before making the leap into a classroom. Her passion for education combined with a love for stories inspires her to write for children. Her first children’s book was published in 2017. When she isn’t writing, she’s reading, travelling, experimenting in the kitchen, or out seeking a new adventure. Rasil has a BA in Government & Politics, a MS in Information Systems, and a MEd in Elementary Education.

Nadine Bailey

Nadine is an experienced teacher-librarian with a demonstrated history of working in the IB environment, following innovative practices. She is a strong education professional, demonstrating lifelong learning with a Master of Education (Knowledge Networks and Digital Innovation) and Master in Information Studies, Charles Sturt University. She is passionate about diversity and enhancing a multi-cultural, multi-lingual environment

Katie Day

Katie Day is an American who has lived overseas for over 30 years. She has a masters in Children’s Literature from the UK and teaching and librarian degrees from Australia, earned long-distance while living in Asia. In 2017 she moved to Bangkok to be the Secondary Teacher-Librarian at NIST International School after 12 years in Singapore at the United World College of SE Asia. Previously she lived in Phuket, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, and the UK. Online she uses “The Librarian Edge” as her blog and Twitter handle.

Colin Kelman

Colin has been a teacher at international schools for about a dozen years. He has taught English and Theory of Knowledge. He has never stopped reading children’s books and is partial to poetry.

Dhooleka S. Raj

Dhooleka Sarhadi Raj, PhD (Cantab.) is deeply committed to expanding cross cultural understanding and intercultural dialogue through empathy. Dr. Raj holds a doctorate from University of Cambridge and her work focuses on India and its diaspora by addressing mobilities, global citizenship, tolerance, Emigrant Infrastructure and the nation-state.

Maya Thiagarajan

Maya earned a BA in English from Middlebury College and a Master’s in Education Policy from Harvard University. She began her teaching career with Teach For America, where she taught at a public school in Baltimore City for two years. She went on to teach high school English at some of America’s most prestigious independent schools. After a decade of teaching in the US, Maya moved to Singapore and began teaching at The United World College of South East Asia (UWC).

Gita Varadarajan

Gita has worked with children all over the world, earned her master’s degree in literacy education from Columbia University and now teaches second grade in Princeton, N.J. She is passionate about using writing meaningfully to make people more reflective.

Anuradha Ruhil Barua

Anuradha Ruhil Barua has extensive experience teaching the IB Diploma. She is passionate about language (s) and teaches English and Hindi. Her goal is to help students grow as readers and individuals by creating a collaborative classroom culture. Her educational background includes an MA in German Studies and a PhD in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching.The languages of her home are Hindi, Assamese and English. She lives and works in Singapore.

Jeremy Willette

Jeremy is an innovative international educator with twenty-two years of experience. He offers students hands-on, differentiated instruction that is fun, challenging, technology-rich, and connected to student inquiry. He is a teacher librarian (elementary and middle school) and loves sharing his passion for library, literacy, and language with students.

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