Maija has taught in International Schools around the world for over 15 years. During her teaching career, she has worked with different age groups and nationalities and have seen how the learning environment can enhance the culture of learning in the classroom. Maija is an inquiry based teacher, facilitating self-efficacy and supporting self-directed learning with her students and teams. Learning spaces play a central role when students are engaged in discovery, research and inquiry. They can provide students with access to the learning in a whole new level, allowing students agency and control over the way they best learn.
Maija is originally from the Arctic Circle in Finland where she completed her Master’s Degree in International Education. International teaching has taken Maija around the world and she has taught at the United Nations International School in both Hanoi and New York in addition to schools in her native Finland. Maija’s most recent position was in Thailand at NIST International School. In addition to teacher’s certificate, Maija also has a Diploma in Interior Design and Decoration. Along with working as a Senior Educational Consultant for Fielding Nair International in their Bangalore studio Education Design Architects in India, Maija runs workshops and professional development for students, teachers and parents about learning spaces and their impact on learning, and is engaging in conversations about learning spaces with several schools across Asia Pacific region.