Rekha Puri is the Founder of LINEglobal, a volunteer-based nonprofit organization that connects educators in the USA and India. Rekha’s work has focused on the cross-cultural competencies, empathy and understanding needed to live in our global society. She is interested in how we can successfully create dynamic environments for global citizenship education that incorporate professional inquiry and personal introspection, while nurturing global thinking dispositions.
Rekha holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the JJ School of Art, Bombay University; a professional Montessori teaching certificate; and a Master’s degree from the Klingenstein Center for Independent School Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University. The National Association of Independent Schools awarded her a fellowship for Aspiring School Heads. She participated in the Think Tank on Global Education and the Future of Learning professional education programs at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Rekha has worked as a teacher and administrator in schools in the United States and India, and is currently the Director of Admissions and Enrollment at The School at Columbia University, a K-8 independent school, known for its innovative curriculum and extraordinary diversity.
Rekha is passionate about girls’ education and supports Avasara in India, an organization focused on educating girls of exceptional promise for a lifetime of leadership. Her interests include art, architecture, cooking, travel, and Bollywood movies. Rekha lives in New York City with her husband, Anuj, and their son, Siddhartha. Having grown up in India and Malaysia, and having lived in the United States for more than twenty-five years, she describes herself as an Indian, a New Yorker and a “global soul.”