Monirath Siv was born and raised in Cambodia by a single mother who, despite being at the top of her class, was forced to withdraw from school due to financial pressures on her family. Moni’s mother loved learning and overcame numerous obstacles to ensure that Moni received a quality education so that his opportunities in life would not be limited. At the age of 16, Moni moved to the U.S. to live with his father in California. While it was difficult to leave Cambodia, relocating to U.S. provided Moni with the means to expand his academic potential.
The first in his family to finish high school, Moni completed his B.A. at Washington University in St. Louis. In 2012, he joined Teach For America and taught high school biology and environmental science for two years in Camden, New Jersey. During this time, Moni earned an M.S.Ed from the University of Pennsylvania. This solidified his commitment to impact the lives of his students and work towards sustainable, system-level change.
Teaching successfully in an economically-challenged city like Camden increased Moni’s resolve to launch an organization that would move the needle for kids in disadvantaged communities in Cambodia. Leveraging the Teach For All approach, Moni intends to build a pipeline of local leaders who will work with the country’s government, communities, and private sector to create sustainable, long-term change.