2600 Cordes Dr, Ste D
Sugar Land, TX 77479
p. 281-299-5187 | 832-939-8876

Meet our Staff

Meet the Montessori Kids Universe Team

staffOur teachers (guides) have a variety of impressive qualifications and Montessori training that makes them the perfect facilitators of your child’s education. They are passionate and creative individuals ready to elevate your child’s learning experience. We see teachers (guides) as the vessel of your child’s learning, therefore we seek the highest quality individuals. Additionally, each classroom has a teacher’s assistant in order to help with the many tasks and cater to each student’s individual needs. Because of the importance of our Montessori individualized learning and personal assessment component, teaching assistants are very important to the classroom.

HOS_MichelleMichelle Sotelo is Head of School and currently leads MKU Sugar Land’s Staff Development Program and is also the resident Montessori Consultant for the MKU franchise. Michelle was brought on to open the school as the Lead Primary teacher and in-house staff trainer. Since that time, she has worked with all staff to promote the Montessori curriculum and ensure adherence to high expectations from both parents and staff. As Director of Staff Development, Michelle motivates, develops and trains the MKU teaching staff on Montessori education, classroom management, and parent communication. She is creative, enthusiastic, compassionate, and considerate. Her dedication to the implementation of authentic Montessori practices along with her relentless dedication made the step to Head of School a natural one.

Michelle brings over 20 years of teaching experience to her role, and as an advocate of Montessori education, she is ready to share her knowledge and experience with the staff. Parents please email Michelle if you have any questions regarding your child’s Montessori education or class work.

pic_sandraSandra is our Admissions Counselor and the first one to greet you and your children every day. She was born in Texas & has lived in Houston and Sugar Land for over 40 years. She graduated from Texas Woman’s University with a BS degree in Nursing and worked in Texas Medical Center as an RN. She has been blessed with 2 wonderful daughters & 3 grandchildren who are the light of her heart.

pic_vickiMs. Vicki is our Front Office Admin Assistant.

teacher AyshaMs. Aysha, our Primary 1 teacher, has a Bachelor’s degree in commerce and two years’ experience working with children in addition to her wonderful first year at MKU. She has two children of her own and believes that teachers shape little minds. One of her greatest strengths is being creative with the children. Outside of her school time, she loves to cook, garden and draw.

teacher ChristinaMs. Christina is our Primary 2 teacher. Her educational background is in computer science and she has 15 years of teaching experience in phonics and grammar. She was born and raised in South Korea. She is married to her best friend, Thomas, and they have two 13-year-old twin boys. She loves to watch her students learn and grow into happy, well rounded, young men and women

teacher KristineMs. Kristine, or as her students call her, “Ms. Stine,” is our Pre-Primary teacher. She has been working with children for over 10 years and believes that the 2-3 year old age group is the most rewarding age to teach. She attended Texas A&M University and earned her Infant/Toddler Montessori certification. Her mom is the youngest of 12 children so Kristine grew up with many cousins of all ages who she babysat. Her students brighten her day and she values every moment she spends with them.

teacher MariaMs. Maria is our Toddler teacher and has been a dedicated Early Childhood Educator for 19 years. She came highly recommended from her previous schools, where she was named Classroom Teacher of the Year and was loved by parents and children! Ms. Maria is working on her Early Childhood Education degree and is a member of the Association for Childhood Educational International.

teacher ShitalMs. Shital is our Pre-Toddler teacher and she brings years of experience working with children as a school volunteer and through the Junior Achievement Program. Originally from India, she has lived in Houston for almost 10 years. She is married and has two children who attend elementary school. She loves working with 12 to 18-month-olds as they become more active and keep her on her toes!

teacher MehriMs. Mehri, our Infant teacher, comes by her job naturally. She was raised in a family of ten, always caring for her siblings, and she has one daughter who is her pride and joy. She has a degree in Management in Finance from the University of Birmingham in England and teacher certification training in General Education. She has served in education for more than fifteen years and respects and loves her infants, caring for them as if they were her own.

assistant BriannaMs. Brianna is our Primary 1 teacher assistant. She has been working with children for 10 years and finds teaching four to five year olds is the most rewarding experience. She graduated from Texas State University with a bachelor of arts in psychology. She enjoys every aspect of the teaching process and enjoys seeing her student’s blossom through the Montessori lessons. Ms. Brianna is working to implement our new Afternoon Kindergarten Enrichment Program to prepare our students for the next level.

assistant ReemMs Reem Abbas is our Primary 2 assistant teacher. She is currently a student at the University of Houston. She feels that it is not only fun to teach children, but their passion, determination, and imagination is what makes her see things in a new perspective. She loves connecting with all the children and getting to know who they are as well as educating them and helping they achieve their potential.

assistant ZenaidaMs. Zenaida is our Pre-Primary and Pre-Toddler assistant. She is a new transplant to Texas and feels honored to be working at Montessori Kids Universe. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree. She worked for one of the best preschools in Oahu and we are so proud to have her on staff. “My heart soars up high whenever a child gives me a wave, a hug, a smile or a simple, “Are you happy Ms. Naida?” What could be better than that? And that’s what I get every day as soon as I clock myself in to our school. I am looking forward for more years of having fun at MKU because I treat this not as a profession but a vocation, a calling that I luckily heard.”

assistant KarenMs. Karen is our Pre-Primary assistant. She is currently a student at Wharton Community Junior College majoring in Speech Pathology. She has worked for LCISD elementary and as an after school counselor. Her certifications include awareness of child abuse, bullying, and helping special needs children. She also worked for Fort Bend County Boys and Girls Club of Greater Houston. Ms. Karen genuinely enjoys working with children and helping them find their unique potential and setting the foundation that will set the on a path to be honest and kind hearted individuals.

pic_RaquelMs. Raquel Lopez is our Infant teacher assistant. She has over 14 years of experience working with children from infant to 5 years old. She has a huge love and compassion for teaching children. She enjoys seeing the infants smile as they come into the room, it’s gratifying and inspires her to do her best.

pic_FarahMs. Farah Shnain is our assistant infant teacher. She is licensed in Early Childhood Education and has seven years of experience working in childcare. She thinks that working with children is the most rewarding job in the world because of the promise each child brings to the world. Her motivation is seeing the infants blossom as they respond to her.

pic_aishaMs. Aisha, is our Infants Assistant Teacher. She is currently a college student and a native Houstonian, born and raised. “I love my babies” Working with infants/babies and seeing their smiling faces is the best feeling in the world. Aisha is furthering her education in early childhood development and in fitness and nutrition. Aisha loves to work out in her spare time.

Ms. Briana Reyes if our Toddlers teacher assistant. She has over two years of childcare experience in addition to all the babysitting she does for family. Ms. Briana particularly enjoys working with the toddlers because she feels it is so simple to make them happy. All it takes is having love, patience and lots of creativity.

Ms. Cynthia Martinez is our Pre-Primary afternoon assistant. She is a college student pursuing a health science major and is working towards a pediatrics degree. “I’ve always had a passion working with kids and helping them in all ways possible. It’s always been in my nature to nurture. Our kids are the future and I believe I can guide the youth strive for excellence.”

Ms. Van is our Primary 1 Assistant Teacher at MKU.  She has completed her bachelor’s degree in Education at the University of Houston and has been pursuing her passion of teaching for more than 3 years. Ms. Van has worked with students from Pre-K to 4th grade and absolutely enjoy it.  Ms. Van loves working with our little human beings, and Is so excited to be a part of the MKU team! Ms. Van is working to implement our new Afternoon Kindergarten Enrichment Program to prepare our students for the next level.

Ms. Yaneth is the Lead Montessori Directress in the Primary 2 classroom.  Future Graduate of the University of Houston pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Psychology.  Ms. Yaneth has been in the Child Care Industry for over six years.  Ms. Yaneth has a true passion for Montessori and absolutely fell in love with the method of teaching Ms. Yaneth has been working in the Montessori environment for four years. The level of independence and the self-esteem the children acquire is what makes me proud to be a part of the Montessori community.  Watching the children blossom in their own time and at their own speed truly loving what they are doing truly makes me happy. We are very lucky to have someone with her level of passion and professionalism as a part of the MKU team.


Outside of your family, your child’s teachers and caregivers are the most important people in their life. As such, we place the highest value in carefully selecting and vetting each and every member of our staff.

Every lead teacher at our school is required to have a Bachelor’s degree in addition to their Montessori certification. We require all of our teachers to complete continued educational coursework each year to keep abreast with current educational trends.

All of our classes additionally have classroom teaching assistants who aid in the management, guidance, and teaching aspects of your child’s class.

All staff members undergo a thorough background check that exceeds state requirements. This includes conducting a fingerprint background check, as well as verification of educational documents.

We have high standards for certification and classroom readiness. Our teachers are trained through The Association Montessori International and the North American Montessori Center.

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