Sandra 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.
Michelle 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 if-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.
Kristine, or as her student’s call her, Ms. Stine, is our Pre-primary lead teacher. She has been working with children for more than ten years and has found that the two to three year old age group is the most amazing and rewarding age to teach. Kristine attended college at Texas A&M and also completed her NAMC Infant and Toddler Montessori Certification. She has a way with children that makes them look forward to coming to school and not want to leave when the day is over. “My love for children started early on in high school when I started babysitting for family friends, and it has only continued to grow throughout the years. My students brighten my day and I value every moment I spend with them.”
Mehri, our Infant Lead Teacher, has served in education for more than 15 years in Fort Bend ISD, Montessori schools, and church schools. She has a BA and teacher certification training in Early Childhood Education and her very favorite group of children is the infants. Mehri feels that children should be loved and cared for as if they were her own, and she has dedicated her life to taking care of our youngest little ones.
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.