Brooke Khawaja has a strong passion for education and child development, starting with mentoring children with disabilities from a young age to working in early childhood centers and pre-schools throughout her professional career. Most recently she served as Director of a Montessori School for 5 years and as Program Coordinator for 3 years at the same school. Among numerous certifications and training credentials, Brooke studied Elementary Education and Child Psychology at American University. Brooke is married with two little girls who have been raised from infancy in the Montessori method and are currently enrolled at MKU.
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 leads MKU Sugar Land’s Staff Development Program. 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 continues in her role as Primary Lead teacher, all while helping to guide the staff and accommodate continued growth within the school.
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.”
Amanda has been working with children for twelve years and is our toddler lead teacher. She is very kind and extremely passionate when it comes to teaching children and loves helping them develop to their full potential. She believes that Montessori is one the best philosophies to teach young children which really helps shape their future in education” Working with children is what I was meant to do with my life, there is nothing else that I enjoy more”
Victoria is our pre-toddler lead teacher and has been working with children for ten years. She is very patient and loving and has the perfect bubbly personality that the children quickly fall in love with. Victoria believes that this age group can absorb a great deal of knowledge and that their little personalities are shaped by how they are treated and what they are taught. She teaches with a kind-heart and a loving respect for each child and makes sure that every aspect of their day they are learning in some way.
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.