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2600 Cordes Dr, Ste D
Sugar Land, TX 77479
p. 281-299-5187 | 832-939-8876
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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_MichelleMs. Michelle is our Director of Montessori Education. She leads MKU Sugar Land’s Staff Development Program and is the resident Montessori Consultant for the MKU Houston franchise. Michelle has over 20 years’ experience in Montessori and opened the school as the Lead Primary Teacher and in-house staff trainer. She works with all staff to promote the Montessori curriculum and ensure adherence to high academic expectations. She motivates teachers to employ Montessori methods in education, classroom management, grace and courtesy.

Ms. Jo is our Montessori Trainer who has over 25 years’ experience in childcare and Montessori education. Jo works with the staff on both Montessori philosophy and practical application of Montessori lessons. You may find her engaged in a lesson with a student or working one-on-one with teachers to help students maximize their potential

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 Vicki is our front office Director of Admissions. Her role is to oversee the admission process, conduct parent and family interviews, and ensure that that the transition into MKU is smooth and seamless for children and parents. Vicki’s goal is to make sure parents feel comfortable in our school environment and that they know their children are receiving the best education and care anywhere.

teacher AyshaMs. Aysha, our Primary 2 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 1 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 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 Pre-Primary and Pre-Toddler assistant. A new transplant to Texas she feels honored to work at MKU. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree. She worked for one of the best preschools in Oahu and we are 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.

pic_vanMs. Van is our Pre-Primary Lead Teacher. She has completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Education at the University of Houston and has been teaching for 3 years. Ms. Van has worked with students from Pre-K through 4th grade, so she is well-versed in preparing students for elementary education. She is pursuing her Montessori Certification and is being trained by our Director of Education Ms. Michelle. Ms. Van is also implementing our new afternoon Kindergarten Enrichment Program to prepare our students for any school they choose.

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.

Ms. Sandra is the Toddler Teacher. She has been teaching since 2012, although she has wanted to be a teacher for as long as she can remember. She has an Associates Degree in Art from the Art Institute in Philadelphia and obtained her Child Development Associate credential in in March, 2015. Sandra loves to combine her love of art with her Montessori lessons and help kids discover the joy of hands-on learning and creativity.

Ms. Katherine is Pre-Primary Assistant Teacher. She is currently studying education at Alvin Community College and has been working with children for 2 years now. She instantly fell in love with the Montessori philosophy, and her passion is teaching children new and exciting Montessori lessons, as well as music, art, and Spanish. She has worked with all ages, starting from 6 weeks to 10 year olds.

Ms. Alishba is our Pre-Toddler Assistant teacher. She has worked in the Montessori setting for over a year and is currently pursuing credentials in Early Childhood Education. Her method of classroom management is in sync with the Montessori philosophy – allowing children to make decisions, providing them freedom of movement, and encouraging independence. She enjoys working with all ages of children. She bonds with children easily and is extremely dedicated to her classroom.

Ms. Courtney works at our front desk. As a Houston native, southern hospitality comes naturally to Courtney, and you will see this as she greets parents and children. She has worked with children for almost a decade, and moving to a Montessori setting has shaped her view of education. She loves being involved in the shaping of young minds and in watching our children reach milestones and exceed expectations.

TRAINED CAREGIVERS WITH A PASSION FOR EDUCATION

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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