ZaraPrincipal & Founder
Ms. Zara was born in Iran and was educated in Spain at an International School. She moved to Houston in 1982 to attend the University of Houston. She was first introduced to the Montessori philosophy while studying developmental psychology at the university. When her children were five and two, she decided to open her own school. With her knowledge of Montessori, she knew it would be the ideal educational setting. Ms. Zara has strived throughout the years to create a family friendly and nurturing environment for the children, their families and the staff.
PiperAdministrative Director
Ms. Piper was raised in Florida and attended Santa Fe Community College, where she received an AA in pre-engineering. She then continued her studies at the University of Houston-Downtown and joined Montessori Moments in 1994. Piper received her Director Certification the following year and has served as Administrative Director since. Both of her sons attended Montessori Moments through the third grade.
Ms. Leila holds a MA in economics and politics from the University of London and taught as an adjunct lecturer at the University of Houston-Downtown. Leila’s two sons have attended Montessori Moments since 2006. During that time she has been part of our community as a parent volunteer and served in various administrative positions. Leila is currently part of our office staff.
VanessaAfternoon Curriculum Coordinator
Ms. Vanessa has worked at Montessori Moments since 2002. Throughout the years she has gained experience working in all aspects of our school and is currently our Afternoon Coordinator. In addition to the various training that she has undergone, Ms. Vanessa is also certified for the Primary classroom through the North American Montessori Center.

Lead Teachers

LoraineLead Teacher, Primary
Ms. Loraine has been a Montessori Primary teacher since 1985. She is a graduate of the Houston Montessori Center and joined the Montessori Moments family in 1995. Loraine is certified both as a Primary teacher and a Director. She is the mother of two adults, Madicella and Jeremy, both Montessori children.
ClaraLead Teacher, Primary
Ms. Clara moved to the United States from Argentina in 1990, where she worked as an English teacher to small children. She became interested in Montessori education after the birth of her first daughter, and received her Primary Certification from the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) in 1994. She joined Montessori Moments in 1995 as a lead Primary class teacher. She is fluent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese, and teaches our Spanish extracurricular classes. All four of her children attended Montessori Moments.
CeciliaLead Teacher, Primary
Ms. Cecilia is a native of Peru. She became interested in Montessori education at the University of Lima while studying accounting and special education. After moving to Houston in 1991 and starting her family, she received her primary certification in 2000. She joined the Montessori Moments family in 2010, bringing with her 10 years of experience as a lead Montessori teacher.
RikkiLead Teacher, Toddler Community
Ms. Rikki was born and raised in Galveston. She moved to Rosenburg and began working in Montessori education in 2004. She joined the Montessori Moments family in 2007 and completed the course work for the Toddler Certification in 2010. Rikki serves as one of the certified Montessori teachers in the toddler class.
VeronicaLead Teacher, Toddler Community
Ms. Veronica began her Montessori journey in 2001, working in various schools as a teacher assistant. She took her Montessori training in 2004 and joined Montessori Moments as a Toddler Lead teacher in 2006. She has since been an integral part of our Toddler Community. Veronica has four children who have all attended Montessori schools.
KarenLead Teacher, Elementary
Ms. Karen joined the Montessori Moments family in 2016. She began her journey into Montessori in 2004 in Dublin, Ireland. She was awarded a B.A. in Montessori Education in 2008, and soon after moved to Beijing. Ms. Karen has taught at PreK, Kindergarten, and Lower Elementary levels, and spent 5 years working at the International Montessori School of Beijing. Ms. Karen made her move to Houston in 2013. We are so happy to have her and her son, Jackson, as part of the Montessori Moments family.

Teacher Assistants

Emilia Teacher Assistant
Ms. Emilia has worked in our Toddler Community as well as the Primary classrooms since the fall of 2005. She is a native of Venezuela where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in 1991 from U.P.E.L. After moving to Houston in 1998, she worked in childcare for 3 years before joining the Montessori Moments family.
NormaTeacher Assistant
Ms. Norma has a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Brazil. She moved to Houston in 1998 when she started her career in Montessori education. She worked as a teacher assistant in several Montessori schools before joining our school in 2013. She has been a wonderful fit to the Montessori Moments family.
JessicaTeacher Assistant
AmandaTeacher Assistant
BrittneyTeacher Assistant
Ms. Brittney began her interest in childcare during high school where she participated in the “Ready, Set, Teach” program. Upon graduating in 2007, she immediately began her career in the childcare field. She joined the Montessori Moments family in March of 2010. Her son is a student at our school.
WendiTeacher Assistant
Ms. Wendi has worked in child care since she was 18 and has been part of the Montessori Moments family since 1994. Both her children attended the school through 3rd grade. In addition to many years of in-house training, she earned her Montessori Assisting Certificate from the Houston Montessori Center. Wendi has played a role in every capacity at the school, including both in class as well as in administrative positions. She currently serves as our on-call substitute.

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