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.
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.
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.
VanessaAdministrative Director, Registrar
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.
BarbaraLead Teacher, Primary
A native of Florida, Ms. Barbara has lived in the Katy area for the past 15 years. She credits working with wonderful Montessori teachers, when she started her career in Education/Child Care, for her decision to become a certified Montessori teacher herself. Ms. Barbara received her Montessori Certification in 2001 and has worked as a lead teacher with Toddlers and Primary age students since. She is the proud mother of three awesome daughters, Kylee 19, Samee 18, and Abbee 11. When she is not busy providing a loving, nurturing environment for her children at school, Ms. Barbara enjoys the beach, traveling, and spending time with her family.
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.
MadicellaLead Teacher, Primary
Ms. Madicella is a true Montessori child! She began her Montessori journey as an infant and her mother has been a Montessori teacher since before she was born. Ms. Madi started taking her Montessori course work through Houston Montessori Center, an AMS affiliate, in 2009, and completed her certification in 2017. Her years of studying and working in a Montessori classroom has given her invaluable experience that she uses to serve her students’ needs. She is the proud mother of three beautiful children, all of whom have gone through our school, and the youngest is currently enrolled in the Toddler Community!
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.
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.
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.
JessicaAfternoon Assistant and Substitute
Ms. Jessica began working with us after her son graduated from our Montessori Primary program. She is a vital part of our afternoon staff and substitutes in all classes as needed. She is the Assistant Director of the Teenage Incentive Program and volunteers at many organizations, including KISD and HISD. She has also completed the EMS course program with the Katy Fire Department. Ms. Jessica is very creative and enjoys refinishing antique furniture.
Ms. Amanda is a Montessori Moments Elementary classroom Alumni student! She is from the Houston area and attended Cy Springs High School. She began working with us in 2013, and has recently gotten her Montessori Assistant Certification from the Houston Montessori Center. Ms. Amanda has a beautiful singing voice and enjoys fishing and spending time with her family cheering on the Dallas Cowboys!
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.
SteffanyAfternoon Assistant and Substitute
Ms. Steffany is bilingual, being born in Guatemala and moving to the Houston area when she was 11 years old. She joins us with childcare and nanny experience with children infant through elementary age. Steffany has a strong interest in the Montessori Philosophy and Method and plans to get her Montessori Certification in the future. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family. Her only son is currently enrolled in our Toddler Community.