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.
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 through 3rd grade. During that time she has been part of our community as a parent volunteer and served in various positions. After completing her Director’s course, she joined our administrative staff permanently.
LoraineCurriculum Director
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.
Ms. Brittney has worked with children for 11 years. Her long-term goal is to help children have equal opportunities and succeed in life. She is currently working towards her Associate Degree in the Arts and plans to pursue her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work at the University of Houston. Ms. Brittney began her journey at Montessori Moments in 2010. Since then, we have seen her continually flourish throughout the years. She has worked as a Primary class assistant, Toddler class assistant, and now has a lead role in Office Administration. Her leisure activities include spending time with family, trying new restaurants, and watching movies.

Lead Teachers

KacieLead Teacher, Primary
Ms. Kacie and her family live in Hempstead on a 35 acre farm, where she enjoys nature, working in the yard and baking with her young daughter. Ms. Kacie began her Montessori journey in 2004, working as an assistant teacher with the long term goal of leading her own classroom one day. In 2015 she received her Montessori Certification by completing her lead teacher training through the Houston Montessori Center. Ms. Kacie has a strong passion for child centered education and believes that learning should be an organic process in a well prepared and guided environment.
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.
KatjaLead Teacher, Elementary
Ms Katja is our Lead Elementary teacher. In addition to having her Montessori Certification she holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education and English from the University of Rostock in Germany. She comes to Montessori Moments with valuable experience in special education, having taught elementary and middle school aged children both in Germany and here in Texas. She is a mother to two daughters Emily and Mila, who both attended a Montessori preschool. She lives with her family in Copperfield.

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.
AmandaTeacher Assistant
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!
ZaineTeacher Assistant
Ms. Zaine is a bilingual teacher’s assistant helping in the morning and afternoon classes. She holds a Psychology Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Laica Vicente Rocafuerte University in Guayaquil, Ecuador, where she is from. Ms. Zaine moved to Houston 21 years ago. She is the mother of three beautiful young girls and an animal lover. She began working at Montessori Moments in September 2017.
MarelynTeacher Assistant
Ms. Marelyn is a recent graduate of Mayde Creek High School. She works with both the toddler and primary age children. At a very young age she realized her passion for taking care of others, especially children. Her love for children flourished while volunteering in daycares and working with children with special needs. Her plans are to pursue a career as a pediatric registered nurse. In the meantime, she is excited to learn and grow as she continues her experience with Montessori Moments.
MackenzieTeacher Assistant
We are proud to have Ms. Mackenzie, a former student of Montessori Moments, as part of our afternoon staff. While her mom and aunt worked at the school, she attended the toddler program through second grade. She enjoys spending time with young children and has several years of experience working in early childhood education. She has a keen interest in Art and Cosmetology.

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