Montessori House for Children and Elementary School ensures that the Toddler, Early Childhood, and Elementary guides/lead teachers are trained in Montessori pedagogy under the auspices of the American Montessori Society (AMS) or Association Montessori International (AMI). The School prides itself on the quality, educational depth, and talent of its faculty. All guides/lead teachers are MACTE credentialed teachers. MACTE is the only recognized training body of American Montessori Schools. All trained assistants undergo specific Montessori Assistant Training both in-house and from independent trainers so that consistency is achieved throughout the School.
Head of School and FOUNDER
Barbara Nelson: Head of School
Barbara discovered and fell in love with Montessori when her oldest daughter first attended a Montessori School in 1991. Barbara co-founded her first school in Sugar Land, TX in 1997. She became the Head of School at Montessori House for Children in 2004. Barbara holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and Administration, AMS Early Childhood Montessori Credentials, and is certified as a Positive Discipline Parent Educator. Barbara is passionate about the holistic approach of Montessori education and the skills Montessori Children develop which allows them to contribute to society in a meaningful and profound way.
Pam Nelson: Founder
Pam retired from Dow in 2001 to pursue a passion in bettering the educational options available to families. She co-founded her first school with Barbara in 1997 in Sugarland, TX. In 2004 she co-founded Montessori House for Children with her husband of 50+ years. She is the proud mother of two daughters and grandmother of 6 grandchildren.
Maria Aguilar: Guide for Toddler 1
Ms. Maria joined MHFC in 2013, she has always loved working with children. She believes that love and patience are very important when working with children. She is devoted to her faith and spends a great amount of time doing mission work, having served on four mission trips. Maria earned her Montessori Teacher Certification during the 2017 summer at Houston Montessori Center.
Yanaig Fleitas and Monica Paz
Ms. Juana joined MHFC in 2006. She has an associate degree in Theology from Maranatha Institute and earned her AMS Associate Infant and Toddler Certification from the Houston Montessori Center. Ms. Juana is passionate about faith, family, friendship, and working with toddlers. She is the proud mother of a daughter named Faith.
Glenda Fuentes and Patricia Aguirre
Sandy Kabarwal: Guide for Early Childhood 1
Ms. Sandy joined MHFC in 2011 after many years of teaching experience both in India and the United States. She has a master’s degree in chemistry and an associate degree in microbiology. She earned her AMS Montessori Early Childhood Credential from the Houston Montessori Center. A proud mother of two, Ms. Sandy loves working with children and watching their joy as they discover and learn new things.
Liyuan Jin: Guide for Early Childhood 2
Ms. Liyuan joined MHFC in 2013. She has a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Texas A&M. She earned her AMS Montessori Early Childhood Credentials from the Houston Montessori Center. Ms. Liyuan believes strongly in the Montessori quote: “it is the child who makes the man, and no man exists who was not made by the child who once he was”.
Lima Haikal and Rita Basu
Lakshmi Thirumalai: Guide for Early Childhood 3
Ms. Lakshmi joined MHFC in 2013 after many years of teaching experience both in India and United States. She has a master’s degree in management and earned her AMS Montessori Early Childhood Credential from the Princeton Center for Teacher Education in New Jersey. She is also a certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator and Brain Gym instructor. Her special interest is to facilitate learning for children with learning differences. She enjoys biking, fishing and traveling with her family.
Anna Rubin and Farah Saulat
Aruna Alluri: Guide for Early Childhood 4
Ms. Aruna joined MHFC in 2014. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering and earned her AMS Montessori Early Childhood Credentials from the Houston Montessori Center. Ms. Aruna is the proud mother of two children.
Megan Richard and Elisa Jiwani
Alexandra Rohl: Elementary Guide
Maria Alexandra was born in Caracas, Venezuela to a multi-cultural family; one side of her family is Texan, German and the other side is Italian Dominican. She has one daughter and she met her loving husband working at The Coca Cola Company. After a career in the marketing and advertising field, she moved to Texas with her family and decided to pursue teaching. She fell in love with Montessori Education after her daughter attended a Montessori school in Corpus Christi, Texas. She has been in the teaching field for since 2016 and is currently finishing her certification as a 6-12 Elementary Guide at the Gulf Coast Montessori Teacher Education Center. She loves to spend time with her family, baking and making handcrafts with her daughter, listening to music, learning about different cultures and is passionate about Cosmic Education. “Let us give the child a vision of the whole Universe” – Maria Montessori
Elisa: Elementary Guide
Elisa was born in India and came to the United States with her family in the late ’90s. She is married to her supportive husband and together they have a teenage daughter. Elisa completed high school in Oklahoma City and earner a Bachelors of Art in Educational Studies, with an emphasis on Interdisciplinary Studies. After many years of dedicated services in the education community, she decided to pursue her Montessori Certification. Her combined experience in the public and Montessori schools helped her to define her passion for the Montessori philosophy and methodology.
Apart from working with children, Elisa enjoys cooking, photography, running, yoga, and spending quality time with family.