Ms. Rozina Mohammad – Head of School
Ms. Rozina Mohammad is the founder of Casa Dei Bambini and Petite Maison Montessori Schools and has dedicated her life to the success of our future, reflected in today’s child. Her four innovative schools in the suburbs of Houston, Texas and Aurora, Illinois, reflect the pioneering spirit of Dr. Maria Montessori in imparting education to develop the whole child. She was awarded her certification with the American Montessori Society (AMS) in 2001. Additionally, she received both her Early Childhood Degree and Child Development Associates Degree, following which she has also established her Director Credentials with the Childcare Council of Greater Houston in 2008.
Ms. Rozina Mohammad has been selected as one of CKW LUXE’s Top 20 Impact Maker Awards honorees for 2020. Those honored with an Impact Maker award are humanitarians who are generous in their support of others, dedicated to improving lives and living conditions, and devoted to finding better ways of helping. They have made an achievement that has had a positive impact on some area of the arts, science, education, humanitarianism, or medicine within our community. In addition, County Commissioner Ken R. DeMerchant commemorated the centennial anniversary of the Women’s Equality Day on August 25th, 2020 by presenting proclamation honoring Ms. Rozina Mohammad for the important roles she plays as women leader in her profession.
Ms. Namrata Soni – Assistant Director / Trainer
My journey with children started 14 years ago in Tulsa, Oklahoma as a substitute teacher and later as an assistant teacher for special education children. When my family moved to Texas, I joined the Casa Dei Bambini Montessori School as an assistant teacher. Montessori teaching was relatively new to me but, within a short period of time, I started developing a love for the Montessori Method. I decided to pursue my certification and got my Early Childhood Credentials from the Houston Montessori Center in 2013. Since then, I have been a Primary Lead Teacher at Casa Dei Bambini in Missouri City. My goal is to provide children with a prepared environment in which they can interact with hands-on material that helps them develop critical lifelong skills.My Montessori journey has been a delightful, satisfying experience. I am excited to bring my several years of classroom experience to the next level as a Mentor teacher here at Petite Maison. I look forward to continuing my learning journey with my new colleagues, children, and their families.
Ms. Desha Shah – Head of Administration
I love organizing, be it data, information or home. Sorting, analyzing and streamlining creates a path for deeper understanding of things around us. This belief has only strengthened with the work I did in various capacities ranging from Business Analyst to Relationship Manager. We are sculpted by our learning experiences. My background in Electronics and Communication Engineering combined with a degree in Business Administration has empowered me to collaborate with different industries such as eCommerce, Market research and of course my favorite – The field of Education. My interest in the field of education also fueled when my daughter started learning from her environment. I believe in the potential of every child to succeed beyond their wildest dreams. I look forward to meeting and helping our families collaborate with Petite Maison to manifest our children’s potential.
Ms. Prerna Dhawan : Office Secretary
Education has always been an important aspect of my life. I started my career at an entry-level position with a nationalized bank in India and worked my way up the ladder to become Branch Manager within 5 years. I moved with my husband to Durham, North Carolina in 2014. While we were there I enrolled in and completed a diploma in Business Management from The Wharton School of Business. In addition, I also hold a dual master’s degree in Business Administration and Economics.
I continued my pursuit for professional growth and my passion for education. I began working as a front office manager for educational organizations in 2019. In these roles, I have had direct supervisory responsibilities for organizational finances and administration. Ever since then I have been in Managerial roles of varying scope and complexity with multiple Educational enterprises in the Sugar Land/Richmond area.
I am continuing to build my understanding of this space by getting first-hand experience in this domain and by also pursuing certificate in Child Development-Administration.
Outside of work I am an avid fitness enthusiast and love spending time with my two rambunctious adorable sons.