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. For past 7 years, 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. Gulzar Saleem
Meet Gulzar Saleem, Montessori infant toddler teacher, trainer, and blogger. I’m an AMS certified teacher. I did my training 2 years ago. It all starts at the Casa Dei Bambini Montessori where I started my career as an infant-toddler assistant teacher. That time I had no idea if I would pursue this as a career. But I was there at the right place and at the right time. I worked under a great team where I learned not only from the teachers but from the children too. I believe that toddlers are like a sponge, whatever they see, or feel they follow you. I love this age group. You can observe a lot of changes in them. How they undergo different phases whether a transition change, welcoming a new sibling, or potty training.
In 2018, I went for my Montessori Infant and toddler training from Houston Montessori Center. That 2 month was life-changing for me not only academically but also I see a lot of changes in myself. My whole Montessori perspective was changed. Often parents do ask me how you manage a 24 months old and a 15 months old child together? It is a tricky question but the answer is simple. The answer is “Montessori.” let me explain:
A Montessori environment is designed in such a way that a younger toddler will learn from the older one and an older toddler will imitate his/her teacher. Our Montessori materials are designed in a way that they are connected with one another. The connection between the materials will help the child to develop concentration.
Montessori helps me to teach not only the toddlers but also to myself too. Each day I observe myself in the environment and I ask myself Am I providing the right thing to my students? Am I doing justice to Montessori? I even started my blog not to earn the money but to create awareness about Montessori and to give back to my community. I hope I can help you and your child at Petite Maison Montessori see you soon!
Note: you can help me to create awareness by visiting www.theworldoftwos.blogspot.com
Ms. Osaretin Omole
My name is Osaretin Omole. I have been in the field of Education for almost 25years; and the majority of those years I specialized in Early Childhood Education, as an infant/toddler teacher and facilitator. I have also taught at the primary (elementary) and middle school levels.
I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, Educational Psychology and Curriculum Studies, B.Sc.Ed from the University of Benin. I also have an active CDA (child Development Associate) credential. I obtained my director’s credential recently amongst numerous other certifications and trainings. I serve at my church, the Dominion International Center (DIC) as a consultant of the children ministry. It is a real joy to be able to liaise with families and children with a lot of diversity.
I am passionate about creating an individualized curriculum for each child through observations and reflective practices. My main interest is literacy development and linking theory to practice. It is quite humbling to interact with children at this age level because you learn so much from their resilience and most importantly their readiness to explore their environment with so much eagerness.
I live in Sugarland, Texas with my husband and two children. My family and I love to visit and explore new cities together, play board games and generally have fun together. I understand and speak English, some French and Yoruba. (A Nigerian language).
Ms. Gladis Martin
Subjects Taught: ESL, Language, Mathematics, Social Studies, Geography, Science, Sensorial, Practical Life, child Development.
Positions: Primary Lead Teacher
Supportive, passionate, loving, nurturing, inspiring and delightful, are just a few adjectives used when parents describe Ms. Gladis. Gladis was born in Guatemala. She knew she wanted to teach since she was a young girl. Gladis says, “my teaching philosophy is: love what you do. There is so much to love about the rewards one gets when you touch the life of a child.” Seasoned, compassionate and experienced three to six-year-old AMS Montessori educator with over twenty-five years leading and changing children’s lives through innovative and proven Montessori curriculum teaching. She loves hiking, mountains, yoga and biking. Both of her children attended Montessori school until middle school.
Ms. Shaira Lallani
Meet Shaira Lallani, certified Montessori Primary teacher for over 35 yrs.( age 3 to 6 yrs ).
I have a Bachelors of Arts in both Education and Psychology.
I ‘ ve also taught at St. Catherines’s as a lead Teacher in Houston, Texas prior to joining Casa Dei Bambini Montessori School at Riverstone campus.
My goal as a Montessori educator is to provide each child with an opportunity to grow into adults who are independent, responsible and compassionate innovators.
Montessori classrooms are designed to offer lessons, activities and tools that match the developmental needs and interests of each individual child.
The objective is approached in two ways :
First by allowing each child to experience the excitement of learning by his own choice rather than by being forced.
Secondly, by helping him to perfect all his natural tools for learning, so that his ability will be at maximum in any future learning situation.
From a very young age my dream was to be a teacher.
I never stop learning, growing, and trying new strategies. My teaching passion and commitment has grown with every year, and I hope to pursue my career in teaching at Petite Maison Montessori School.
Ms. Ana Ismail
My name is Ms. Ana Ismail. I am a Certified Montessori teacher. I have been teaching for 8 years in ages 3 to 6 years. I just moved from Plano, Texas where I was teaching at a Montessori School. I am so excited to be here in Houston, Texas and to be joining Petite Maison Montessori School.
I love children and I love teaching. I enjoy teaching and leading children from a very young age. I feel every child is different and Montessori has a place for every child because the Montessori classroom is designed to offer lessons, activities, and tools to engage each unique individual. My favorite thing about teaching is helping children become independent learners and guiding children to be peaceful leaders in their communities. I love helping children to solve conflicts peacefully, care for themselves and the environment and become responsible global citizens. Nurturing, inspiring, loving, supportive and passionate are a few words to describe myself.
I love reading, traveling, and spending time with my little ones. All three of my children have attended Montessori Schools.
Ms. Hina Fatima
My name is Hina Fatima. I have been working as an Early Childhood Educator for 4 years. I have a bachelor’s degree in Commerce as well as a certification in Early Childhood education. I am also currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Education. Some of my favorite things outside of teaching are reading, spending time with family and friends, traveling etc.
I am excited this year to be a part of the Petite Maison family. At Petite, we teach and abide by the Montessori philosophy.
I love what I do! It is my passion to instill a love for learning in my students and the desire to become lifelong learners. I want to inspire them as they continue to inspire me every day.
Thank you for entrusting us with your precious children. I am grateful for the opportunity to assist your child as they bloom to reach their full potential. I look forward to working with you and your child.