Toddler Lead Teachers


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!

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Ms. Maria De Jesus Perez

My story starts when I came to USA in 1996. I took ESL classes and got my GED at a center which had a Montessori School at that time. There was a program for mothers who wanted to get ESL and GED classes. I started working with young children 12 years ago. My first experience working with young children was after one of my daughter’s teachers asked me if I wanted to work in a school as an assistant. A trainer came one day to tell me that I could do more than helping or watching the children. That opened my eyes to many possibilities in the field of childcare. Over the years I have gained experience with infants as young as 3 months as well as toddlers. In 2012, I got my CDA Infant/Toddler certificate, and in June of 2019, I received the Associate Infant & Toddler Credential from Houston Montessori Center. I strongly believe that when a directress provides an environment that encourages the child to absorb and develop the necessary tools to navigate through life, wonderful things can occur in and around the child´s life.

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 certification in Early Childhood educationI am also currently pursuing 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 part of the Petite Maison familyAt Petite, we teach and abide by the Montessori philosophy. We provide your children with a prepared environment to benefit their absorbent minds, as these early years are the most crucial years of a child’s life. Our Montessori classroom helps to create an environment where we guide individual child to purposeful activity based upon our observation of your child’s readiness and interests.

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.