Meet our Teachers at North Cypress

The North Cypress campus is home to our Nido/Infant community and Spanish Immersion program, and our teachers have worked in early education for nearly 25 years. The school is easily accessible from Hwy 290. The large backyard features a wooden deck that encircles towering oak trees that provide ample share outside.

The Nido Classroom

The Nido – meaning “nest” in Italian – is intended to be cozy, homely, secure, and loving – just like at home. We focus on supporting an infant’s movement, language skills, independence, and concentration.

Ms. Randa helps lead our infants during their morning snack time. Ms. Randa’s students learn to sit at a table, eat on real plates, and demonstrate social graces as a community. Our Nido classroom is mixed ages (ages 6 week to 17 months).

Meet Ms. Randa, Lead Montessori Guide and Associate Director

What do you do for fun? I love to read, and I really enjoy reading Christian-based novels when I have free time.

What’s your favorite dessert? (Do I have to answer this question?) I really REALLY like chocolate – pure milk chocolate. I won’t tell you where I’m hiding it!

Why did you become a Montessori teacher? I love children. I love seeing their growth and how they develop over time. I love when they discover something new! In the infant classroom, it is a pleasure to see how quickly children develop in a short span of time, and it is very fulfilling. I’ve personally been so impressed with Montessori education. Children learn to be independent and supportive of each other. I think all schools should be Montessori schools worldwide. Montessori is for everyone.

Were you born in Texas? No, I was born in Mexico City. It’s a place with many friendly people, and the food is incredible. Food in Mexico is very diverse and differs from state to state. And the weather in Mexico City is gorgeous!

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? I would visit Rome again. My husband and I took our daughter to Rome for her quinceañera, and it was such a special experience. We loved the culture, the food, and our time together. I also would like to visit Israel and follow the footsteps of Jesus Christ. My faith is very important to me and my entire family.

Ms. Randa supports one of our infants who is mastering walking. In the Infant classroom, there are no bouncers or apparatus that restrict a child’s movements. We actively support and encourage movement, often physically stepping in to provide balance as children perfect crawling, sitting, standing, and walking.
Ms. Mariana holds one of our youngest infants. Many of our younger infants love to be held as they fall asleep. Ms Mariana helps answer the phone at our North Cypress campus, and she loves to sing and read stories with the children. She also supports Ms. Lorena in the Spanish Immersion community.

Meet Ms. Mariana, Assistant Teacher

What do you do for fun? I am very family-oriented, and I enjoy going to estate sales with my family on the weekend (pre-COVID). We shop and enjoy lunch together. We mainly buy home decor and unique pieces. I’m looking forward to decorating my new home soon.

What’s your favorite dessert? Anything with chocolate! I especially love brownies straight from the oven.

Why did you want to work in education? I enjoy spending time with children. I love how curious they are, and I enjoy watching them grow. I really appreciate how children can become independent.

Were you born in Texas? Yes! Love Htown.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? Oh that’s easy – Ireland! I want to visit the castles and see the green mountains and gardens. It’s been a dream to visit Ireland up close.

Ms. Yolanda shows an older infant how to use a spoon. This child will later use the spoon independently to eat her snack.

Meet Ms. Yolanda, Assistant Teacher

What do you do for fun? I love to play sports and watch sports with my family. I’m a huge soccer fan. I also really enjoy basketball.

What’s your favorite dessert? Cheesecake. I love all kinds of cheesecake – chocolate, strawberry, and so many other types.

Why did you want to work in education? I love children, and I love to watch them learn. I believe children are very capable, and they are very smart. They have a lot of potential.

Were you born in Texas? I was born in El Quiche, Guatemala. We have beautiful mountains and forests near my hometown, and we speak many different languages – in addition to my native Spanish.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? I’d love to visit Spain to watch soccer. I want to see a live game between Real Madrid and Barca!

This little infant is very fond of Ms. Yolanda, and enjoys playing with her, especially with a collection of colored balls which they roll back and forth.
Ms. Hashindri (pronounced Hush-in-dree) plays with one of her students. The scarf game is lots of fun, as the teacher and child pull thin, shiny cloths and toss them into the air. The activity encourages positive interaction and dialogue. Ms. Hashindri also leads our Art Program on campus and helps curate our annual Children’s Art Show.

Meet Ms. Hashindri, Assistant Teacher and Art Guide

What do you do for fun? I love to spend time with my family. We’re very close. And I also love to paint. (Ms. Hashindri is known in our schools for her incredible art work. From paintings of horses to a massive 8′ mural, Ms. Hashindri has used her artistic skills to tell stories about Montessori education, the importance of play, and the history of our schools.)

Ms. Hashindri completed a mural celebrating the history of our school in anticipation of our 25th anniversary in 2021.

What’s your favorite dessert? Wattalappam! Wattalappam is a special custard made in Sri Lanka (where Ms. Hashindri’s family comes from). The dessert is made from steamed jaggery (palm sugar) and lots of eggs to make a creamy, sweet dessert, perfect after a spicy rice and curry meal.

Why did you want to work in education? It’s such a joy to work alongside children and infants. I enjoy teaching them, and I love to show them how to paint.

Were you born in Texas? I was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Colombo is the largest city in Sri Lanka.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? I want to visit Paris, France and lose myself in Louvre museum. I want to see the art work of the great masters and study their technique and composition.

Ms. Carol works with a small group of older infants. Active movement – climbing, crawling, sliding, and walking – are critical for a child’s physical development.

Meet Ms. Carol, Assistant Teacher

What do you do for fun? I love to go shopping. I also really enjoy the outdoors and spend a lot of time outside!

What’s your favorite dessert? I don’t have a big sweet tooth, but when I indulge, I indulge. I love german chocolate. And I also really enjoy cheesecake.

Why did you want to work in education? I love working with children, and I strongly believe it’s my purpose in my life. After working in early education for over 25 years, I find education so rewarding.

Were you born in Texas? No, I was born in Illinois.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? I want to visit Israel. I really want to walk the footsteps of Jesus Christ. My faith is important to me.

The Spanish Immersion Montessori Community

Over 550 million people around the world speak Spanish, which is roughly 8% of the world’s population. Spanish is also considered the fourth most powerful language in the world, slightly behind French, Mandarin Chinese, and English. The Spanish Immersion Montessori Community meets the developmental needs of children as well as introduces Spanish language teaching. Classes are conducted in Spanish, while also encouraging children to be confident, independent, while developing fine motor skills and oral language. 

Ms. Lorena introduces the knobbed cylinders to one her students. The activity is designed to teach differences in size and dimension, while encouraging the use of the pincer grip, the same grip used to hold a pencil. Ms. Lorena leads our Spanish Immersion community, where she teachers her students primarily in the Spanish language.

Meet Ms. Lorena, Lead Montessori Guide

What do you do for fun? I enjoy spending time with my family, which includes my husband, my children, and my grandchildren. I love to travel as well.

What’s your favorite dessert? Everything with strawberries! I love strawberry cake, strawberry ice cream (if it has strawberries, I want to try it!)

Why did you want to work in education? I love to teach children, and it is so exciting to see them learn. I like Toddlers because they learn so quickly, and they absorb everything about them. I believe in the power of Montessori education, and I am especially passionate about teaching languages. I want my students to have the freedom to communicate with whomever they want to talk to, and I want them to embrace their independence at an early age and also learn how to socialize with grace and courtesy.

Were you born in Texas? I was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, and it’s one of the largest cities in my native country. Guadalajara is known for its beautiful weather and active downtown scene. We have beautiful parks, and the people are so friendly. Guadalajara is also known for its beautiful handcrafts, like pottery and glass, and Mariachis!

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? I really want to visit Rome, Italy with my husband. We want to visit St. Mark’s Square and see the Pope.