Lead Montessori Teachers
Ms. Lara, Snapdragon Lead Teacher
Pre-Primary, 18 to 36 month olds
Cultivating Independence since 2007
I came to Sunrise Montessori in May of 2007, and it is a genuine pleasure to work with such caring and professional educators every day. The core of Montessori philosophy for me is the respect it shows for children and the amazing efforts they make as they work toward the full development of their minds and bodies. I have held multiple positions in the field, as an Assistant Teacher, a Lead Teacher, and, here at Sunrise, as Assistant Director. I returned to the classroom as the Doodlebugs Lead Teacher in September of 2010 and could not be more pleased to have done so. I have worked with all ages of young children, from infants to 6-year olds, although I have a special fondness for working with children between the ages of 18 and 36 months. I am AMS certified in the Infant/Toddler discipline and help train our Pre-Primary teachers during staff development and monthly staff trainings. It is my goal to help your family have a wonderful first year here at Sunrise!
Ms. Brittany, Caterpillar Lead Teacher
Pre-Primary, 9 to 18 month olds
Keeping Everyone on their Toes since 2017
Growing up in a large family, I found myself often caring for my cousins, nieces and nephews and loving it! After graduating high school, it didn’t immediately occur to me to teach. I also loved being an artist (painting, drawing), so I pursued that for a couple years, but went out of my way to work with children whenever I had the opportunity. Then someone suggested becoming a teacher, so I applied to a local preschool and found my calling. I gravitated towards the younger children especially and it wasn’t long before I was promoted to Lead of a toddler classroom, which I ran for years, and then I heard about Sunrise Montessori and their commitment to excellence, positive work culture, and fantastic families. I wanted in! I applied, was offered the only position available at the time which was an Assistant Teacher, and was able to work my way up to Lead Teacher of the Caterpillar classroom. I love this age group and the daily connections my babies make! Their look of wonder and pure joy at discovering something new, not to mention their quick development, is a true pleasure. I am grateful that I can be part of such a wonderful school and supportive families. Mark Twain once said, “Find a job you enjoy doing and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Truer words were never spoken. I look forward to meeting you and your family in the Caterpillar classroom!
Ms. Taylor, Doodlebug Lead Teacher
Pre-Primary, 18 to 36 month olds
Calmly Responding with Love and Patience since 2016
Being the oldest of four children was the greatest gift I could have asked for. It inspired me to want to work with younger children! Having a child now myself, I have the best of both worlds: perspective on both sides. My first job six years ago was in child care, but I consider my experience to be much longer than that since I helped my mom so much growing up with my siblings…on the job training! I chose to work at Sunrise because it is a Montessori school. Allowing the children to make discoveries on their own, to have freedom in the classroom to choose their own work and display that independence for their learning every day is a beautiful and exciting thing to see. When I’m not working with your children to make those daily connections, I enjoy spending time with my fiancee (high school sweetheart!) and daughter and baking. I look forward to helping your children feel loved in our classroom and helping them to see how the world works around them to be the best person they can be!
Ms. Anna, Butterfly Lead Teacher
Primary, 3 to 6 year olds
Developing the Whole Child since 2016
My name is Anna Kago and I have been a teacher for over fifteen years. I attended Montessori Institute of North Texas (MINT) for my Primary Montessori certification. I also have a a Bachelor’s Degree in Design as well as a Master’s Degree of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, plus lots of experience doing what I love to do, teaching! I also enjoy spending quality time with my husband Peter, and three daughters Grace, Phyllis and Jessica. My hobbies are reading, cooking, gardening and sewing. Please let me know if you have any questions or if I can make your child’s day in my classroom a better experience. I am thrilled to be here at Sunrise Montessori!
Ms. Carmen, Tigerlily Lead Teacher
Primary, 3 to 6 year olds
Cheerfully Guiding Children’s Eager Minds since 2012
I was born in Illinois and spent my younger childhood in Springfield, Maryland. When I was ten, my father relocated to Austin, so I consider Austin my home. I was very happy when my husband retired from the Navy and we relocated permanently back to the Austin area. I started working with children right out of high school as a way to pay for college. I viewed it as “just a job” in the beginning, but discovered I really enjoyed working with the younger children. I soon decided to get my CDA (Child Development) credential which I have held for the past 19 years. During my time as a navy wife and stay-at-home mom to my twin son and daughter, I continued with school and received my degree in Child Development. I have worked with all ages of children over the years and have held a variety of positions varying from Assistant Teacher to Lead Teacher and most recently, Montessori Lead. I joined Sunrise in 2012 as an Assistant in the Butterfly classroom. Once again I decided to further my education by earning my Montessori Credential. I feel that the Montessori philosophy best fits my own belief of raising children to be curious problem solvers and a member of a greater community. I look forward to this next chapter in my career by continuing to impact young lives in a Montessori setting and being part of the Sunrise Family!
Ms. Karima, Dandelion Lead Teacher
Primary, 3 to 6 year olds
Fostering Brilliance and Supplying Hugs since 2010
I was born and raised on the islands of Trinidad and Tobago. I moved to the USA in 1988 and lived in NY for some years and then moved to London and lived there for three years before moving to Austin in 1999. Austin is now home for me, my daughter, and our dog, Bounce. My daughter, whom I am very proud of, is now a lawyer. She was the main reason for my passion to teach and be with children. Before coming to Sunrise I worked with a childcare center for ten years where I wore many hats. I was the Pre-K teacher and also trained the teachers on curriculum and classroom management. I have my CDA credentials and also my Montessori Teaching Diploma. I joined Sunrise in August 2010, and I look forward to being a positive role model for your child and making a difference in their lives. In the words of Dostoyevski, “The soul is healed by being with children.”
Ms. Samantha, Firefly Lead Teacher
Primary, 3 to 6 year olds
Guiding Students toward the Future since 2015
I come from a big family, and a small Texas town. Coming from a big extended family, we always had many children at get-togethers, which is where my love for working with children started. I moved to Austin in 2008, and a few years later, I discovered the beautiful world of Montessori education, which I had never heard of before. I immediately fell in love with the philosophy! Every single lesson, from learning their letters and numbers to self-care, has a direct and indirect purpose. It is in those indirect purposes where the child is developing a skill they are not aware of, like concentration or organization or manners. Watching the progression of a child grow more independent, self-confident and a skilled problem-solver in a Montessori environment is quite incredible. The curriculum has so many interconnecting skill sets plus it teaches children how to be a more thoughtful, caring person. I knew right away Montessori was where I needed to be, and Sunrise has been the perfect fit for me! I have been an Assistant Teacher for several years, and as of 2017, I earned my Montessori credential and was promoted to co-Lead in the Fireflies classroom. I am excited and honored to guide your children into bright and respectful members of society! “Early childhood education is the key to the betterment of society.” – Maria Montessori
Ms. Tamyna, Sweet Peas Lead Teacher
Primary, 3 to 6 year olds
Inspiring a love of learning with pizzazz and a smile since 2013
I discovered from an early age that working with young children was a calling. I loved their laughter and being able to make them see the positives in our world around them. As a teacher, I live for the “aha” moments when a child has learned something new to add to their “bag of tricks” for life. So uplifting! Feels me with pride and stokes my desire to do the same for another child. I have worked in a preschool setting as an Assistant and Lead Teacher for several years before coming to Sunrise in 2013. Since my first interview, I felt at home when I discovered Sunrise Montessori and knew that this is where I should be. I started at Sunrise as an Assistant Teacher, earned my Montessori credential and then was promoted to Lead Teacher. I am thrilled for the opportunity to work with your children. They are so bright, hard-working and curious! Please let me know if I can make your child’s day a better one. I cannot wait to see what this school year brings and how the children will grow!
Ms. Roxana, Director
Leading by Example since 2017
I have been a Montessori Teacher and Administrator/Trainer for almost 30 years. I am constantly seeking opportunities to learn something new and share my passion of child development and the Montessori curriculum and philosophy with others! I have an AMI Montessori credential for ages 3-6, an Associate’s in Child Psychology, and a Bachelor’s in Child Development. I have had the honor and pleasure to work alongside amazing teachers in prestigious Bilingual Montessori schools in Mexico City and Cancun, Mexico, and most recently, in a Montessori School in the Austin area. I am from Mexico, but I have lived in the US for over ten years and married my husband, Charles, in 2016. Over the years my career has grown from Assistant and Lead Teacher for children ages 18 – 36 months as well as 3 – 6 years old to Assistant Director, English Coordinator, Trainer of Teachers, and Preschool Director. Montessori education is a method that allows children to make creative choices in discovering people, places, and knowledge of the world. It is hands-on, collaborative and operates in a beautifully crafted environment of peace and respect. In short, Montessori is all about learning in a natural way for children that allows them to surpass typical levels of achievement and become a model citizen of the world. Montessori and education in general are my passions and a way of life for me and my family, with my daughter receiving her early childhood education in Montessori until 6th grade and currently studying at UTSA in Civil Engineering. My goal is to make your family’s experience at Sunrise Montessori a rich one. If I can help you in any way, please let me know!
Ms. Michelle, Assistant Director
Making it Count since 2017
I am very excited to be a new member of the Sunrise Montessori family! My whole career has been within the Early Childhood Education field. Working with children is my passion, and I believe the early years set the tone for a life full of learning. For 12 years I was a lead teacher in both Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten classrooms at Mrs. Mac’s Shining Stars in Georgetown. I gained valuable experience through a variety of roles and responsibilities, such as organizing fundraisers and sponsorship projects, opening and closing the school, and being an afternoon supervisor. With the effort to advance a future management career, I transitioned to another preschool in Cedar Park and served as their Assistant Director for almost 6 years. This path has now brought me here. I live in Liberty Hill with my husband of 15 years, Billy, and our two boys Christopher and Kevin. Our evenings and weekends are busy and filled with baseball games, homework, and family gatherings. A few of my favorite things are: Cowboys football games, any beach, and reading magazines. It is very evident that Sunrise Montessori is a school full of happy children, pleased parents, and committed staff members. I am blessed to be a part of it and look forward to building a fruitful and lasting relationship with you!
Ms. Shannon, Owner
Working on the Details since 2006
Born in Southern California, I didn’t move to the Austin area until I was 32 years old with my husband, Rob, and 3 month old son, John, and it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. We LOVE living here! Texans are remarkably friendly and go out of their way to help one another, plus all the trees (beautiful) and seasons (it’s cold in the winter…woo hoo!) are a bonus. Sunrise was born when I couldn’t find a great Montessori school for my muse, John. Rob has also been influential in the success of Sunrise as well. In addition to his emotional support and laid-back nature, he is talented at fixing things (he used to help his father and grandfather make furniture and build houses) as well as designing/programming websites (the perfect spouse for a small business owner!). Although I loved being a math teacher once upon a time, I love being a business owner even more. Providing the kind of school I would want my son to attend, would like to work as a staff member, or learn as a student is an indescribable and addictive joy. My sincerest wish is that all of us here at Sunrise create exactly what you want for your child, so please let us know how we can improve your experience.