Meet Our Staff at Eden Prairie Montessori South!

Administrative Staff

Ms Lisa – Director

Lisa joins us with over four decades of teaching experience, most of that in a Montessori setting. She completed her AMI Montessori Teacher’s certificate in Italy- where Dr. Maria Montessori originated her method. She also holds a Fine Arts degree from Gustavus Adolphus College, a BA in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota and graduate work through Metro State! She is quite the academic and is always learning! She comes from a family of artists. Her husband owns an art gallery, her oldest son is a filmmaker and married to a writer with 3 publish books, her youngest son is a woodworker and she herself sings and plays guitar and ukulele. She is a world traveler with trips to South and Central America and Europe, as well as having seen 4/5 of the United States.

Fun Fact: Lisa is an Italophile. She loves anything Italian- the food, the cities, the museums… She’s even learning the language!

Ms Sarina – Business Operations Manager

Bio coming soon, but we a happy to have Sarina back with us and in Minnesota! Take a moment to welcome her back to our family!





Meet the Leads of each of our classrooms:

Ms Shyami – Casa Lead Guide

Shyami started at Eden Prairie Montessori North in November of 2003. She holds a Montessori Diploma from Havelock Gardens Training Center for the Montessori Method in Sri Lanka, as well as a Preschool Education Diploma and a Bachelor’s of Science degree. With over 30 years of experience working with children, you can trust that your little one is in good and loving hands. She was the well-loved lead Infant teacher at our North location for 10 years and decided it was time to get back into a preschool classroom.

Fun Fact: Shyami loves to travel and has been such areas as the UK, Thailand, Singapore, the Maldives Islands and the United Arab Emirates (among others)!

Ms Neelia – Lead Toddler Guide

Neelia has been with us since June of 2010 and holds a AMI Montessori Teacher Diploma from Sri Lanka. She has been a Preschool Teacher in Montessori schools for over 16 years. She is married with 3 grown children of her own. In addition to teaching, Neelia enjoys many crafts such as sewing, painting and flower arranging, as well as cooking.

Fun Fact: Neelia enjoys doing charity work and has a special love of working with disadvantaged children.

Ms Cheryl – Lead Nido Guide

Cheryl joins us with over 30 years of experience with children as both a nanny and a teacher. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with a Kindergarten endorsement and an Associate’s Degree in Childhood Development. She’s a small town Minnesota gal, born and raised. She loves penguins, Mickey Mouse and her cat, Fiona.

Fun Fact: Cheryl is a crafty one… as in beading and paper crafts. And it runs in the family- her mother made the beautiful quilt that hangs in Cheryl’s classroom!


Eden Prairie Montessori North  | (952) 944-8466 | 7455 Market Place Dr.,  Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Eden Prairie Montessori South  |  (952) 941-2971 |  8098 Glen Lane,  Eden Prairie, MN 55344

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