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!
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:
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)!
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.
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!