Eden Prairie Montessori - South Location
Ms. Sarina – Administration
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. Anna - Casa
Ms. Anna has been working with children for the past 5 years and recently switched careers from pharmacy to Montessori education after discovering a passion for early childhood that she could not ignore. Ms. Anna loves to travel and as a world traveler has visited South Korea, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, Spain, Italy, Jordan and Thailand. She also sings and plays the cello, speaks Korean and enjoys spending time in nature, hiking, photography and cooking.
Ms. Shyami – Casa / Nido
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 – Toddlers
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 – Nido (Infants)
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!
Ms. Shalonda – Casa
Ms. Shalonda began working for Eden Prairie Montessori in 2007. She is originally from Connecticut and her heritage is Black-American and Black Cherokee Indian. She holds an Early Child Development Education certificate and has received training in the Montessori philosophy. Her hobbies include singing and playing the piano. In her free time, Ms. Shalonda loves to spend time with her husband and family, studies the bible and enjoys shopping of course! Her favorite foods include (Tidbils) pasta, shrimp, chicken, crab legs and soul food. Her favorite event was her wedding and her favorite vacation was a cruise to Mexico with her husband Jessie.