About Us

AMA Faculty

Ms. Rashida Tina Tejani (Owner/Director)

Successfully completed the Early Childhood Management Training (Director's Credentials).

Has Bachelors in Science and a Masters in Genetics (Partial). Professional Retailer since 1994. Head of Parental Involvement, serving over 1500 parents as a community officer since 2001


Ms. Daria Mikhitarov (Co-Director)

Complies with the director qualifications stated in 40 TAC, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. Has Bachelor’s degree in International Economics, and an Associate Degree in Child Development.  She is a certified Montessori teacher as well. Has worked as a program coordinator for Ministry of Family, Youth and Sports. She has been on AMA faculty since 2011.


Lead Staff: 

Head of Curriculum 3-6 years: Ms. Tehmina Zahid

Ms. Tehmina is our senior most staff. She has over 30 years of teaching experience.

She holds American Montessori Society Diploma for Early Childhood. 

Ms. Tehmina oversees the entire Montessori curriculum of the 3-6 years old students at our school. 


Ms. Tehmina Zahid (Primary):

Passionate about teaching, she also leads the primary group. She has been a teacher since 1975. Ms. Tehmina has worked as a Montessori teacher here in the U.S. since 1994 and been on the AMA faculty since 2001.

Her favorite past time:  Geography, maps and gardening!  


Ms. Bahareh Mobaseri: (Lead Teacher Pre-Primary)

Certified by the Collin College of Plano, under Ms. Debra Harrington, Ms. Baha has been part of AMA in the past.   She did her internship with Ms. Tehmina and now serves as the Lead Teacher. 


Ms. Dana Phillips (Infants & Toddlers):

Ms. Dana has over 25 years of experience in the infant child care industry.  She has worked in the Neonatal Intensive Care Units, Hospital Nursery of new borns, been a nanny, a governess and has held Lead position as infant care teacher for a number of years.  She has taken all the required child care courses based on DFPS requirements.




Support Staff:


Ms. Alla Gaziyan  

Ms. Alla has taken all required child care courses based on DFPS requirements.

Has a Bachelor’s degree in Early Education.

Ms. Alla has been with Allen Montessori since January, 2011.

Her favorite past time:  Feeding kids, sanitizing! Playing music and reading! 

Ms. Maria Bick: 

Ms. Maria has taken all required child care courses based on DFPS requirements.  She has been an ESL, Spanish and assistant teacher to children from birth to 6 years in various schools, and ISDs for the past 20 years. She has been teaching in Montessori schools for the past five years.   

Her favorite past time:  Being outdoors, decorating and family time!!   

Ms. Noshi:

Ms. Noshi has Bachelor’s degree in Science.  She was a nanny and caregiver for five years before joining AMA.

Her favorite pastime: Reading and discussing ideas and new concepts!


Ms. Hema:

Ms. Hema has over 12 years of experience in the child care industry.

Ms. Hema has taken all required child care courses based on DFPS requirements.

She is in charge of the summer camp and after school program.



Ms. Ashken

Ms. Ashken is currently assisting in the infant room.  She has been in the child care industry for over 3 years. A mom of two teenagers, she has passion for teaching and loves to help us out whenever and wherever we need her.

Ms. Armine

Ms. Armine is currently helping out in the toddler room.  Mother of two teenagers. Her specialty is arts and crafts and Practical life!!


Ms. Margie (The Head Chef :-)

Qualified Food Handler/cook and Food manager.

Mother of Two teenagers.

Her favorite past time:  Cleaning, cooking and spending her breaks in the infant room!




Montessori history

The Montessori Method is an educational method for children, based on theories of child development Italian educator originated by Maria Montessori in the late 19th and early 20th century. It is applied primarily in preschool and elementary school settings, though some Montessori high schools exist.

The method is characterized by an emphasis on self-directed activity on the part of the child and clinical observation on the part of the teacher (often called a "director", "directress", or "guide"). It stresses the importance of adapting the child's learning environment to his or her developmental level, and of the role of physical activity in absorbing academic concepts and practical skills. It is also characterized by the use of autodidactic (self-correcting) equipment to introduce various concepts.

Introduction to the methodology in practice

With the opening of her first school in 1907 in Rome, the term Montessori became associated with schools that use Dr. Montessori’s educational approach to children as well as her precise educational materials tailored for children’s developmental needs. A number of schools around the world implement her approach to education for a wide range of ages. “From the moment the child enters the classroom, each step in his education is seen as a progressive building block, ultimately forming the whole person, in the emergence from childhood to adult. All focus is on the needs of the child.” One distinguishing feature of Montessori at the preschool age is that children direct their own learning, choosing among the sections of a well-structured and stocked classroom including Practical Life (fine and gross motor skill development), Sensorial (sensory and brain development), Language, Math, Geography, Science and Art. The role of a teacher is to introduce children to materials and then remain a “silent presence” in the classroom.

Montessori vs Traditional

The goal of both Montessori and traditional kindergartens is the same: to provide learning experiences for the child. The biggest differences lie in the kind of learning experiences each school provides and the methods they use to accomplish this goal.
Montessori educators believe both differences are important because they help shape what a child learns, their work habits, and their future attitudes toward themselves.

Education basedCustodial care
Parents as primary educatorsParents as clients
Child has capacities to be discoveredChild has limited capacities and  needs adult to give him purpose & skills
Teachers are trained and credentialed with specific pedagogyChild care provider with varied experience
Education-based learning through discoveryPlay based learning
Classroom is a prepared environment that invites children to explore individuallyAdult sets up daily activities that everyone does together
Multi-age groupingsSingle-age grouping
Discipline through prepared environment,  and language of virtuesDiscipline through corrective action by an adult
Broad scope of spiraling curriculum including math, botany, science, geography, languageNon-systematic & limited subject area determined by child care provider
Children work independently and choose their own workChildren are taught by child care provider  in groups
Systematic and sequential educational curriculum with a philosophy based on child developmentCurriculum based on activities that are arts and craft based
Specialized designed 3 dimensional materials to teach subject areas using the senses to integrate informationEveryday materials used to accomplish a task