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About Us | Allen Montessori Academy

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    

Lead Staff: 

Head of Curriculum 3-6 years:  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 (Lead Teacher 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: (Lead Teacher Pre-Primary):

Ms Baha is Certified Montessori Teacher, by the Collin College of Plano, under Ms. Debra Harrington. She has been part of AMA since 2015.   She did her internship with Ms. Tehmina and now serves as the Lead Pre-Primary Teacher.  

Ms. Ilma: (Lead Teacher Toddlers):

Ms. Ilma has taught as a Montessori Lead Teacher in Plano since 2009.   She has taken all the required child care courses based on DFPS requirements.  She holds a bachelors degree in Cultural Arts and Graphics.

Ms. Elia (Lead Teacher Infants): 

Ms. Elia has multiple years of experience in the infant child care industry.  She is also taking the Birth-3 Montessori Training Course to better assist her babies in their crucial developmental stages and prepare them for the Montessori curriculum of 3-6.  She has taken all the required child care courses based on DFPS requirements.   


Support Staff:   

Ms. Alla :   Ms. Alla has been with Allen Montessori since January, 2011.  Ms. Alla has taken all required child care courses based on DFPS requirements.  Has a Bachelor’s degree in Early Education.  .  Her favorite past time:  Feeding kids, sanitizing! Playing music and reading!    

Ms. Armine:  Mom of teenagers, she has passion for taking care of young ones.   She loves to nurture and care for their basic needs.  She has completed all required courses based on DFPS requirements.   

Ms. Ashken   Ms. Ashken 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. Maria:  Our Spanish Teacher.  Ms. Maria has numerous years of experience teaching Spanish to young ones and is favored amongst all our kids for teaching them a second language in a fun and musical way.  She is also responsible for the After-School program.

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.

Ms. Margie (The Head Chef :-) Certified Food manager Food Handler/cook.  Mother of Two.  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