Meet the MKU Hutto Staff

About MKU Hutto Montessori School Staff

Our Montessori School Staff at MKU Hutto, provide a nurturing learning environment to Nurture, Inspire and Educate your child.

Dr. Lubna R Shah - Owner / President

Dr. Shah holds a PhD degree in Physics from University of Delaware, USA. Her research work published in internationally acknowledged journals was cited by physicists from all over the world. Dr. Shah has more than 8 years of professional experience in the fast-paced semiconducting industry both as process Engineer as well as Project Manager, her project management skills were recognized with multiple Director and Divisional level awards.
Dr. Shah always stayed involved in mentoring activities, training and developing new hires and guiding their career growth. During corporate based community outreach programs, Dr. Shah had the opportunity to visit elementary schools. While conducting teaching and mentoring activities, Dr. Shah discovered her passion for early childhood education. Those pure moments of seeing sparkles of joy in children’s eyes while observing a science activity inspired Dr. Shah and she dreamed about transitioning her career from semiconducting into an early childhood education. Dr. Shah’s own childhood experience, where her parents inbuilt in her grit for higher education, helped her overcome all roadblocks and reach her goals, the same power of grit again made her career transition even smoother than she expected.
Dr. Shah has always been an admirer of Dr. Maria Montessori’s authentic philosophy about learning that is applicable to all ages and is based on the key principles of respect, independence and observation. With opening the doors of the Montessori Kids Universe of Hutto to the community, Dr. Shah and her husband Dr. Ali have envisioned a facility where children who start their early developmental years get encouragement and guidance to develop intrinsic motivation for learning, education and self-development.
Dr. Shah’s goal is that the Montessori Kids Universe of Hutto establishes a solid learning foundation in these young ones so that they are set on a path of continuous growth and become future problem solvers, self-sustained contributing members of the community.
In her free time, Dr. Shah enjoys hiking, playing board games and spending time with her family and children. Here at Montessori Kids Universe of Hutto, Dr. Shah loves spending time with infants/toddlers/Pre-primary reading them books and performing STEM activities with Primary and school-agers.

Qualifications:
-PhD, Physics (Spintronics) – University of Delaware, USA
-Work Smart Certifications Bronze and Silver
-Self-Leadership Certification
-Infant & Child CPR/First Aid

Ms. Sarah Z. - Director / Head Of School

Ms. Sarah received her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Sciences-Early childhood from the University of Texas at Austin. Sarah’s passion for children is what from her to pursue a career in childcare. Being able to foster knowledge and growth in your minds is her main objective. In her free time Ms. Sarah enjoys spending time with her nephews, hiking Greenbelt and reading novels.

Qualifications:
-Infant & Child CPR/First Aid
-Bachelor’s degree from UT
-Montessori Certification for ages 0-3 from NAMC

Ms. Makayla K - Administrative Assistant

Ms. Makayla is originally from Austin Tx. She is the oldest in a big family and always loved helping with the children in her family. Ms. Makayla has two dogs and spends most of her time outside or at the park with her family. Ms. Makayla has 4 years of customer service experience but even as a child her goal was to pursue a career working and helping children!

Qualifications:
-Infant & Child CPR/First Aid
-Montessori Certification for ages 0-3 in progress from MKUIT

Ms. Mitali M - Lead Primary Guide

I’m Mitali. I was born in India, near Calcutta in the state of Bengal. I got married right after High School. My husband is a Computer Engineer and together we have a son. He is quite grown up now. We came to the US in the year 1998. I was mostly a stay at home mom until my son finished his post-graduation. He is now employed at a senior position in a fortune 500 company.

While my son had been a student, I didn’t have many opportunities in teaching and managing a group of children, though I always had the knack. After my son got employed, I took some conventional child development courses and joined a preschool with an inclination towards teaching with Montessori methods. I loved the way the children learn from their surroundings almost by themselves doing something which interests them using the methods. At the first opportunity, I got enrolled in a Montessori Training course organized by American Montessori Society and became a certified Montessori teacher in 2014.

As a teacher, these are the strengths which I feel I have:

  1. Love for children and enjoy interacting with them
  2. Compassionate and patient. I am not easily ruffled.
  3. Extremely punctual, orderly and honest.
  4. I will go above and beyond to assist children in all areas of instructional needs.

Qualifications:
-Infant & Child CPR/First Aid
-Montessori Certification for 3-6 from American Montessori Society
-Trilingual: Bengali & Hindi

Ms. Divya P. - Assistant Teacher

Ms. Divya Patel grew up and graduated high school from Pflugerville, Texas. She is the oldest of three sisters and loves to spend time with her family. She has 5+ years of experience with children ages 5 months to 10 years old. Divya also has 1.5 years of experience in substitute teaching elementary students. Her inspiration for becoming an educator started when she was in high school. She saw the dedication and passion for teaching in both her teachers and her parents which is why she is currently pursuing her bachelors in education. When Divya is not studying she likes to spend time with her family, play with her dog, and bake with her sisters.

Qualifications:
-Infant & Child CPR/First Aid

Ms. Jenni C. - Lead Primary Teacher

Ms. Jenni has a B.A. in Early Childhood Education from Kendall College in Chicago, IL. She has 18+ years of experience working with children, especially between the ages of 3-6. She has also volunteered with various children’s organizations over the years.

In her free time, she enjoys yoga, reading, antiquing, spending time with her husband, son,  friends and extended family.

Qualifications:
-Infant & Child CPR/First Aid
-Montessori Certification for ages 3-6 in progress from MKUIT
-B.A. in Early Education from Kendall College
-Bilingual: Spanish

Ms. Madyson - Primary Assistant Guide

Ms. Madyson comes from a very large family on both her Mom and Dad’s side and grew up directing a makeshift school for all of her younger family members to attend at all of the family events, so she realized that she loved working with kids at a young age. Ms. Madyson’s passion for working with kids also stemmed from her amazement of how if you give kids the right tools at a young age, they can be whoever they want to be when they grow up, and are free to express themselves without fear of judgement. In Ms. Madyson’s free time she loves to play both the guitar and piano, go to crystal stores, write books, learn new languages, and hang out with her friends and family.

Qualifications:
-Infant & Child CPR/First Aid
-Currently studying at Austin Community College

MS. Angie H. - Pre-Primary Lead Guide

My name is Angelica but I like to be called Mrs. Angie. I have about 4 years of experience child care but have had a passion for children since my little brother was born in 2003. I quickly learned that this was the field I wanted to be a part of. I was blessed with a wonderful, loving and energetic two-year-old named is Tristan and a wonderful husband for 4 years. We have a very energetic dog her name is Zelda. In my spare time I love shopping and baking cakes and cookies with my little boy. I am excited to be part of MKU and continue to learn and grow and a teacher.

Qualifications:
-Infant & Child CPR/First Aid
-Bilingual: Spanish
-Montessori Certification for ages 3-6 in progress from MKUIT

Ms. Lola - Pre-Primary Assistant Guide

Ms. Lola was born in Arizona, but has been here in Texas for several years now. Ms. Lola has a passion for working with children and has over four years of childcare experience. Ms. Lola has a three year old nephew and two younger siblings. She enjoys going out with her husband, working out, and being with family in her free time. Ms. Lola is currently studying at Temple Community College.

Qualifications:
-CPR/First Aid
-“Stop the bleed” training
-Completed clinicals at St. David’s hospital for 6 weeks
-Currently Studying at Temple Community College
-Montessori Certification for ages 0-3 in progress from MKUIT

Ms. Orianna M. - Toddler Lead Guide

Ms. Orianna was born in South Dakota, but grew up in Waco, TX.

She worked in child care all throughout high school, and began pursuing Early Childhood Education during her college career. During this time she had her son, Beckam, and decided to pursue a cosmetology degree to support her small, but growing, family.

While relocating here to Hutto, she decided it was the perfect time to redirect her career back to her true passion: the child care (and education) field.

Orianna loves karate, and currently holds a second degree black belt in the art of BaKiDo as well as Bujutsu.

When she’s not busy being a full-time mother (and loving every minute of it!) , Orianna enjoys being outside, reading, and doing yoga.

Qualifications:
-Infant & Child CPR/First Aid
-Montessori Certification for ages 0-3 in progress from MKUIT

Ms. Lacey B. - Assistant Toddler Teacher

Ms. Lacey was born and raised in Austin Tx. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art-drawing along with earning credits in art education from the Texas State University in San Marcos. Lacey has always had a passion for working with children from all ages. She has five nieces and nephews and has through the years helped take care of them and has sometimes been their tutor during the school years. After graduating from Texas State, Lacey started teaching at a childcare facility and fell in love with being able to help young children learn and develop new skills. As a continuous learning process, Ms. Lacey constantly exploring newer ways and researching/gaining more knowledge in how to better educate the young minds of today.

Qualifications:
-Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art-Drawing & Child CPR certified

MS. VANESSA A. - LEAD TODDLER GUIDE

Ms. Vanessa has received her Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from the California State University of Fresno. While in high school and college she spent seven years working with children from the ages of 6 months to 12 years and that is where she discovered her passion of health and child development. Now she is seeking to further her education to become a teacher and she is looking forward to grow at Montessori Kids Universe. In her spare time, she likes to camp and hike with her husband, as well as doing DIY projects and painting.

Qualifications:
-Infant & Child CPR/First Aid
-Bilingual: Spanish
-Bachelor’s Degree from California State University
-Montessori Certification for ages 0-3 in progress from MKUIT

Ms. Liz H - Toddler Assistant Guide

Mrs. Liz is a certified nurse assistant. She has worked over 3 years in a skilled nursing home. She enjoys being a caregiver but now she wanted to pursue her interest in young children. She’s excited to be part of the MKU Team and is looking forward to grow At Montessori Kids Universe. She’s a mother to a beautiful little girl and she’s also a military wife. She enjoys doing DIY projects with her daughter and taking her to new places for her to explore.

Qualifications:
-CPR/First Aid
-Bilingual (Spanish)

Ms. Patty C. - Infant Lead Guide

Ms. Patty C. was born in Lima-Peru. She has worked with children since coming to this country, almost 32 years ago. She has worked in Montessori & Reggio Emilia schools in New York, Maryland and Florida. In Florida she was also a nanny to a special needs’ girl. She’s been happily married for 32 years and blessed with 4 children and 3 grand-kids. During her free time, she also serves at Juan Guzman Foundation and helps Children in need. Children are her passion!!

 

Qualifications:
-Infant & Child CPR/First Aid
-Bilingual: Spanish
-Over 32 years of experience working with children
-DCF Florida Childcare Certification
-Montessori Certification for ages 0-3 in progress from MKUIT

Ms. Madison K. - Infant Assistant Guide

Ms. Madison has been in childcare for over 5 years. She has always worked in some type of childcare ever since she began her working life. She has a big passion to see children grow and learn. In her free time, she loves to spend time with her dogs and read a good book.

Qualifications:
-Infant & Child CPR/First Aid

Ms. Shelly P. - Support Staff

Ms. Shelly was born in McAllen, TX and raised in Pflugerville, TX. She is extremely family oriented and grew up with a very close family. She enjoys watching reality TV, cooking, and baking. She loves animals and children. In her free time she likes to take her 3 dogs for walks and take them to the dog park to play.

Qualifications:
-Infant & Child CPR/First Aid

Mariahlynne B- Support Staff

Ms. Mariah grew up and graduated high school from Taylor, Tx. She is currently pursuing her bachelors in childhood education and will be expecting to graduate next year. Her love of working with children comes from her 5 years experience ranging in after school care to substituting at elementary schools. She enjoys teaching new skills and lessons that will shape children into their own selves!

In her free time, she enjoys doing activities like barbecuing, hiking, and finding new restaurants with family and friends. She also has two dogs, Zeke and Milo, that follow her everywhere she goes!

Qualifications:
-Infant & Child CPR/First Aid
-Currently attending Texas State and working towards her Education degree

Ms. Destinee B. - Assistant Infant/Toddler Teacher

Ms. Destinee is currently attending medical school at round rock medical school she has always loved helping people especially kids. She has she a swimmer for 14 years and says she’s basically a mermaid she loves the water she loves working with kids almost as much as she loves swimming she is the second oldest out of 4 girls and she is looking forward to growing and being apart of the Montessori family

Qualifications:
-Infant & Child CPR/First Aid

Ms. Jersie C. - Support Staff

Ms. Jersie was born in North Carolina but due to foster care was moved to Texas when she was about 5. She is the oldest of 9, and I spent most of her childhood moving within the Austin area. Growing up she was always helping out with her siblings and when she got older she wanted to work with children. In addition to loving children, she also has a passion for helping others and music. She has always had the dream to be a teacher and plans to go to college to be a band director or an elementary school music teacher. She taught Sunday school for roughly a year and also has taught swim lessons. She’s very excited to learn more about your children and grow to learn how to be the best teacher out there.

Qualifications:
-Infant & Child CPR/First Aid

Contact MKU Hutto Montessori School


2100 MUIRFIELD BEND DR. Suite 100, HUTTO, TX 78634
admin.hutto@mkuschools.com
(512) 642-6300

Schedule a tour of our facilities to meet our Hutto Montessori school staff and look over our campus.  See with your own eyes the combination of the Reggio inspiration and Montessori philosophy reinforces and strengthens the image of the child as a self confident, creative and curious person.