Meet the MKU Spring Cypress Staff

About MKU Spring Cypress Montessori School Staff

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

Melinda Pankhurst - Montessori School Director

Montessori Kids Universe Spring Cypress staff enjoy working with and teaching your children.

“Children are our future; let’s teach them and let them lead the way!”
Melinda Pankhurst is MKU Spring Cypress School Director. She was born and raised in Paris, France. Melinda has been living in Houston for over 20 years.
As a mother herself, she knows the importance, and at times the stressful task of finding the right school for the early years of our children’s education. As a Director, she aims to provide a nurturing learning environment.
Melinda is passionate about educating young children. She has over 15 years of experience in early childhood education as an educator and as a school director.
She strives to provide a lasting education to every child that comes through our center, and to make continuous and valuable improvements an everyday priority.
She has a bachelor’s degree in Classical Arabic, and a certification in Business Administration. Melinda is fluent in English, French, Spanish, and Arabic.

Vanessa Pazmino

Montessori Kids Universe Teacher Ms Vanessa loves teaching your children.I’m Vanessa Pazmino, I was born and raised in Guayaquil, Ecuador. My childcare experience started in 2017 and have brought me joy to provide the environment and guidance that cultivates the child’s independence and desire for a lifetime of learning.
Maria Montessori said, “You must find the work that satisfies your spirit.” This job satisfies my spirit daily and I am truly honored to guide the children as they grow. In addition, the carefully prepared classroom environment find at Montessori Kids Universe continually meet the child where he/she is and help him/her to soar.
On an academic aspect, I am studying for a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Houston. I am fluent in Spanish, English, and Portuguese. As a Montessori Lead Teacher, I am dedicated to the social and emotional development of each child and make it my goal to make sure that they receive the best care and love that they deserve; I treasure the natural learning process that occurs at Montessori Kids Universe and I value how children’s independence flourish before my eyes.

Rubina Tahir

My name is Rubina Tahir. I have been working in child care, primarily with infants, for over 20 years.
I have dedicated my professional life to providing the highest level of care to infants. Through my career, I have put in practice a passion of mine, investing in the social and emotional development of each child.I believe each child deserves a great deal of love and care. It is my goal to provide that to them.”
On a personal level, I have been married for 35 years. I have two daughters and a son as well as 5 beautiful grandchildren.

Schedule a tour of our facilities to meet our Spring 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.