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Early Childhood

Young Children's Community Department (14 mo.–3 yrs)

Half-Day Young Children's Community (HDYCC)

M.Ed. Endicott Collge
B.A. University of Texas at Austin
AMI Assistants to Infancy Diploma

20 years' experience in education;
joined The Post Oak School in 2008.

Deidre Lodrig Brooks received a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin, the AMI Assistants to Infancy diploma from the Montessori Institute of North Texas (MINT) AMI Training Center in Dallas, and the M.Ed. in Montessori Integrative Education at Endicott College in Massachusetts.

Deidre is entering her tenth year at Post Oak. She leads toddlers in a morning Half-Day Young Children's Community class at Post Oak and also guides evening toddler parenting classes, Montessori Toddler Art, Montessori Toddler Cooking, and Infant/Parent classes for children up to 12 months of age. Deidre completed teacher training for early childhood music and looks forward to enhancing musical experiences for young children in her classroom.

Deidre enjoys working with children aged 0 to 3 and loves to share in their curiosity of the world and their efforts toward independence. Deidre has written a set of children's picture books which are a part of the Post Oak's school library and enjoys reading, yoga, exploring her new tablet, and spending time with her husband and children.

B.A. Purdue University

Joined The Post Oak School in 2016.

Argentina Quiñones joined the school in 2016.

B.S. University of Houston
AMS Infant/ Toddler Montessori Training

21 years' experience in education;
Joined The Post Oak School in 2015.

Sue Guerrero is a native Houstonian. She has been a part of the Montessori community for nearly 20 years. She became familiar with the Montessori philosophy when she began looking for childcare for her first daughter. She fell in love with the environment and received her AMS Infant/Toddler Montessori Training at CMTE/NY in 1999. Since then she has worked as a lead teacher and mentor. Sue graduated cum laude with a B.S. in human development and family studies from the University of Houston. She is currently preparing for graduate school to pursue occupational therapy.

Sue enjoys spending time with her two beautiful daughters, volunteering, checking out local music, art and theatre. In her personal time she enjoys practicing yoga, cycling, and spending time with her two rescue mutts.

AMI Primary Diploma, Morelia, Mexico
Universidad Latina de America,
Diploma de Especialidad
B.A. Instituto de Contabilidad y Administración de Empresas
(University of Houston)
(Montessori Ideology, Colegio 18 de Marzo)

20 years' experience in education;
joined The Post Oak School in 1993.

Diana Onofre grew up in Mexico. She received her B.A. in accounting and business administration from the Instituto de Contabilidad y Administración de Empresas, and also studied and trained for over 12 months in Montessori Ideology at the Colegio 18 de Marzo.

Diana worked in a Primary class from 1993 to 1995. In 1995 and 1996, she took time off in order to continue her education. From 1997 to 2006, Diana came back to The Post Oak School to work in Primary Home Environment. Since 2006, Diana has been working in the Full-Day Young Children's Community (FDYCC). In her spare time she attends the continuing education program at the University of Houston.

Diana is married and has two sons. Her hobbies are traveling, folkloric ballet, watching movies, listening to music, and spending most of her time with her family.

Full-Day Young Children's Community (FDYCC)


M.Ed. Loyola University Maryland
B.A. George Fox University
AMI Primary Training, St. Louis, MO
Assistants to Infancy Diploma, Denver

13 years' experience in education;
joined The Post Oak School in 2005.

Emily Hansen joined the Post Oak community as an assistant in 2005 and quickly fell in love with the Montessori philosophy. She began her Primary training in 2006 and was fortunate to intern with both Miriam Winton and Mirani Smith. In July of 2008, Emily received her AMI primary diploma from the Montessori Training Center of St. Louis under trainer Dr. Annette Haines. Emily also holds a master's degree in education from Loyola College in Maryland. Emily received a B.A. in psychology and sociology from George Fox University, and then served two years as an AmeriCorps volunteer, tutoring and mentoring children in the "I Have a Dream" Foundation in Portland, Oregon. Before moving to Houston, Emily lived in Costa Rica, where she taught English classes.

Emily is also a Post Oak parent of two children, a son in Lower Elementary and a daughter in Upper Elementary. When not at school, Emily enjoys traveling with her family, camping, riding her bike, and experimenting in the kitchen with various vegetarian recipes!

B.S. University of Washington

6 years' experience in education;
joined The Post Oak School in 2013.

Lauren Bergeron grew up in Texas and went to study at University of Washington in Seattle. There, she earned her degree in speech pathology and audiology with a study in communication disorders and a minor in education. In 2009, Lauren had the opportunity to move to Egypt to earn her English teaching certificate and teach in a private school. After moving back to Seattle, she continued to teach young learners through refugee organizations. Lauren decided to pursue teaching language to international learners when she moved to Spain in 2012 to teach in a bilingual classroom.

Lauren had been interested in Montessori education since her time at university, and always hoped that she would be a part of its wonderful community. She plans to further her studies in speech pathology and child development. Lauren loves traveling, reading, photography, and riding her bike all around Houston.

(Universidad Simón Bolivar, Caracas, VZ)
B.A. Pitzer College

11 years experience in education;
joined The Post Oak School in 2015.

Ana Giralt joined the Post Oak community as a Spanish teacher in 2015 because she was attracted to the Montessori philosophy that she had worked under at two other Houston Schools. She began her educational career while in Pitzer College, as a teaching assistant for Spanish literature. Following graduation she taught Spanish at the community college level in Florida and at the elementary and high school level at elite private schools in South America, in class and as a private tutor. Ana received the Texas Educator Certification in Spanish in 2012. Ana has an innovative approach integrating a dynamic teaching style using theater, improvisation, and acting.

Ana is the parent of two grown ups, one living in California and the other in Mexico. After school, Ana enjoys reading, swimming, and staying in contact with her friends in South America.

(College of Biblical Studies)
(Christian Bible School)

9 years' experience in education;
joined The Post Oak School in 2007.

Elizabeth Silveira is pursuing her B.S. in family counseling, and has always enjoyed working with children. She was attracted to Montessori education after reading about how it values the personal and emotional development of each child. She is excited to be a part of such a wonderful educational experience!

Elizabeth was born in Mendoza, Argentina, and moved to Texas when she was 18. She has four wonderful children (five including a son-in-law) and two infant grandchildren. She enjoys reading, music, and volunteering with Child Advocates of Fort Bend.

Primary Department (3–6 years)

Primary classes

M.A. Loyola University Maryland
B.A. Birmingham-Southern College
AMI Primary Diploma, St. Louis, MO
AMS Primary Diploma, South Bend, IN

Joined The Post Oak School in 2016.

Cynthia Blessman joined the school in 2016.

Montessori Primary Training Completed 2015
A.A.S. Houston Community College
Child Development Associate credential, Houston Community College
Elementary education degree, Centro de Estudios Universitarios, Mexico

21 years' experience in education;
joined The Post Oak School in 2009.

Lilia Magdalena Garza was born and raised in Mexico. She graduated as an elementary teacher in 1982 from the Centro de Estudios Universitarios in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon. Lilia married and moved to the country to raise her three children, in a tiny rural town where she worked as a substitute elementary school teacher and was involved in the parent's association. Later she volunteered as an early childhood teacher in the school for two years. In 1995, Lilia and her family moved to Houston, where she volunteered in her children's classroom while taking parenting classes. She began working with children in 1998 as an early childhood teacher, teaching English to Spanish speaking children. She earned her CDA credential in 2000 and she obtained the A.A.S. in early child development from H.C.C.S in 2009. Her hobbies include reading, music, and watching movies.

B.A. The University of Texas at San Antonio
AMI Primary Diploma, Houston, TX

9 years' experience in education;
joined The Post Oak School in 2012.

Elizabeth Dickson grew up in Houston, Texas. She has a BA from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and is a certified teacher for early childhood through grade six. She completed her AMI training during the summer of 2015 at the Houston Montessori Institute. She finished her master's in Montessori education from Loyola University of Maryland during the summer of 2016.

Elizabeth joined The Post Oak School as a substitute in January 2012 and became an assistant in Primary Home Environment in March 2012. During the fall of 2012 she joined Tamara Townsend's class, where she worked for four years as an assistant/intern. She learned a lot from her mentor teacher and is ready to spread her wings and lead her own class this year. During her free time, Elizabeth enjoys spending time with her family.

B.A.A.S. The University of Texas at Brownsville

14 years' experience in education;
joined The Post Oak School in 2012.

Monica Moreno was born in Texas. She did her primary, elementary, and middle schooling in Mexico and continued her high school and university years in Brownsville, Texas. She graduated cum laude with a bachelor's in applied arts and science interdisciplinary with a minor in Spanish translation. She completed her master's in Montessori education during the summer 2016 as a magna cum laude graduate from Loyola University in Maryland. Monica received her AMI primary credentials in July 2015. For the past fourteen years she has been enjoying her professional career in the company of primary-aged children as a servant of their needs. She understands how important it is to guide and nurture children according to their developmental path and she is happy to be part of the Post Oak community since 2012.

Monica is happily married and has no children at the moment. She and her husband love going to the movie theater, having cookouts, working on home projects, and spending time with their dog. She likes going camping, singing, biking, and bird watching.

M.Ed. Loyola University Maryland
B.F.A. Louisiana Tech University
AMI Primary Diploma, Baltimore, MD

8 years' experience in education; joined The Post Oak School in 2012.

Danielle Dalsey Kimball shared her time growing up between the East Coast in southern Maryland and the south in Bossier City, Louisiana. She graduated cum laude with a B.F.A. in photography from Louisiana Tech University and a M.Ed. from Loyola University in Maryland. She received her AMI Primary training from the Washington Montessori Institute in 2009. She was the lead teacher in an AMI Montessori Primary environment in Austin, Texas for three years before moving to be a part of the Post Oak family in August of 2012.

Danielle enjoys the great outdoors: running, biking, hiking, camping, and exploring. She also enjoys reading, music, baking, and painting in her free time. Her belief is that travel, food, and good company are the key elements for living a great story.

Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León
(Houston Community College)

23 years' experience in education;
joined The Post Oak School in 1993.

Alma Armendariz studied as an executive secretary in accounting in Monterrey, Mexico. At the University of Nuevo León, she studied computer science. She is currently studying at HCC. She has worked at The Post Oak School since 1993 as an assistant. She enjoys running and biking.

B.A. Centro de Educación Continua (Mexico City, Mexico)
(Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México)
Primary & Elementary Montessori Diplomas, Mexico City

23 years' experience in education;
joined The Post Oak School in 2003.

Orly Kluk was born in Mexico City. She took both the Primary and Elementary trainings in Mexico, where she received direct training from Nan Hanrath, a student of Dr. Montessori. She studied psychology at the Universidad Autonoma de Mexico in Mexico City. Orly has taught since 1992, in both Primary and Elementary She moved to Houston in 1996 and worked as a Primary directress and teacher of Spanish and art in another Montessori school until joining The Post Oak School in 2003. She obtained the AMI Primary diploma from the Houston Montessori Institute in the summer of 2015. Orly has one son and one daughter, both current students at Post Oak. Orly enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with family and friends. She loves the Montessori philosophy not only as a way of teaching but also as a way of living.

B.A. Music, Libertador Pedagogical University, Venezuela

15 years' experience in education;
joined The Post Oak School in 2013.

Celia Rodriguez re-joined The Post Oak School in 2013. She first substituted at Post Oak in 2008. Celia was born in Maracay, Venezuela. Motivated by her mother, she studied more than eight years of piano at the local conservatory, in addition to other academic subjects. While in school, she created a kindergarten program in which she developed music programs for the young children. In 2001, she graduated as a music teacher from Venezuela' Libertador Pedagogical University, in addition to earning an Associate degree in hospitality management.

For more than 10 years, Celia taught music in public and private schools. She moved to Houston in 2005 with her son, and began her position as an assistant at Post Oak in 2008. Working at Post Oak, Celia takes joy every day in assisting the children in their Montessori experiences, which she calls "an education of excellence for life."

B.S. University of Nevada
J.D. University of San Diego School of Law
AMI Primary Diploma, Austin, TX

15 years' experience in education;
joined The Post Oak School in 2001.

Julie Parraguirre, a Reno, Nevada native, has a B.A. in economics from the University of Nevada and a J.D., cum laude, from the University of San Diego School of Law. For eleven years she practiced labor and employment law in Houston, representing management. Shortly after the birth of her third son in 1998, Julie decided a career change was in order, earned her AMI Primary diploma, and began teaching Primary at Post Oak in 2001.

Julie has three sons, ages 15 to 19. She is an avid runner, biker, and explorer of nature. In her free time, Julie enjoys artsy crafts, movies, and live music.

(Brown Institute) (Lima, Peru)
(Goethe-Institut)(Cologne, Germany)
AMI Primary Diploma, St. Louis, MO

20 years' experience in education;
joined The Post Oak School in 2008.

Herlinda (Nina) Strane is a native of Lima, Peru. Nina worked as an executive secretary for an advertising agency in Lima from 1974 to 1978. She then lived in Cologne, Germany from 1978 to 1982, arriving in the United States in 1983.

Nina worked as an assistant for ten years before earning her AMI Primary diploma in 2002 from the Montessori Training Center of St. Louis, after which she taught as a lead teacher in a local Montessori school.

Nina has two full grown children who are actively pursuing successful careers. Nina enjoys cooking, crocheting, listening to music, and spending time with her two dogs in her free time. Nina is actively involved with her church, and especially enjoys participating in the women's bible studies.

B.A. Austin College
AMI Primary Diploma, Houston, TX

32 years' experience in education; joined The Post Oak School in 2012.

Tamara Townsend is a native Texan. She has been involved with Montessori education for over 30 years through teaching, directing a Montessori school, and mentoring new teachers. After receiving her B.A. from Austin College in 1981, Tamara's initial connection with The Post Oak School was as an intern. She received her teaching diploma from the Association Montessori Internationale from the Texas Montessori Institute in 1982.

She and her husband and son spend time outdoors hiking, gardening, and engaging with nature. She believes that the Montessori philosophy is not only an approach to education, but a way of living. As a parent and a teacher, Tamara believes in the words, "invite, explore, experience, enjoy."

B.A. Universidad de la Salle Bajio, Mexico
M.Ed. University of Houston
(AMI Primary Training, Houston)

Joined The Post Oak School in 2014.

Kathy Guani Nava was born and raised in Mexico, where she received a B.A. in international trade in 2008 from the Universidad De La Salle. In 2011 she came to Houston as part of a cultural exchange program called UsAupair, where she lived with a wonderful family for two years while taking care of their child. In 2013, Kathy received her master's in early childhood education from The University of Houston and later that same year she married the man of her dreams. She has finished two summers of AMI Primary training at the Houston Montessori Institute and she is happy to be part of The Post Oak School community.

Kathy loves spending time with her husband and family. She enjoys nature, being outdoors, bike riding, photography, playing volleyball, movies, and traveling.

Primary Home Environment

B.A. Beloit College
Certificat Supérieur, Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris III)
License in Linguistics & English with major in Applied Linguistics, Université de Paris VII
Montessori Nursery Foundation Teaching Diploma, London Montessori Centre (U.K.)

27 years' experience in education;
joined The Post Oak School in 2010.

Dinah Chetrit received her B.A. in modern languages and international relations from Beloit College, and continued her studies of linguistics in Paris, France, with a specialization in bilingualism and the early acquisition of two languages. Her interest in and appreciation of Montessori grew when her children were young, and she received her Primary certification while living in London with her family. Upon returning to France, she worked as a lead teacher in both English-speaking and bilingual Montessori schools. In addition, she was program coordinator in a newly established Montessori school that placed great emphasis on nature studies. In 2007, after a 27-year stint overseas, she returned to the U.S. and served as a lead teacher in a Montessori inclusion classroom in New York, working closely with special needs children and special education teachers.

Dinah has two adult children whose independent and curious nature she often attributes to their early roots in Montessori education. In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, cooking, and travel.

5 years' experience in education;
joined The Post Oak School in 2015.

Laura Jimenez was born in Miami but was raised in Houston. After graduating high school in 2009, Laura went to Lone Star Community College and got her basics done. She is now working on getting her bachelor's degree in psychology. In 2011 while going to Lone Star, Laura got a part time job at a Montessori school not knowing anything about what Montessori was and fell in love with the philosophy. The following summer working at the school, Laura learned about a school that taught how to become a certified Montessori teacher. So in 2012 she went to the Houston Montessori Center were she got her AMS Primary certification. In 2013 Laura got the chance to be a primary lead teacher in San Macros for a year but then realized that she needed to come back home to be close to family. When she moved back to Houston in August 2015, Laura started working full time as a Primary Home Environment assistant. Her long term goal is to become AMI certified as a Primary lead teacher. She is very excited to be part of this community and to continue to grew from here!

Joined The Post Oak School in 2016.

Sara Ann Ziemnicki grew up in Houston where she attended St. John’s School. Her SJS teachers sparked her love for teaching at a young age. Under their guidance, she worked several years assisting at SJS academic summer camps. She received her B.S. in educational studies with honors and a B.A. in psychology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Later, she completed her student teaching and earned her Texas Teaching Certificate. She is now proud to be part of the Post Oak team as an assistant in PHE. Although she was trained in the traditional education method, she is thrilled to learn the Montessori method and grow as a teacher.

When Sara Ann is not teaching, she is volunteering, spending time with her family, and crafting everything and anything.

Alma Armendariz,
Before-School Assistant
Diana Onofre,
Afternoon Assistant
Argentina Quinones,
Afternoon Assistant
Nina Strane,
Before-School Assistant

 

Elementary (6–12 years)

Lower Elementary (Grades 1–3)

B.A. University of Missouri
AMI Elementary Diploma, Milwaukee, WI

8 years' experience in education;
joined The Post Oak School in 2013.

Lindsay Mistrettawas born in St. Louis, Missouri and spent her childhood in both Missouri and Florida. She received her Bachelors of Liberal Arts at the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2008 and her AMI Elementary diploma from the Montessori Institute of Milwaukee in 2010. She knew from her first Montessori experience at five years old that one day she would become a Montessori teacher. She has worked as an assistant in an AMS school and taught as a lead guide in an AMI school in Austin, Texas for two years.

When not teaching, Lindsay loves to read, cook (especially pies!), swim, work crossword puzzles, and go to the movies with friends.

M.A. European Institute of Design, Rome, Italy
B.A. John Cabot University, Rome, Italy

4 years' experience in education;
joined The Post Oak School in 2014.

Suzette Vetrini first joined The Post Oak School as a substitute in 2013. Teaching here, in her words, was an epiphany that clearly showed her vocation in life: teaching the Montessori method to children. Suzette graduated with a B.A. in political science and a minor in history at John Cabot University in Rome, Italy. With a love for art and fashion, she pursued a master's in marketing with special emphasis on luxury goods. She was born in Houston to an Italian family and was raised in an Italian environment. She lived more than half of her life in Italy where she approfondito Italian culture and history by studying it and living in it. When she first went to Italy she lived in Naples and studied Italian and then moved to Rome after four years to attend an international university. Suzette has also served as a Bayou Bend docent for decorative arts and had the privilege to do an internship with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations promoting sustainable development.

M.Ed. Loyola University
B.A. Northeastern Illinois University
AMI Elementary Diploma, Cleveland, OH

11 years' experience in education;
joined The Post Oak School in 2010.

Anita Taj Mahmood grew up as a Montessorian. Her passion for teaching as a teenager motivated her to pursue a career of it. Her credentials include an undergraduate degree in education and sociology from Northeastern Illinois University as well as Montessori paraprofessional training. In 2012 she earned a master's degree in education from Loyola University in Maryland. Anita also has six years of teaching experience at a Montessori school in Chicago, Illinois, as well as a year in kindergarten and second grade enrichment program at a Chicago public school.

Her Hobbies include spending time with family, traveling, creating scrap books, cooking and trying new restaurants (when not in cooking-mode).

Anita feels her enthusiasm and her ability to create and apply new techniques for teaching make her a valuable asset to Post Oak.

(Texas Southern University)

32 years' experience in education;
joined The Post Oak School in 1986.

Lupe Lopez joined Post Oak in 1986 and worked as a classroom assistant with Young Children's Community and Primary before moving into her current position in the Lower Elementary in 1997. One of Lupe's responsibilities as an assistant is to teach Spanish to the children in her classroom.

M.Ed. Loyola University
B.A. Clemson University
AMI Elementary Diploma, Baltimore, MD

8 years' experience in education;
joined The Post Oak School in 2011.

Beth Olitzki has a B.A. in sociology/social work from Clemson University. She received TEFL training and certification in Barcelona, Spain. She obtained an AMI Elementary diploma from WMI and an M.Ed. from Loyola University in Maryland in 2010.

Prior to discovering her love of teaching, Beth worked as a psychiatric social worker. Beth's teaching experience includes two years in the French public school system and one year in a Montessori lower elementary classroom in the Atlanta suburbs.

Beth is a fluent French speaker, an avid baker and cook, and an outdoor adventurer. She enjoys fine art, music, and travel. Most of all, she is passionate about sharing her love of learning with children.

B.A. University of Houston
AMS Assistants Training, Houston, TX
AMI Elementary Diploma, Italy

Joined The Post Oak School in 2015.

Keri Rebuffini was born and spent most of her life in the great city of Houston. She graduated with a B.A. in business administration and a minor in international business from University of Houston. In 2004 Keri completed her AMI Montessori Elementary Training in Bergamo, Italy. Keri began working at The Post Oak School in Upper Elementary from 2004 to 2008, but returned to Italy for seven years to be with her wonderful Italian husband. In Italy, she had two beautiful daughters, worked as the course assistant at the Bergamo AMI Training Centre, and taught in Montessori schools in both the primary and elementary levels. Keri is honored to return to The Post Oak School and to Houston with her family. She enjoys being close to nature, reading, making art with her children, and living a life full of love, adventure, and learning.

M.Ed. Loyola University
M.A. University of Delhi
B.A. University of Delhi
AMI Elementary Diploma, Baltimore, MD

Joined The Post Oak School in 2011.

Simran Sood joined Post Oak in 2011 after completing her AMI training at the Washington Montessori Institute in Maryland. She is very excited to continue with the Post Oak community, initially as a parent for ten years and now, also as an Elementary teacher. Simran spent 15 years in the corporate world before choosing to follow her calling into Montessori education as a vocation. Simran completed her requirements towards earning an M.Ed. from Loyola College in Maryland in October 2011. She also has B.A. and M.A. degrees in English from the University of Delhi.

She and her husband have two children, a sixth grader at Post Oak and a junior at Bellaire High. The family loves to travel and will do so any chance they get! Simran is an avid reader, enjoys yoga, trekking, and spending time with her family and friends.

Joined The Post Oak School in 2016.

Amanda Miller joined Post Oak in 2016.

 

Upper Elementary (Grades 4–6)

B.A. LeTourneau University
AMI Primary Diploma, Houston, TX
AMI Elementary Diploma, Vancouver, BC, Canada
(AMS Administrator's Credential, Houston, TX)

30 years' experience in education;
joined The Post Oak School in 1995.

Debbie Nickerson has been involved in Montessori education for 30 years. She has served as a Montessori assistant, intern, and lead teacher in Primary, and both Lower and Upper Elementary classrooms. Debbie earned her AMI Primary diploma from Texas Montessori Institute, and her AMI Elementary diploma from the Montessori Training Centre of British Columbia. She graduated from LeTourneau University with a B.A. in Business Management. Being a member of The Post Oak School for 19 years, gives Debbie a "big picture" perspective of this vibrant community. She and her husband, both native Houstonians, are the parents of two adventurous, creative, and thoughtful adults. During her free time, Debbie serves on the board of her neighborhood HOA. She also attends exciting antique auctions, nurtures her splendid roses and Texas native plants, and observes her fascinating backyard beehive.

B.S. University of Houston Downtown
(AMI Elementary Training)

6 year's experience in education;
joined The Post Oak School in 2010.

Sandra De Leon joined Post Oak as an assistant in Upper Elementary in the fall of 2010 and has taught Spanish in the classroom as well. She completed her B.S. in psychology from the University of Houston-Downtown in the summer of 2014. She is looking forward to completing her AMI Diploma Elementary (6–12) this summer. Sandra is a member of the American Council of the Teaching Foreign Language (ACTFL), the Southwest Conference on Language Teaching (SWCOLT) as well as a member of AMI/USA. She also attended the Art Institute of Houston while working on her A.A.S. in graphic design.

Sandra enjoys volunteering and has worked with organizations such as the Houston Food Bank, Houston Area Women’s Center and the House of Tiny Treasures. Some of her academic interests include bilingual education, discipline management, special education, and art.

Sandra has a twelve-year-old son and a six-year-old step son. She enjoys painting, crafts, and spending quality time with her family. In her spare time, she likes going to museums, being outdoors, especially the beach, cooking (and eating!), and exploring new places. She also loves taking her two dogs, a Miniature Schnauzer and a Boxer, to the dog park.

B.A. Loyola College, Chennai, India
PGDM Indian Institute of Management
AMI Primary Diploma, Bangalore, India
AMI Elementary Diploma, Vancouver, BC, Canada
AMI Orientation to Adolescent Studies, Cleveland, Ohio, USA

27 years' experience in education;
joined The Post Oak School in 2003.

Errol Pinto holds both the AMI Primary and Elementary teaching diplomas, as well as the AMI Montessori Orientation to Adolescent Studies certificate. He has been a Montessori teacher since 1991. He joined The Post Oak School as a Lower Elementary teacher in 2003, and since 2004 he has been an Upper Elementary classroom teacher. Before joining The Post Oak School he taught in the primary and lower elementary levels at the Vancouver Montessori School in Vancouver, Canada. Errol also holds degrees in business administration and economics. Prior to taking up teaching, he worked in international banking, coffee cultivation, and the airline industry. His wife, Maya Pinto, is also an Upper Elementary teacher with The Post Oak School. They have two adult sons who live in Canada.

M.Ed. Loyola University Maryland
B.A. University of Oregon

Joined The Post Oak School in 2016.

Kaelee Kress joined the school in 2016.

B.A. University of Delhi, New Delhi, India
AMI Primary Diploma, Bangalore, India
AMI Elementary Diploma, Vancouver, BC, Canada

33 years' experience in education;
joined The Post Oak School in 2005.

Maya Pinto attended a Montessori school in India as a child. She has a B.A. (Honors) in English Literature from the University of Delhi, India, and also holds both the AMI Primary and Elementary teaching diplomas. She has been a Montessori teacher since 1983. After teaching a Primary class for six years in a Montessori school in Hong Kong, Maya worked at the Vancouver Montessori School in Canada for 16 years in both Primary and Elementary levels. She joined the Post Oak family in 2005 as the Elementary After-Care director, and subsequently, from 2006 to 2012, taught in a Lower Elementary classroom. Since then, she has been teaching in an Upper Elementary classroom in our school. She is equally fluent in English, Czech, and Hindi, and her hobbies and interests include reading, cooking, and crafts. She and her husband Errol have two adult sons who live in Canada.

(Sena College, Bogota, Columbia)

11 years' experience in education;
joined The Post Oak School in 2012.

Irma Alarconwas born and raised in Colombia, where she studied hotel management and tourism. Her career in education began in 2003 as a Spanish instructor for the Continuing Education Program at the University of Houston where she was certified as an accelerated language teacher. She is also a member of the American Council of the Teaching Foreign Language (ACTFL) and the Southwest Conference on Language Teaching (SWCOLT). Irma has been part of the Post Oak family since 2004 as an Upper Elementary Assistant and substitute teacher for Primary through Middle School. She is the proud mother of two children, Maria who graduated from Texas A&M and David who is a junior at Texas State. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, arts and crafts, floral design, and learning about foreign languages and cultures.

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