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Early Childhood

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

Bissonnet Campus

Half-Day Young Children's Community (HDYCC)

BA, The University of St. Thomas, Houston
AMI Primary Diploma, Houston, TX
AMS Primary credentials
(AMS Lower Elementary training)
TEA certification, EC-6th grade

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

Rebecca Duran is a born and raised Texan. She graduated with high honors from The University of St. Thomas with a degree in early childhood education with a minor in teaching English as a second language. She pursued her interest in Montessori education by receiving AMS training at the Primary and Lower Elementary levels, receiving her AMS Children’s House credential in the summer of 2012. Prior to her employment at The Post Oak School, Rebecca worked as a certified Early Childhood through 6th grade educator in Houston as a public Montessori teacher. In 2013, she pursued her goal of becoming a certified AMI Primary guide by beginning her training at the Houston Montessori Institute in conjunction with pursuing a master's degree in Montessori education from Loyola University. In 2015, she received her AMI Primary credential and completed her MEd in the summer of 2017.

Rebecca is a wife to a loving husband and proud mommy to her son and daughter. To her, parenthood is a joyous adventure that she is blessed to be a part of. She greatly enjoys cooking, baking, and exploring new restaurants around Houston with her family. Rebecca is appreciative of various forms of art like poetry, music, performing and visual art, as well as gourmet cuisine.

Rebecca feels that working at The Post Oak School is where her Montessori journey will reach new heights and depths. She is excited to be a part of a community that honors and trusts a method that began over 100 years ago.

BA, Purdue University

Joined The Post Oak School in 2016.

Argentina Quiñones joined the school in 2016.

BS, University of Houston
AMS Infant/ Toddler Montessori Training

22 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 BS 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.

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

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

Diana Onofre grew up in Mexico. She received her BA 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)


MEd, Loyola University Maryland
BA, George Fox University
AMI Primary Training, St. Louis, MO
Assistants to Infancy Diploma, Denver

14 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 BA 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!

BA, Ohio State University
AMI Primary Assistant Certificate, Houston, TX

Joined The Post Oak School in 2016.

Edee Fuller joined the school in December 2016.

(Universidad Simón Bolivar, Caracas, VZ)
BA, Pitzer College

12 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)

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

Elizabeth Silveira is pursuing her BS 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 (PRI) (3–6 years)

Bissonnet Campus

Primary classes

MA, Loyola University Maryland
BA, Birmingham-Southern College
AMI Primary Diploma, St. Louis, MO
AMS Primary Diploma, South Bend, IN

Joined The Post Oak School in 2016.

Cynthia Blessman graduated with a BA from Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, Alabama, and a MEd from Loyola University at Maryland in Baltimore. She received her AMS Early Childhood certificate in South Bend, Indiana, in 1993 and her AMI Primary certificate in St. Louis, Missouri, in 2006. Cynthia has been involved in Montessori education since 1988 when her first daughter attended Montessori as a three-year-old. Cynthia trained as a Montessori teacher when her second daughter began Montessori as a three-year-old. Both girls continued Montessori through Middle School. Cynthia has 25 years’ experience in Montessori education and came to Post Oak in 2016 after working at other schools in South Bend, Indiana, and Houston, Texas.

Cynthia has lived in Houston for 23 years after living in Indiana, Alabama, California, and Nevada throughout her life. She enjoys sewing, painting, reading, and traveling with her husband.

AAS, Houston Community College
Child Development Associate credential, Houston Community College
Elementary education degree, Centro de Estudios Universitarios, Mexico AMI Primary Diploma, Houston, TX

22 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 AAS in early child development from H.C.C.S in 2009. Her hobbies include reading, music, and watching movies.

MEd, Loyola University Maryland
BA, The University of Texas at San Antonio
AMI Primary Diploma, Houston, TX

10 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 in 2016. During her free time, Elizabeth enjoys spending time with her family.

MEd, Loyola University Maryland
BAAS The University of Texas at Brownsville
AMI Primary Diploma, Houston, TX

15 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 one child. 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.

MEd, Loyola University Maryland
BFA, Louisiana Tech University
AMI Primary Diploma, Baltimore, MD

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

Danielle Kimball has nine years’ experience in education, joining The Post Oak School in 2012. She graduated cum laude from Louisiana Tech University with a BFA in photography and summa cum laude from Loyola University in Maryland with her MEd. She received her AMI Primary diploma from the Washington Montessori Institute in Columbia, Maryland, in 2009. Her teaching career began in Austin, Texas, before moving east to join our community. She currently resides in Houston with her husband and daughter.

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

Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León
(Houston Community College)

24 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.

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

24 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 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.

MA, Saint Petersburg State University
BA, Saint Petersburg State University

9 years' experience in education;
joined The Post Oak School in 2016.

Ksenia Crandall joined The Post Oak School in December 2016.

BA, University of Dallas
AMI Primary Diploma, Dallas, TX

10 years' experience in education;
joined The Post Oak School in 2017.

Renee Smith, completed her AMI certification at the Montessori Institute of North Texas in 2010 and holds a BA in English and minor in studio art from the University of Dallas. Renee discovered Montessori when her younger siblings moved into a Montessori program from traditional school. From her first experience at a Montessori Journey, she was struck by the beauty and respect inherent in the Montessori environment. She decided to pursue AMI training after observing in a few classes in session, noting the respect, peace, and joy of the teachers and students in every class.

A favorite Montessori experience is reading small sections of The Discovery of the Child before school and applying Montessori’s own experiences to the day in class. Reading Dr. Montessori’s own observations and noticing similarities in a modern prepared environment deepens her love of the philosophy. She loves to see the sparks of curiosity in individual children ignite whole communities into study.

A native Houstonian, Renee enjoys spending time outside of school with her husband, elementary-aged sons, and her large extended family exploring the city’s museums, parks, and restaurants. Her passions include music, art, and food; she is always looking for a new local band or restaurant to enjoy. Renee especially enjoys the extended project of finishing her home and art studio, which the former owner left unfinished.

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

21 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.

(MEd, Loyola University Maryland)
BA, Ithaca College
AMI Primary Diploma, Houston, TX

Joined The Post Oak School in 2017.

Theresa O'Toole joined The Post Oak School in 2017.

BA, Austin College
AMI Primary Diploma, Houston, TX

33 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 BA 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."

Primary Home Environment

BA, 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.)

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

Dinah Chetrit received her BA 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.

(Lone Star College)
AMS Primary Certificate

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

Laura Jimenez was born in Miami but 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!

BA, Southern Methodist University
BS, Southern Methodist University

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 BS in educational studies with honors and a BA 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 (EL) (6–12 years)

Bissonnet Campus

Lower Elementary (LE) (Grades 1–3)

BA, University of Missouri
AMI Elementary Diploma, Milwaukee, WI

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

Lindsay Mistretta was 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.

MA, European Institute of Design, Rome, Italy
BA, John Cabot University, Rome, Italy

5 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 BA 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.

MEd, Loyola University
BA, Northeastern Illinois University
AMI Elementary Diploma, Cleveland, OH

12 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 early childhood education and sociology from Northeastern Illinois University as well as (AMS) Primary Montessori Paraprofessional training. In 2012, she earned a master's degree in education from Loyola University in Maryland. Anita also has six years' of Primary teaching experience at a Montessori school in Chicago, Illinois, as well as a year in kindergarten and second grade at a Chicago public school.

She and her husband have one daughter. Her hobbies include spending time with family, traveling, reading, meditating, cooking, and trying new restaurants (when not in cooking-mode).

(Texas Southern University)

33 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.

MEd, Loyola University
BA, Clemson University
AMI Elementary Diploma, Baltimore, MD

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

Beth Olitzki has a BA 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 MEd 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.

BA, 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 BA 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.

MEd, Loyola University
MA, University of Delhi
BA, University of Delhi
AMI Elementary Diploma, Baltimore, MD

5 years' experience in education;
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 MEd from Loyola College in Maryland in October 2011. She also has BA and MA 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.

BA, Universidad Y Acambu, Venezuela

Joined The Post Oak School in 2017.

Andrea Restrepo was born in Colombia and lived in Venezuela for 12 years. She has a BA (Honors) in psychology from the Yacambu University, and holds a specialization in teaching. She is also a Certified Ontological Coach. She founded her own company in Venezuela, where she had a private practice giving individual/ group interventions for educational institutions and the national anti-narcotics bureau. Andrea is an active member of Psychologists Without Borders, Venezuelan Psychologists' Federation, and The International Coaching Federation. Since 2015, she gives workshops ad honorem to new Hispanic immigrants and writes articles for the local newspaper Venezolanos en Houston.

Andrea joined The Post Oak School in 2017 as a Lower Elementary assistant. One of her responsibilities is to teach Spanish in the classroom. She is very passionate about learning and plans to obtain her AMI Elementary Diploma. Andrea also enjoys being surrounded by nature and art, and loves to travel and to spend quality time with her loving husband and dog.

 

Upper Elementary (UE) (Grades 4–6)

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

32 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 BA 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.

BS, University of Houston Downtown
AMI Elementary Training, Minnesota

8 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 BS in psychology from the University of Houston-Downtown in the summer of 2014. Sandra is proud to have received her AMI Elementary diploma (6–12) last summer. She is also 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. Sandra also attended the Art Institute of Houston while working on her AAS 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 fifteen-year-old son. She enjoys painting, crafts, and spending quality time with her family. In her spare time, she likes going to museums, traveling, being outdoors, especially the beach, cooking (and eating!), and exploring new places. She also loves taking her dog, a ten-year-old Miniature Schnauzer, to the dog park and for long walks.

BA, 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

29 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.

MEd, Loyola University Maryland
BA, University of Oregon
AMI Elementary Diploma, Portland, OR

Joined The Post Oak School in 2016.

Kaelee Kress joined the school in 2016.

BA, University of Delhi, New Delhi, India
AMI Primary Diploma, Bangalore, India
AMI Elementary Diploma, Vancouver, BC, Canada

35 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 BA (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)
AMI Primary Diploma, Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico

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

Irma Alarcon was 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 on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (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 Spanish teacher. Also has worked as a substitute teacher for Primary through Middle School. In 2016, she received her AMI Montessori Primary Diploma from Centro Internacional Villa Montessori, Morelia Michoacán, Mexico. She is a proud mother of two children, who graduated from Texas A&M and Texas State University. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, reading, arts and crafts, floral design, and learning about foreign languages and cultures.

Elementary Before- & After-Care

BA, University of Houston

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

Jenna Pel joined the Post Oak community in July 2008. She balanced classes and work during that time and in 2012 obtained a BA in history and political science from the University of Houston. Though it's hard to imagine life before Post Oak, Jenna formerly worked as a private tutor. She was honored and excited to become the Elementary After-Care coordinator in September 2014.

When not at Post Oak, Jenna loves bicycling, sketching animals, visiting her native New England and studying everything related to soccer.

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Photo printing instructions:

  • Using Internet Explorer, right-click on the picture and go to "print picture."
  • Using Firefox, right-click (ctrl-click on a Mac) and choose "view image," then go to your file menu on the top and choose "print."
  • Using Opera, right-click (ctrl-click on a Mac) and choose "open image," then go to your file menu on the top and choose "print."
  • Using Safari, right-click (ctrl-click on a Mac) and choose "open image in new window," then press ctrl-P (command-P or "apple key"-P on a Mac).
  • Using Google Chrome, right-click (ctrl-click on a Mac) and choose "open image in new a tab," then press ctrl-P (command-P or "apple key"-P on a Mac).