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SSMS is very proud to introduce you to our Administration and Teachers. All of our Lead Teachers are Montessori trained/certified and experienced.

 

Aparna A Banka

Ms. Aparna was born and raised in India. She did her undergraduate studies in India and a Master’s degree in Birmingham U.K. She moved to the US in 2003, where she began pursuing her CPA degree. Montessori has been around Aparna and her family for many years now. Her son currently also goes to an AMI Montessori School. Stepping Stone Montessori is a dream venture for Aparna and her family and has been launched in the name of her beloved brother, who is no longer with them. This institute has been created with lots of love, care, and hope for a bright future. Aparna has been working successfully in a family-run Apparel business for the past ten years and has now embarked on this new journey of her life.

aparna@steppingstonemontessori.com

Cathy Mauragas

Ms. Cathy has over 35 years of experience in Preschool Education and the Child Care industry. She has been a teacher in every classroom over the years, as well as a Director for the past 20 years. Cathy believes that the first five years of a child’s life is when the true groundwork for all possible future achievements is made. She is very excited to be a part of a community and philosophy that embraces the child as an individual, recognizes their natural abilities, and encourages life skills. These components build character, self-esteem, and independence.

info@steppingstonemontessori.com

Nachammai Laxmi Rengenath

Ms. Nachammai is a Primary Guide at SSMS. In her words, she says: ” My name is Nachammai Laxmi Rengenath. I completed a Bachelor of Arts & Master of Arts in Literature, and it’s been 13 years since I moved from India to the US. My older son went to a Montessori school in Alpharetta, and I volunteered to read books for children in the school. I observed the hand on experience of the Montessori materials and the freedom and discipline in the class. Most of all, peace and concentration in the children then inquired about the Montessori training and pursued it. I have successfully received my AMI training. My husband works in an IT company. I have two children, and my younger child goes to the Stepping Stone Montessori, Suwanee. He has grown and transformed beautifully from Primary to the lower elementary program.

Dequilla R Gavin lovingly called Ms. Renee

Ms. Renee` is the Lead Teacher of our Toddler I Community. Ms. Renee` has been with SSMS for many years now, and we have seen her grow and flourish to be an excellent teacher. She is currently pursuing the NIDO Montessori training from the American Montessori Society and doing wonderfully well! Her passion is to teach and guide children to reach independence through nurturing, guidance, and practical experiences. When she is not teaching, she enjoys, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.

Jessica Rosa

Ms. Jessica Rosa started at SSMS as an  Infant teacher. She has been our Toddler guide since the beginning of 2019-20. She has been teaching infants for ten years. She has her Child Development Associate Certificate in Infant/Toddler. Jessica loves being with the infants. She chose the Montessori Method because she truly believes in the value of Montessori education. Below is what she wants us to know about her:

My name is Jessica, and I am a Toddler Montessori Teacher at SSMS Cumming. I have worked in early childhood education for 12 years. I have worked in a Montessori Environment for six years. In May 2019, I graduated from MTEI with my American Montessori Society (AMS) certification. I enjoy spending time with my husband and children.  I have been married for 17 years and have two amazing children.

Hillary Hicks

Ms. Hicks is an Infant teacher at SSMS. Below is what she wants us to know about her:

My name is Hilary Taylor; I have been working in the Early Childhood Education field for over ten years, with almost three years in the Montessori Environment. I am a co-lead here at the Cumming Location, along with Ms. Weiling. My teaching philosophy is centered on developing the whole child based on their individual strengths, and building strong bonds with families. I believe a consistent daily schedule, an organized and safe environment, and a peaceful, nurturing environment is essential to their growth and development. I am grateful you have entrusted me with the care of your children); they are in great hands!

Weiling Chen

Ms. Chen is an Infant teacher at SSMS. Below is what she wants us to know about her:

Hello! My name is Weiling Chen. I have worked in the Montessori setting for four years now, since obtaining my Montessori certification in 2018. I joined SSMS 2 years back. I love our school and our babies. I also have a four-year-old son and a one-year-old daughter who attend SSMS, and we love it! I really enjoy every aspect of teaching. In my most recent years at SSMS, I have realized that children can teach us as much as we teach them, which is one of my favorite aspects of being with your children daily. I also believe that some of the most important skills to have when working with infants and young children are patience, flexibility, and love! I feel very proud and lucky to be a part of such a great group of teachers here at SSMS