SSMS is very proud to introduce you to our Administrative team. All of our Lead Teachers are Montessori trained ( or in-training) and experienced.

Aparna A Banka

Ms. Aparna was born and raised in India. She did her undergraduate studies in India and then obtained a Master’s degree from 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. She has a son, now in middle school, who was fortunate enough to have grown up in a Montessori environment. Having been at a renowned Montessori school all the way from Toddler thru Primary, his foundation is strong! Stepping Stone Montessori is a dream venture for Aparna and her family and has been founded in the name of her beloved brother, who unfortunately is no longer with them. This institute has been created with lots of love, care, and hope for a bright future. Along with the responsibility of SSMS, she also runs a successful apparel business.


Elizabeth Ashworth

Ms Elizabeth is our Director at the Sugar Hill Campus. She has been a part of the school in different areas for a few years now and has recently been honored with the Director position. Below is a little about her in her own words:

Hello, my name is Elizabeth Ashworth.  I’m a dedicated Montessori Educator and have been in the Montessori field for 24 years. I’m a native of Georgia and currently live in Flowery Branch with my amazing husband of 34 years. I’m a proud mom of two amazing sons, who also attended Montessori. I have always loved children and began working in the field of Montessori in 1998. I fell in love with Montessori over the last decade, and taught in a variety of Montessori settings before fulfilling my dream of opening my own school.  Some of my favorite things about teaching Montessori are helping children to become independent learners, and guiding children to become peaceful leaders in their communities.  My degrees are in Infant, Toddler, and Primary, and I will soon finish my Elementary certification.   

My certification is through (AMS) American Montessori Society and NCME (National Center for Montessori Education). I have a passion for Montessori and enjoy working with children because they are delightful and inspiring! I am grateful to have this opportunity where I can support their growth and nurture their love of learning. I believe as Early Childhood Educators we help shape the future, one child at a time.

I invite you to contact us to learn more about the program at Stepping Stone Montessori.