Our Staff

  • Meet Our Teachers & Staff

    Montessori certified educators and staff experienced in early childhood education
  • Our teachers and staff are Montessori certified and trained with extensive experience in early childhood care.

  • Little Blossom Montessori teachers follow the Montessori Method developed by Dr. Maria Montessori. It’s a child-centered educational approach that values the human spirit and development of the “whole child” – physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively.

    • Siji George
      Founder & Head of School

      In 2008, I founded Little Blossom Montessori to develop a reputed school in the Chicago suburbs to serve my community. I believe all children deserve love, attention, nurturing and guidance in a safe learning environment where they can explore and grow.

    • Merrillee Parkhurst

      I have been engaged in enriching the lives of children since my teenage years. With over three decades of expertise as a director of accredited childcare centers, I hold a deep admiration for children and their innate capabilities. My aspiration is to facilitate top-tier education by fostering a nurturing environment, empowering each child to learn and grow through their unique encounters and explorations.

    • Anu Tyagi
      Lead Pre Primary Teacher

      As a dedicated Montessori Guide, I am deeply committed to Dr. Maria Montessori’s philosophy and principles, which form the foundation of my classroom environment. With my AMS credentials, ECE, BCA background, along with ECE Admin credits, I bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to my role.

    • Kathy Boss
      Pre Primary Lead Teacher

      As a lead teacher for our pre primary program, I have a degree in early childhood education and over 25 years experience. I’m passionate about the Montessori philosophy and received my Montessori Early Childhood Certification from AMS.

    • Anita Kumari
      Lead Toddler Teacher

      I am an enthusiastic and compassionate educator specialising in toddler teaching, With a bachelor’s degree in education and qualifications as a Paraprofessional in Montessori I possess a strong foundation in fostering the growth and well-being of young minds.

    • Annie Jeevanantham
      Infant/Toddler Teacher

      Having worked in an Infant/Toddler Montessori environment for over 20 years, I have dedicated my soul and passion to young children. I have thoroughly enjoyed watching them grow into beautiful individuals. I am excited to continue my journey with these little hearts!

    • Merlin Thomas
      Young Toddler Teacher

      With a dual background in pharmacy and early childhood education, I have been dedicatedly serving Little Blossom since 2017. My greatest joy lies in infusing positivity, exploration, and learning into the lives of the children under my care, fostering a nurturing and enjoyable environment.

    • Durdona Turdieva
      Toddler Teacher

      As an educator with a CDA in early childhood education, I possess a deep understanding of nurturing young minds. My passion for working with children fuels my ability to connect with diverse age groups.

    • Shweta Shinde
      Pre Primary Teacher

      Passionate teacher dedicated to fostering a love for learning in young minds. Enthusiastic about creating a nurturing and stimulating environment where children can explore and develop their unique talents.

    • Laxmi Mannem
      Lead Toddler Teacher

      With my ECE education from Wabounsie College, I possess the necessary knowledge to nurture toddlers. Recognizing that toddler development is crucial for every individual, I take pride in assisting children to cultivate their independence and embrace their unique identities.

    • Umida Sadullaeva
      Toddler Teacher

      I am a highly dedicated and passionate individual who thrives on working with toddlers. With extensive experience in the toddler age group, I have developed a deep understanding of their needs and requirements. My commitment to fostering their growth and development is a cornerstone of my work.

    • We and our children love Little Blossom! The staff are very caring and we are very impressed with how our little ones have grown academically since joining the school. Our kindergartener just graduated and we feel she’s extremely prepared to enter 1st grade.

      David Langenberg
    • Little Blossom is an amazing atmosphere for our children to learn. The staff, teachers and director have all been very helpful with guiding our child’s academic successes. It’s a place where a child has many opportunities to grow socially, emotionally and academically.

      Melissa Bergbauer
    • My son absolutely loves going to Little Blossom for preschool. We’ve noticed a huge boost in his level of independence and social skills since he started attending 3 months ago. The staff is very kind and great communicating with the parents.

      Alysse Meiners
    • Little Blossom Montessori is an excellent school. Top-notch teachers who really care and lots of extra-curricular activities. Our son is 3 years old we’re really happy with his teacher … and feel he’s getting the best education!

      Alex Jeyasingh
  • Why Montessori?
    Why choose Montessori for my child?

    Our experienced Montessori trained teachers and faculty follow the revolutionary philosophy and educational approach of Dr. Maria Montessori. Our Montessori program and prepared classrooms provide creative and stimulating hands-on learning experiences that foster age appropriate development.

    Positive reinforcement is important for children to develop a healthy self-esteem in an environment that supports free expression, independence and enthusiasm for learning.

    What is the Montessori curriculum?

    The Montessori curriculum emphasizes learning as a process. We offer five challenging, individually-focused education and social development programs that allow children to grow at their own pace.

    Our interrelated curriculum is focused on Practical Life, Language, Sensorial, Mathematics, Geography and Science. Each area helps develop the complete – or whole – child and allows them to function successfully in their current environment and in the future.

    Since Montessori is self-directed, will my child learn social skills?

    Yes. While the Montessori Method does foster independence and growth through individual work, it also places great emphasis on the importance on the development of social skills.

    Little Blossom Montessori teaches children to respect themselves, their peers, teachers, parents, community and the environment. We also teach them how to be courteous, polite and helpful.

    How will my child adjust to traditional school after Montessori?

    This is one of the most common questions parents ask. Whether it be kindergarten, middle school or college, at some point in life most Montessori students will begin some other type of school.

    Life is full of change and as long as children are equipped with the necessary coping tools and skills, they will be well-prepared with their Montessori education and experiences.

  • Here's Why Parents Choose Us:
    • Montessori philosophy and curriculum
    • Prepared classrooms & advanced Montessori materials
    • Experienced teacher standards
    • Extracurricular activities such as yoga, chess, languages, music and ballet
    • Cozy, home-like environment kids love to stay