Ms. Laura Director
Ms. Laura is the Director of our school. She has a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree and has American Montessori Society (AMS) credentials in both Primary (age 2.5 – 6) and Infants & Toddlers (birth – 3). She also has an AMS Montessori Administrator Credential. She is qualified by the state of Maryland to be a lead Infant, Toddler, and Preschool teacher, and also to be a Director of a Montessori school in Maryland and has several years of experience doing these things in Montessori schools. She enjoys being a collaborative leader and cultivating a positive environment for adults and children. She has much successful experience working with children and adults who have been diagnosed with ADHD and with children who are gifted and talented, and oversees our curriculum, which optimizes children’s strengths and facilitates Achievement in positive inspiring ways. One of the things she likes about working at Top Hat Montessori is that it is dedicated to inclusiveness, social justice, and promoting appreciation between different cultures, races, religions, and nationalities, and she enjoys cultivating this appreciation.
Ms. Patty Assistant Director
Ms. Patty is the Assistant Director of our school and is also one of our Infant teachers. She has been working in the field of Montessori education and administration for over 18 years, and she has been an integral part of our school for the last 8 years. She is also a certified Infant, Toddler, and Pre-School teacher and has an RIE (Resources for Infant Educarers) certification. When engaging and interacting with the infants and toddlers, she enjoys teaching them sign language. When Ms. Patty is not in school, she enjoys doing glass art, singing, playing tennis and badminton and spending time with her husband, adult children, and Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier.
Ms. Celine PM Assistant Director PM Primary Teacher
Ms. Celine has a Bachelor’s degree and speaks fluent French and English. Ms. Celine has previous experience working with preschool-age children. Ms. Celine worked at another Montessori school before joining us. She enjoys watching the children she teaches achieve things, spending time with her family, cooking, and going on nature walks in the morning.
Ms. Jessica Primary Montessori Teacher
Ms. Jessica is an AMS certified Primary Montessori teacher. She has a bachelor’s degree and is currently working on her Master’s degree. Ms. Jessica has previous experience as a certified Montessori teacher teaching the 2.5 – 6 age group. Ms. Jessica speaks fluent Chinese and Japanese and before she started teaching Montessori she tutored college students in Japanese. She has also tutored math to children age 6 through 16 years old. She is very interested in East Asian culture. She enjoys playing the piano and drawing.
Ms. Daisy Teacher
Ms. Daisy has worked for Top Hat Montessori since 2013. Prior to working at Top Hat Montessori, she worked at other child care facilities for two years. She has 5 children of her own and is very passionate about child development and helping to mold young minds for the future. Ms. Daisy creates a safe and fun learning environment for children, helping them to develop their cognitive and social skills. Ms.Daisy enjoys working with younger children as she enjoys their curiosity and how everything is new to them.
Ms. Lilia Teacher
Ms. Lilia has completed all the education necessary to become a certified Infant and Toddler teacher in the state of Maryland. She has been working at Top Hat Montessori since 2013. Prior to working at Top Hat Montessori she worked at other child care centers and operated a business with her husband. She enjoys working with infants and toddlers and getting to know their different temperaments. “In this time I have gained more experience in caring for infants with love, dedication, responsibility, and respect. I have learned to know the different temperaments and to see the importance that should be given to each one in their different needs.” Ms. Lilia is especially valued for her gentle manner and warmth she shows for the infants and toddlers in her care. Ms. Lilia speaks fluent Spanish and fluent English. She enjoys playing volleyball and table tennis.
Ms. Lizzy Teacher
Ms. Lizzy has an Associate degree in Early Childhood Education from Montgomery College and is currently working on her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She has been working with children 3 months through 6 years old since 2011. From a young age, Ms. Lizzy knew that she wanted to be a teacher as she loves seeing kids succeed and grow. She has a Black Belt in Karate and enjoys teaching children Karate. In her spare time, she likes to take her dog for long walks, dance, and do karaoke.
Ms. Maryam Teacher
Ms. Maryam is multilingual with over 20 years of experience working with children and adults as a teacher, nutritionist, and dietitian. She has a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and has been teaching toddlers at Top Hat Montessori since 2018. As a wellness specialist, she brings her extensive knowledge about wellness topics and nutrition to her classroom by introducing fruits and vegetables to children and encouraging healthy diet habits. She loves nature, gardening, and photography and also does pottery, cooking, and baking at home. Ms. Maryam is fully certified to be an infant, toddler, and preschool teacher in the state of Maryland. She is currently taking courses at Montgomery College and has certificates for working with children and adults dealing with disabilities, asthma, allergies, diabetes and seizures, child nutrition and cooking, Medication Administration, communication, Introduction to Food and Health, and Health Management: The Role of Physical Therapy and Exercise.
Ms. Judith Teacher
Ms. Judith is currently a student at Montgomery College working toward a degree in Early Childhood Education and Social Work. She has been working in childcare for the last six years. Her interest in Early Childhood Education started when she was in high school with hopes of someday being a teacher. Her goal is to help educate and care for children in ways that will teach them and provide resources and a safe environment that can brighten their days and their futures.
Ms. Yerika Aide
Ms. Yerika has a Bachelor’s degree and is currently working on her Master’s degree. She obtained her 90-hour certification in Preschool Curriculum at Montgomery College. Her previous experience working with children includes working with the Boys and Girls Club of Frederick County and Great and Small Farm in Boyds, Maryland. She speaks fluent English and Spanish and enjoys hiking, going to the beach, and spending time with her family.
Ms. Marbely Aide
Ms. Marbely has a Bachelor’s degree and has two children of her own. Helping her children along with her nieces and nephews taught her to handle children very sensitively and also helped her learn what children’s needs are. She has also taken many courses in child care which also contributed to her knowledge. She has enjoyed doing many social projects that have helped people in need. She speaks fluent Spanish and fluent English and enjoys working with children in our Spanish Immersion Program. She also enjoys singing, dancing, and sewing.
Ms. Nahar Aide
Ms. Nahar has two children of her own and enjoys helping children learn and grow. Ms. Nahar has a Master’s degree and worked for the State Department for many years before starting her career in education. She is an active volunteer with Family Services Inc. (part of the Sheppard Pratt Health System, a non-profit organization for Child Care and Outpatient Mental Health in Gaithersburg, Maryland) and provides assistance to the Early Head Start programs (a free, comprehensive child development program and family support services to low-income families with infants/toddlers and pregnant women and their families). She enjoys doing origami, drawing, cooking, gardening, swimming, painting hands with henna, traveling, and making new friends.
Ms. Siraj Aide
Ms. Siraj has a Bachelor’s degree and a Montessori diploma. She has three years of experience teaching children ages 3 – 6 years old. Prior to that, she taught children ages 10 -16 years old for five years. Ms. SIraj has three children of her own. She speaks fluent English and Hindi and enjoys playing chess.
Ms. Eliana Aide
Ms. Eliana completed the 90+9 Clock Hour Certification offered through Montgomery County Public Schools and has previous experience working at a Montessori school and also an after-school program where she instructed and completed lesson plans ensuring students had a solid foundation while being able to enjoy extra curricular activities. These activities included arts and crafts, outdoor activities, and challenges. She is currently a student at Montgomery College. Ms. Eliana enjoys traveling, trying new food and she enjoys the bunnies she has as pets
Ms. Jackie Aide
Ms. Jackie is working on her bachelor’s degree and speaks fluent English and Spanish. She completed the 90+9 Clock Hour Certification offered through Montgomery County Public Schools and has been working with children since 2013. She enjoys going hiking, cooking, painting, doing puzzles, and spending time with her family.