Guidepost Montessori is a new Montessori community in Frisco, Texas, just outside of Dallas. At the heart of our school is our belief that children thrive when given freedom and responsibility in Montessori environments prepared especially for them. Our bright, beautiful classrooms and caring staff members will nurture your child’s joy in learning. Your child will love gardening in our engaging outdoor play spaces filled with native plant species and designed to encourage your child to explore. We welcome your family!
Our beautiful campus and welcoming community is the perfect place for your child to explore her own potential.
Guidepost Montessori classrooms are light, airy, calming, aesthetically beautiful spaces. Each material is carefully chosen and carefully displayed — to inspire and entice your child to explore.
Children's House Classrooms
Emily Millender, Head of School
Mrs. Emily Millender earned her bachelor's degree in early childhood development from Texas Woman's University. She also holds an Infant Mental Health endorsement from First3Years Association. Emily began her career in education four years ago with Vogel Alcove, a non-profit preschool and assistance center for homeless children and their families in Dallas, Texas. This is where she discovered her passion for working with the DFW community. Emily is quite familiar with the Montessori approach, as she was Montessori-educated herself throughout elementary and middle school! In her spare time, you can find Emily cycling away at her favorite spin class studios and spending quality time with her husband and their two pets, Callie, a tortoiseshell, and Olive, a French bulldog.
Patty Herrera, Assistant Head of School
Ms. Patty graduated Magna Cum Laude on a full academic scholarship with a bachelor's degree in English from Kean University in NJ, a Master's degree in Private School Administration with an emphasis on Curriculum and Instruction from Calvary Chapel University and her AMI Adolescent Certification from the Grove School in Redlands, Ca.
Patty is an administrator, educator, entrepreneur, tech guru and overall people person. She thoroughly enjoys interacting with children and adults. Education, reading, networking, marketing, communicating and opportunities to create with her hands are where her main passions lay. Patty has previous experience as a Teacher's Assistant, Adolescent Head Guide, Business Manager, Director of Admission and Director of Development at two AMI recognized Montessori schools. She has worked as an Ambassador of Admission at Kean University, Marketing Director and Executive Assistant to the CEO's of multimillion dollar corporations in both the fashion and medical industries. As a native Spanish speaker, she has taught English, Spanish and several electives at the high school level and art history at the undergraduate level. Her love of learning, past experiences and aptitude for technology are a huge asset to the Montessori community. Additionally, she is always striving to remain knowledgeable of this competitive and ever-evolving world of education. She has a 13 year old named Lilly who has benefited greatly from her Montessori education since the toddler program.
Shany Palant, Program Director
Yupa Lwin, Administrative Assistant
Ms. Yupa is originally from Yangon, Myanmar, and she called Singapore as her second home for a decade until 2016. Ms. Yupa holds a bachelor's degree in Physics and a higher diploma in Business Administration from Singapore. She had been in the corporate world – program management in banking technology - for several years. She was relocated to Allen, Texas in 2016 after her marriage. Wanting to pursue a new career that fulfilled her desire to work with very young children, she started to work as a part-time substitute teacher for an educational staffing company as the first step after completing a series of compulsory child-care trainings.
Ms. Yupa feels truly fortunate to have found Guidepost Montessori and has become a part of our growing family. Now she is witnessing, every day, how children can shape their own lives independently with meaningful guidance in part to their Montessori guides. While working full-time, Ms. Yupa is also studying part-time to become a professional childcare administrator with her primary focus on child psychology.
Her favorite things to do are reading, cooking, and doing Vipassana meditation for a better quality of life.
Reema Bhutani, Nido Lead Guide
Ms. Reema Bhutani grew up in India, acquired a degree in fashion design and owned a fashion boutique for over a decade. Her love for children made her change careers and concentrate on early childhood education. While in India, Ms. Reema worked for a kindergarten. Upon relocating to the US, she discovered more about Montessori education and realized this was going to be her chosen career path. As a teacher, Ms. Reema considered it her responsibility to be a dynamic link between the child and the learning process. “At Guidepost Montessori it is our primary commitment to help every child prepare for success in life!”
Diana Muhoro, Toddler 1 Lead Guide
Ms. Diana has her own unique flare and infectious sense of humor and is well known for her passion for God, life and loving others. Born in Kenya and a world citizen, she is full of passion and zeal and has a heart to reach all children through teaching & the arts. Ms. Diana studied and trained in early childhood education, theatre and film in California & New York City before recently moving to Texas where she acquired her Montessori training. She has been involved in the education field for over 15 years working with children of all ages, as well has had the privilege of being able to work with children with autism in California. She has passionately served as an advocate for those children who are underserved in St. Louis, Kansas, Texas, California, New Jersey, New York and her beautiful country of Kenya. Ms. Diana also had the opportunity to serve with AmeriCorps in helping rebuild communities in Brooklyn. Also, she was a Youth Director in the NJ local chapter for the K.C.F.A. Community, Refill Ministries, and the Kenya Diaspora Community in providing help to obtain clean water and build wells across the nations. When she is not teaching or volunteering, she is emerged in the arts of writing, acting, singing, dancing and cooking, among many other passions. Ms. Diana is humbled and honored that she has the ability to serve the community in her everyday life while still exercising the act of service through her non-profit organization: Abandon No One (ANO). Her mission has always been to Educate, Empower & Elevate the young generation - as they are the future. Her heart always goes out to helping children find their voice, embrace who they are, and be passionate “bucket fillers.” She is very happy & humble to be part of the Guidepost Montessori family and help provide a safe and sacred place where children can bloom as they master the art of becoming more independent.
Penelope Celaya, Toddler 2 Lead Guide
Ms. Penelope has always loved working with children. At age 17, while working as a dance teacher in Mexico, she was introduced to the Montessori Method and fell in love with the philosophy. She immediately decided to start her career as a Montessori Guide, enrolling in the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education and the Montessori Educative Center. She obtained both certificates for Children’s house (3-6), and Nido - Toddlers (0-3). Since her training 20 years ago, she has worked both as a Montessori Lead Guide and a bilingual teacher. Today, she still has the same love and excitement to help children fulfill their potential! In her free time she enjoys spending time with her three children and her husband. Ms. Penelope loves roller skating, dancing, crafting and reading.
Hua Wang, Toddler 3 Lead Guide
Ms. Hua Wang, holds certifications in Pre-School Education (Teaching & Leadership) from Singapore, and has earned her bachelor’s degree in Purchasing and Supply Chain Management from Shanghai University of Finance and Economics. She started working in Montessori schools 18 years ago in Singapore, first as a Mandarin teacher in the Montessori environment. As she fell in love with the Montessori methodology, she studied and earned a Montessori Assistant to Infancy Certification from AMI. After that, she began her own Montessori Infant Community in a beautiful work environment that she loved and enjoyed! During her leisure time she loves to spend time with her young son, who also is a Guidepost student here at Timber Ridge!
Ranjini Rixon, Children's House 1 Lead Guide
Ms. Ranjini holds her Graduation in commerce from Calicut University and later on did her AMI Diploma from Navadisha Montessori Foundation, Chennai, India. She has been working in a Montessori school for 2 years on the administrative side and later went on to train to be a Montessori Primary Guide. She has worked in India for 3 years and then had the opportunities to work in schools in the Czech Republic, Vietnam, and Thailand. In her free time, she likes to spend time cooking and reading.
Preeti Joshi, Children's House 2 Lead Guide
Ms. Preeti holds a master’s degree in accounting and a degree in Early Childhood Education from the reputable Michigan Montessori Teacher’s Education Center (MMTEC). She has over 15 years of teaching experience and has taught at premier Montessori schools in Singapore, Michigan, and California. During her teaching career, Ms. Preeti has trained Montessori interns and guided model classrooms chosen for observation. In her spare time, Ms. Preeti holds Board positions on the PTA at her children’s schools, volunteers at the DFW Cultural Association’s Sunday school, enjoys traveling, yoga, dance, and spending time with her family. Ms. Preeti firmly believes in Dr. Maria Montessori’s quote, "Free the child’s potential, and you will transform him into the world."
Amina Satyani, Children's House 3 Lead Guide
Ms. Amina Satyani has been a Montessori teacher for the past 17 years. She is originally from India and brings a lot of diversity to the world of Montessori. She has a bachelor’s in commerce and is a Montessori AMI graduate. Her dedication and passion towards the growth and development of young children is commendable. Ms. Amina brings superior knowledge and experience, having worked in schools located in India, New York, and California. She has volunteered in non-profit organizations and has also worked as a parent trainer at various schools. Her skills excel not only in the classroom but also outside of the classroom in guiding the assistant teachers and parents of young children. As she has a long history of experience working with children, she is able to delve deep into the roots of the Montessori philosophy and feels privileged to be such an important part of each child’s development.
Children are compelling in every way. They are fascinating, intriguing, charming, heartwarming creatures with infinite variation in personalities, tendencies, and interests.
The unique joy and sacred responsibility of a child's caretakers is to learn about her — to discover and fall in love with her as she grows, to let careful observation and observant care guide her development, and to get to know her well enough to help her shape herself. A child's teachers and parents are collaborators in this process that is at once scientific discovery and heartfelt nurturing.
To that end, our school is designed to further connect you with your child, to bring you into a community of valuable resources and education-minded people, and to make it as easy as possible for you to understand and support your child as she grows.
Insights into Your Child
The Montessori approach emphasizes careful, theory-informed, individualized observation of each child's development. We don't want to keep what we see to ourselves! The impact of these observations is greatest when shared with a child's parents.
At Guidepost, parents receive regular, detailed updates about their children. Classroom guides are available outside of class hours by phone, email, or for scheduled in-person meetings. Your child’s guide will also meet with you for regularly-scheduled conferences about your child's learning and growth.
We see these conversations, both periodic conferences and frequent exchanges, as critical for both giving and receiving information. They allow teachers to hear from the people most expert and most observant about a child: his parents.
Parents will also receive written progress reports two to three times per year, each a summary of a teacher's observations of the child over the course of the previous months. Meanwhile, day-to-day and week-to-week, parents receive regular updates from the teacher, in the form of photographs and written anecdotes about their child.
And finally, parents are able to directly access Transparent Classroom, the web-based system we use for careful record keeping and observations about your child. Transparent Classroom offers you an on-demand window into the lessons and classroom life of your child.
A great school offers the incredible resource of a trusted partner for parents in the education of their child. The simplest way to amplify that resource is to offer more of it: to offer it at flexible hours so that you can access a trusted, caring partner during days and times when you need us the most.
At Guidepost, we offer an extended school day program, where children thrive in the Montessori approach all day long. Early morning and late afternoon times offer children the downtime and free time they need in order to assimilate all that they have learned during the school day. Each child can find time to develop interests outside the classroom with expert guidance, and to explore an environment rich with opportunities.
To ensure that parents can rely upon a consistent social and recreational experience in a warm and expert school setting, our extended day schedule is offered inclusively with the cost of our programs: there is no extra charge for morning and afternoon extended day hours.
In addition, extracurricular programs are offered during the afternoon extended day, after class time is over. Parents and children can choose from a wide variety of optional activities designed to spark your child’s passion in some way.
Guidepost Montessori runs year-round. We know that we need to be available as a support for your family, so we minimize school closure days as much as we can. For enrolled families, a full calendar will be available on our Parent Portal.
Our typical school day runs from about 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM, depending on the program. However, because we believe so strongly in supporting a partnership between home and school for families needing greater accessibility, our all-inclusive tuition price includes the option to utilize our extended day program. This means that your family can drop off as early as 7:00 AM and pick up as late as 6:00 PM.