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.
Shannon Dow, Assistant Head of School
Shannon was very fortunate to attend Montessori schools as a child. In fact, some might say that Montessori is in her DNA. Growing up, her mother started many Montessori schools as her family moved around the world. As an adult, Shannon continued in the tradition of sharing Montessori with others as an educator, mother and advocate for Montessori Education in her community. After receiving her degree in Psychology & Education, Shannon completed her Montessori Certificate and began her journey as a passionate advocate for children, the Montessori Philosophy and early childhood education 28 years ago. Since then, Shannon has enjoyed her experiences as a classroom guide, trainer, instructor, advisor, consultant, mentor, and Director of Education and Admissions.
Connecting others with the Montessori Philosophy of Education is one of Shannon's proudest times. Whether it be through time spent as a Montessori trainer with other teachers or when she helps connect a family with the Montessori method as a way of life, these moments are her favorite parts of her personal and professional experience.
Shany Palant, Program Director
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.