Our Teachers

teachers copySakina Basrai

Sakina is the Director of the school. She earned her undergraduate degree and completed her Association Montessori International (AMI) training. She has been teaching in Montessori schools since 1992.



teachers-michelleMichelle Studebaker

Michelle taught at Bright Montessori from April 2005 to August 2007. She returned to our school in January 2010. Michelle has completed her early childhood education units.



ShiIMG-20160727-WA0004rley Gong

Shirley has been with Bright Montessori since August 2013. She has Association Montessori Society (AMS) training, and has completed her early childhood education units.


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Ani joined our school in September 2016. She has completed her early childhood education units.




Role of the Teacher in Montessori

The role of the adult in the classroom is to act as a guide, introducing new material to the child, and then retiring as the child begins to work. The child then teaches him/herself through his or her own repeated activity, discovery and observation. Each child is aided and directed by the Montessori teacher who is always ready to support and encourage the child, while at the same time respecting the child’s need for independent functioning.

“The child should love everything that he learns, for his mental and emotional growths are linked. Whatever is presented to him must be made beautiful and clear” – Maria Montessori