Meet Our Staff

Ms. Bhanu

~Lead 3-5 Teacher~
Ms. Bhanu grew up in India, where she obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Agricultural and Plant Science. With the birth of her first son in 2009, she became interested in Early Childhood Education, and went to pursue her Montessori 3-6 certification through South Mountain Community College. She received her Montessori Certification in May of 2016 and is very happy to have grow into a Lead position at Montessori of Surprise. On a personal note, she is happily married and has two very energetic boys.
Ms. Alexis S.

~Lead 3-5 Teacher~
Ms. Alexis has been with Montessori of Surprise for the last 3 years. She originally began her career as an assistant in under Ms. Mary and ended up enrolling in her Montessori training the following school year. Ms. Alexis is looking forward to the upcoming school year and can’t wait to meet her new students. On a more personal note, Ms. Alexis loves to watch movies and spend time with her family.
Ms. Alexis P.

~Assistant 3-5 Teacher~
Ms. Alexis has been Ms. Jessica’s assistant for the past 3 years. She is looking forward to her first full year at Montessori of Surprise. Ms. Alexis loves exploring Arizona and trying new restaurants. She also loves to create new projects for the classroom and spending time with her family.
Ms. Mary

~Lead 3-5 Teacher~
This is Ms. Mary's third year at MOS. Ms. Mary previously taught Kindergarten-2nd grade in the public school system for 10 years before realizing that the Montessori Philosophy is her true passion. Ms. Mary obtained her Montessori Certification in May of 2014. On a personal note, she has two grown children. She loves to travel, garden, and read in her spare time.
Ms. Jessica A.

~Lead 3-5 Teacher~
Ms. Jessica is from El Paso, Texas but has been apart of the Surprise community for 5 years. Ms. Jessica has worked with children for 8 years and is very excited to be apart of the Montessori of Surprise family. Ms. Jessica joined our family from a tradition school setting and fell instantly in love with the philosophy. She has embraced and completed her training and is looking forward to a rewarding career shaping the minds of our young learners. On a personal note, Ms. Jessica likes to go hiking, craft, and travel.
Ms. Jessica M.

~Lead Infant Teacher~
Ms. Jessica M. joined our Montessori of Surprise family in January of 2016. She is the Lead Infant Teacher to our wonderful little friends in Room 3. Ms. Jessica M. graduated with honors from Central Arizona College, with her degree in Early Child Education. She has 12 years field experience in child development and has two wonderful children of her own. When Ms. Jessica M. is not with our little bundles of joy, she enjoys painting, reading, traveling, and being outdoors.
Ms. Kelli

~Assistant 6-9 Teacher~
This is Ms. Kelli’s sixth year at Montessori of Surprise. She is working on obtaining her degree in Computer Sciences. Ms. Kelli is originally from Las Vegas, NV. She loves to read, and watch movies with friends. Ms. Kelli has enjoyed working with Ms. Samantha and is looking forward to another great year!
Ms. Lorena

~Lead 2 Year Old Teacher~
Ms. Lorena is starting her fifth year with Montessori of Surprise. She is very excited to be apart of Montessori of Surprise. Ms. Lorena enjoys spending time with her class and loves coming to work every day. On a personal note, she has four children, two sons and two daughters. She is happily engaged and loves to spend time with her family.
Ms. Ofelia

~Lead 1 Year Old Teacher~
Ms. Ofelia has been apart of our Montessori family since 2011. She is very excited to begin her second year as the Co-Lead in Room 5. Ms. Ofelia has many years of experience working with children of all ages. She has greatly enjoyed her time spent working with our toddlers. On a personal note, Ms. Ofelia has lived in Surprise for 18 years. She also has two wonderful children and seven grandchildren who she absolutely adores.
Ms. Samantha L.

~Lead 6-9 Teacher~
Ms. Samantha is currently enrolled at Grand Canyon University and is working towards a Duel Certification in Elementary Education and Special Education. Ms. Samantha has worked with children for 11 years. This will be her 9th year in a classroom. Education is her passion! She has a deep love for learning, and hopes to instill the same love for learning in her students.
Ms. Sue

~Lead 1 Year Old Teacher~
Ms. Sue joined our Montessori family from a traditional school setting. She has spent many years working with children and absolutely adores our toddlers. She is very excited to begin her second year as the Co-Lead in Room 5. On a personal note, Ms. Sue is married and has three children and two grandchildren.
Ms. Yamille

~Assistant 2 Year Old Teacher~
This is Ms. Yamille’s first full year with Montessori of Surprise. She began her career with us in January of 2016 and loves working with our two-year-olds. Ms. Yamille has 12 years experience working with children. On a personal note, Ms. Yamille is happily married with three grown children. She is originally from Puerto Rico and has been in Surprise since 2001. She also loves to travel and spend time with her family.
Ms. Saryna

~Assistant 3-5 Teacher~
Ms. Saryna is new to Montessori of Surprise this year. She has spent her time working with children as a gymnastics coach since 2012. Ms. Saryna is working on her degree in Child Psychology. On a personal note, Ms. Saryna enjoys running, camping, and hiking.