History

Our Montessori school was established in San Antonio in 1987 by Verna Gabriel, AMI, under the name Montessori Earth School. Her daughter, Ynoli Fink, AMI, worked under the guidance of Ms. Gabriel for 12 years before taking the role of Head of School. Several years ago, we had the opportunity to take a cherished name in Montessori – "Children's House" – as our own. Dr. Maria Montessori called her first school “Children's House" and envisioned that all Montessori Schools be small, home-like, and personalized communities for young children. We feel the name best describes who we strive to be and serves as a reminder to us daily of who we serve: the children. Montessori Children's House is a Full Member School of the American Montessori Society (AMS) and on the path to national accredititation with NECPA. For more information, visit www.amshq.org

 

Staff

Montessori Children's House School of San Antonio (MCHSA)

"And so we discovered that education is not something which the teacher does, but that it is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being. It is not acquired by listening to words, but in virtue of experiences in which the child acts on his environment. The teacher's task is not to talk, but to prepare and arrange a series of motives for cultural activity in a special environment made for the child." - Dr. Montessori

A specially trained Montessori guide directs each of the prepared learning environments at Montessori Children's House. The teacher observes each child's needs, introduces the child to appropriate learning materials and provides guidance throughout the learning process. The child is the focal point in the classroom, and the teachers allow for a child-motivated pace, which fosters learning, retention and creativity.    

Our "Children's House," or Primary Level guides, are Association Montessori International (AMI) certified, the organization started by Maria Montessori for Teacher training. For more information about AMI training, visit www.montessori-ami.org.  We offer a Bilingual Montessori Nido/Toddler program lead by a certified Montessori guide.

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Gina Munoz Verdeja

Infant/Toddler Class Guide

-Nido (Birth to 3 Years) Montessori Certification from Centro De Estudios Montessori

-Diploma Gestalt Infantil Therapy from Integro Bajio S.C.

-Over 20 years of experience as a Montessori guide.

Ynoli Fink

Lead Primary Guide and Director

-Association Montessori International (AMI) from the Montessori Institute of North Texas in Dallas. Trainer for the Course Mary Laudonis Loew.

-AMI Primary Montessori Certification for ages 2 to 6 years.

-BS in Communications from the University of Texas at Austin

Pre-Foundation -Heatherley School of Fine Art, London, U.K.

-Over 15 years experience in Montessori.

Ruki Karunaratne

Pre Primary Guide

-Association Montessori International (AMI) from the St. Bridget's Montessori Academy in Sri Lanka.

-AMI Primary Montessori Certification for ages 2 to 6 years.

-Over 25 years of experience in Montessori.

Liz Hernandez

Nido Guide

-North American Montessori Certification for Ages 0-3

-Over 15 years of experience with Infants and Toddlers

Montessori School in San Antonio