Montessori School in San Antonio

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.  We had the opportunity several years ago 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, personalized, communities for young children. We feel the name best describes who we strive to be and will serve as a reminder to us daily of who we serve, the children, and Maria Montessori's vision.

 

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. For more information about AMI visit www.montessori-ami.org.  We offer a Bilingual Montessori Nido/Toddler program lead by a certified Montessori guide.

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Ruki Karunaratne

Primary Class Guide

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

-Over 25 years of experience in Montessori.

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.

-BS in Communications from the University of Texas at Austin

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

Gina Munoz Verdeja

Nido and Toddler Guide

Ms. Gina has 20 years of Montessori teaching experience in the Nido and Toddler environments.

- Montessori Diploma for ages 0 to 3 years from Centro De Estudios De Educacion Montessori Del Norte, A.C., Mexico

- Montessori Diploma for ages 3 to 6 years from Centro De Estudios De Educacion Montessori Del Norte, A.C., Mexico

Ms. Gina also holds a certificate in Gestalt Infantile Therapy and a Master's Degree in Physical Therapy.