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Upcoming Events

  • May 12: Parent Teacher Conferences, No School
  • May 16 – 17: Spring School Picture Days
  • May 20: Field Trip to JC Arboretum (L/U Elementary)
  • May 30: Memorial Day, No School
  • June 1: Donuts for Dad/Service Day to the School (L/U Elementary)
  • June 2: Field Day (L/U Elementary)
  • June 3: Last Day of School – Board Game Day (L/U Elementary)
  • June 29: Last Day of School (Primary/Toddler)

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Faculty & Staff

View TMA Information

TMA Information

Upcoming Events

  • May 12: Parent Teacher Conferences, No School
  • May 16 – 17: Spring School Picture Days
  • May 20: Field Trip to JC Arboretum (L/U Elementary)
  • May 30: Memorial Day, No School
  • June 1: Donuts for Dad/Service Day to the School (L/U Elementary)
  • June 2: Field Day (L/U Elementary)
  • June 3: Last Day of School – Board Game Day (L/U Elementary)
  • June 29: Last Day of School (Primary/Toddler)

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We are hiring

Faculty & Staff

Puja-TMA

Ms. Puja

Head of School

Ms. Puja is the Head Directress at Triangle Montessori Academy. She has an extensive background in child education and a passion for the Montessori style of teaching. Puja and her family have been in the RTP area for the past four years. She is a proud mother of two wonderful children and that guides her enthusiasm for the very best education for our children.

Ms. Puja has an extensive background in child education and a passion for the Montessori style of teaching. She and her family have been in the RTP area for the past four years. She is a proud mother of two wonderful children and that guides her enthusiasm for the very best education for our children.

Ms. Puja was born in California and raised in Florida. She has a Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education and Business Administration and an IMC Montessori Certification for School Leadership and Level 3 NC Early Childhood Administration Credential.

Sunny TMA

Ms. Sunny

Toddler Montessori Directress

Ms. Sunny Park is a member of the teaching team at TMA, and she earned her Montessori teaching certification for Infant and Toddler education at the Center for Montessori Teacher Education in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Her favorite Maria Montessori quote is: “Children must grow not only in the body but in the spirit, and the mother longs to follow the mysterious spiritual journey of the beloved one who to-morrow will be the intelligent, divine creation, man.”

Sunny was born and grew up in South Korea, and there she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Duksung Women’s University in Seoul. She has lived in North Carolina for the past five years, and she has more than 14 years of experience working with children ages 24 months to 8 years.

Sunny is especially interested in the development of creative intelligence, and she has formally studied the educational philosophies of Maria Montessori, Froebel and Orda. As a teacher and as a mother of a daughter who attends elementary school in Cary, NC, Sunny understands the many learning transitions children make during the pre-school years. In addition, she knows the unique learning styles that bi-lingual children bring into their learning environment.

Ms. Joanna

Ms. Joanna

Primary Montessori Directress

Joanna has 15 wonderful years of experience as a head teacher to children ages 18-months to 6 years old. She was born and raised in the Philippines in Asia and brings a fantastic international perspective to TMA. She discovered that her true passion in education during her college years where she offered tutorials to children in the public schools.

She graduated with honors from the University of the Philippines with a Bachelor of Science in Tourism and began teaching preschool children. She has never looked back and has enjoyed teaching young children since her career began.

A Montessori child herself, Joanna was encouraged to train in the Montessori Philosophy after by her first Montessori teacher. She completed a Montessori Certification for early childhood from the San Francisco Montessori Training Center in 1999.

Joanna’s passion for education has flourished over her teaching career and she has continued to take early childhood workshops and attend Montessori conferences. Some of Joanna’s wide-range of interests include painting, walking, swimming, scuba diving, watching movies and spending time with her husband and son.

Ms. Joanna is the Lead Directress for the Maple Room.

Her favorite Maria Montessori quote is:

“The school must permit the free, natural manifestations of the child if in the school scientific pedagogy is to be born. This is the essential reform.”

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Ms. Racquel

Assistant Montessori Directress

Racquel moved to the United States in 2004. Her original career focus was in the Hospitality Industry, and she holds a college degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from Philippines Women’s University. Miss Racquel became familiar with Montessori teaching methods when her son attended TMA for over 3 years.

Ms. Racquel is excited to join TMA again, and fulfill her dream of working in the classroom.

In her spare time, Miss Racquel enjoys spending time with her family, arts and crafts, gardening, cooking, and attending exercise classes.

Ms. Rita

Ms. Rita

Toddler Montessori Directress

Rita is drawn to the Montessori method of learning and is excited to have the opportunity to work with toddler age children in the Montessori setting. She completed the Montessori infant/toddler teacher training in May, 2013 at Center of Montessori Teacher Education, North Carolina. Rita has been part of the wonderful TMA community since October 2010.

Rita moved to the United States in 2009 from Hungary where she graduated from the Faculty of Child and Adult Education from the University of Debrecen. She has a bachelor degree in social education and has worked in child, family and elderly care as well and organized summer camps for over 10 years.

Some of her favorite things to do in her spare time are: traveling, hiking, doing craft and spending time with her family. Rita lives in Cary with her boyfriend and daughter Avery.

Ms. Rita is a the Lead Directress for the Oak Room.

Her favorite Maria Montessori quotes are:
“Our care of the child should be governed, not by the desire to make him learn things, but by the endeavor always to keep burning within him that light which is called intelligence.”

“The child has a mind able to absorb knowledge. He has the power to teach himself.”

Ms. Kristy

Ms. Kristy

Lead Lower Elementary Directress

Ms. Kristy had four incredible years of experience in a Montessori Lower Elementary Classroom. She discovered Montessori while researching education options for her own children. She fell in love with the freedom of movement, freedom of choice, and the beautiful prepared environment.  This was one of the first steps on her path to becoming a Montessori educator. The very first step was Kristy’s love for children. Their wonder, curiosity, unexpectedness, and thoughtfulness energizes her.

Kristy graduated from East Carolina University with a degree in Computer Science. She completed her certification for Lower Elementary from Seacoast Training Center. She is very excited to be part of this next step for Triangle Montessori Academy and looks forward to working with you and your children.

In her free time, Kristy enjoys spending time with her family. She revels in time with nature which includes hiking, running, backpacking, paddle boarding, rock climbing, scuba diving, and gardening.

Ms. Connie

Ms. Connie

Assistant Montessori Directress 

Ms. Connie has been in a Montessori classroom for 20 years:  first as a parent, then as an assistant and finally as a lead teacher in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  I have an AMI Primary Diploma, an AMI Elementary Diploma and an M.Ed in Primary Montessori from Loyola in Baltimore, MD.

Ms. Connie been working at TMA since 2018. Prior to TMA, she worked at IMSNC in Durham, a language immersion Montessori school, as an English teacher for Kindergarteners, and assisting in a Lower El English pull-out classroom. Most of her experience though, has been in traditional Montessori schools!

Ms. Connie am also a mom to three grown children: Erin in Kalamazoo, MI and Christopher and Benjamin in San Francisco, CA. Chris and Ben are Montessori kids!

Ms. Connie enjoys music, art, yoga and cooking as well as the Montessori curriculum! She’s also interested in gardening and has a pet Holland lop rabbit that can visit the classroom!

Her favorite Maria Montessori quote:
“Joy, feeling one’s own value, being appreciated and loved by others, feeling useful and capable of production are all factors of enormous value for the human soul.”

Ms. Nicole

Ms. Nicole

Assistant Montessori Directress 

Ms. Nicole is originally from New York and studied Early Childhood Education in High School and then later on at Suny Orange Community College. She moved to North Carolina with her husband & son in 2015.

Ms. Nicole has over 14 years experience working with children in Early Childhood. She has worked both as an Assistant & Lead Teacher throughout her time in the classroom. Ms. Nicole is passionate about fostering a love of learning in children. She is excited to join the Aspen Room.

In her spare time, Ms. Nicole enjoys spending quality time with family & friends, visiting the beach, cooking, reading, gardening & hanging out in nature.

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Ms. Debra

Primary Montessori Directress 

Ms.Debra is the lead teacher in Cherry room. She is certified with the American Montessori Society and certified with Infants/Toddlers and Early Childhood (3-6). She holds a BA in Early Childhood and Elementary Education.

Ms. Debra lives in Angier, NC with her husband Eric, her son Alex and daughter Emerson.  She has two dogs, six cats, a bird, a lizard and frogs.

Ms. Sami

Ms. Sami

Primary Montessori Directress 

Ms. Sami received a Bachelor’s in Mathematics and Chemistry and a Bachelor’s degree in Education. Sami has over 30 years of experience in a Montessori school setting. Sami has experience teaching Kindergarteners and first-graders. Sami earned the American Montessori Society Early Childhood and Elementary Credentials at the Center for Montessori Teacher Education of San Francisco, California.

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Ms. Anshu

Primary Montessori Directress 

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Ms. Olivia

Assistant Montessori Directress 

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Ms. Hannah

Assistant Montessori Directress

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Ms. Hope

Assistant Montessori Directress

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Ms. Jackie

Administration

Ms. Jackie has her Montessori Early Childhood 3-6 certification and comes to TMA with 15 years of classroom experience. She is excited for her new role in Administration and very happy to be a part of the TMA family. 

Jackie’s favorite Maria Montessori quote: 
“As we observe children, we see the vitality of their spirit, the maximum effort put forth in all they do, the intuition, attention and focus they bring to all life’s events, and the sheer joy they experience in living.”