Triangle Montessori Academy - Holly Springs

919.463.7770 | 146 Johnson St., Holly Springs, NC 27540

Faculty & Staff – Holly Springs

Faculty & Staff – Holly Springs

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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 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.

Ms. Joanna

Ms. Joanna

Primary Montessori Directress

Ms. 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.

Ms. 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.

Favorite Maria Montessori quote:
“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.”

Ms. Rita

Ms. Rita

Toddler Montessori Directress

Ms. 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.

Favorite Maria Montessori quotes:
“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. Elizabeth

Ms. Elizabeth

Lower Elementary Montessori Directress

Ms. Elizabeth is a traditionally trained K-6 teacher. She graduated from Appalachian State before falling in love with the Montessori method. She loves the way the learning follows the child and nurtures the natural love of learning children have. She believes children learn best when they have freedom within limits and a beautifully prepared environment. Ms. Elizabeth is very excited to bring her previous teaching experience and Montessori studies to Triangle Montessori Academy and looks forward to learning with you and your children.

In her free time, Ms. Elizabeth enjoys spending time outside with her son, reading historical fiction, and refurbishing old furniture.

Favorite Maria Montessori Quote:
“The education of even a small child, therefore, does not aim at preparing him for school, but for life.”

Ms. Lisa

Ms. Lisa

Elementary Montessori Directress

Ms. Lisa is a devoted Montessori educator and mother of two Montessori raised boys (ages 6 and 9). Ms. Lisa earned her BA in Elementary Education from UNC Wilmington and her Montessori 6-9 certification from CMTE of North Carolina.

She found Montessori early on in her career and has been teaching locally for over 15 years. She loves to spend time with family and enjoys being outdoors, hiking, gardening and going to the beach. She is eager to bring her passion for Montessori back into the classroom and is enthusiastic about the opportunity to contribute to TMA.

Ms. Cherry

Ms. Cherry

Toddler Montessori Directress

Ms. Cherry graduated from Dalian University of Foreign Languages in Dalian, often referred to as the Northern Pearl of China. She is fluent in Mandarin, her native language, as well as Japanese and English. Additionally, she obtained her Early Childhood Education certification from Wake Tech Community College. She has also completed her Montessori Infant and Toddler Training. 

Ms. Cherry developed a passion for the Montessori method four years ago when she discovered its benefits for her daughter. She handcrafted many Montessori materials for her daughter’s use. Through volunteering at an elementary school and homeschooling her daughter, Cherry gained valuable experience within the education system. She finds great joy in working with young children, witnessing their eyes light up with excitement as they explore new discoveries.

In her leisure time, Ms. Cherry enjoys hiking trails, gardening, cooking, and cherishing moments with her family and friends.

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Ms. Monina

Assistant Primary Montessori Directress

Ms. Monina’s bio is coming soon!