We feel that teachers are one of the main factors that distinguishes a good school from the rest. A Montessori Directress’ main role is to create an environment that is a perfect learning setting, this means they need to continuously understand and give what each child needs. We believe that the teacher training is only the beginning of the journey, it is also utmost important that each teacher has the willingness to change themselves so they can provide an unobstructive, calm and truly nurturing environment. We therefore put a lot of care in choosing our teachers, ensuring they meet this criteria.

We follow a student-teacher ratio of between 5 to 7 children to 1 adult (depending on the mix of ages) and we have at least 2 fully trained Montessori teachers in a session and other assistant staff, as required.


PayalHead Directress and Founder  – Payal Patel

Payal is an Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) qualified Montessori Directress.  She was born and raised in London, UK.  In 2012, she made the decision to move to Mumbai in pursuit of following her dream and passion of educating children. Payal has a strong belief of the Montessori system where she knows that this method of educating, if conducted in the purest way will give every child exactly what they are searching for.

Payal has obtained a Bachelors in Mathematics with Management and Masters in Computer Science from the University College London.   She worked in the computing field for about 10 years in the UK before she realised that being an educator is her true purpose in life.

Payal is the head of the school. She directs the teaching teams to ensure children are developing and progressing as they should. She helps with the ideas and organisation of the group themes. She also keeps very close contact with the teaching teams to ensure there is constant improvement and growth.  Payal keeps in good communication with parents and is also the point of contact when parents have any concerns. She says “Concerns about your child can be resolved or at least dealt with as best as possible, when both the parents and teachers are communicating openly and discussing a way forward”.  Payal is most concerned about the emotional and spiritual well being of each child under her care, she says “if these 2 are in well balance then learning and happiness becomes organic”.


Montessori Directress – Tanya Gonsalves

Tanya is a trained and qualified Montessori Directress from Association Montessori Internationale (AMI). She was born and brought up in India. After teaching for while in Singapore at the Little Raindrops Montessori School, she moved on to work for International Cruise Lines. The switch was made with the intention to make the world her classroom and learn about different cultures, experiencing first had knowledge of people and places she had previously read about. Spending time with children was never far off from her orbit, as she found time during her vacations to conduct telly games ( fun fair games) in the neighbourhood, summer camps at the local church where art and craft activities were organised to keep young ones busy.

Tanya brings a warm, jolly and comforting presence to the children. She has already put to light her wonderful art and craft skills. Tanya currently works in both the morning session and in the Brigding the Gap outreach program in the afternoon.


Montessori Directress – Beena Dedhia

Beena is a trained and qualified Montessori Directress from Association Montessori Internationale (AMI). She has two years experience working with Harmony Montessori School. Beena has a Bachelors degree in Science with Mathematics as the Major subject. She also has undergone a one year Yoga teacher training course from The Yoga Institute AND an advance course in Pranic Healing. Beena is also a professional Calligrapher and an Art tutor and has had the opportunity to be surrounded by children of all ages for many years. She also has a huge interest in Spiritual studies.

Beena brings a peaceful and mature demeanor to the classroom.  She currently works in our core morning session and afternoon session.


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Montessori Directress – Moonira Badshah

Moonira is a trained and qualified Montessori Directress from Association Montessori Internationale (AMI).  Being born and raised in Mumbai, she obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Jai Hind College.  Since a teenager herself she adored children and enjoyed being around them. She loves the energy, excitement, innocence and curiosity they display. She was a stay-at-home mother before embarking on her career with the corporate world. She has a diverse corporate background having worked with a recruitment consultancy, a background verifications firm and a leading gaming firm. She has also been an Invigilator with the British Council. Amongst her interests painting, art work and dancing top the list. She is trained in Ballroom Dancing and has participated in State Dancesport Championship held in Chandigarh.

Moonira’s keenness to be around children, her passion to work with them and her zest to help them build strong base in the area of education led her to start home tutoring under what she called “Firm Foundations”. Her strong faith in “the child” helped her connect with the Montessori way of education and hence she agrees when Maria Montessori says “Free the child’s potential, and you will transform him into the world.”  Moonira works in both our core morning and afternoon session.

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Montessori Directress – Apoorva Pai

Apoorva has moved from her hometown Mangalore, to begin her Montessori career here in Mumbai.  She is a commerce graduate, then which she decided to take up a career in education.   She completed a course in Early Childhood Education and Montessori in Mangalore. Thereafter, she moved to Bangalore and worked for two years as a Teacher.   In 2015, Apoorva moved to Mumbai to pursue the AMI diploma (3-6), which is a globally recognized course enabling students to be moulded into the whole Montessori schema. She wants to channelize her interest and passion into this field and continue learning as much as possible.

Apoorva brings a dedicated, focussed and caring persona to the classroom.  Apoorva works in both our core morning and late afternoon session.


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Montessori Directress – Urvi ChaplotUrvi has a degree in Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS).  After which she pursued and the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Training Course and qualified as a Montessori Directress.  Urvi decided on becoming a Montessori directress as she feels the way knowledge is imparted is really beautiful through this education method. Urvi is 100% dedicated to this career path and looks forward in learning and growing more and more through all the unique experiences she will encounter with the children.

Urvi brings a warm, smiling personality to the classroom.  Urvi works in both our core morning and late afternoon session.


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Montessori Directress – Shraddha ShettyShraddha is a trained and qualified Montessori Directress from Association Montessori Internationale (AMI). She has a degree in Bachelors of Management Studies from Mumbai University and has work experience in corporate sector. Later on, she decided to pursue a career in teaching. She took it as a signal and started exploring ways to make a career with the thing that inspires her passion. She realised that the satisfaction of being able to make a difference in kids by igniting spark in them to learn things about the world in a holistic manner.

She is very comfortable around young children and works for the morning session.

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Montessori Directress – Avni Shah

Avni has a bachelors Degree in Commerce from Jai Hind College. She is also a post graduate in Human Resource Management. She is a trained Montessori Directress from Association Montessori Internationale(AMI) and has 1 year experience working in the AMI training institute itself.  Avni also has 3 years of Montessori experience working with the children.  Her experience has mainly composed of working with underprivileged children. Avni had a wonderful experience in working for the underprivileged and was happy to continue working with the same social group at TMSI.

Avni works in our afternoon Bridging the Gap outreach program.



Assistant Directress – Farhat Merchant

Farhat took to the Montessori Method and philosophy so naturally that it seemed to make complete sense from her soul that this is the right way in educating children.  Farhat brings her wisdom, love and nurturing character to the environment and all children seem to take to her gentle and kind sense of being almost immediately.

Farhat is part of our core morning session.  She takes care of the children’s needs at all levels and occasionally presents the Practical Life activities and group work.



Assistant Directress – Priyanka Durge]Priyanka joined us in August 2017, very keen and willing to learn about the Montessori education method.  She brings a patient and caring nature to the environment and is humbly learning each day.

Priyanka works in our morning session and The Bridging the Gap Outreach Program.


The training of the teacher who is to help life is something far more than the learning of ideas. It includes the training of character; it is a preparation of the spirit”  Dr Maria Montessori