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 afternoon session plus the Bridging the Gap outreach program.


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 – Urvi Chaplot

Urvi 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.


Montessori Directress – Neha Rao

Neha is a trained and qualified Montessori Directress from Indian Montessori Training Centre. Being raised in Mumbai , she obtained her Bachelors Degree in Pharmaceuticals from S.N.D.T University and Masters in Management Studies (Marketing). After having worked for the pharmaceutical industry, she soon realised that she was not meant to be in a corporate job.

In 2014 , after her daughter was born , she began practising Montessori at home from birth to childhood with her new born.  The deeper she went into understanding the practices and philosophies of Montessori education , the more convinced she was about her calling of becoming a Montessori Educator.

Neha has also undergone the basic course of Yoga for Young Adolescents from The Yoga Institute, Mumbai.

She believes that in a Montessori environment you are merely a ‘Guide’ for the Child; it is truly the ‘Child’ who is your ‘Teacher’! Neha works for the morning session.


Montessori Directress – Manasi Nandu

Manasi is a trained AMI Montessori Directress having a bachelor’s degree is legal science. After working in law firms for a brief period she chose to take up teaching as a profession to be around young children and she found the Montessori way of guiding the children the perfect way of education. After her course she has worked at the AMI training institute for a year as an assistant to the Director of Training.

She enjoys good books and likes to spend her time painting or playing some sport.

Manasi currently works in both the morning session and the 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.


Mumtaz picAssistant Directress – Mumtaz Kapasi

Born and bought up in Mumbai, always found her passion in teaching. Along with her studies she used to teach neighbour’s children. Mumtaz then pursued a career in the corporate world working for Datamatics, where she used to amend American laws. However, her passion for teaching children continues side by side as she conducted home tuitions. After three years into the corporate she finally decided to completely follow her passion for teaching and joined TMSI. She is glad to be given this opportunity where she can help mould and strengthen the base of fragile and curious minds.

Mumtaz works as part of our afternoon sessions.


Lisha PicAssistant Directress – Lisha Chotriani

Lisha has done her B.pharm from Principal K.M Kundnani College of Pharmacy. She has worked as a teacher at Toddler House for 2 Years . She is confident and happy to be contributing to the lives of children.

Lisha provides support to the lead teacher, and through gentle interaction with the children, all in service toward a peaceful, harmonious classroom. She is a part of our morning session.



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 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