Meet the Family
Mrs. Sunita Mithal - Director/Owner/Primary Lead Teacher
Mrs. Sunita brings more than 13 years of childcare experience from the Austin market encompassing roles as an Owner, Director and Lead Teacher from some of the most reputable and successful Montessori schools in Austin. Prior to entering the childcare industry, she first received a Bachelor of Science in Corporate Communications from The University of Texas at Austin, which was followed by obtaining an AMS Montessori certification in Primary education from the Montessori Teacher Education Institute in Houston. In 2016, Mrs. Sunita also obtained a Child Development Associates certification from the Council for Professional Recognition.
Her husband, Anu, is also a graduate from the University of Texas, but his roots began in Bryan/College Station as he is a proud graduate of A&M Consolidated High School and his family has resided in B/CS for more than 20 years. In 2012, they became the proud parents of their son, Syen, and in 2015, they welcomed their daughter Iyla. The privilege of becoming parents only heightened their passion for caring for and developing children and incorporating the Montessori method.
Mrs. Sunita's interest for the Montessori education first peaked in 2007 after meeting Ms. Lydia Cumings, the previous and proud owner of The Montessori Schoolhouse here in BCS. Ms. Lydia had taught and nurtured many of their family friends in this town and fostered an environment based on intimacy, education and collaboration. Inspired by this notion and coupled with her own experiences in the Austin market, Mrs. Sunita and her husband are proud to be the owners of The Family Montessori of BCS.
"With an excitement for teaching and a love for children, I enjoy guiding children through their daily academic journey. I truly believe children are brilliant, curious little sponges, who can soak up so much information.
Working in the Montessori classroom has taught me that lessons should be interesting and thought-provoking; also, I believe that education can be stress-free if children are given love, patience, and support. Therefore, I strive to make my teaching as engaging and fun as possible to captivate and encourage children. If children are happy and having a good time learning, their success in the academic realm will come naturally."
Mrs. Christy Widener - Admin
Mrs. Christy is originally from Bryan, TX, where she graduated from Eagle Charter High School and later went on to study at Charles and Sue’s Cosmetology School. Mrs. Christy is happily married and the proud mother of three beautiful girls: Landri, Mattie and RyLee. Mrs. Christy’s career in Montessori began with a childhood dream of becoming a teacher. She was drawn toward the Montessori philosophy after her eldest daughter, Landri, attended a local Montessori school from three months to five years of age and loved it. Mrs. Christy considers her parenting skills to be one of her greatest strengths as a teacher. She is Montessori certified and also obtained her Child Development Associates certification from the Council for Professional Recognition in 2016. She views each child as a unique individual with his or her very own personality.
"I firmly believe that education is a right, not a privilege; one which each child is entitled to from a young age."
Ms. Hannah Hernandez - Primary Teacher
Hannah is from Cotulla, TX and graduated from Cotulla High School. She started teaching at Ramirez-Burks Elementary as a Special Education paraprofessional in 2014. She met her sweetheart and moved to Bryan, TX in 2016 and was hired for the SPED program at Sul Ross Elementary. Working in Special Education was challenging but serving students that many people don't understand made her see the world through a different set of eyes. She has enjoyed working with elementary children but decided to find a new career path because of her interest in learning more about Montessori education. Also, she wanted to provide her daughter Selah with the Montessori experience. She loves that she is able to acquire the tools from her workplace and apply them at home with her children. She is amazed by the potential of young children and delighted in the process of exploring activities with them.
"I feel that teaching is my purpose in life and has made me the person I am today. I am devoted to this lifestyle and I will do whatever it takes to be a great teacher. I will continue to learn from others, ask questions, learn new techniques, learn from my mistakes, & use my personal strengths. "
Elayna Burrow - Primary Teacher
Bio Coming Soon
Ms. Kamille Kirkendoll - Toddler Lead Teacher
Ms. Kamille is originally from Washington state but moved to College Station with her family when she was 10 years old. Before TFM, she spent a significant amount time working as a nanny. During this time, she realized that her dream was to continue working with children. Her dream first stemmed from how fascinated she was by how quickly children soaked up knowledge and immediately applied it themselves. Due to the immense value the Montessori Method places on the way children learn, she was determined to work in a Montessori school. She loved that the Montessori Method recognized how vital children are to society as a whole. She views each child as an individual and is determined to help provide a fun, safe, and educative environment for each and every child at TFM. She believes that the first five years of a child's life is the most crucial time to gain knowledge that will last a lifetime, as well as set them up for success in every other aspect of their life.In 2016, Ms. Kamille obtained a Child Development Associates certification from the Council for Professional Recognition. She brings a smile, patience, love of learning, and a nurturing personality to the classroom.
"A world of potential is one in which each and every child is believed in."
Jazmyne Johnson - Toddler Teacher
Bio Coming Soon
Savannah Mendive - Floater/Substitute
Ms. Savannah is an ex-Floridian whose family moved to Texas when she was 10 years old. After attending Bastrop High School, she transitioned to College Station to attend Texas A&M University (class of 2022!). Her interest in childcare started early on when she helped her parents raise her youngest siblings due to some unexpected family health issues. Through that experience, she developed a joy and passion to help with the upbringing of children which ultimately brought her to TFM.
“Children are like sponges, they soak up all the knowledge we give them!”