Meet the Family
Mrs. Sunita Mithal - Owner/Director/Primary Classroom 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."
Ms. Rachel Carlton - Administration
Ms. Rachel Carlton comes to us from Montgomery, Texas, and she transitioned to Bryan just before attending high school. She first heard about the Montessori philosophy and TFM from a friend and in doing some of her own research, she fell in love with the education and the philosophy. From a young age, she was interested in working with children and potentially get into teacher. We are grateful to have had Rachel on our team for more than three years both as a teacher and in administration. She has one daughter, Kylie, who is 5 years old and has been able to attend TFM since she was 2. In addition to working at TFM, Rachel recently graduated from Blinn College with her Associates Degree in Business and is looking forward to continuing her education next Fall as she pursues her Bachelors Degree.
"There is nothing better than watching a child feel confident and proud when they are able to accomplish something new and challenging."
Mrs. Kamille Kirkendoll - Toddler Classroom 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."
Ms. Jazmyne Johnson - Toddler Classroom Teacher
Ms. Jazmyne comes to us from an extensive background in customer service. Previous jobs include but are not limited to: dry cleaning, fast food, and lots of retail. Joining TFM was her first introduction to working closely with children, and we are grateful that it was, as she (like many of her peers) has found an undeniable joy in teaching these kids and watching them grow. The Montessori philosophy is an added bonus, as Ms. Jazymne has invested significant time learning the philosophy and incorporating it into her daily teaching.
“I don’t see it as a job because I love it so much. The whole idea of Montessori has fascinated me so much and now I can’t see myself doing anything else.”
Ms. Myka Huddleston - Toddler Classroom Teacher
Ms. Myka, born in Oklahoma, actually grew up in Wyoming before her family settled in Montgomery, TX. After completing high school, she attended Sam Houston State University where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with a minor in Special Education. Although she is new to childcare, she has enjoyed teaching swim classes since the age of 14. That opportunity has exposed her to people of all ages and backgrounds, emphasizing the need to exude compassion and support through the learning process. As she transitions into childcare, she has found a passion in teaching young children knowing that she can help establish their foundation and guide them down a path of success.
"There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million." - Walt Streightiff
Mrs. Tisha Ford - Primary Classroom Teacher
Mrs. Tisha was locally born and raised here in Bryan, TX. She has been happily married to her high school sweetheart for 14+ years and they have 3 beautiful children together – Jordan, Aaden, and a daughter Mia. After graduating from Bryan High in 2007, Mrs. Tisha worked at a Colonoscopy Office for many years before deciding to make the transition into Childcare. She has been a great addition to the TFM family and we’re lucky to have her!
“I have always been fascinated by children and how quickly they learn. It brings me pure joy to witness and be a part of those milestones. Over the years watching my own children grow left me yearning to continue to reach out and help as many kids as possible to flourish through learning and with the Montessori Method it's absolutely beautiful to witness.”
Ms. Rachel Pritchard - Primary/Toddler Classroom Floater
Ms. Rachel, one of eight children, was born and raised in Temple, TX. She attended a Montessori school growing up, enabling her to be exposed to the education and philosophy which has had such a positive impact on her upbringing. In addition, she spent a good part of her youth babysitting her younger siblings and also working at Ralph Wilson Youth Club, a recreational center for children. On 2012, Ms. Rachel’s three year old sister passed away, inspiring her to further pursue a career in teaching and working with children. “My sister, Mariela, was graceful and beautiful and the greatest example and love in other children.” Ms. Rachel has an innate love for children and teaching, learning about each child individually, and believes all children have great potential to becoming amazing adults. As teachers, she feels that the Montessori Method challenges young children to discover, to exercise grace and kindness, and to problem solve and think for themselves in a way that excites and develops them.
"I believe all children should be treated with respect, and all children deserve to have an amazing, successful future and to be loved and cared for in a positive environment like Montessori. The way we treat children reflects on how they will treat others for the rest of their lives.”
Mrs. Hannah Hernandez - Substitute
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. "
Mrs. Emily Snook - Primary Classroom Teacher
Mrs Emily was raised in Bryan/College Station but attended Black River Technical College in Arkansas. Her education and upbringing exposed her to a variety of experiences including the opportunity to work as a nanny and teach at a few different preschools. This experience, coupled with marrying her husband Josh and some fortunate timing in which she moved back to BCS, created an opportunity to join the TFM Team. Having spent 2+ years with TFM, she has quickly learned the Montessori method, and she has witnessed the ideals and teachings of this philosophy and the direct and positive impact it has on each and every child. She is very excited to continue her experience with TFM and plans on furthering her education in the Montessori way of teaching.
"Few people know what they want to do with their lives. I'm blessed to know, at a very young age, that my calling was teaching. I love helping children reach their potential by nurturing their creativity."
Ms. Savannah - Substitute
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Ms. Emalee English - Substitute:
Ms. Emalee comes to us from Nederland, Texas. She taught at a summer recreation program with kids from Kindergarten-4th grade. Both of her parents are teachers and she has been exposed to the education atmosphere her entire life and finds it fascinating. She aspires to pursue a radiology tech career in her future, for she has always had an underlying interest in healthcare and medicine.
"I believe that each child should be treated and cared for as ones’ own. This is the most important period of a child’s life and I believe it is our job to make the kids thrive, and I believe Montessori has done an incredible job at that."
Ms. Bethany Nelson - Substitute:
Ms. Bethany comes to us from Bullard, Texas. She has had an interest in becoming a teacher since 4th grade, and even got the opportunity to work with children starting at the age of 13. She has always been drawn towards kids and looks forward to getting more exposure working as a substitute. Currently, her plan is to obtain a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University, where she will be majoring in special education.
"Ever since my brother Jacob was born, who is autistic, I knew that my heart belonged in special education. Being a teacher is my purpose and I can’t wait to make an impact in children’s lives."