It all began over 30 years ago with two newlyweds who were passionate about education. Ms. Rita, an eminent professional educator (with 2 Bacherlors Degrees and 2 Masters Degrees) and Mr. Hersh, a natural teacher and business man (with a Bachelors Degree in industrial engineering), created together an education program that does not focus on exactness, but rather the concept of self-inspired learning. Thus, was created a system where a child is not taught directly, but given the skills to learn. They believed that you have to take the child along with you by enjoying the learning process and having the school adjust to the needs of the child. Their experience has helped them shape a vision that is extraordinary and unique.
Maria Montessori lived in the 19th century, therefore she could not depict the children of today and their needs. These visionaries took the basics of Montessori and created a system of learning that is not traditional but modified and expanded. They complimented her philosophy, creating a hands-on learning experience which increased the attention span and concentration of each learner. It also cultivates a global outlook, a spirit of inquiry and concern for man and environment.
The vision was to create a life school in which dreams are fulfilled; a natural quest. They instilled the idea that the educators within the school also need a quest; that anything which is good should be passed onto the next generation. Children could expand their horizons, based upon a deep philosophy and conviction and love for lifelong learning and a quest for excellence.
Montessori School of Downtown is the fastest growing school program in Texas!
Mr. D.S. as he is known at MSODT, is a man of unique qualities. With a MBA and Law degree he joined the corporate world and had a successful career for over 10 years. He then realized that life is more than just work. He followed his passion, which is to work in the field of education and to make a difference in the life of children, which he did for thousands. With very strong work ethics, he clearly set an example for all the employees of MSODT whom he leads. He joined the company as a volunteer with no pay and has progressed all the way to the very top. He is serving as CEO of the school system for the last six years. He is a gentleman, a life long vegetarian, a very competitive athlete, and all in all is a vey humble man yet a strong leader. The MSODT family is very proud of such a exemplary individual as their leader.
Ms. Urmila joined our Montessori family over 15 years ago. Her hard work and dedication towards our catered art of education helped her excel as a teacher. It was through the commitment to excellence that she became the Clearlake campus’ program coordinator. Recognized for her superior performance and positive attitude, she quickly became head program coordinator for all five campuses. Throughout her time at the Montessori schools, Mrs. Urmila has treated every child as her own; always with a mother’s gentle smile, and a father’s stern redirection. She not only has maintained our curriculums’ superior standard, but rather improved it with each passing year. Her passionate character and strong heart towards the soul of education, shared by all our top executives, is the firm foundation upon which our institution teaches self-inspired learning.
Ms. Thilaka joined our Montessori family in early 1996 as a pre-primary teacher. Working diligently along side Ms. Urmila, she continually improved herself not only as an individual, but also an educator. This hard work and commitment coupled with the love of her work led her to join Ms. Urmila as Program Coordinator of all our campuses. Her passion for teaching is driven by her love of children and her priceless reward for this passion is watching her students develop their skills, capabilities and knowledge. Ms. Thilaka’s philosophy as an educator, which she lives by, is to help a child grow psychologically, socially, and cognitively. She treats each child as her own, seeing no difference in the shortcomings or misgivings of any student. Ms. Thilaka is a proud addition to our family, and she makes a powerful team with Ms. Urmila like none other.