Role of a Teacher

Education is not something which the teacher does, but that it is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being. It is not acquired by listening to words, but in virtue of experiences in which the child acts on his environment. The teacher’s task is not to talk, but to prepare and arrange a series of motives for cultural activity in a special environment made for the child.

Ms. Kiran

Managing Director

  • Over 20 years experience in childcare
  • Multiple certifications
  • Caring mother

Ms. Kiran is the Managing Director at Playful Platos. Her 20 years of experience in the childcare industry ranges from being a teacher to an administrator. She worked as a teacher for over 6 years & then went on to being the administrator. She has many certifications under her belt that help her gain insight into how a school, can provide a safe haven for a child so that he develops to the best of his abilities. She is a caring mother of three children herself and carries the same affection for all the children in her care. She deeply believes and strives to maintain camaraderie between the parents and teachers which makes the whole school experience for the child and the parents a breeze.

Ms. Malik

Program Director

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Certified Primary Montessori teacher
  • Taught over 400 children

Ms. Malik is the Program Director at Playful Platos Montessori & childcare. She is a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology & a certified Primary Montessori teacher. She has been a member of the American Montessori Society for the past 20 years.
Her background spans from devotedly studying child behavior to providing unique, individualized academic instruction and effective classroom management. As Program Director, she provides material that stimulates the senses, promotes intellectual curiosity, enhances children’s fine motor skills, and most importantly, accelerates positive brain development. Just as she has done for the 400+ children she has taught in the past 20 years, she has created a supportive, engaging, holistic environment for the students of Playful Platos Montessori that will serve as the foundation for all their future successful academic endeavors.

Ms. Nadia

Lead Infant Teacher

  • Graduate in Arts
  • Montessori Certified
  • 12 years of experience working with the toddlers
  • Loving and patient caregiver

Miss Nadia is the infant/ toddler teacher. She has over 5 years of experience working in well-reputed childcare.
She loves working with children and they love being in her class. She develops new strategies to keep the children engaged. She loves to keep them learning through music and movement & Art activities, She focuses on helping them develop their motor skills as well as polish their language skills by reading to the children one on one every day.
Her structured curriculum and fun craft ideas are a blast for the kids and we are very excited to have her on our team

Ms. Eugenia Barreto

Lead Toddler Teacher

  • Graduate in Arts
  • Pursuing a Montessori Certification
  • 5 years of experience
  • Loving and patient caregiver

Ms. Eugenia is from Lima, Peru, South America, and moved to the USA in 2021. She is a Certified Montessori Toddler Teacher. She speaks and teaches Spanish to the children.
She has twins who are now 20 years old. She is active and energetic, affectionate and nurturing in class, and practices discipline and daily routines. She is also very organized and structured. She has been in the Montessori environment since 2009.

Ms. Malika Bouhafs

Lead Primary Teacher

  • 5 years of experience
  • Pursuing a bachelor’s degree
  • An active and creative teacher

Ms. Malika Bouhafs is a dedicated and passionate teacher with over 15 years of experience in early childhood education. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Constantine, Algeria. She has worked at Playful Platos as an assistant in the primary classroom for the past five years. She took up the lead position and has enjoyed working with the children. She loves teaching children and aims to make learning fun and exciting for all her students. Outside the classroom, she enjoys watching movies and going for walks. She is always there to help and support students.

Ms. Nahida

Lead Toddler Teacher

  • 5 years of experience
  • Creative and disciplined teacher
  • Great at incorporating different cultures in the curriculum

Ms. Nahida Hannan is a Montessori-certified, passionate toddler teacher. She has a two-year-old daughter who attends Playful Platos Montessori. She has worked as a Montessorian for the past 14 years, out of which she has worked at Playful Platos Montessori for the past five years. She has loved being the Daisies Lead at Playful Platos Montessori for the past two years. One of the most rewarding aspects of her job is the relationships she builds with her students and their families.