"Changing the world, one child at a time"
It all began over 30 years ago with two newlyweds who were passionate about education. Together, Ms. Rita, a renowned professional educator, and Mr. Hersh, a natural teacher and entrepreneur, created a child care education program that focused on the concept of self-inspired learning. They created an educational system where children were not taught directly, but were instead given the skills to learn for the rest of their lives. They believed that the child should enjoy the learning process, and that the learning environment should adjust to the needs of the child. Their experience has helped them realize a vision that is extraordinary and unique.
Maria Montessori lived in the 19th century, so she could not predict the needs of children today. Ms. Rita and Mr. Hersh took the foundation of Montessori, modifying and expanding it to encompass the needs of children developing as lifelong learners. They complimented her philosophy by creating a hands-on learning experience for students, which increased the attention span and concentration of each learner. In their program, they also emphasized a global outlook, and a spirit of inquiry and concern for man and the environment. In doing so, they created a learning environment in which dreams were pursued, a natural quest for learners of all ages. They instilled the idea that the educators within the school should also be guided by a quest; that anything learned that is positive should be passed onto the next generation. Under their focused guidance, a child could expand their horizons, based upon a deep philosophy, conviction, love for lifelong-learning, and a quest for excellence.
With each child that we send out into the world, we are reassured that we are one step closer to making our world a better place.
Mr. D.S. is one of earliest members, and his contributions have been essential to the quality and success of the MSODT system. A proud owner of a law degree and an MBA, he began his career in the corporate world, where he enjoyed significant success. However, after a time he decided to follow his passion to work in childhood education, where he has made a difference in the lives of thousands of individuals over the last several decades.
As a humble, yet strong leader, Mr. D.S. has served MSODT in a variety of positions. He originally began his journey at MSODT as a volunteer, and he has worked tirelessly as the CEO of the MSODT system for the last six years. He is a gentleman, a lifelong vegetarian, and a competitive athlete.
- Masters Degree in Business Administration
- Masters Degree in Law
- Bachelors Degree in Economics
Ashia Kayzer is an exciting, unique, and motivated leader. Driven by results, she has been in the education industry for the past 17 years. During that time, she has contributed to the growth and success of many large organizations, and now embraces her role as Executive Director at Montessori School of Downtown. She brings an in-depth knowledge of school operations and technical expertise to her role at MSODT, and provides strong leadership with her charismatic personality, and uplifting energy. She has a servant leadership approach, and her remarkable attention to detail is present in all aspects of her work.
She is a strong advocate of hands-on, inquiry-based learning, utilizing the very characteristics that our self-inspired curriculum aims to teach. She is a proud parent of an academic scholarship student studying Pre-Law at the University of Houston, and an honors student attending William B Travis. Her personal mission in life is to inspire children to become lifelong learners.
Ms. Teresa is committed to excellence in education and is dedicated to students, parents, and the MSODT community. She supports Maria Montessori’s philosophy of organized freedom, and she has created a safe, clean, and inspiring learning environment for students to grow and thrive as self-inspired learners. She continually strives to provide a stimulating and nurturing environment where children can become well-rounded, self-inspired individuals. Her passion for the Montessori philosophy of teaching has extended over the 23 years of her career in education.
Her background in Personnel Management is reflected in her leadership and in her continued efforts in staff training and development. Ms. Teresa has served in a variety of roles at MSODT, including Program Coordinator and Admissions Coordinator. Most recently, she has served as Director at the Pearland, Downtown, and Silverlake Campuses. She is a dedicated mother, and she strives for perfection in all she does.
- Masters Degree in Personnel Management and Special Education
- Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education and is a certified teacher
- Certified Child Care Director
Ms. Urmila has been a member of the MSODT family for over twenty years. Her hard work and dedication to our philosophy of self-inspired learning helped her excel, first as a teacher, and later as the Program Coordinator at the Clear Lake campus. Recognized for her stellar performance and positive attitude, she quickly became the Program Director of MSODT. Throughout her time at Montessori School of Downtown, Mrs. Urmila has treated every child as her own, with gentle smiles and firm redirection.
She continually maintains the academic excellence of our program, and improves it with innovative techniques, strategies, and content. Her passion for education is strong, and it is reflected in MSODT’s program, which has been creating self-inspired learners for over 34 years.
- Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education
- Montessori Certified with over 20 years Experience