Bansari Modi, Administrator
Bansari Modi was born in India into a family of educators who instilled in her a love of learning and nurturing. She started helping out children by tutoring in the school where her grandmother was head of the school. She came to USA in early 90's as a Physical Therapist and cherished educating and helping the community working with children & adults. She continued to foster her love of education by volunteering with North South Foundation helping raise money to help under privileged children in India, attend college by organizing Spelling, Math, Science and Geography Bee workshops and competitions in USA.
Bansari joined Flossmoor Montessori School in January 2014 to promote Montessori way of learning in children. She takes special interest to witness the children’s great accomplishments as they develop in Montessori environment with dynamic blend of freedom and responsibility. She believes that most precious gift for children is the opportunity to reach their fullest potential by fostering an environment prepared to meet their learning needs.
She is married and has a son in college. She enjoys cooking, reading, sailing, travelling, learning about different countries and culture, spending time with family and nature.
From Ms. Delia Phoenix, Program Director
Although I am coming from a background in which being an educator was a trait I could have not initially imagined myself following on my mother’s step as a teacher. I double majored in Journalism and Computer Science in my native country of Romania, but it was the moment when I stepped for the first time in a Montessori School that I realized this environment would fit me best as a career. This was back in 2008 when I was hired to work as a Teacher Assistant at Montessori Academy of Chicago, a private pre-school in West Loop Chicago, and I have been following my calling ever since.
After seven years there, I decided it was time for me to enrich my knowledge about the Montessori Philosophy. Therefore, I had enrolled and completed my Montessori Infant-Toddler Course at Seton Montessori Institute in the summer of 2015 and got my certification the following year.
My work experience also includes working as a Directress of a program of Two’s at Children’s Learning World Montessori at Niles North high school in Skokie, being a Lead Teacher in the Infant Class at Prairieland Montessori in Wicker Park, in home care and volunteering by helping families in low income neighborhoods. By caring for children of different ages, I was able to see the results of the positive discipline at different age levels.
Working in a Montessori environment gave me a better view and understanding of Dr. Maria Montessori’s educational approach. It helped me value the importance of this teaching philosophy, which works so effectively across age groups and cultural backgrounds, and also helped me to grow as a person.
Lisa Green, Pre-Primary Guide
Lisa has worked ten years with the Chicago Public School, high school division as a Teacher Assistant. She received her Paraprofessional License in Education. She has worked with the Middle School division focusing on children with special needs.
Lisa's love for working with children has allowed her to assist the children to overcome their educational struggles. Currently she is working on receiving my Montessori certification in the Young Toddlers program at Seton Montessori.
Alicia Mendoza, Primary Guide
Ms. Alicia started at our school as our Primary Classroom Assistant, Aftercare Teacher, and FMS Camp Leader. She has a great fondness of children and their exploration. After earning her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, Ms. Alicia taught at a Christian School. The teacher quality is carried over into Aftercare and FMS Camps, where Ms. Alicia is overjoyed to introduce a myriad of art forms and science to the children. When she is not at FMS, she is eager to support her church as a youth leader, which she has done for nearly a decade. Ms. Alicia is devoted to helping children to reach their full potential. She is a mentor to her many nieces and nephews, and to the children she has been a nanny for in the past. When Ms. Alicia is not with children, she enjoys painting, cooking, decorating, and singing.
Alexandra Green, Spanish Instructor
Ms. Alexandra completed her Masters degree in Ethnomusicology from the University of California Riverside, California. She specializes in topics of identity, music and the arts of El Salvador, Central America. She currently holds a position as Adjunct Professor of Music at Prairie State College, Chicago Heights where she teaches music courses and Oboe.
Although a native Spanish speaker, her Spanish language skills were further advanced as she completed the Certificate Program in Interpretation and Translation from the University of California Los Angeles Extension.
Growing up as the daughter of Spanish speaking immigrant parents, she was enrolled in a Montessori program at age two to learn English. It was through Montessori that her learning through curiosity was nurtured. This curious style of learning from her Montessori experience has continued to follow Ms. Alexandra through adulthood. Now that she has a daughter, she hopes to pass on a similar nurturing learning environment of Montessori education.
Ms. Alexandra serves as the Spanish instructor at Flossmoor Montessori. On most days you can find her belting out Spanish children's songs with her students.
She is an active musician performing on Oboe with the Joliet Symphony and Flute/Andean panpipes with her church choir. In her free time she enjoys Triathlon training and painting.
Tamara Emmett & Lydia Velez - Primary Classroom Assistant
Ms. Brittney Mitchell - Early childhood educator
Ms.Christina - Pre-Primary Classroom Assistants
Mary Mendoza, Kitchen & Classroom Assistant
Christine Whack, Piano Instructor for After School Program & Music instructor for After School Program