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Sushma Shukla, BA, Lead Teacher

When I was in college, I had always dreamed of working at a school that helped young children reach their full potential. It only took me one day of volunteering in a Montessori classroom to realize the importance of the method. I then pursued my career as a Montessori preschool teacher from 2009 to 2015 and enjoyed being able to provide an environment and guidance that cultivated children’s independence and desire for a lifetime of learning. It’s wonderful to see the world through the eyes of this age group as they discover the carefully prepared Montessori classroom. I find that this method meets and exceeds the needs of children in their self-discovery.

More recently, I completed a 3.5-year service with the Peace Corps. My husband and I served as education volunteers in Indonesia where we taught English to high school students. Even though my time serving in the Peace Corps has been one of the most rewarding experiences, I had missed being in a Montessori preschool environment and happy to have returned.

After receiving my B.A. from the University of Mumbai, India with a major in Early Childhood Education, I earned my M.A. in Marketing Communications from University of Canberra, Australia. Later, I obtained my Montessori Primary Certification from North American Montessori Association.

Minnesota had been home since 2002 before we moved to California last year. I am looking forward to enjoying all that California has to offer, including the great weather, beautiful scenery and delicious food.

My favorite…Color: Red. Food: Anything with lots of spices. For Fun: I like to cook, dance and travel to new places with my husband.

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