NADA SAKAL-NOVAKOVIC

    I was born in the part of former Yugoslavia which is now Croatia. I grew up in Belgrade and graduated from a Teachers College there. I started my career as a kindergarten teacher and studied clinical psychology specializing working with children with behavioral, communicational and language problems . When the civil war in my country started we moved to Vienna, Austria and then to Los Angeles. There, at a Montessori School, I taught German and Russian language kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade. Since 1995 I started teaching children of The Woodlands by the Montessori method, as well as developed and presented seminars to teachers and parents, and inspired some of my assistants and parents to become certified Montessori teachers themselves. For years, I was consulting for Montessori projects in Serbian Schools. I have two children, daughter Aleksandra and son Ivan and they’re both grown up now. I love nature, art, poetry, and have a 2nd degree black belt in Aikido. This school was my dream for years, and I have an enormous respect and gratitude for parents who share their most valuable possession- their children, with me.

    SANDRA COUSINS
    I started my education in New Mexico State University  (at Las Cruces, New Mexico), and finished my degree at West Texas State University (at Canyon, Texas), receiving a BA in Physical Education/Health with a minor in History.  I taught P.E. in Canyon, Texas at Rex Reeves Elementary.  Then we moved to The Woodlands in 1980, where I accepted a position at Sam K. Hailey Elementary in Conroe ISD.  I taught P.E. there for 22 years and retired in 2003. I went back to teaching P.E. at Esprit International Montessori School and have been there for 3 years. I have remained current by substituting in P.E. in Conroe ISD and attending workshops. I enjoy watching and going to sporting events.  I play tennis and I’m a 3rd degree black belt in Aikido in which I still train regularly.I have 3 Grandchildren that keep me busy on the weekends.  I love to watch them do their extracurricular activities like sports, choir, and orchestra. 


    THERESE GHANEM
    Hello! My name is Therese Ghanem.  I’m a mother of four teenagers, 3 boys and 1 girl.  All my kids went to preschool with Mrs. Nada and they loved it!  Those precious early years at her school prepared them to become independent thinkers and very successful throughout their school years with Honor Roll status.  My eldest, Wassim is a Freshman at U.T. in Austin at McCombs Business School. I enjoy working with kids, love to communicate and motivate children. I have an intense background in Arts.  I speak four languages;  Arabic, French, Spanish, and English.  I am currently studying towards a B.A. in Graphic Design.  I’m working part-time as an intern at Lone Star College in the Marketing Department. 


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