Montessori Schools


Dr. Montessori defined education as aid to life. She believed that to offer the child this help, he must live in a specially prepared environment that answers all his needs – physical and spiritual. It is widely accepted today that children are driven to learn from the moment they are born. A Montessori school assists this very natural process and removes the obstacles that the child may find in his path. The child is at the centre of the educational process, and the teacher follows the child and helps him to help himself.

Montessori is a word that has commonly come to be associated with the education of very young children. It is very hard to define a good Montessori school. However a school with full implementation of Montessori principles will have the following:

  • Mixed age classroom with 2 ½ to 6 year olds in the same class
  • A full range of Montessori materials on shelves within easy reach of the children
  • Free access to the materials at all times based on the choice of the children
  • No timetable for the day
  • Teachers holding AMI diplomas

Please note that the listings in this section are based on the information sent in by the schools. This list is neither an endorsement nor a recommendation. The Indian Montessori Foundation takes no responsibility for any part of the content listed under each school.

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Montessori Schools in India


Hemalatha Rangarajan

Hemalatha Rangarajan, an AMI trainer, is a key member of the training team and the Co-Director of Training at Navadisha Montessori Foundation, Chennai. She holds an AMI Montessori diploma at two age levels. She trained at the 3-6 level under Zarin Malva in Chennai in 1995 and then trained under Ann Dunne to receive her 6-12 diploma in 2017. She worked with children for ten years in Patasala Montessori School, where she eventually served as Vice Principal. Hemalatha holds a Masters in Psychology. She is interested in helping teachers and has been involved in mentoring schools. She is committed to widening the scope of Montessori education through research.

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Rukmini Ramachandran

Rukmini Ramachandran, leads the training team at the Navadisha Montessori Foundation. Rukmini
holds an AMI Montessori diploma at all the three age levels, 3-6, 6-12 and 0-3 years. She entered the
field of Montessori education in 1991 when she trained under Zarin Malva in Mumbai.

She has a Masters in English. She came into Montessori education with a background in journalism,
having started her career as Assistant Editor of a children's monthly. She edited the 1939 Montessori
lectures in Chennai into a book titled Creative Development in the Child in two volumes. Her most
particular interest lies in publishing for children. She currently serves as the Managing Trustee of the
Indian Montessori Foundation.

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Ms. Madhavi Gaddam

Ms. Madhavi Gaddam is an AMI trainer at Elementary level. She has a bachelor’s degree in commerce and in education. She holds Association Montessori International (AMI) 3 to 6 and 6 to 12 diplomas’ and has done her Orientation for 12 to 18. Madhavi initiated Medha Montessori School in Hyderabad, India, which has primary, elementary and adolescent environments with a farm setup. She has a vast experience working with children at elementary level. She has conducted many Elementary orientation programs in India as well as outside India. Currently she is working as the director of training at Medha Montessori Training Institute.

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Neelima Mhaskar

Neelima Mhaskar is an AMI Trainer at the Primary Level. She completed her AMI Montessori Diploma in 1989 under Ms. Zarin Malva at Mumbai. She went on to work closely with children in Montessori schools in Mumbai and Pune. She has vast experience of over 19 years of working with Children. --- She joined the AMI Training of Trainers Programme and became a certified Trainer in 2016. Additionally, she has done Certificate Courses at 0 – 3 and 6 – 12 Levels. She has served on the Training Team at the RTI Montessori Course - Mumbai, at Hangzhou, China and was a faculty of the Navdisha Montessori Foundation team at Thrissur, Kerala.

She has successfully conducted several AMI Certificate Courses at different centers in India, China, Taiwan and Vietnam; and has served in the capacity of National Examiner and AMI Examiner at the AMI Primary Exams. She is currently Co-directing the AMI Primary Training Course at the AMI Montessori Chinese Taipei Center and is a faculty member for the Training Courses at Shenzhen and Chongqing, China. She loves to travel, is an ardent nature lover; likes to watch and eager to acquire knowledge about birds and butterflies.

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Pavithra Rajagopalan

Pavithra Rajagopalan has worked with children since 2000 in formal, non-formal and informal settings. She is an AMI Primary Trainer. After gaining her AMI Primary diploma In 2005, she worked in Montessori schools in India, the US and New Zealand. Pavithra is faculty at the Sir Ratan Tata Institute, Bombay, India. She is also part of the faculty for the Diploma course in Taiwan. She has conducted Assistant/ Orientation courses in India, Singapore, China and Israel. In addition, Pavithra works closely with the Gandhian Institution, Shanti Ashram, India, where she is involved in strengthening pioneering projects related to Early Childhood Education in vulnerable communities. She has also co-led Ethics Education training in India and Sri Lanka for children, young people and educators.

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Ramya Sridhar

Ramya Sridhar is an AMI trainer at Navadisha Montessori Foundation. An alumna of the first course of the institute, Ramya now holds an AMI diploma for two age levels. She received the AMI 3-6 diploma in 2005 and the AMI 6-12 diploma in 2017. She has assisted on the courses at Navadisha since 2012. She has served as an examiner and presented talks and workshops. Ramya entered Montessori work as a teacher at Navadisha Montessori School where she began her work in this field. She holds a Masters in Psychology. She takes a keen interest in current research trends in the field of developmental psychology. She has also been closely involved with the editing and publishing of the IMF Montessori books.

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Teenaz Reporter

Teenaz Reporter is an AMI Primary Trainer at the 3-6-age level. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Commerce from the Osmania University, Hyderabad and an AMI Primary Diploma, from the Montessori Training and Research Trust, Hyderabad. After completing her primary diploma, she worked as a teacher in India and the United States. Teenaz completed her Trainers Training under the mentorship of Mrs. Lakshmi Krishna Kumar and Ms. Rukmini Ramachandran. As an AMI trainer, she has served on the faculty of the AMI courses in India and China. Teenaz is currently the Director of Training for the AMI Primary Diploma Course run under the auspices of the Montessori Training and Research Trust. She is also on the faculty of the AMI courses in Shenzhen and Chongqing, China. She has served as an AMI External Examiner in India and as a National Examiner in India and abroad. Teenaz is interested in creating awareness and reaching a wide demographic with regard to supporting the needs and protecting the rights of children everywhere. She is passionate about the role of Education in creating Peaceful humanities.

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Vibhuti Jain

Originally an MBA graduate, Vibhuti Jain became interested in Montessori Education while volunteering at her son’s Montessori School. She earned her AMI diploma at the 0-3 level in 2009. Subsequently, she set up an Infant Community in Mumbai, India where she worked for 8 years. She joined the Training of Trainers program in 2017 where she was attached to TMI Denver, USA for 2 courses and then to Chongqing, China for the third course. She is also attached to the 0-3 Seminars at Vic, Spain. She earned her Trainer status in February 2022. She is passionate about working in the area of 0-3 Montessori Education and strongly believes that this is the foundation for a better world. She currently lives with her family in Bangalore, India.

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Zarin Malva

Zarin Malva obtained her AMI 3-6 Diploma and taught for many years in India, Canada and the US. After many years of work with children behind her she then became an AMI 3-6 trainer and returned to Mumbai, her native city, as an AMI trainer in 1987.

In 1988 the JMS Montessori Training Course was established in Mumbai and then in 1995, Ms. Zarin Malva was invited to run the AMI training course at the prestigious location of Sir Ratan Tata Institute. Ms. Malva had worked abroad under senior AMI trainers – Ms. Estela Palmieri and Ms. Hilla Patell. She also worked for a year under Mr. S. R. Swamy, then AMI Trainer of the Indian Montessori Training Course. Ms. Malva brings to her work her rich and varied experience with children. Besides her excellent work in the field of teacher education, she also guides and supports the staff of the Montessori schools in the city.

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Sumana Sharma

Team : Montessori Matters
Role : Research Assistant

Holds AMI diplomas at 3-6 and 0-3 age levels. She received the AMI 3-6 diploma in 2011 from the Navadisha Montessori foundation Chennai and 0-3 diploma in 2021 from Montessori Institute of Bangalore. She has worked in Navadisha Montessori School at the primary age level for seven years. She is volunteering for IMF and is currently working with the Montessori matters team. She holds a Masters degree in biotechnology and has worked in the research and development in Food and Pharma sectors before choosing the Montessori path. She enjoys reading research articles related to Montessori philosophy and education. Her other interests are bird watching and going on nature trials. She currently resides in Mysore.

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Mehak Hemnani

Team : Montessori Matters
Role : Editorial team

Completed her Bachelors in Psychology from St.Xaviers College, Mumbai and her Masters in Counselling Psychology from Maharaja Sayajirao University, Vadodara. Later on, she acquired a AMI Primary Diploma from Sir Ratan Tata Institute (RTI), Mumbai. She has worked in the areas of Counselling, HR Consultancy and is currently working in the area of Montessori with the IMF. Prior to joining IMF, she worked under Ms. Zarin Malva, the head of training at RTI, for a year. To pursue her passion of working with children and to put into practice what she has learnt, currently, Mehak has been taking Montessori classes at home and incorporating the principles of Montessori while teaching various subjects to students from non-Montessori schools.

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