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Meet Us

Merima (Meri) Krdzalic, Director
Merima (Meri) Krdzalic, Director

I was born in Bosnia and moved to Houston in 1999. I graduated from the University of Houston with my B.A. in Business and Liberal Arts. I have been with Smaller Scholars Montessori Academy since 2001.

I am the mother of two young daughters, one of which attends Smaller Scholars Montessori Academy. I enjoy spending time with family, cooking, painting and traveling.

Melissa Armstrong, Administrative Assistant
Melissa Armstrong, Administrative Assistant

I was born in California and moved to Houston, Texas in 1999. I am currently attending Houston Community College to further my education. My work with young children started in 2015 and I enjoy every moment of it. I joined Smaller Scholars in 2018. In my free time, I enjoy painting, biking and spending time with friends and family.

Cecile Garraux, Montessori Lead Teacher
Cecile Garraux, Montessori Lead Teacher

I was born in Belgium, where I received my teaching degree. I have been working in Early Childhood Education since 1985 and have been a Montessori Teacher since 1987.

In my spare time I enjoy walking, readying and traveling.

Cledeste (Adette) Rosas, Montessori Teacher Assistant
Cledeste (Adette) Rosas, Montessori Teacher Assistant

I was born and raised in the Philippines and moved to USA in 2012. I graduated from Philippines Normal University with a degree in Elementary Education. I have worked in the education field since 2001 and have been with Smaller Scholars Montessori Academy since 2013.

I enjoy reading, arts and crafts, and cooking! I love watching basketball and traveling to different places!

Diana Kennedy, Montessori Lead Teacher
Diana Kennedy, Montessori Lead Teacher

I have been in Early Childhood Development since 1982 and have been with Smaller Scholars Montessori Academy since 1995. Prior to joining Smaller Scholars I was a Montessori School Director for 5 years.

I have my C.D.A. in Childhood Development and am Montessori Certified.

I am a proud mom of a grown daughter who is a Dr. of Veterinary Medicine.

I love music, dancing, painting and water skiing!

Mona Zavzavadjian, Montessori Teacher Assistant
Mona Zavzavadjian, Montessori Teacher Assistant

I was born and raised in Lebanon and moved to USA in 1989. I graduated from Sainte Anne College in Lebanon.

I have worked in the education field since 2000 and have been a Smaller Scholars employee since 2012.

I am a proud mother of 3 children and 3 grandchildren.

I enjoy cooking and traveling!

Shila Hirani, Montessori Lead Teacher
Shila Hirani, Montessori Lead Teacher

I was born in Kenya and lived in Kenya, India and England, where I also received my education.

I have been working in Early Childhood Education since 1981 and became a Montessori Teacher in 1988. I have been with Smaller Scholars Montessori Academy since 1997.

I love traveling and learning about different cultures. I also enjoy scrapbooking, reading,
gardening and arts and crafts.

Sana Rahman, Montessori Teacher Assistant
Sana Rahman, Montessori Teacher Assistant

I was born and raised in Pakistan and moved to the U.S.A. in 2011. I graduated from Department of Commerce College with a B.A. in Business Administration. I have been with Smaller Scholars Montessori Academy since 2015.

I am the proud mom of two girls. I enjoy nature, love flowers, painting, gardening and baking!

Phone

281-556-8505

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Address & Directions

14455 Grisby Rd
Houston, TX 77079
Near West Houston Energy Corridor at the intersection of Highway 6 and I-10.

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Hours

Monday – Friday
6:45 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Recognized as a Cadence Education 
School of Excellence

Recognized as a Cadence Education School of Excellence

Grisby, TX