Director of the Course, Course Instructor: My Le Vo
Subjects taught: Mathematics and Classroom Management
My Le Vo is the Executive Director of MTEI-Houston and Montessori Learning Institute, a private school for children ages 3 months to 8th grade. Mrs. Vo received her Montessori Primary certification from Paris, France and her Montessori Elementary certification from NCME in San Diego, California. She received a B.A. in Elementary Education and French from East Texas State University (ETSU) and obtained a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from St. Thomas University in Houston, Texas in 2013. She has taught pre-school and Elementary children since 1972. She is the author of various educational materials and teacher training manuals. She is currently teaching elementary students in her school. Teaching is her passion.
Course Instructor: Teri Jackson
Subjects taught: Philosophy and Intern observations
Teri Jackson is currently the director of the Cathedral House Montessori School for children – infants through Kindergarten. She received her Montessori primary certification from National Center for Montessori Education of Houston in 1980. Teri is the Vice-President on the MTEI-Houston Board. Through many years of experience, she has found that she loves teaching adults as much as children.
Course Instructor: Karen Gatten
Subjects taught: Cultural Subjects, Intern Observations
Karen Gatten received her Montessori Primary certification from National Center for Montessori Education of Houston in 1991. She is currently the director of Rice Children’s Campus. Karen loves to share her creative ideas with others.
Course Instructor: Sarah Carpentieri, Ph.D.
Subject Taught: Child Development
Dr. Sarah Carpentieri holds Bachelor degrees from the University of Notre Dame in the areas of Finance and Economics as well as in Psychology. She earned a Medical Sciences certification from Northeastern University and holds M.S. degrees in Clinical Psychology, with dual specializations in both Child Clinical and Neuropsychology, from the University of Memphis. During her time in Memphis, Dr. Carpentieri held clinical, research, and teaching positions at St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the University of Tennessee Child Development Center, MidSouth Psychiatric Hospital, and the Psychology Department of University of Memphis. Dr. Carpentieri earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, with dual specializations in both Pediatrics and Neuropsychology, and completed her education and advanced training at Harvard Medical School with an internship in Pediatrics, a residency in Pediatric Neuropsychology, and a fellowship in Pediatric Neuro-Oncology. She has taught at Harvard Medical School, Children’s Hospital-Boston, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Carpentieri has authored over 50 peer-reviewed research manuscripts, journal articles, and presentations, as well as numerous book chapters in medical text books and child development and learning text books.
Course Instructor: Michelle Black
Subjects taught: Practical Life, Sensorial, Classroom Management, and Intern Observations
Michelle L. Black obtained her Bachelor in Arts & Science with an emphasis in Public Administration in 1997. In 2005, she received her certification from the Texas State Board of Education in Early Childhood-4th. Michelle later attended the National Center for Montessori Education of Houston (NCME) and received her Montessori Primary certification in 2006. She obtained her Master in Education Administration in May 2010. Michelle was also named Secretary for the MTEI- Houston Board. Michelle graduated from Whole Life Success Bible Institute in May 2011. She is currently working on her Ph.D. in Christian Leadership.
Course Instructor: Swaroop Dabhi
Subjects taught: Pre-Reading/ Language and Psychomotor
Swaroop Dabhi received her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Microbiology from the University of Texas at Austin in 2003. She received her Montessori Primary certification from the National Center for Montessori Education of Houston in 2006. She has taught children ages 3-6 and worked as an assistant director at two Montessori schools.