MRA Teachers & Staff

Who We Are

Education and care is provided by Montessori certified or trained teachers who are CPR certified, have years of classroom experience, and receive ongoing training.


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Montessori Reggio Academy

Mra Sugarland Team

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Mrs. Martina Murphy is our amazing head of school. Recognized locally for her efforts in successfully leading MRA Sugar Land day by day. She was recently given Professional Recognition by the Houston Business Journal’s People on the Move.

“Mrs. Martina is a well respected leader in the Sugar Land community. With over 14 years in education, it’s truly her passion. Working parents and staff praise her close attention to detail, childhood understanding and enthusiasm- especially during the recent challenging months. Through her strong leadership, MRa was named Best in Sugar Land for the 5th year in a row! A parent shared, “She is super professional and approachable; The culture and authentic education of MRA is truly one of a kind!”

Mra Sugarland Team

“ My primary goal is to make sure our school is a safe, happy, and positive environment for the children, parents, and teachers. ”

Sandra Blackbird


Meet  Sandra!

  • She has been part of our team since MRA opened its doors!
  • Received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.
  • Her position consists of many areas, such as
    • Daily checks, ensuring safety regulations are followed
    • Daily counts of all children in attendance

Mra Sugarland Team

“ As a former lead teacher and parent, I have a unique understanding of both sides.”

Elizabeth Flores

Director of Operations

Meet Liz!

  • She has years of experience in education, both in private school and Montessori
  • Serves as a liaison between parents, teachers, and administration.
  • Speak to your children as if they are wiset, kindest, most beautiful and magical humans on this earth, for what they believe is what will come.

Mra Sugarland Team

“I just want to create a positive and safe environment and make a difference in the children’s life.”

Aysha Artani

Administration and HR Coordinator

Meet Ms. Aysha!

  • Graduated from University of Houston with a Bachelor of Business in Management
  • She has experience in both Administration and Teaching.
  • Focus: To learn different aspects of Montessori and more about child education while growing with the MRA family!

Mra Sugarland Team


“I look forward to making connections and sharing lasting memories of our students.”

Ms. Chloe Carrillo

Social Media & Marketing Specialist

Meet Chloe!

  • Graduated from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi with a Bachelor of Arts in Media.
  • She has experience as a content creator, social media manager, & marketing
  • Focus:
    • To enhance student and parent engagement.
    • To display the wonderful MRA learning environment.

Mra Sugarland Team

“ I am so grateful for the patience and kindness of Ms. Mehri towards my daughter. It makes a big difference each day!”  -MRA Parent

Ms. Mehri Khajeh

Infant Lead Teacher

Meet Mehri!

  • She has been in the field of education since 2004 and part of the MRA team since 2016.
  • Earned her bachelor’s degree
  • Completed her teacher certification training at Region 4 Texas.
  • Focus: Create a Montessori Infant environment that provides:
    • A safe, calm carefully designed setting for guided learning.
    • Watchful observation to explore his/her new world
    • Nurtures the physical and spiritual well being of the child

Mra Sugarland Team

“ Miss Mara is truly passionate about her little ones. There is never a dull moment in her classroom! ”  -MRA Parent

Miss Maria Morgan

Pre-primary Lead Teacher

Meet Maria!

  • She has 21 years of experience in childhood education-an MRA educator since 2018.
  • (CDA) Child Development Associate Certified and (CEI) Childhood Education International member.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education.
  • Focus: Build a strong learning foundation for student’s vital early years of development through a safe prepared environment where the child is free to explore his new world.

Mra Sugarland Team

“ Ms. Chrisitina is fabulous. She is so nice and patient! She takes care of every child like if they were her own children. ”  – MRA Parent

Ms. Chrisitina Garrison

Primary 3/Private Kindergarten Lead Teacher

Meet Chrisitina!

  • She has been an MRA educator since 2017.
  • Implements educational activities through.
    • Montessori Reggio lessons.
    • STEAM learning.
    • Kindergarten readiness, preparing students for lifelong learning ahead.
    • Focus: Maximize exploration, creativity, and independent learning.
    • Proud to be Montessori Certified!

Mra Sugarland Team

“ We strongly recommend Ms. Sunhye… She is very caring, knowledgeable, passionate, and extremely committed. And we are lucky to have her. ”  -MRA Parent

Ms. Sunhye Lee

Pre-Primary Lead Teacher and Music Movement Teacher

Meet Sunhye!

  • She has been an MRA educator since 2018.
  • Advises, counsels, and trains MRA Lead educators on classroom organization and efficient ways to communicate with parents.
  • Zumbini instructor certified natures student’s love of movement through music, dance, and educational tools.
  • Focus: Educates MRA students
    • To become independent and confident through hands- on learning activities geared towards experience, guidance, and practice.
    • To positively use their energy and movement through dance, music, and art- all while improving gross and fine motor skills.
  • Proud to be Montessori Certified!

Mra Sugarland Team

“ Together we are committed to provide a loving and developmentally appropriate foundation for a lifetime of learning.”

Ms. Zohra Sachwani

Primary 1 Teacher

Meet  Zohra Sachwani

  • Has a Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from the Houston Community College
  • She believes children need someone to love, care, and educate them.
  • Has over 9 years in Early Childhood Education.
  • She loves working with children and making sure that they grow and learn through play each day in a safe and happy environment to stimulate the physical, intellectual , social and emotional growth at their own pace.

Mra Sugarland Team

Ms. Adilene Guerrero

Pre-Primary 1 Co-Lead Teacher

Meet Ms. Adi!

  • She’s worked in Child Development Education for 11 years.
  • She is certified as a Medical Assistant and has worked in pediatrics.
  • Focus: teaching the children basic skills, work on their motor skills, making
    sure the children are in a loving and safe environment.


Mra Sugarland Team

“ I believe in a Montessori system because each child learns to be independent and I am so proud to be part of a school that helps a child reach its potential and beyond.”

MS. Asma Ishrat

Pre-Primary 1 Co-Lead Teacher

Meet Ms. Asma!

  • Bachelor’s degree in Nursery school and child development.
  • Received an Academic excellence award upon graduation in early child growth and development.
  • She has more than 25 years of experience in Montessori and childcare.
  • In 1995, she took a preschool learning Alliance course from Essex UK.
  • IN 2008, she became Montessori certified from D. A Montessori Institute.
  • She has over.
  • Focus: To help each child grow by learning different ways of teaching to accommodate each child’s learning style.

Mra Sugarland Team

 I love the Montessori philosophy which is helping the children work independently and respectfully by creating a safe and friendly environment with freedom of movement and choice.

Ms. Susie Rios

Pre-Primary 1 Co-Lead Teacher

Meet Susie!

  • Experience working with children over 9 years.
  • Passion for early childhood education.
  • I have a true passion for early childhood education.

Mra Sugarland Team

“ I just joined Montessori Reggio Academy and I am excited to be part of the MRA family! ”

Ms. Peace Eleyae

Primary 2 Teacher

Meet Peace Eleyae

  • Has a Bachelor’s Degree in Art (English) Education and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.
  • Has 32 years experience in Early Childhood Education.
    • -Child Care Development Center for 4 years
  • Married with 3 children, a son in-law, & a 4 month old grandson.
  • Proud to be Montessori certified

Mra Sugarland Team

“ Since my child was placed in Ms. John’s class, I have seen her grow in many ways in a short amount of time. She is an amazing teacher! ” -MRA Parent

Ms. Ruchika John

Lower Elementary Lead Teacher

Meet John!

  • Has 16 years of teaching experience as a Montessori teacher for 1-3 grades.
  • She has earned a Master’s degree in Psychology.
  • Focus: On academically challenging kids for the advancement beyond their potential.
    • Preparing kids for test-taking abilities.
    • Educating kids with a firm foundation to later on become confident individuals with higher self-esteem.
    • Create a fun filled and understandable learning experience for every child.
  • Proud to be Montessori Certified!

Mra Sugarland Team

“ I want parents to know that their child is in very good hands when you drop them off in
my care.”

Ms. Juliana Negrete

Toddlers Lead Teacher

Meet Ms. Juliana!


  • Has over 15 years of experience in childhood education.
  • Is CPR, FIRST AID, & CNA certified.
  • Focus: Developing young minds and always having a strong communication with my parents so they can enjoy watching their child grow.

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