Maria earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology at the College of the Holy Spirit in Manila, Philippines. Upon her graduation, she worked as a teacher at the Casa Montessori International in the Philippines. She then went on to receive her Montessori (Primary 3-6 years) training and credentials at the Washington Montessori (AMI) Institute in Washington, DC, and her Assistants to Infancy (Infant-3 years) Certification at the Montessori (AMI) Institute in Denver, Colorado. Along with her Montessori training, Maria has had extensive experience working with adults with special needs at an independent living facility in Naperville, Illinois. After her Montessori training, Maria worked for 7 years at a Montessori School in River Forest. Thereafter, she helped found and establish another Montessori school in a Western suburb of Chicago, serving as Education Director & Primary Directress for 12 years. In 2007, upon the encouragement of several of her Montessori parents, Maria co-founded Mosaic Montessori Academy in River Forest where she currently serves as School Director & Primary Guide.
Meghan Solien earned her Bachelor of Arts in Education from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. After graduation, she worked as a Special Education Paraprofessional in the Radnor High School Life Skills program. With this experience, Meghan intended to acquire her Masters in Special Education with a Reading Certification. She instead discovered Montessori Education and quickly became intensely passionate about the unique philosophy. Meghan earned her American Montessori Society (AMS) Credential in Early Childhood (Primary Level 3-6 years ) from the Montessori Teacher Training Institute in Miami, Florida. With her certification, she has since lead a Primary classroom in Florida, set up an in-home environment for both the Toddler and Primary level in Massachusetts, and worked as a Primary Environment Lead Teacher, as well as an office assistant in Pennsylvania. Meghan also worked at the Montessori Teacher Training of Philadelphia as an Instructor and Director’s assistant. Meghan is now a valued member of Team MMA (Mosaic Montessori Academy) and currently serves as our Toddler Guide.