Montessori School Of Woodridge

Children Come First

Image-Placeholder Image-Placeholder Pat Whyte Image-Placeholder Jan Ciskowski Anna Oliyapurathu Samira Hussein faculty with kids


Samira is the mother of 5 children. Her quiet

manner and loving care makes her stand out

as an excellent teacher.


Samira is the head teacher in the Two-Year-Old room. She has 2 years of college and has completed her Montessori studies at Wellspring Montessori

Training Center.


She is with us from 7:30 am until 2:00 pm daily.  

We look forward to meeting you and your child. Give us a call today!

The educational experience and dedication to learning never ceases

for the trained and experienced staff

at Montessori.


Each one of our teachers continues to take classes in Montessori, attend seminars and acquire new degrees.  Daily, they reevaluate their work using the Montessori method in light of new and different times.  

Samira Hussein

Rest assured, our dedicated faculty wants nothing more than to assist in the success of your child. They are all trained and certified Montessori teachers.

Each and every staff

member is CPR and First

Aid trained

Zahra is a high school graduate attending classes in child development. Since September of 2011, Zahra has been learning about the Montessori approach here at the Montessori of Woodridge.


Zahra helps out in all the classrooms, wherever she is needed. She loves working with the children and both Samira and Anna say she is a great teacher to work with.

Zahra Zaibunisa


Anna has been working with us since September

of 2010.


She has a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Masters in literature. Upon coming to the States she took classes in child development and is qualified to be a head teacher. Anna will have completed her Montessori training in the Fall of 2015.


Anna will be working in infants from 10:00 am to        6:00 pm.

Anna Oliyapurathu




Jan has her degree in Psychology from George William College. She took her Montessori training from MECA-Seaton in Clarendon Hills, IL and received her certification from the American Montessori Society as head teacher of 3-6 year old children.


She has been a Montessori teacher for over 21 years and brings a great calm and security to the all-day environment. She is here from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm.


The children are happy, well mannered, and playing with a purpose. The classroom she has created is a peaceful one.


Jan Ciskowski

Angela is in her second year here at Montessori of Woodridge. She has two sons and eight grandchildren. This experience and her associates in child development from C.O.D. along with a nurse’s assistant certification qualify her for the job of caring for your children.


Angela has wanted to be a teacher all her life. Inspired by her grandmother, she comes to us with a warmth and dedication to the children that is not often found.


We welcome her dedication to the Montessori philosophy and the time she has devoted to studying the materials.  Angela finishes her Montessori training in June 2015. She works from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm.

Angela Taylor


As education coordinator and school administrator, Pat works closely with all. The hiring of our wonderful faculty is to her credit and hard work. Her broad knowledge of the Montessori materials and the Montessori philosophy in the classrooms is seen in the beautiful environments.


Pat is 3yrs. to 6yrs., 6yrs. to 9yrs., and 9yrs. to 12yrs. Montessori trained. She has a bachelor’s degree in General Studies from Northern Illinois University.  

Pat Whyte

Jim is the son of Pat Whyte.


He began volunteering in the office shortly after September 1st, 2011.


We are happy to have his support both in taking care of the building and helping in the office.

Jim Whyte


  • Infant/Toddler Pediatric Nurse who inspects our infant/toddler and 2’s classrooms once a month.

  • DHS Health department who checks our kitchen once a month.

  • City water department who checks our water 6 times a year.

  • Local and State Fire and Sprinkler System Inspectors who regularly check our systems.

  • General Maintenance and Repair Companies.