Our Guides


Mama Sharifa

Founder & Executive Director
Mama Sharifa is the Co-Founder and Executive Director at Seneca Village Montessori. She graduated from Brooklyn College with her Bachelors of Science in Business Management & Finance. After starting a family, she decided to move on from her career as a Marketing Manager and pursue her dreams of becoming an Educator.

Mama Taswya

Educational Director
Mama Taswya or Mama T, as she is affectionally known, serves as our Educational Director. Mama T has a Masters of Science in Curriculum Planning and Instruction, a B.A. in General and Special Education from Brooklyn College. She has also completed the NAMC Montessori Educators Program.

Mama Olympia

Mali Classroom – Ages 3 – 4

“I think, therefore I am”
– Rene Descartes

Mama Darlene

Kemet Classroom – Ages 24mos – 36 mos
“Children have a lesson adults should learn, to not be ashamed of failing, but to get up and try again”
-Malcom X

Mama Rashida

Assistant Teacher ( Floater )
“Be kind to all you meet, because everyone is fighting the invisible battle.”

Mama Sobongile aka Mama B

Kemet Toddler Room – Ages 24 mos – 36mos
“If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life”
– Marcus Garvey

Mama Imani

Administrative Assistant
“I believe in individuality, that everybody is special, and it’s up to them to find that quality and let it live.
-Grace Jones

Mama Reshaunda

Benin Classroom – Ages 4 – 6

“ There is still a lot to learn and there is always great stuff out there. Even mistakes can be wonderful”

– Robin Williams

Mama Jendayi

Benin Classroom – Ages 4 – 6

“There’s no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”

– Maya Angelou