Our Teachers

Founder & Executive Director

Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”  – Malcolm X

Mama Sharifa

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. Despite working full time, being a wife and a new mother, she tackled graduate school head on. Graduating from Touro College with her Dual Masters degree in Childhood Education and Special Education.

Sharifa has over 15 years of experience working with children. From her days as a teenager assisting in her mother’s day care to her time as a NYC public school teacher working with special needs students….not to mention raising her own two sons Allen and Oliver.

Working in the public school system, made it overly apparent to her that an alternative learning environment was needed for our children. A learning environment that was academically rigorous but also focused on fostering confidence, encouraging creativity, and teaching positive knowledge of self. Sharifa became more active in her community, volunteering her time to work with groups that were trying to make a difference. Through her work in the community she was introduced to and later became friends with Mama Isis. That was how Seneca Village Montessori School was born…two friends wanting to make a real difference for our youth.

Educational Director

Mama Taswya

Mama Taswya or Mama T, as she is affectionally known, serves as our Educational Director. Mama T graduated from Borough of Manhattan Community College with her degree in Social Work. After realizing she wanted a more hands on approach with fostering the development of children, she went on to get her BA in General and Special Education from Brooklyn College. She has completed the NAMC Montessori Educators Program and is currently working towards her Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Taswya has over 13 years of early childhood experience and her philosophy on teaching is to “appeal to the whole child”, which benefits their social, emotional, physical and cognitive development. She loves her people and understands that her contribution towards the goal of Black Liberation will come in the form of educating our youth!

Mama Monique

Benin Classroom – Ages 4.5 – 6

“When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid”
– Audre Lorde

Mama Nikki

Zulu Preschool Classroom – Ages 3-5

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” 
– Maya Angelou

Mama Nia

Kemet Toddler Room – Ages 24 mos – 36mos

“Your self-worth is determined by you. You don’t have to depend on someone telling you who you are.”
– Beyoncé Knowles

Mama Latoya

Mali Preschool Classroom – Ages 3-5

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critical. Intelligence plus character-That is the goal of true education”
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Mama Nadirah

Part Time Floater 

“If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, you must be the one to write it.”
-Toni Morrison

Mama Algeria

Benin Classroom – Ages 4.5 – 6

“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”

– Malcolm X

Mama Gabby

Zulu Preschool Classroom – Ages 3-5

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”

-Alice Walker

Mama Shania

Kemet Toddler Room – Ages 24 mos – 36mos

“ The highest human act is to inspire”
-Nipsey Hussle

Mama Jewel 

Kemet Toddler Classroom – Ages 24 mos – 36mos

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style”
-Maya Angelou