Our Teachers


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 Monique

Mali Classroom – Ages 3 – 5

“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 Buaqerta

Benin Classroom – Ages 4.5 – 6
“If you are not willing to learn no one can help you. If you are determined to learn no one can stop you!”
– Marcus Garvey

Mama Peyton

Mali Preschool Classroom – Ages 3-5
“If you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else.”
– Maya Angelou

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