About Us & The School

Welcome Message

I am extremely happy to be a member of the wonderful MMC family. With great excitement, I took over as the Head of School in 2017.  Since the inception of The MMC in 1981 we have and continue to provide an exceptional academic experience, while simultaneously instilling the values necessary for success.   I am honored to have experienced staff who partner with our parents to nurture and guide the children.

I started my career as a Primary AMI Certified teacher in Bangalore, India in 1995. My family moved to Salinas, California in 1999, where I continued my Montessori career as a Primary AMI teacher. During this time, I was working towards achieving  AMI Directress, which I earned in 2010.  

We are grateful for the opportunity to provide your family with the highest level of Montessori education and we are committed to upholding our standard of excellence.


Mona Ahuja

Head of School

Association of Montessori International (AMI), Director


Our History - Founding Family

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas and Sharmella Kerbawy founded the Maria Montessori Center in 1981.

Mr. Thomas Kerbawy trained in Montessori education both in Washington, D.C. and Bergamo, Italy.  Mrs. Sharmella Kerbawy completed her Montessori training in Sri Lanka. Together, they started The Maria Montessori Center as a school where they could raise their own children and provide an authentically international and un-paralleled Montessori education for any child.  With the passing of Thomas in 2014, his son Mr. Shatomi Kerbawy took over full duties as Head of School.


All who knew Mr. Thomas Kerbawy agreed; he was a gentle man and a gentleman in the truest sense of the word. He respected life in all its forms, as well as people of all ages and backgrounds. He was a superb listener, easy to speak to, and always willing to help. Mr. Thomas Kerbway's  caring compassion, attention-to-detail, and respect for life continue to be core values that guide The MMC.

Our Philosophy

At The Maria Montessori Center we believe every child is a unique individual worthy of our respect, and guided through affirmative nurturing. 


Our goal is to help children develop personal confidence and valuable self-esteem in a warm and supportive environment.


As citizens of a global world, our students are taught to honor the rights and privileges of others, while celebrating and embracing diversity in all people.  We also believe our Earth and ecosystem require our care. Toward this end, children are taught to be good stewards of nature in all its forms.


Promoting dignity and fostering independence in children is the most important responsibility we have. We encourage close interaction between parents, teachers and administration, working together as a team in our family-centered school community.

Toddler Care Program

The toddler program is served from ages 19 months to 3 years. In a Montessori environment, your  toddler will be with teachers—loving, nurturing, and rigorously trained in child development—who create peaceful, supportive, and safe environments for our youngest children. In these spaces, a child’s natural passion for wonder, curiosity, exploration, and discovery comes alive.

Primary Care Education

The primary program is served from ages 3 year to 6 years. It concentrates on building skills including early literacy, logical  thinking, problem solving, social understanding physical coordination and creativity. This program is offered on half day or full days  basis.

This is taken place in a specialized environment utilizing a Montessori materials and lessons, to open the world to children through hands on learning

Lower Elementary

The lower elementary program enhances and expands skills from 1st grade to 3rd grade.  Children are now exposed to more advanced mathematical operations, in-depth literacy comprehension and extended  vocabulary, together with further exploration of science, geographic studies, technology and Spanish. Children receive individualized instructions to maximize learning and encourage strong study skills. The MMC curriculum meets or exceeds state standards.

Upper Elementary

The upper elementary  program is built for 4th grade to 6th grade. The children in these grades learn band and music and also spanish language.History - early civilization, world history, Michigan history, civics and Geography. Mathematics - arithmetic, algebra, plane and solid geometry, computation skills and problem-solving strategies.Science - Earth Science, life science,  physical science, circulatory system, and laws of motion

Contact Us

32450 West 13 Mile Road | Farmington Hills MI 48334 | Phone: 248-851-9695 |Email: mariamontessori2019@gmail.com

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