About Us & The School
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.
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.
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.