Faculty

Director Manola Perez

Ms. Manola was born and raised in Mexico City. She received her teaching credential from the Pan American Montessori Society and also has a degree in business from the Universidad Iberoamericana. Ms. Perez has been teaching with Montessori methods since 1996 and has been at Mel-O-Dee since 2004. She has two children, a boy who graduated from Mel-O-Dee and a girl who currently attends the school. In her free time, she loves to read and watch movies.

Elvia Chaidez

Elvia Chaidez was born and raised in Mexico. She received her Montessori teaching credential through the AMI tradition in Italy and later took Child Development classes at UCLA and West LA College. Ms. Elvia has been with Mel-O-Dee since 1983. She loves to cook, especially desserts.

Mona Soliman

Mona Soliman was born and raised in Cairo, Egypt. She received her B.S. in Early Childhood Education from Ain Shams University in Cairo and has taken teaching and administration classes from West LA College. Ms. Mona has been teaching in the Montessori method at Mel-O-Dee since 1997. She takes great joy in her work with young children and likes helping them and their parents through their learning process.

Pamela Cramer

Pamela Cramer was born and raised in Sri Lanka. She received a Montessori teaching credential in her home country and has an educational certificate from UCLA in Early Childhood Education. She has been teaching in the Montessori tradition since 1979 and has been with Mel-O-Dee since 1989.

Shanna Hardison

Shanna Hardison was born and raised in California. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with an AA in Liberal Arts and Sciences and a minor in Early Childhood Education from West LA College. She has been teaching at Mel-O-Dee since 2008. The mother of five boys and one girl, Ms. Shanna considers her children to be her hobby. She also loves to cook.

Nusrath Ahamed

Nusrath Ahamed was born and raised in Colombo, Sri Lanka. She received her education in the AMI tradition in her hometown and has since received her AA in Early Childhood Education from Montgomery College in Rockville, MD. In addition, Ms. Nusrath is currently working on completing her B.A. in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Child Studies. She has been teaching children since 2008, and began teaching at Mel-O-Dee in 2013. Ms. Nusrath enjoys painting and reading in her spare time. She is an animal lover and has a young corn snake named Akito as a pet.

Karla Ovalle

Karla Ovalle was born and raised in Los Angeles. She obtained her educational certificate from Santa Monica College and has gone on to complete various Early Childhood Education Core Subject certificate programs as well. In addition, she a California Teacher Permit from the Department of Teacher Credentialing. Ms. Karla has been working with children using Montessori methods since 2007. She has been with Mel-O-Dee since 2012. She enjoys singing, writing and taking pictures, as well as playing the violin and making art with children.

Paola Romero

Paola Romero was born and raised in Los Angeles. She received her teaching credential from West LA College and has been working with children since 2002. Ms. Paola has been teaching using Montessori techniques at Mel-O-Dee since 2010.

Rosario Goddy

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Eva Recalde

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Lydia Romano

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