Executive Director – Ms. Shireen de Silva

Ms. Shireen de Silva holds an AMI (Association Montessori Internationale) and has over 35 years of experience working with children. She founded Northwest Montessori in 1984 and has been serving the students and parents of Austin, Texas ever since. The U.S. Small Business Administration has issued an award to Northwest Montessori and Ms. de Silva for running a successful small business. In the past 35 years, she has proudly watched many children pass through the doors of Northwest Montessori and continue to become confident and successful members of their schools, communities, and the world.

Director  Misbah Ali

Ms. Misbah Ali holds an AMI (Association Montessori Internationale), a Master’s degree in education, a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and carries more than 30 years of Montessori experience. Her soft nature, love for children, passion for teaching, and trust in her team has allowed Ms. Ali to nurture the limitless capabilities of her students so they can reach their greatest potential. Her long-standing commitment to the Montessori philosophy and her efforts to encourage learning at each child’s pace in a pleasant and familiar environment have earned her the respect and affection of Northwest Montessori’s faculty, parents and students.

Assistant Director- Denise Pastor

Ms. Denise Pastor was born in Chicago and grew up in California and Florida. She attended Florida State and graduated cum laude with a B.S. in Education. Ms. Denise has been a part of the Northwest Montessori family since 1991 when she began working in the toddler class. She has since become the lead teacher of the 4-year-old class and the Assistant Director of the school.


Northwest Montessori House of Children has 10 classrooms throughout our 4 campuses. Each Lead Teacher is Montessori Certified, as well as many of our assistant teachers. Our faculty of enthusiastic and dedicated educators are committed to creating an inviting and warm atmosphere where children can discover their own potential. It’s our goal as educators to build a strong community where our students have the tools to nurture their social, emotional, and academic development in preparation for elementary school.