About Us

Welcome to Fort Montessori Academy

Fort Montessori Academy (FMA) was started in 2010. We have been rated as Best Day Care in Murphy for 2 consecutive years by C&S Media. FMA provides Toddler and Pre- School Montessori programs, After School Care, Summer Camp and pick up from local elementary schools. FMA is affiliated with Fort Aquatics and Gymnastics and one of the very few schools to offer Gymnastics and Swimming Classes as part of its extracurricular activities. FMA is a family run business and has no other branches. The owners are available onsite on a day-to-day basis. We believe in serving the community and making a difference.

From the Owner and
Director’s Desk

Hello Parents,

My name is Arun Meyyappan. I am the Owner and Director of Operations at Fort Montessori Academy. Thank you for taking time to visit our website and I look forward to meeting you soon. We have been around for 10 years and I sincerely thank our parents and children for supporting us all through these years.

I strongly believe that for a school to be successful – it needs to have three important aspects – good academic program, fun environment, and great teachers. The academic development at an early age is especially important to development of a child. These early years of education form a strong foundation, inculcates discipline, and gives a child great self-confidence. I also believe a child must have fun, have a great social environment and be physically strong. At Fort, we provide these aspects through swimming, gymnastics, yoga, music and art programs. Finally, for any school to be successful, it must hire the best teachers. I have taken great effort to ensure the best staff are hired and provide them work satisfaction and opportunity to grow, so that we can keep our teachers for a long time.

I worked in IT field for over 17 years. However, my passion was in education and being around children. I quit my IT job to start this business. I have a master’s degree from University of Oklahoma, and I am a Certified Montessori Teacher. I obtained my Director Certification from the State of Texas (DFPS) in 2010. I have two children and love playing tennis and going cycling. In my free time, I mentor young children to become entrepreneurs. I am an active volunteer in the following organizations NANBEN, Entrepreneurs Foundation of Texas, Scouting Troop 807, and US Swim School Association.

Thanks
Yours sincerely
Arun Meyyappan

From the Assistant
Director’s Desk

Hello Parents,

My name is Azia Lacy. I am the Assistant Director of Fort Montessori. I would like to thank you for taking time to visit our website and would like to welcome you to visit our school at your earliest convenience. At Fort Montessori Academy we strongly believe in allowing a child to explore and learn through the process of discovery. Childhood is precious and we want to make sure your child enjoys being a child. For a child to enjoy childhood, he/she must feel safe and secure and be loved. At Fort Montessori I create an environment to do just that. I encourage my staff to build personal relationships and bond with the child and the parent and make Fort Montessori feel like a home away from home.

I have a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Oklahoma State University.

I am a local resident of Murphy and have a daughter named Aaliyah. In my spare time, I love to be outdoors, read books, and try new food.

Thanks
Yours sincerely
Azia Lacy

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Our Teachers and Staff:

Our Teachers and Management staff work as one coherent family. Our staff and teachers absolutely love what they do. Our staff and teachers are passionate about their work and love the children they care for. At FMA we realize the most important thing a child needs at this age is love and care and that is what we encourage and train our staff to do.

  • Director is Montessori certified with prior teaching experience
  • All Pre-School Lead teachers are Montessori certified
  • All toddler/transition teachers are Montessori trained
  • Most assistants are certified, or Montessori trained
  • All staff are background checked

Ms. Ayesha Shariff

Pre K1 Lead Teacher

I am an American Montessori certified teacher. This is my 15th year of teaching and my 6th year at Fort Montessori. I have a bachelor’s degree in education and psychology. I have a daughter who is working, one son who attends University of Texas at Dallas and my youngest son attends Plano East High School. I love to do crafts and enjoy making jewelry.

Ms. Marina Williams

Pre-K 2 Lead Teacher

I have over 20 years’ experience teaching pre-school children with 15 of those working in the Montessori environment. I reside in Murphy with my husband and have two older children. My hobbies include cooking, gardening, and spending time with my grandson. I am excited to be part of the wonderful and dedicated teaching administration staff here at Fort Montessori Academy!

Ms. Asha Reji

Pre K3 Lead Teacher

I am an American Montessori certified teacher with 12 years of experience, and this is my 10th year at Fort Montessori. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. I love teaching and that has been my passion for the last 20 or so year. What makes me happy is a smile on a child’s face at the end of day before they go home. I am married and live in Murphy, TX. My daughter is pursuing a PhD and my son is a senior in Plano East. In my free time, I love sewing and reading books.

Ms. Awo Amorin

Transition 1 Lead Teacher

I have a Bachelor of Science and a Postgraduate Diploma, both in Architecture from the University of Science and Technology in Ghana. I am a Montessori Trained teacher and I have 13 years of experience working with children in this age group. This is my 7th working at Fort Montessori Academy. I love teaching the Toddlers because most of the learning they do is through the process of discovery which is the underlying concept of the Montessori philosophy of education. I live in Wylie and I am married with an 19-year-old son with whom I share an avid love of music. This fall, he will begin his undergraduate studies at Berklee College of Music in Boston. I love to read books, play the guitar and do arts and crafts.

Ms. Tajinder Kalkat

Transition 2 Lead Teacher

I am a Montessori Trained Teacher and have a bachelor’s degree in Arts. I have 10 years’ experience in child-care and been with Fort Montessori for all that time. I understand that every child needs love and care, and I do my best in providing the comfort and warmth that a child needs at this early age. I live in Murphy, Texas and I am married and have two children. My older one goes to University of North Texas and my and younger one is in Cooper Middle School. I love cooking and listening to music.

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