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About Smaller Scholars Grisby

Located near West Houston Energy Corridor at the intersection of Highway 6 and I-10 is Smaller Scholars Montessori Academy, a Cadence Education® School.

Here, our trained, qualified and caring staff takes a hands-on Montessori approach to learning and provides quality programming and dedicated teachers for children from 18 months old to 5 years old.

Our students are encouraged to be actively involved and creative explorers, as well as independent, self-confident and inquisitive learners. Each child is treated as an individual and encouraged to progress at his natural ability while still reaching desired age-level goals.

Smaller Scholars Montessori Academy is lauded for its warmly decorated, homelike environment found throughout the school. Our family-friendly policy is one that welcomes parent visits any time of the day. We host monthly events and parties celebrating major holidays that lend a fun, celebratory feel on campus. We offer multiple play areas on our outdoor playground.

A hot, nutritious catered lunch is served each day, along with regularly scheduled snacks.

Programs Offered

  • Toddlers (ages 18 months to 3 years)
  • Primary (ages 3 to 5)
  • Optional Programs

Our Philosophy

At Smaller Scholars Montessori Academy in Houston, Texas, we provide parents with peace of mind by giving children an exceptional education every fun-filled day in a place as nurturing as home.

Our Team

Melissa Armstrong

Melissa Armstrong

Administrative Assistant

I was born in California and moved to Houston, Texas in 1999. I am currently attending Houston Community College to further my education. My work with young children started in 2015 and I enjoy every moment of it. I joined Smaller Scholars in 2018. In my free time, I enjoy painting, biking and spending time with friends and family.

Shila Hirani

Shila Hirani

Montessori Lead Teacher

I was born in Kenya and lived in Kenya, India and England, where I also received my education.

I have been working in Early Childhood Education since 1981 and became a Montessori Teacher in 1988. I have been with Smaller Scholars Montessori Academy since 1997.

I love traveling and learning about different cultures. I also enjoy scrapbooking, reading,
gardening and arts and crafts.

Diana Kennedy

Diana Kennedy

Montessori Lead Teacher

I have been in Early Childhood Development since 1982 and have been with Smaller Scholars Montessori Academy since 1995. Prior to joining Smaller Scholars I was a Montessori School Director for 5 years.

I have my C.D.A. in Childhood Development and am Montessori Certified.

I am a proud mom of a grown daughter who is a Dr. of Veterinary Medicine.

I love music, dancing, painting and water skiing!

Mona Zavzavadjian

Mona Zavzavadjian

Montessori Teacher Assistant

I was born and raised in Lebanon and moved to USA in 1989. I graduated from Sainte Anne College in Lebanon.

I have worked in the education field since 2000 and have been a Smaller Scholars employee since 2012.

I am a proud mother of 3 children and 3 grandchildren.

I enjoy cooking and traveling!

Reviews from Parents

5.0 Rating based on 55 Reviews Leave A Review
Tae-seung SHIN • Google
My daughter attended Smaller Scholar Montessori starting at age 3, and we left recently due to our move. She learnt a lot from school. They have a nice school program as well as parents nights where you get to know what your child learns at the school. Teachers are patient and very responsive to our requests. I highly recommend this school.
Sorna Chocks • Google
Smaller Scholars has been my top choice when I want to enroll my kid for a Montessori education. Knowing about the school from lot of my friends, in my personal experience this has been by far the best & disciplined school around Houston. The teachers here are highly experienced and is associated with the school for more than 20+ years. Each class is well organized/scheduled by them. They know how to develop creativity & interest in a kid and teach them in the right way!! Ms.Monica is the best teacher for my son, she trains him in such a way that we see so much improvement in his behavioral & verbal aspect. His way of approach to things have changed definitely bcuz of her. We are lucky & thankful. Ms.Michelle is the sweetest of all, she takes personal care of every kid around, love to be apart of this school always 😊
jamedria barrett • Google
A very fun school and a good environment! Your child will thrive well here and you will see a difference in there intellect. The teachers show much love and the school definitely feels like a small community!
Monica Martinez • Google
We have thoroughly enjoyed our time at Smaller Scholars! Our 3 year old son has flourished while attending here. The staff and teachers are so knowledgeable and truly care about each student. It’s a great learning environment that is not too overwhelming in size. We absolutely love it here!

Smaller Scholars Montessori Academy

Houston, TX

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Preparing Your Child To THRIVE

Your child is unique, and we are happy to provide an educational, fun, and nurturing environment where each child can develop and thrive in order to build a bright future with unlimited possibilities.