We are delighted to introduce our Parent Association President, Preetha Kurudiyara.
Preetha and her husband Tris joined MMS at the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year with daughter Zara (daughter Violet will be joining our toddler program in the next few months), and jumped into the school community with two feet. From the very beginning, Preetha never hesitated to grab a staple gun, strap on a money belt, restock ice cream toppings, or spend late hours in the Grotto brainstorming auction items for the Gala.
When asked what would make a brand new parent show such enthusiasm for her family’s new school, Preetha explains that “[volunteering] is a great way to get to know the people your child is spending their day with.” She continues, “Helping out at school also shows Zara that we are invested in her school, not just academically, but the whole experience.” Plus, Zara thinks it’s really cool to have her mom around, and is confident that her mom is the right person for the job. “My mom is a really good helper; she helps my dad at home all of the time,” she says.
This investment in education is something that Preetha has noticed throughout the school community. “This is definitely a community – a family – and it’s very easy to become a part of it.” She continues that it’s nice to be a part of a group of people that really knows one another and is invested in being a part of the MMS family.
While they might be new to the MMS community, they are old hats at Montessori education. Preetha attended Creative Montessori in Detroit from age three until graduating in the 6th grade, and her husband Tris attended Montessori school for kindergarten on the east coast. When reflecting on her early education, she states, “The Montessori environment prepared me well. I was well advanced once I reached high school and was able to take quite a few honor and AP courses.”
That preparedness was a big reason they decided to enroll their daughter at MMS. Neither Preetha nor Tris are strangers to the classroom; they’ve both earned medical degrees from St. George’s University. “[Tris] and I both spent a lot of time in school and this is the start for [Zara]. Montessori school made me really love learning, it made me want to be a lifelong learner, and that’s something we want for her as well.”
As for her plans for the next two years, she is looking forward to getting involved in all of the opportunities that the Parent Association has to offer. Additionally, she is excited to show people how fun and easy it is to be involved with the school. We are already off to an exciting start planning for next school year, which will feature additional family fun nights and some new twists on some of our favorite events.
If you are interested in joining any of planning committees or you would like get involved in any of our events, please contact:
Preetha Kurudiyara, PA President
Michelle Vandenhouten, Director of Development