Riverstone – Toddler

Our Staff


Lead Teacher

Ms. Elsa Cortez

Hello I am Elsa Cortez. I have been teaching Montessori for over 19 years. I have been with Casa Dei Bambini for over 10 years. I have been the Lead Toddler Teacher.

I have AMS certification for Toddler.

When I became interested in education it allowed me the opportunity to explore and experiment with children. They invited me into their world with the joy of learning and showed much love for me as a teacher. I will continue to receive adequate training that will allow me to continue the Montessori Method for teaching.

Lead Teacher

Ms. Shailja Ginwala

My name is Shailja Ginwala, I am the lead toddler teacher at Casa Dei Bambini. I have been a Montessori school teacher since 2013. I enjoy this journey of working with kids to bring subtle but significant changes in their early development through Montessori methods – Developing Motor skills through hands on activities. I admire Montessori ideology and truly believe in “Every child is different and learns at its own pace”. As a toddler teacher, my goal is to make every child independent and I take pride when my children progress to the primary class and beyond.

Lead Teacher

Ms. Najma Maherali

My name is Najma Maherali and I am your child’s teacher in the exciting T4 class this year!

I’ve been with the Casa family for 10 years starting as an Infant Assistant Teacher. I then moved into toddlers and then most recently worked in primary levels. This year I’m happy to be back as a Toddler lead teacher and look forward to providing a strong educational foundation for their future learning.

I’ve been a teacher in early childhood development for almost 25 years both professionally and as a volunteer in our greater Houston community.

I am also a proud grandmother of Aizah (4yo) and Ziya (11mos) and enjoy spending any leftover time doing arts & crafts.

I’m looking forward to being a partner with you and your child to take them to the next level.

Assistant Teacher

Ms. Iman Gad

I’m working as assistant teacher at Casa, this is my 7th year and I have 27 years of experience with children. I’m glad to be part of Casa family.

Assistant Teacher

Ms. Karima Yousifi

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For 2021 – 22 School Year


20211 South University Blvd,
Missouri City , TX 77459
Phone : 281-261-CASA (2272)


108 Telfair Central Blvd,
Sugar Land , TX 77479
Phone : 281-207-9700