PASSION FOR TEACHING
Since she was a teenager, Ms. Maha Alali realized her role as the eldest sister in a family of 3 little sisters and two brothers. She assisted her mom (who was an elementary teacher too) with raising her sisters and brothers and tutoring them through kindergarten and Elementary. As years passed, she grew a passion for teaching following her lifelong role model: her mother. In a few years, she earned her Bachelor degree in Education with specialty in Geography. three years afterward, she earned her masters degree in the science of Cartography. Over the course of the next 10 years, she taught in elementary school, middle school, college and university, and wrote her PhD. She authored the first of its kind atlas and published her thesis as a reference textbook for future masters graduates. Her sisters and brothers followed her course and example, two of them became engineers, one became a pharmacist, one became an attorney, and one specialized and received a masters degree in English Literature. In 2011, Ms. Alali and her husband, Dr. Minahi, moved to California from Illinois. Ms. Alali’s twins (Ashraf & Jenna) arrived in 2012 and they grew to healthy and intelligent kids surrounded by a lot of care, love, and teaching. Ms. Alali developed a passion for the Montessori method of teaching when her twins turned 2 years old. She started her first employment and training in a Montessori School soon after. She later graduated from the certification program and received MACTE Certification from Santa Monica Montessori Institute. During her employment with Santa Monica Montessori School, she promoted from a teacher assistant, to a teacher, and then to a lead teacher. During her career with Santa Monica Montessori School & Institute, Ms. Alali received recognition and commendations from her teachers and mentors. Ms. Alali’s Montessori method professors & mentors encouraged her to start her own school. in 2018, Ms. Alali moved from Torrance to Sherman Oaks and started her first Large Home Family Montessori Preschool. With a clear vision and a gifted imagination, she oversaw the design of every corner of her school to become one of the most unique Montessori Preschools in The Valley.