Charles Cappellano is a Head Montessori Teacher in the Primary Program at Beverly Hills Academy. He has 25 years of experience working in the Montessori field. He received his Montessori Certification from the Michigan Montessori Teacher Education Center in July of 1991, and holds an Early Childhood Credential from the American Montessori Society. He successfully completed the Child Development Associate assessment process and has been awarded the CDA Credential. Mr. Cappellano formerly taught at Brookfield Academy in Troy, Michigan. In addition to being a teacher at Brookfield, he also planned and implemented their first summer camp program. He has also taught Summer School at Detroit Country Day School. Mr. Cappellano currently serves as the Primary Program Coordinator and Coordinator of the Summer Program at Beverly Hills Academy.
Andria Conti was first introduced to the Montessori philosophy in 2007, when she was employed as a primary classroom assistant at Gateway Montessori in Birmingham. She then attended the Montessori Assistant Training Course at the Michigan Montessori Teacher Education Center, where she obtained a MMTEC paraprofessional certification. Ms. Conti has been at Beverly Hills Academy for three years assisting in a primary classroom, participating in the summer camp program, as well as teaching many after-school clubs. She earned her Montessori Early Childhood Credential from the Michigan Montessori Teacher Education Center in 2018, for which she was awarded a scholarship from the American Montessori Society. Ms. Conti is passionate about teaching, and truly appreciates the respect and trust Montessori holds for each individual child. She enjoys hiking and camping, as well as gardening and spending time with her daughter, who is a student at BHA.
Mrs. Khan was introduced to Montessori through BHA when she enrolled her older daughter. She was touched and impressed by the Montessori approach to child's learning and how effective it was. She completed her Montessori training from Michigan Montessori Training Center 6 years ago and has her 3-6 Early Childhood Credential from the American Montessori Society. Mrs. Khan has been associated with BHA for 10 years, 3 of which have been as an assistant with Sarah Chandler in Lower Elementary and thus gaining knowledge about the Lower Elementary Curriculum also. In her free time Mrs. Khan loves books, puzzles, traveling and spending time with her two daughters who are both students at BHA.
Ayesha completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Education in Pakistan and worked as an elementary school teacher for one year. Her first exposure to the Montessori environment was at the age of 3 when her mom enrolled her into a Montessori school because she was inspired by the method of teaching. Ayesha’s mother saw that in a Montessori school, every child was given an opportunity to learn independence and concentration through various hands on activities of everyday work and play. Ayesha learned more about the Montessori method of teaching later when she enrolled her daughters in a Montessori school. She saw that the Montessori method emphasized active learning, independence, cooperation, and learning in harmony with each child’s unique pace of development. This realization further enhanced her interest in Montessori teaching and motivated her to earn an Early Childhood Montessori Credential from the Michigan Montessori Teacher Education Center in 2012. Ayesha interned at Schoolhouse Montessori Academy and worked there for four years. She then joined Beverly Hills Academy in 2016 and this is her fourth year at BHA teaching primary classrooms. In addition to her Montessori Credential, she has also done a short course on Early Childhood Education from Southern California Regional Occupational Center. Ayesha loves cooking, reading, watching sports and political talk shows, and reading and writing about current world events. She also enjoys listening to music and spending quality time with her family.