Founders and Faculty

Little Gems Montessori founders and faculty collectively bring in together +25 years of their teaching experience and depth of knowledge about Montessori and early childhood education.  They are passionate about Montessori approach and believe that this system of education helps in the development of the child in their formative years.

"To aid life, leaving it free, however, to unfold itself, that is the basic task of the educator.”
∼ Dr. Maria Montessori

Sujatha Alladi 

Founder / Director of School / Toddler Lead

  • Masters in Education from Endicott College
  • AMS-MCCC Montessori Early Childhood Credential
  • Montessori Elementary level certification from Institute of Educational Studies, New Zealand
  • 15 years Primary/Kindergarten/Elementary teaching experience
  • 10 years administrative experience
  • Her hobbies include  reading, needle point, cross stitch, gardening and making her own aromatherapy beauty products

Maya Ghosh


  • BSc.Ed in Chemistry, Botany and Zoology – Regional Institute of Education, Mysore, India
  • 16 yrs of experience teaching  Elementary and Middle schools in public and charter schools in US
  • Science Lead teacher currently working in a Charter in NJ
  • Certified to teach K-5, Middle School Science and High school Biology in the state of NJ
  • She is a keen proponent of the Montessori system and firmly believes that the key to a great education is starting well at an early age

Lakshmi Thiru


  • BE Computer Science Annamalai University
  • AMS- MCCC Montessori Early Childhood Credential
  • 4 years teaching experience level at Primary and Toddler level
  • In the last 10 years she has been exposed to Montessori and early childhood education in England and United States. She loves her time with her family, which includes Simba, her lab

Vaishali Chandwani

Founder / Primary Lead, Sapphire Classroom

  • BCom University of Rajasthan
  • AMS- MCCC Montessori Early Childhood Credential
  • 3 years assisting and teaching experience at Primary level
  • 4th Year as Lead at LGMA
  • She enjoys working with children and watching their joy as they learn and discover new things. She loves to cook, listen to music and spend time with her two wonderful daughters

Neha Agarwal

Founder / Primary Lead, Emerald Classroom

  • Masters in Nutrition from India
  • AMS-MCCC Montessori Early Childhood Credential
  • 2 years of experience assisting at Primary level
  • 3rd year as Lead at LGMA

Nicolasa Benitez

Toddler Assistant