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Ms. Golanski

Head of School
We are delighted to announce that Ms. Golanski will be our new Head of School at Smaller Scholars Montessori Academy. She has both a business management and early childhood education background. She held a manufacturing corporate management position for fine leather and engraved stationery, for corporate retail accounts including: Neiman Marcus, Tiffany’s, Mark Cross, Lands’ End, and Coach. She managed the manufacturing and production of fine gifts, including Heads of State, for the Office of Protocol, for the White House.

Additionally, she comes to the Smaller Scholars Montessori after 20 years of experience within the education field, from various commercial centers, performing arts schools and Montessori schools. After numerous years of teaching, she transitioned into Montessori school administration as an Assistant Head of School, Head of School and the Principal of a public elementary Montessori charter school.

Ms. Golanski is a certified Montessori Primary Guide and Head of School. She received her diploma from A.M.I. (Association Montessori Internationale.) This association was personally established by Dr. Maria Montessori to train future teachers and administrators with in-depth knowledge and understanding of Montessori theory, principles and applications. Furthermore, Ms. Golanski is absolutely passionate about the Montessori philosophy and methodology. She takes tremendous pride in running authentic Montessori programs, with beautiful prepared environments for the children, which are peace centered and achieve “Normalization.” She will be placing heavy emphasis on enhancing the Montessori presentations of materials and therefore yielding high academic achievement.

Ms. Janet Branstiter

Education Director
I have been an educator since 1990 and a Montessori educator since 1995. I have been with Smaller Scholars Montessori Academy since 1998.

I was born in England while my father served in the U.S. Air Force and I am the youngest of four daughters. Although I wasn't born here, after living in Texas for most of my life, I consider myself a native Texan.

I love to travel and take pictures. I enjoy being creative, reading and spending time with family and friends.

Ms. Teri Lloyd

Elementary Director
I have my B.S. Elementary Education and MSEd from Baylor University with an emphasis in Montessori and Technology. I am Montessori Certified for 1st - 6th grades. I have been the Elementary Director since 2007. Beginning in 1992 I developed and taught both Lower & Upper Elementary Programs at Smaller Scholars Montessori Academy. I also taught Gifted & Talented Programs.

My hobbies include dancing and dining. I enjoy football, culture, music and meeting new people.

Ms. Ashley Nguyen

Assistant Director
I have worked in Early Childhood Education and Montessori since 2014. I received my B.A. in Sociology from Texas A&M University and received my Director’s Credential in 2017. I have been with Smaller Scholars Montessori Academy since 2017.

I married my college sweetheart and have a beautiful daughter named Emily who is here in our Toddler Community and has been a Montessori Student since she was 6 weeks old. I enjoy NCAA football on the weekends and in my spare time, I enjoy dancing, photography, traveling and crafting.

I love Montessori because it fosters independence and teaches children the ability to do things for themselves. Montessori boosts a child’s confidence and empowers the child as well.