“Those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well.”
Each day she walks briskly through the corridors of Sugar Creek Montessori School; her eyes see everything and her instincts miss nothing! Making a point to remember each of her students by name she instills hope and confidence in each one of them!
Mrs. Lalita Trehan, a distinguished Montessorian, engaged in teaching and training educators has been in the field for more than three decades. She is a visionary and believes that one should enter the field of education only if he or she has a passion for it.
A product of the Lady Irwin College, New Delhi, she received her pre-primary Montessori Certification from Chicago in 1978, and lower and Upper Elementary certification from Houston, Texas in 1989. In 1983, she started her first Montessori school: First Step Montessori School at Panchkula, India. In 1993, she became a teacher trainer at Houston Montessori Centre. Mrs. Trehan has contributed a lot to the society and has been playing a very significant role in paving a path for children.
Mrs. Lalita Trehan was attracted to the Montessori method of teaching because it respects children as individuals and makes them grow as a person. In her own words, “ respecting the child is very important. Observing them and following their needs and not rushing them are symbolic of acknowledging and respecting their individuality.” She says, she realized quite early in her life, that physical well being is directly related to emotional needs, and thereby emotional needs should definitely be responded to.
Mrs. Trehan recalls that she always loved to ask questions. She reckons that nature versus nurture has a lot to do with what you become in your life. Helping classmates with studies since she was in ninth grade, teaching family members, she unconsciously turned to teaching very early in her life. Her niece once told her, “ This is the first time in my life, I learnt how to study!”
Born in a traditional Punjabi family to a warm, affectionate, loving mother and an authoritarian father who was a Judge, she imbibed the best of both parents. Her colleagues and students consider her a perfect blend of warmth and discipline.
“We all look up to her as a mother figure,” says Mrs. Bijal Patel, a teacher at Sugar Creek Montessori School, who has been working with Mrs. Trehan since the last four years. She further elaborates, “She always gives a ear to whatever we want to share with her. As a teacher, she is like a guiding star. Most of her staff has been with her for a long time, which says a lot about her as a person. “ “For her, children come first, before anything else,” adds Mrs. Patel.
The First Step Montessori School (Panchkula, 1983), the American Montessori School (U.S.A., 1986), Sugar Creek Montessori School (Stafford, U.S.A.1994), Cambridge Montessori School (U.S.A., 1997) and Sugar Creek Montessori School (Katy, U.S.A., 2007) have been founded and nurtured by Mrs. Trehan.
“As testament to her expertise, in 1999 Mr.Untermeyer, Chief of Staff under President George Bush Sr. and Chairman of Texas State Board of Education, personally requested Mrs. Trehan to serve as trustee on the board of the Texas Centre for Educational Research (T.C.E.R).” (Web)
Ms. Marsha Forman, Program Coordinator at Sugar Creek Montessori School who has been working with Mrs. Trehan since the last 10 years, calls her “an enthusiastic, hardworking educator who is a true advocate of children. She is genuine in her desire to acquire the right knowledge that would be instrumental in creating the perfect environment for children to blossom!”
Mrs. Lalita Trehan continues to encourage and teach not only children, but parents like us too. She looks up to the Divine and regards children as her inspiration. “Have faith always, faith makes you strong; but never stop making efforts,” she alleges. A firm believer of the teachings of Shree Vivekananda she urges people to believe in themselves. “Honesty and fearlessness are important attributes; honesty gives you freedom and fearlessness comes from being honest,” she maintains.
Her message for the new generation is, “keep your desire burning, don’t let it get extinguished!”
American Montessori Public School – About The Founder. (n.d.). Retrieved October 26, 2015, from http://www.americanpublicschool.com/ourfounder.html