Meet Your Teacher: Surabhi Mahjika

If you heard a faint but jovial screech in the distance this week, that was me excited about this amazing announcement. Our Hiring Committee, comprised of parents, myself, and community members, recently interviewed many amazingly qualified candidates that answered the call for educators ready to bring social justice to education in Richmond. We are excited to share our newest family member!

Brei Stevenson
President, Board of Directors


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Surabhi Makhija

Directress + Classroom Lead

Surabhi has 14 years of Montessori experience and comes to us from Tuckahoe Montessori. She graduated from SNDT Women’s University in Mumbai, India in 1995 with her degree in Business Communication, and later Wilson Technical Community College in Cary, North Carolina in 2003 with a degree in Early Childhood Education. In 2004, she received her Montessori Certification online through The United Montessori Association in Poulsbo, Washington and attended the Center for Montessori Teacher Education/ North Carolina for hands-on training in 2007.

In her spare time, she volunteers at the nonprofit organization IAVA (Indian Association of Virginia), is Co-leader of Girl Scout Troop #5085, listening to music, playing and reading with children, dancing, jogging, Crochet, and spends time with her family; husband Vineet Makhija, Her boys, Ayush 21, Ashvin 17, and daughter Simran, 13 years old.

Surabhi will be serving as our Primary Lead while also overseeing our Elementary classroom for the start of the year. A full time Elementary Lead will be joining us later in the Fall! To say we are thrilled to have her join our family is an understatement. Our students, school and community will be a million times better because of her.

Brei Stevenson