Ms. Aaliya Khanum is the 3-6 lead Montessori Directress at Vernon Hills Montessori academy. She was born and raised in India. Aaliya began her Montessori career in 2008 as a Primary Teacher at Sunshine Montessori school in Chennai, India. She has a Diploma in Association of Montessori International (AMI) in Montessori education for 3-6 age group from Navadisha Montessori Institute, Chennai, India. Aaliya moved to USA due to her husband's work. She took up the service as a Directress in Carlisle Montessori School, Atlanta. She moved from Atlanta to Chicago in the year 2011 and took up the service of being the Lead directress for the Red Room at AGBMS. She had two deaf and hard of hearing children in the classroom then. To communicate and provide the best teaching to children, Aaliya passionately learned Cued speech within a month. She attended extra classes and participated Cued- Speech Workshops in order to refine her cueing skills. Aaliya received a Humanitarian award for her passionate and dedicated service at AGBMS in 2013. Aaliya holds a Bachelor degree in Commerce before she started her Montessori Career. She also has the gift of knowing 8 languages - English, Hindi, Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, Marathi, Urdu & Sanskrit.
For Aaliya, Montessori education is driven by her love for children and the desire to make them better human beings. For this, she has put her excellent training, self-discipline, and her inborn talent in teaching to the best use. For Aaliya, following Montessori’s path is like discovering her inner self.