About Us

International Montessori Academy

Come & Feel The Difference

International Montessori Academy is nestled in the heart of the Candler Park neighborhood of Atlanta, Georgia on two acres of land spotted with fruit trees and gardens. Our school building is a converted 1950’s church featuring stained glass windows, beautifully appointed classrooms, an auditorium and multi-purpose room, and plenty of outdoor learning and play spaces.

MA is an authentic Montessori School in Candler Park serving children ages 0 – 12 years. Our community has families from over 20 countries, covering 5 continents.

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The Director’s Message

Zaki Swaray-Rowe

Director

Welcome to International Montessori Academy! Thank you for taking the time to learn more about International Montessori Academy. Each day at our school is an exciting new opportunity to enrich the minds of our students, and we hope your child will join us.

International Montessori Academy welcomes students regardless of race, gender, national and ethnic origin, and is non-discriminatory in all our policies. We accept children between the ages of 0-12 years.

Please contact us regarding availability for your child, and to schedule your personal tour of our school. We will be happy to answer your questions and provide additional information about our educational programs.

Kind regards,

Director

International Montessori Academy

Our Philosophy

At International Montessori Academy, our philosophy is based on the pioneering work of Dr. Maria Montessori. Dr. Montessori believed that no human being is educated by another person; he or she must do it by him or herself, or it will never be done. She believed that the goal of early childhood education should not be to fill the child with facts but rather to cultivate the child’s own natural desire to learn.

​Our community of children and families is a true melting pot of cultures with more than twenty nationalities represented among our families and staff. The Montessori environments at IMA are specifically designed to support each child’s independence and passions while the curriculum ensures the child’s progression through math, language, geography, arts, and sciences through an enticing and scientifically proven method.

Our program creates a framework for children to grow while acquiring knowledge about and learning to value different cultures of the world. We foster this growth with a Spanish speaker in each classroom, and by engaging students in the monthly cultural study.

Our Mission

International Montessori Academy is an international school community that provides a respectful, peaceful Montessori environment and nurtures the potential of the whole child.

Meet Our Staff

Administration

Zaki Swaray-Rowe

Founder and Visionary
Head of School
zaki@imontessoriacademy.com


Corinne Banks

Business Director
corinne@imontessoriacademy.com


Antasha Royal

Program & Communications
Director
antasha@imontessoriacademy.com


Nido Infant Communities

Tavia Gordon-Allen

Lead Guide


Brenda Lopez

Spanish Assistant


Abioseh Turner

Assistant


Mireya Aviles

Lead Guide


Zakia Rahim

Assistant


Elma “Elle” Malulu

Assistant


Khulud Shabazz

Assistant


Toddler Communities

Charisse Navarette

Lead Guide


Eunice Bravo

Spanish Assistant


Amie Durham

Assistant


Sonya Bettis

Lead Guide


Liliana Calderao

Spanish Assistant


Sandra Cruz

Assistant


Lisa Hamilton

Lead Guide


Amanda Cantos

Spanish Assistant


Marley Bettis

Assistant


Primary Communities

Shannon Watson

Lead Guide


Genesis “Park” Adams

Assistant


Monica-Rodriguez

Spanish Assistant


Anitha Shanmugam

Lead Guide


Marlen Munoz

Spanish Assistant


Fabian Andrade

Assistant


Elementary Community

Lolitia Johnson-Dore

Lead Guide


Aleksandra “Sasha” Svirshch

Assistant


Subs & Floaters

Zoe Swaray

Assistant


Serena Parker

Assistant


Betelhame Desalegnee

Assistant


Gillian Baltrus

Assistant


Specialists

Sheila Scrugg

Music Director


Jewel Castle

Violin Instructor


Andrea O’Herron

Art Instructor


Experience why our children are HAPPY to learn!