Sima Cheregosha – Founder & Board Chair
B.A. English & Translation
M.A. Liberal Studies/Global Affairs (Human Rights)
Graduate Certificate in Conflict Mitigation & Dispute Resolution
AMS Trained 0-3;
AMS Certified 3-6;
AMS Trained in Language & Math for Lower Elementary
Sima moved to the Dallas area twenty five years ago, and co-founded ArborCreek Montessori School (ACMS) in Farmers Branch, TX, now completing two decades as an educational institution par excellence. Sima’s accomplished career as a seasoned Montessori educator, first as primary guide, then Director, and now as Head of School, has uniquely positioned her to launch ArborCreek Montessori Academy (ACMA) for age groups 9-18. She believes Montessori education develops motivation and discipline; it empowers students with a sense of self worth and confidence in a rapidly changing world.
As founder and chairperson, Sima provides the vision and strategy to make ACMA a reality. She directs board members in their efforts and motivates a highly efficient team. Her leadership qualities make her the driving force behind ACMA.
“I am inspired by people who will stop at nothing to have a positive impact on other people’s lives. I feel extremely fortunate to be part of such a committed team engaged in creating an environment for older students who will undoubtedly benefit from the value of a Montessori education.”
Sima is an American Montessori Society (AMS) Life Member, AMS certified for ages 3 to 6, AMS trained for ages 0-3, and Language and Math trained for lower elementary. She holds a Master of Liberal Studies from Southern Methodist University, preceded by many years experience in literature and foreign language studies. She is fluent in English and Persian.
Babi Mitra – Board Member
PhD. Chemical Engineering
Amitava “Babi” Mitra is the Executive Director and co-leader of the New Engineering Education Transformation (NEET) at MIT’s School of Engineering. One of the most impactful initiatives in higher education today, NEET aims to reimagine and transform undergraduate engineering education.
Babi is passionate about evangelizing and implementing an educational vision he believes in and enjoys formulating, designing, and planning its implementation. With almost thirty five years experience in institution building, higher education, corporate e-learning, and distance education, he has held many leadership-level positions during his career, including Executive Director, Academic Media Production Services at MIT, Senior Vice President, Knowledge Solutions Business Unit of NIIT, founder-Dean, School of Engineering and Technology, BML Munjal University where he continues to be an Honorary Professor, and founder-President and Vice-Chancellor, Vivekananda Global University.
Babi’s strategic board-level leadership experience includes the National Advisory Board, Member, NERCOMP Board of Trustees, USA; Founder member, Sakai Project Board, USA; Co-chairperson, Advisory Board, and member, Program & Research Council, Royal Roads University, Victoria, Canada, and Founder member, Council of Governors, Pan Himalayan Grassroots Development Foundation, Ranikhet, India.
In addition to a PhD in Chemical Engineering, he also holds a master’s degree in Chemistry from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India. Babi was born in New York City. He lives in Medford, MA with his wife Srirupa. They have two children.
Jennifer Wester – Board Member
B.A. Computing and the Arts;
Current Master of Fine Arts Candidate
Jennifer is a Dallas native and the parent of two ACMS students. She has had an illustrious career as a professional skater in ice dance, having represented Team USA from 2005-2010. Jennifer has performed for live audiences and TV in several countries, and credits skating with enriching her life with inter-cultural experiences and friendships she otherwise may never have experienced. Since 2008, as an athlete representative on advisory committees, she participated in the governance organization of United States Figure Skating. From 2010-2015 she also directed and owned a community skate school in Newington, CT.
“I’m extremely thankful to have found ACMS for my children, and excited to be a part of the foundation and growth of ACMA. I believe academia must not produce a normalized product because no child deserves to be averaged. Montessori is a proven, successful response to the need for ever better and individualized education while simultaneously teaching children how to create and interact within community and respect differences; it’s everything that public education doesn’t provide.”
Jennifer holds a degree in Computer Science and Fine Art from Yale University, and is fluent in English, Russian, and Italian. She is an acclaimed performance artist, metal sculptor and painting artist as well as the co-owner of a family business supplying custom pressure vessels to aerospace and research facilities and is active as a metal sculptor and painting artist.
Patty Said – Board Member
B.A. Art History;
AMS Certified Elementary
Patty is a talented Montessori teacher with 25 years of experience and administrator for 20 years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and English with minors in Art and French. In addition, Patty is an American Montessori Society Certified Guide for Elementary, ages 6-12, and has completed some courses in Montessori 0-3 and all coursework for Montessori 3-6. Patty’s children have also benefitted from Montessori education, having attended Montessori school as well as homeschooling.
We are fortunate to draw from Patty’s wealth of expertise in Montessori education and administration, and she helps to ensure that we continue to adhere to Montessori fundamentals as we continue to expand to serve more students.