Meet our Team



Eliisa became a part of the Young Minds community in the summer of 2018 when she and her husband Luis became the new owners of Young Minds. Eliisa grew up in Finland, but has been residing in Texas since 2010. After completing a 10-year career in the mental health field and having her son, she became passionate about early childhood development and education. Soon after, she decided to follow in the footsteps of her family in early childhood...



Ashanthi Perera is a certified Montessori Teacher that is currently serving as the Director of Young Minds Montessori Preschool.

With over 20 years of experience in childcare, Ashanthi started her career as a toddler classroom teacher for several years before starting her own Montessori school in 2008 with one student. By 2018, the school had grown into multiple classrooms with a full capacity of 96 enrolled students.



Our Teachers

Bumblebee Lead Teacher

Ms. Alya has 10 years of experience teaching Montessori children ages three to six years old. She attended University of Baghdad in Baghdad, Iraq, where she received a Bachelor degree of Education. She's also completed the Child Development Associate degree (CDA) at Austin Community College. Most recently, she completed the American Montessori Society (AMS) Primary Montessori Certification from Montessori Teacher Education Institute in...


Grasshopper Lead Teacher

Indu was born and raised in India, and transplanted in the United States over two decades ago. She holds a degree in Science, a Master's degree in Sociology, and has obtained the Montessori Teacher Diploma by the NAMC (North American Montessori Center). Indu has been teaching children for over 35 years, and 22 of them as a Montessori teacher. She feels passionate about children, their development and truly loves teaching. In her spare time,...


Teacher/Office Administrator

Ms. Jordan has been one of Young Mind's three-year-old teachers for the last five years; she has had the joy of watching her former students graduate our school, ready for kindergarten and beyond. After earning her Child Development Associates Degree, Ms. Jordan is currently pursuing her Education degree at Texas State. She loves her job and it is the aspect of her life she works hardest at, she was born to be a teacher. Although Ms. Jordan...


Ladybug Lead Teacher

Nilusha has been working in early childhood education for a total of 8 years now. She joined Young Minds in 2013 and has held various positions in our team. In addition to being our Assistant Director, she is the Lead Teacher in our Ladybug class. She holds a CDA (Child Development Associate Degree), Childcare Director credentials, and the North American Montessori Center’s Montessori Teacher Certification.

Nilusha says “Being part of a...