Mrs. Lalita Trehan is a distinguished Montessorian, teacher and teacher trainer in the United States. She has been an educator for over 40 years and during this time has served many roles in both India and the US. She has a B.Sc. in Home Economics from Lady Irwin College, New Delhi. In 1978, she received her pre-primary Montessori certification from Chicago, and in 1989, her Lower and Upper Elementary certification from Houston, Texas. In 1993, she became a teacher trainer at the Houston Montessori Center. In her own words, “I am a children’s advocate and I feel very strongly that we have the power to make a difference and help underprivileged children through our collective efforts.”
Mrs. Trehan is founder of First Step Montessori School (Panchkula, 1983) and Founder Director of American Montessori School (Houston, 1986), Sugar Creek Montessori School (Stafford, 1994), Cambridge Montessori School (Sugar Land, 1997) and Sugar Creek Montessori School-Katy (2007). As testament to her expertise in early childhood education, in 1999, Mr. Untermeyer, Chief of Staff under President George Bush Sr. and Chairman of Texas State Board of Education, personally requested Mrs. Trehan to serve as Trustee on the Board of the Texas Center for Educational Research (T.C.E.R) in Austin, Texas.
Dr. Nidhi Trehan, a graduate of Clements High School in Sugar Land, Texas, is a Visiting Scholar to the Bentsen Chair at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. She is Fellow, Institute of Social Sciences, New Delhi and holds a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Active in the areas of human rights and social policy as a practitioner and academic, she has published widely on the subjects of human rights, identity politics, NGOs/social movements and migration, with a focus on the Romani communities of Europe. Her most recent work compares Romani and Dalit political mobilization, especially in the areas of economic justice. She was based in India from September 2010 to December 2017, where she also worked in the management of American Montessori Public School, a senior secondary school in the New Delhi area. She joined HC4A in the Spring of 2019.