Ms. Ann Gilman

Ms. Ann

My name is Ms. Ann Gilman. I am the administrator and CEO for Amazing Beginnings, Eagan Montessori Academy North and Eagan Montessori South schools.

My husband, Dr. Phil, and I have been married for 35 years and have two children. We have been living in Eagan for the past 20 years.

I first started working with Eagan Montessori about 13 years ago. I really enjoyed my work in the new career that I had chosen after working with my husband in his Chiropractic office for almost 20 years. So much so, that I decided to open a second school in 2009, Amazing Beginnings Montessori. Then again in 2016 I opened Eagan Montessori South.

As a child growing up in Sri-Lanka, I attended Montessori school and still remember some of my favorite Montessori activities. All my siblings attended Montessori schools in Sri-Lanka and they are all very successful adults in their chosen fields. I experienced firsthand the power of a good Montessori education.

Even the founders of Google credited their success to their “Montessori experience,” in an interview they did with Barbra Walters.

I am in this profession because I feel that our children are the future of the world, and I want to be a part of shaping that future. I do not take this job lightly.

I take it upon myself, to travel to different states and foreign countries to visit other preschools and understand how different programs work. This experience helps me to incorporate the best of what I learn to make our schools the best they can be.

I look forward to getting to know all the parents and the students that attend all of my schools. My fervent prayer is that all the children who go through our schools will become wonderful, kind, loving and smart adults that will make amazing contributions to society, just because they spent their formative years at one of my Montessori schools.

Ms. Ruchika Verma

Ms. Ruchika

Ms. Ruchika Verma is the regional director of Eagan Montessori Academy and Amazing Beginnings Montessori schools.

My name is Ms. Ruchika Verma. I have been the lead Kindergarten teacher at Eagan Montessori for the last 9 years, and am also the Center Director. I recently received a promotion as the regional director for all three of our Montessori schools. I was born in India. My mother was the principal of a public school and always instilled in us the importance of a good education. I did my studies up to high school in a convent school considered one of the best in India. After I graduated from high school I worked in a pre-school. After that I went on to Meerut University in India to get myBachelors degree in Commerce/Economics. Later on I also got my two year diploma in Computer Science.

In 1995 I got married and came to the US with my husband. We have two children and we live in Eagan. While I was a stay-at-home mom, I volunteered at Pilot Knob Elementary school for one year. While I was there I felt that my true calling was to work with children. I went on to work at Beck's Montessori school for four years and completed my Montessori teacher training program. I have also worked at the Goddard's pre-school for two years. Then I got the opportunity to join Eagan Montessori and I love it here.

I now have my Masters Degree in Education, and my director's certification from MNAEYC. I also have a Montessori certification from NAMCanda certification in the S.M.A.R.T. program. I teach Bollywood dance and have taken dance kids to professional performances. I also teach dance at Eagan Montessori. I have been in this profession for 17 years, and I could not have a more rewarding career. I enjoy teaching my great students with awesome colleagues. We are not just a school here; we are a happy family with happy children. It makes my day when past students stop by to see me - which happens very often!


Ms. Bencey

Ms. Ashley, Kindergarten Teacher, Eagan Montessori Academy.

Hello! My name is Ms. Ashley. I will be the Kindergarten teachers for the 2020-2021 Academy year as well as Assistant Director.

I have worked in Early Childhood Education as well as in Elementary Education for about 8 years. I started as an assistant teacher in the preschool room back in 2004. Once I graduated from college, I was a substitute teacher within multiple school districts teaching various grade levels between Kindergarten and 5th grade.

I am a born Minnesotan and do not think I will ever leave. I attended Bloomington Kennedy High School and graduated in 2008, from there I went to Normandale Community College for my Associate Degree in Liberal Arts, and finally in May of 2018, graduated from Minnesota State Mankato with my Bachelor's in Elementary Education. Go Mavericks!

I currently live in Rosemount. When I am not teaching the future generation at school, I am teaching the future generation at home with my fiancé Doug, my son Dominic and my daughter Madison.

Working with children has been a dream of mine since I was very young. My passion in life is knowing that each day I am able to shape the minds of our future generation. I cannot wait to teach your children many new things and I am excited for them to teach me as well.

I am very excited to be part of the Eagan Montessori community and I cannot wait to get to know each of our families here.