Owner and Head of School
Dayani Nawagamuwa is the owner and Head of School at Hill Point Montessori. She received her Montessori teaching diploma in 1987 in Colombo, Sri Lanka before moving to the United States in 1991. She has over 30 years experience in Montessori education, starting her first Montessori school in 1998 and then owning two other Montessori schools in the following years. Her Montessori parents were amazed at what their preschool age children were accomplishing and wanted to continue educating their children in a Montessori environment. In response, Dayani opened Hill Point Montessori Preparatory School in 2011 to give students the opportunity to be educated in a school that offered a Montessori elementary curriculum so they could continue their amazing progress. Dayani is an extremely hands on owner with considerable expertise in the Montessori field. Her devotion to educating children and raising them to be great citizens of the world is her top priority and is what makes Hill Point Montessori such a special and unique school.
Anishka Nawagamuwa is the co-administrator at Hill Point Montessori. She previously was the director and administrator at another Montessori school for 10 years before joining Hill Point last year. She obtained her Early Childhood (3-6) International Teaching Diploma from the North American Montessori Center in 2008 and has been working in Montessori schools starting as a teacher’s assistant since 2003. Having attended a Montessori school herself as a young child, and grown up with a family that owned Montessori schools, she has a unique full-circle perspective and a great deal of experience working with young children.
Lead Lower Elementary guide
Alyssa Slominski is the Lead Lower Elementary guide at Hill Point Montessori. She was born in Santa Monica, California and grew up in Simi Valley. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from San Francisco State University. She began her teaching career as a language teacher in rural Japan in 2007. After teaching in Japan, she spent time volunteering as an English teacher in Rajasthan, India. Upon returning to the United States she pursued her Montessori certification in Lower Elementary (ages 6-9) from SMCC in Chandler, Arizona. She has been working in Lower Elementary Montessori classrooms since 2009. She joined Hill Point Montessori in 2014 when she relocated back to her hometown with her husband and son. She is deeply passionate about helping children develop independence, responsibility, and compassion.
Co-Teacher Lower Elementary
Carrie Cabatbat is the co-teacher in our Lower Elementary classroom. She was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii and she graduated with a BA in Elementary Education from the University of Hawaii, Manoa. She has a great deal of experience teaching in a traditional classroom for twenty years, and has been working in a Montessori classroom at Hill Point Montessori for the past three years.