Welcome to Greenleaf Mindful Montessori!



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Here you will encounter a charming, inviting and peaceful oasis for children 2.5 to 5.5 year olds

We offer an early childhood environment with stimulating opportunities for intentional learning  where children may choose activities according to their diverse needs and desires.

Our kids learn to navigate our calm space with joy, focus, and purpose.

Meet Vanessa

 Greenleaf Director and Founder 


I was born in Caracas, Venezuela. As a Montessori child myself and then a Montessori teacher, I combined my knowledge and love for Montessori education with my meditation practice and developed the Greenleaf Mindful Montessori approach.


"I like to think of us as gardeners; we work the SOIL: an environment prepared for rich exploration and absorption. We add SEEDS: organized, inviting, challenging,  hands-on, developmentally appropriate activities. We provide NUTRIENTS: love, attention, and care. We work with the NATURAL ELEMENTS: your child’s intrinsic ability to bloom. We show up and are present, MINDFUL, as we trust your

child’s ability to grow."

We respect each child’s process and uniqueness and make individualized adjustments by pruning and guiding along the way!"

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Greenleaf Mindful Montessori Preschool provides an individualized learning program catered to the whole child’s developmental needs and intrinsic desire to learn and live in wonder.

Our program is based on the Maria Montessori's scientific method of observation to "follow the Child" and meet them where they are at.  We respect each child’s process and uniqueness and make individualized adjustments along the way!

We deeply believe that each child should feel seen, heard, respected, and loved


Our Services

The Preschool 

9:00am - 1:00pm.

(Mondays Through Fridays)

The Learning Pod

1:00pm - 4:00pm

(Monday, Tuesdays, and  Thursdays)

Online Preschool


The Parent & Me program  

3:00pm - 4:30pm


The Greenleaf Shop  

Our little corner for intentional giving

An educational store with some of our faves and teacher-made treasures from our home to yours


About Us

Greenleaf Mindful Montessori preschool offers a traditional Montessori classroom seen through a Mindful lens.

For in- depth information about us, our Philosophy and to meet our team,

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To read about our schedule, our environment, FAQs, and Testimonials

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Want to come visit us?
New Dates for in person and virtual Q&As


IN-PERSON Q&A : March 9th, and April 6th at 1:30pm

VIRTUAL Q&A : March 23rd and April 20th at 1:30pm



To be self-directed and motivated learners through a Montessori curriculum

To find joy through meaningful work and in small moments.

Confidence through fostering independence

Depth in socialization and connection through an intimate setting

Emotional intelligence, self-regulation, and awareness through our mindfulness approach

World citizenship and environmental consciousness through focus on

cultural studies  + diversity

Kindness through paying subtle attention in caring for self and others

Creativity through open-ended + process-based activities

Love what we are about?

Join the Greenleaf Mindful Montessori family by filling out an application and join the waitlist

Greenleaf Shop

Our little corner for intentional giving

An educational store with some of our faves and teacher made treasures from our home to yours


Latest news + events at our Greenleaf Mindful Montessori.


What People Are Saying About Greenleaf Mindful Montessori


Lisa Tse, Parent

We love Miss Vanessa SO much!! She is amazing in so many ways. My son had a hard time transitioning to a school where he didn't know any of the kids or teachers. Miss Vanessa is such a Mama Bear. She'd hold him and hug him and sit and work with him every day until he was comfortable enough to come out of his shell. I felt good about leaving him each day knowing she was there to comfort him. Now he is a confident boy who talks up a storm and loves school. Miss Vanessa's creative side brings everything the kids do to another level. The school plays she directs and coordinates are so impressive, it takes my breath away every time. Her expertise and talents in art, drama, dance and songwriting makes her even more extra special.


Mireya Guerrero, Parent

I am excited for the future families that will attend this incredible school. I feel blessed that all three of my boys have had an opportunity to learn and grow in a developmentally rich and loving environment with Vanessa Katz Raderman. Her early childhood development expertise is key for new families navigating the big transition in to preschool. She brings so much love to each child allowing them to blossom during these precious preschool years. Vanessa’s creative genius is present in all of her work. You are in for a treat!


Maha Mikati, Teacher

Working with Vanessa was a blessing. She is not only phenomenal at working with children but also with adults. Her passion and creativity is unprecedented and is clearly visible in the work she creates. Wether working on a job with a child, or putting together a play for a 100 preschoolers, her energy is unmatched. The clairvoyance Vanessa has is the driving force behind all extraordinary projects wether small or big. She allows both the individual child and adult to not only exploit their full potential, but also explore and tap into their minds, their creativity pushing limits one did not know even exist. You're in good hands here!!!



“Free the child's potential, and you will transform him into the world”

~ Maria Montessori


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