Our Founder's Note
Since 1990, I began with one dream: to offer the best early learning experience to my child. Since then, I have been determined to learn, to explore and to experiment. Overcoming many obstacles, I was always able to celebrate my journey of discoveries.
Many years have passed, I now continue with one goal: to motivate and support those who are keen to work with young children and to offer the best services to young children. With this inspiration, I continue on my mission of a life-long learner to explore and discover new approaches to education.
I do not know whether or not I can live to see the next 20 years. Nonetheless, I know one thing for sure: Greentree will grow, and it will continue to share its vast and glorious greenery for those passing by, or those who have the same mission and vision in educational excellence.
Charmaine Soh Chian Mui 2017.1.1
About our Founder
Ms. Charmaine Soh is the founder and director of Greentree Montessori, Singapore. She has been in the education field for the past 40 years. She obtained her Certificate in Education from the Singapore National Institute and a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Studies from the National University of Singapore. After being a successful high school physical education and Chinese language teacher, she decided to change her educational path from educating high school students to that of the very young children. She has thus gone on to obtain intensive training in Montessori Education and Early Childhood Education. She received her birth to 3 and 3 to 6 years old Training Credentials from AMS (American Montessori Society) and AMI (Association of Montessori International). She was then awarded a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Pacific Oaks College, Pasadena, USA, and the Certificate for RIE Practices from the Resources for Infant Educarers (RIE). She has pioneered the first Infants’ program in Singapore in 1992 after receiving training from Magda Gerber herself (the founder of RIE). In 2018, she studied under Anna Tardos (daughter of Dr Emmi Pikler) at the Pikler Institute, Budapest, Hungary.
Ms. Charmaine is a certified MACTE (Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education) and an American Montessori Society Trainer. She is currently the president of Chinese Montessori International, and a well-known educator and trainer with many local and overseas teachers’ training Institutions. She is well known for her active teaching strategies and lively classroom interactive skills.
Ms. Charmaine has been constantly invited to share her knowledge and expertise and has appeared in various medias in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and China. Her articles are also commonly featured in newspapers, magazine titles such as Young Parents and Motherhood as well as many China’s Web-media. She has also been featured in Singapore’s TV Channel 8, China Beijing Broadcasting Station, and ifeng.com.
Ms Charmaine Soh also played key roles as the academic and training director of Bejing’s Etonkids Group of schools and Bejing’s Depan Children’s cottage. She is also a trainer for Hong Kong’s Tung Wah Group of Hospitals (education division) and is an active chief consultant of many Kindergartens in South East Asia countries and China.
Ms Charmaine Soh’s current pursuits also include that of organizing international professional early childhood conferences including “Montessori in Asia Conference” in 2012, “Tokyo Fuji Kindergarten’s Professional Sharing Conferences” in 2015 and 2016, “China’s birth to 3 years old Early Childhood Conference” in 2017, and "Singapore's Early Years Symposium with Pikler and RIE" in 2018.