• PSY.D., Clinical Psychology
    California School of Professional Psychology

  • MA, Clinical Psychology
    California School of Professional Psychology

  • MA, Marriage and Family Theraphy
    Antioch University

  • BA, Psychology, 
    University of California, Riverside



Children are a parent’s greatest treasure in life and when a child walks into our facility, I believe that we must embrace them as our own and honor the faith that parents have in us to take care of their most precious possession. Academically, our children at RMA excel beyond their counterparts in most schools. I believe that educators must be invested in the overall growth of the child. This extends far beyond educational accomplishments and takes into consideration the importance of building character.


Effective early childhood teachers must possess both the skills and knowledge regarding early childhood. In addition, they must possess the personal characteristics such as the love of children, dedication to educate, flexibility to adapt to new circumstances and challenges, pragmatism, patience and creativity.  Our teachers at RMA embody these important characteristics and are kind, generous, caring individuals who love children. It is my honor and privilege to continue to inspire them and lead them to find creative ways to inspire a love for learning in our children.  


Prior to joining RMA, I served as the Associate Director for the Children, Youth, and Family Services at Alliant International University. There, I provided supervision and training of doctoral level interns and practicum students who were providing mental health services for children, adolescents, and families in the Alhambra Unified School District. As an adjunct professor, I also taught doctoral level Human Diversity, Child Development, and Adolescent Psychology Classes. In addition, I served as clinical psychologist at a youth detention center through the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. 


My focus in psychology has always been on children and adolescents, both as a clinician and a supervisor. This experience has provided me with a greater appreciation for the importance of an individual’s early years. Childhood is one of the most integral parts of an individual’s life. It is the stage during which the imprints for adulthood are formed. With the immense amount of influences that surround children, it is vital that we help children grow into strong, confident, active learners who are respectful of themselves, others, and their environment. As executive director, my goals for our children at RMA are to be confident, caring, inquisitive individuals who love the process of learning.


Having grown up in the Montessori environment since birth has allowed me to have a unique perspective on the importance of childhood. I believe it has given me different set of lenses to look through, and has made me appreciate the love and dedication necessary to care for the wellbeing of our children. It has also made me appreciate the responsibility that this role holds and has formed in me a desire to uphold the legacy that my parents have created over the past 30 years.








Dr. A. Chandrapala

Director, Riverside Montessori Academy

Our History

Mrs. Lalitha Chandrapala received her AMI (Association Montessori International) certification in 1979. She began her first Montessori School in 1979 with 15 children and has been at the Pachappa Location since 1982. Her love and passion for children, inspired her husband, Mr. N. H. Chandrapala, to join her and together they have managed our two locations for 30 years.


They have dedicated their lives in the education and nurturance of generations of children. As Executive Directors, they continue to remain an integral part of the training , coordination, and implementation of the program and are delighted to welcome their daughter, Dr. Chandrapala as executive director to their schools.

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