Faculty/Staff


Vyju Kadambi is the Founder and Director of Southwest Montessori Academy.

With over 20 years of experience in Montessori schools, Vyju has taught in both Primary and Lower Elementary classrooms and has served as an Administrator for 11 years. She is a strong leader and is passionate about the Montessori pedagogy. She works with the staff to insure authenticity and excellence for Southwest Montessori Academy.

Vyju completed her Montessori training in Lower Elementary and Administration from Houston Montessori Center and Early Childhood from MECA-Seton. Vyju has served as a Paraprofessional Teacher Trainer at both Seton Montessori Institute and United Montessori Schools of Indiana. She holds degrees in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is currently pursuing her Masters in Montessori Education from Xavier University. In addition, she is certified in Positive Discipline as a Parent and Teacher Educator. Vyju has presented Positive Discipline workshops over a dozen times for schools, parents and communities.

Vyju also has served on numerous not-for-profit boards. She currently serves as the Vice President of  United Montessori Schools of Indiana and served for a few years on the Board of Directors at St. Mark’s Early Learners in Auburn, Indiana. In the past, she has served as a Board Member of Three Rivers Montessori School during its time of leadership transition in New Haven, Indiana.

Vyju is excited to have established a Montessori school that is committed to nurturing and inspiring a love of learning as each child prepares for life and establishing a family-school partnership that encourages each child to reach their potential.   

Vyju has grown three children and loves spending time with family, doing yoga and cooking.