Puja Bhutani was born and raised in New Delhi, India. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and Finance in 1995, and worked in India for Bank of America and ABN AMRO for five years. She and her husband moved to the United States in 2002, and later enrolled their oldest daughter in a AMI certified Montessori school. It was at this school, while volunteering in her daughter’s classroom, that Puja discovered a passion for Montessori education and found herself inspired to make a career change. She earned her AMS credential in 2011 and became a certified Early Childhood teacher. Before coming to CDS, she worked as a lead teacher at Children of Promise in St. Louis. In her spare time, Puja enjoys spending time with her family, listening to music, cooking, and singing.