Nurturing Young Minds

"We have to help the child to act, will, and think for himself.  This is the art of serving the spirit, an art which can be practiced to perfection only when working among children."
- Maria Montessori

Phone: 937-436-1112

Our History

In 1988, with a clear vision in her heart and a Master’s Degree in Montessori Education, Asha Mahambrey designed and opened Effica School of Montessori in the heart of Centerville. Her goal was to create a beautiful learning environment where a young child’s budding mind and tender heart could be nurtured with loving kindness and educational experiences. Her 3-year-old daughter, Meghna, was her first student.

Over the past 25 years, Effica has provided nurturing care and education to hundreds of students in the Dayton community.  Effica remains one of the few Montessori programs in the area with the original Director and Teacher, promising consistent quality and authenticity from its roots.  Families from Centerville, Springboro, Washington Township, Miamisburg, Kettering, Bellbrook, Oakwood, Beavercreek, and Xenia have trusted Effica with their children, and have joyful memories of their experience.

Delightfully, Miss Asha’s daughter, Meghna, earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Development and a Master’s Degree in Montessori Education and joined Effica’s teaching staff in 2009.  Miss Asha is proud to have watched the school come full circle, with her daughter and first student returning to Effica as ‘Miss Meghna’.

Miss Asha remains the Director and a Head Teacher at Effica, while Miss Meghna has become the Administrator and a Head Teacher as well.  Together as partners, along with their dedicated Assistant Teachers, they are committed to providing a happy and sound beginning to your child’s academic journey.

They look forward to the opportunity of meeting you and your child soon.


                                        Asha Mahambrey, M.Ed.                                           Meghna Mahambrey, M.Ed

                                           (Director and Teacher)                                              (Administrator and Teacher)