Our Team


Mirani Smith

Executive Director


MEd, Loyola University Maryland
BA, University of Sri Lanka School of Music
AMI Primary Diploma, Sri Lanka
AMI Primary Auxiliary Trainer

Mirani Smith is executive director at the Houston Montessori Institute. Mirani also serves as the Early Childhood director at The Post Oak School. She earned the AMI Primary diploma in her native Sri Lanka and holds a MEd from Loyola University in Maryland. She has taught in Montessori schools since 1978 and joined The Post Oak School in 1992 as a Primary guide. Outside of her professional work, Mirani enjoys raising butterflies and spending time with her grandchildren.



Polli Soholt

Director of Training

Polli Soholt has an AMI 3-6 Montessori Diploma and worked at a Californian Montessori school for 40 years, as a guide, then owner/administrator. After becoming a trainer, she has given courses in Switzerland, Australia, and the United States. She is currently giving a course in Milpitas, California, for Montessori Northwest. In addition, Polli is an AMI examiner and an AMI-USA consultant, and has contributed to the NAMTA journal and AMI-USA newsletter on several occasions. She joined HMI in 2018 as the director of training for the Class of 2021.