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Meet Noesh Hordagoda of Valley Montessori Preschool in Canoga Park

Today we’d like to introduce you to Noesh Hordagoda.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Noesh. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.

Established in 2011, Valley Montessori Preschool has been serving the San Fernando Valley (Canoga Park, Calabasas, Woodland Hills, West Hills) by providing a challenging, innovative and educational program since 2011. Choosing a quality pre-educational center is often the first investment parents make in their children’s education. Our saying at Valley Montessori is “Their Future, Our Passion”, and we strive to achieve the best possible future for your child.

My parents, Naren and Roshi Hordagoda came to the United States at 23 years old with $300.56 in their pockets ready to conquer the world together. Throughout the years my parents continued to struggle in order to give my brother and I the best possible future.

As kids growing up, my both parents ALWAYS emphasized these three things:

1) “We love you and always remember our love is unconditional”

2) “Treat others with love and care; and always follow your dreams, for we will back them up no matter how big they may seem”

3) “You must get an education in order to be successful in life”

With those core messages in mind, my brother and I have strived for nothing but greatness. We both attended Palms Tiny Tots Pre-school in Culver City, then onto Notre Dame Academy Elementary School (Los Angeles).

We parted ways throughout high school as I attended Chaminade High School (West Hills, CA), and my brother Nigel attended Notre Dame High School (Sherman Oaks, CA). With the private school trend since birth, we had to continue! I am currently an upcoming junior at Pepperdine University (Malibu, CA), and Nigel is currently attending Pepperdine University – (Encino, CA). We both are majoring in business and marketing and hope to earn our teaching credentials in Early Childhood Development by the end of this year. Meanwhile, both of my parents hold Montessori accreditations and have a vast knowledge on giving children the best education possible as they did with us.

We as a family have a come a long way from having nothing to almost everything.

Through the American struggle my parents have built an empire, having owned apartment buildings, franchises, child care centers, etc. Each one of us has a deep love for children and their personalities/energetic selves. From all the business ventures, we have been a part of/acquired, we can honestly say that the preschool business is by far the most rewarding, for these children are truly a part of our family.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
So far it has been a smooth road with not much to complain about! Of course, with being 20 years old and acting as the C.E.O/Administrator of Valley Montessori Preschool it comes with its struggles, but you learn to appreciate life and know that it will all be worth it in the future.

It’s definitely the moment in life where the “grind” is very much apparent.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Valley Montessori Preschool – what should we know?
Valley Montessori Preschool is a premier early child care center enriching the lives of young children. Our child care center is open year-round and offers a program for toddlers, preschoolers, and children transitioning in to Kindergarten. Here at Valley Montessori Preschool, we provide children a great learning experience in a fun, safe, cheerful and friendly environment. Our unique program encompasses a traditional Montessori and preschool method that is combined with an academic approach. Our school program focuses on every aspect of a child’s growth. We tailor our attention to each child’s cognitive, emotional, social and physical state. Children learn self-respect, respect for others, and respect for their surroundings and a love for learning.

Our preschool is centered around the Montessori curriculum and offers enrichment classes such as arts and crafts, dance, Spanish, music, yoga, piano, and gardening.

Unlike other Montessori schools, we offer BOTH preschool and Montessori curriculums, giving your child the perfect balance. Our philosophy is based upon Dr. Maria Montessori’s vast understanding of children and their natural tendencies to explore and become independent. The program is designed to foster self-esteem, independence, creativity and a love of learning in an exceptionally clean, safe and nurturing environment. Children have the freedom to progress at their own pace, explore their world, make discoveries and draw their own conclusions. Children gain knowledge, confidence and leadership skills. Our low student to teacher ratio in each class provides each child with an individual learning program in an enjoyable setting. Our classroom atmosphere encourages social interaction for cooperative learning, peer teaching & emotional development. We not only want each child to feel a strong sense of belonging, but we want each parent to feel confident and proud that his or her child is a student at Valley Montessori Preschool. You are invited to tour the school, meet our fantastic teachers and see our newly upgraded facility!

We are proud members of the National Child Care Association (NCCA), American Montessori Society (AMS), and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
I can confidently say God, my parents, and close friends have played a big role in my success. Although, I owe it to myself for all the sleepless nights, long hours with balancing school and running a business all while trying to keep up with life. I believe you yourself should be your biggest advocate, and if so it will show. However, I will never forget those people in my life who helped me get to where I am today; for they sure know who they are.

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16 Comments

  1. Pradeep Singh

    September 11, 2017 at 06:02

    Wow, incredible. Noesh you are truly an impeccable young man who has touched the lives of many families at VMP. Our kids love you and always run up to you with full speed. You have really done a great job with the school and the academics. Your kindness and genuineness show … All the best to you and your future endeavors. – Pradeep & Karina S.

  2. Roshini Hordagoda

    September 19, 2017 at 02:00

    I couldn’t be more proud of you Noesh, you have exceeded all of our expectations as parents. We are so grateful for you and all that you have done for our family. We love you unconditionally… – Mom & Dad

  3. Luelle Davis

    October 12, 2017 at 21:25

    This has by far become one of the best Montessori schools in the valley in just a few short months. Noesh, you have transformed this school into something beautiful. You’re an educated young man who really knows what he is doing in the child care business. Tiffany never wants to leave school and goes crazy every time you come and check in. Steve and I are so happy we found this preschool. I cannot wait till you open the next location closer to us!

  4. Stacy Matthews

    November 20, 2017 at 22:29

    By far, the best Montessori school in the valley, and I couldn’t be more proud to work here. After viewing this article, I was moved. The Hordagoda family has really made this place their own, and the kids are extremely connected to the family. From a viewpoint of someone who works here: Noesh you are young, brilliant, kind-hearted, and the most mature young man I have ever encountered. You treat everyone with such respect and always make sure the staff is well taken care of. Kudos, (Lead Teacher – Stacy M.)

  5. Rav R.

    January 30, 2018 at 23:21

    One of the most fearless young professionals I have ever encountered. Noesh, you are living and breathing proof of success and hard work. I have seen how you have built this school and the amount of progress you have made in just under a year. Keep thriving and please know as parents of Valley Montessori, we are always here to support you and will stand by this school for years to come!

  6. Devy

    January 31, 2018 at 00:34

    Congratulations 🎈 such an amazing story. Your journey touches so many lives, especially my children’s, whom were fortunate enough to have been in the care of your mom, Roshie, since they were infants. Now, my younger, Anabelle, attends the Valley Montessori Preschool and we couldn’t be more happy. Anabelle is thriving and having so much fun with Roshie and other staffs. We would recommend anyone with kids to visit Valley Montessori Preschool and watch your child exceed 📚

  7. Alyssa Morales

    February 1, 2018 at 18:03

    You are an incredible man with an incredible story. You have worked hard and it has paid off and will continue to as the years go on. It has been a privilege for me to watch you take on such responsibility and grow such a large heart for these kids and families. You are truly an inspiration. You are truly an amazing friend.

  8. Narek Amirian

    April 5, 2018 at 07:30

    Fantastic article to go along with an incredible young man. You have touched the lives of so many of us here at Valley Montessori. I can see now why the school is full with a long waitlist! Our two little ones love you and we appreciate so much of what you have done for us and the Canoga Park/West Hills community. Through enrollment, my wife and I remembered how hard you would be working in the school from open to close and it has shown. We recommend this school to everyone looking for a quality education.

  9. Neil D'Angelo

    April 16, 2018 at 03:25

    Noesh, you are the man! Your brilliance shows through everything the school encompasses. I know you are a very busy guy, and I am honored our family has gotten the opportunity to meet such a genuine individual who cares for our kids. Your are a blessing to our neighborhood. Thank you for always greeting us with a smile and going the extra mile for our kids whether it’s the animal crackers or offering to have a teacher stay past closing time for us. We appreciate you and we truly ADORE you. Keep growing!

  10. Erica Sanders

    April 22, 2018 at 19:12

    Valley Montessori Preschool has become our second home and we couldn’t be more grateful. The teachers are extremely qualified and caring, for it exactly resembles the owner. Thank you Noesh for all that you have done with the school. We are very happy and appreciative. You are one of the few people at your age who will soar. Blessings, Erica

  11. Brian Lee

    June 3, 2018 at 20:52

    Only one article on this guy? There should be much more. This is awesome and I am so happy Mao and I are able to be VMP parents. We love all the events you put on at the school and all the effort that goes in. Thank you for accepting us from the waitlist, we know how much the value of a good education is. Your director and the staff are very nice people, thank you for all that you do.

  12. Isabella & Justin Huntman

    June 16, 2018 at 06:50

    The best Montessori in the valley! My husband and I toured a dozen of Montessori schools in Calabasas, West Hills, Tarzana, Woodland Hills, Encino and none matched up to the standards of Valley Montessori. The minute you walk in the door you realize you are in the right place. It’s the positive vibe and genuine feeling you get from everyone there… Noesh you’ve done a magnificent job here. My both sons are thriving and learning so much. I know dealing with us parents isn’t easy, but thank you for doing it. It was a pleasure writing this review and most importantly we are so grateful for you. See you on Monday!

  13. M. Lopez

    August 17, 2018 at 04:17

    Great school with a terrific program! Location does not matter when it comes to a good school. We drive all the way from the LA/Glendale area in order to send our kids here. My wife and I cannot say enough about this Montessori. We are very grateful and appreciative for everything Noesh (formally known as Mr. P) and the rest of the administration has done for us. We will continue in supporting this school for years to come…!

  14. Cici Peters

    November 7, 2018 at 00:58

    Love seeing this! Great read with a real professional on the cover. Stellar article. You will move mountains and change lives. We know how much you do in the background to keep this program top notch. All the teachers resemble this infectious genuineness and smile, I sure see who they rub off of! It’s a pleasure talking with you, even if it’s just once a month – keep shining Noesh.

  15. Pamela S.

    February 10, 2019 at 06:53

    The most loving and respectable young man I have ever met. You do everything with such poise and really care for the teachers. The director is also fabulous, she’s also a one of a kind. Your ability to make everyone happy and continuously laughing is a blessing. We appreciate you so very much!!!

  16. Rebecca H. Parsons

    August 9, 2019 at 06:26

    I met this marvelous young man at an NAEYC conference in Washington last year, and was so delighted to read about him online. His character was amplifying and very jovial. Noesh is one of the youngest members apart of NAEYC, and we are very proud to have him. He brings a new point of view to the table and has great new ideas on how to improve the quality of education. Noesh is well respected amongst our community of educators/school owners. His vision and ambition will one day be showcased. I thought I’d post my comment to add to his long thread of supporters. Wishing you all the best Noesh, hope to see you for this years conference.

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