Ms. Anjum Mukadam

School Founder

Ms. Anjum Mukadam

“I enjoy working with little people, and using our time together to teach. I remember making the most educational and creative leaps in my own life, when I was happy, not under any pressure, and working with a teacher who truly understood the meaning of the expression, “Joy of Learning”. I have always tried my best to incorporate this approach with my own two children, as well as all of the graduate and undergraduate students, high school students, elementary grade and preschool children, as well as the young toddlers I am fortunate to have spent time with. Education should be a journey, a stroll at the child’s own pace, and not a competitive rat race.”

Professional Preparation

  • BS, Physics, D. G. Ruparel College, Mumbai, India, May 1995
  • MS, Physics, Indian Institute of Technology (Bombay), India, April 1997
    Studies of magnetic materials
  • MS, Astronomy, University of Texas at Austin, December 2000
    Evolutionary Constraints on the second most stable optical clock known : ZZ Ceti
  • PhD, Astronomy, University of Texas at Austin, August 2004
    Ensemble Characteristics of the ZZ Ceti stars
  • Co-Director, Roots & Wings Montessori School, May 2014 to present
  • Research Scientist, University of Washington, Seattle, July 2013 to present
  • Research Associate, University of Washington, Seattle, September 2007 to June 2013
  • Hubble Fellow, University of Washington, Seattle, September 2004 – August 2007

Honors & Awards

  • 6/2008 Robert J. Trumpler Award
  • 9/2004 – 8/2007 Hubble Fellowship
  • 8/2003 – 5/2004 Cullen Trust Foundation Fellowship
  • 11/2002 – Benfield Award for excellence in research
  • 8/2002 – 5/2003 University Continuing Fellowship
  • 8/2001 – 5/2002 University Continuing Fellowship
  • 7/1998 – Merit-based award for higher education, J. N. Tata Endowment, India

Development as a Teacher

  • Trained many graduate and undergraduate students from different universities over the last
  • Served as an advisor to two students in their freshman years for the Pre-Major in Astronomy
    Program at the University of Washington.
  • Worked with Eric Harpe, a teacher from Heritage High School in Vancouver, to acquire and
    analyze astronomical data during the summers of 2010 and 2011.
  • Training to be a Montessori elementary teacher, taking coursework over the duration of 26
    months from the Center for Guided Montessori Studies since November 2013.
  • Enrolled in a course titled “Starting a Montessori School from the Ground Up” in July 2013.