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Aliya Hirji

Admissions Director & Nutritionist

Aliya holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nutrition from Bastyr University and an Associate’s degree in Business Administration.  She entered the field of Early Childhood Education in 1997 and has been working in Admissions at Living Montessori since 2008.  She enjoys coming to work to see excited and engaged learners and is passionate about sharing this program with families and helping them determine if it aligns with their goals.  As a Nutritionist, she transformed an already healthy meal program into a highly nutritious, organic, gourmet culinary experience, challenging all conventional ideas of “child food.” Aliya continues to raise consciousness in our students’ relationship to food and supports our Living Montessori community to do the same.  She has also contributed greatly to the development of our school’s culinary science and nutrition education program.

Aliya enjoys creative cooking, experimenting with food and science, critiquing new restaurants, posting food photos on social media, photography, reading in bed, and spending time with her family.