We had the good fortune of connecting with Noesh Hordagoda and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Noesh, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
From a young age, my parents instilled me with a resilient work ethic, which was to always stay focused, work within my morals, and to continuously progress. The most important factor behind the success of my brand is expertise in the industry. My work ethic has allowed me to use my educational background and my ability to challenge the industry of preschool education/childcare to create a successful sustainable brand.
What should our readers know about your business?
I am the owner and President of the Charisma Academy Schools Group which owns and operates numerous private Montessori preschool centers throughout Southern California. The difference that sets my brand apart from others is my dedication and emphasis on preschool education, along with our authentic Montessori teaching styles. Being the head of the company, my educational background serves as an example of the minimum of what I envision for my students. With my knowledge and expertise, I am able to create a sustainable advantage by providing an extremely safe, family-oriented, high-quality learning environment where students are exposed to experienced teachers. I sustain this advantage while staying on top of and sometimes creating new trends. I am excited about the future of education. Technology has already taken such a big role in the learning experience. It is important that child educators stay on top of trends and help students adapt at a young age to our tech-centered society. It is breathtaking to see the pace at which our preschoolers are learning. I am extremely proud of all my staff from all locations. It may seem difficult to maintain a consistent work-culture with different locations, but I have been blessed to work with the directors and teachers I have. Thanks to them, each preschool location feels like my home away from home. Business-wise, it took many long days and sleepless nights to get me where I am today. The path that brought me where I am today was not easy, in fact, I still find myself struggling with balancing work, life, and continuous education. The challenges in the beginning of my venture felt unendurable, but the solution was simple: persistence, prayer, and perseverance. My strong work-ethic would not let me quit. When I would doubt myself, I would reminisce on why I started. A few lessons I learned along the way: • Don’t let age, gender, the color of your skin, or fear let you get in the way of your goals. • Always act on 2. Don’t wait for 1,2,3… because you will talk yourself out by the time you get to 3. • Do what makes you happy. Reputation and status only matter if you care what others think about you. • A lot of people will tell you to re-think your career goals. They will tell you you’re not good enough, you’re incapable, you’re too young, you don’t know what you’re getting into, you will learn the hard way, etc. Don’t fall for it. Life is tough, but not as tough as they make it out to be. That’s the way they trap you; don’t get caught. • Whether your religious or not, pray. Pray to any being or God you believe in. Pray to the universe. Good things happen when you manifest your thoughts. • Prepare, prepare, and prepare. That’s the key to success. I am a devoted educator and business owner that takes pride in the success of early childhood education. My brand, the Charisma Academy Schools Group represents many of my private childcare centers that I have dedicated my life to. People often ask me, “Is this what you want to do for the rest of your life”? The answer is always yes; however, I would love to explore other business ventures that I feel passionate about. Being first-generation raised by immigrant parents, I had this aspiration to achieve success, not only for myself, but for my parents as well. Their sacrifices and hardships provided me with the resources I needed to be where I am today. Now, my mission is to provide children with better resources in the safest environment possible. That is why my brand’s motto is “Their Future, Our Passion”.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
As a food-lover and living in Los Angeles, I would have a list of restaurants already booked for the weekend! For breakfast we will go to Duke’s Malibu and spend half the day relaxing and enjoying Zuma beach. At night, we will go water biking in Long Beach, which is extremely fun. For the rest of the weekend, we will enjoy the beautiful hikes and scenic places LA has to offer. We will definitely be going to the Griffith Observatory where you get a closeup view of the iconic Hollywood sign and an aerial view of LA. A few of my favorite food spots in the city: For breakfast/brunch: Leo & Lily’s, Blu Jam Café, République, Bru’s Wiffle, The Butcher, The Baker, The Cappuccino Maker, Sonoma Wine Garden, and Duke’s Malibu. For lunch: Healthy Greens, On The Thirty, Dan’s Super Subs, Jasmine Thai, Din Tai Fung, Nobu, Gen Korean BBQ, Joan’s on Third, The Boiling Crab, and Geoffrey’s. For dinner: Mastro’s Steakhouse, Beauty & Essex, Ysabel, LA Prime, TAO, Joey, Taverna Tony, A.O.C. Restaurant, Katsuya, 1212 Santa Monica, The Six Chow House, RockSugar, Faith & Flower, Pasta Sisters, Jon & Vinnys, and Barton G. For dessert: The Boba Café, Go Greek Yogurt, Creams of Dreams, Crave Café, Diddy Riese, Wanderlust Creamery, Happy Days Café, Afters Ice Cream, Tifa, and your local Rite Aid’s ice cream.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would not be in the position I am in today and would not have the expertise I possess without the exceptional education I received. It wouldn’t be fair to only shoutout one of these organizations! The significance and impact that each organization gave me during those specific periods of my life are invaluable. I want to shout out the following schools: Notre Dame Academy Elementary School Chaminade College Preparatory Middle School Chaminade College Preparatory High School Pepperdine University, Seaver College Harvard University, Graduate school of Education, Professional Education Through these academically challenging institutions, I learned the importance of education and the value it brings to the world. Knowledge is priceless and educating others will only improve society. I believe preschool education is the building blocks for creating a successful academic career. Thus, I strive to provide the best quality of education just as I received, which is why I decided that all of my preschools will be Montessori schools. My dedicated staff and I ensure that every child who graduates from one of my Montessori schools will not only be well equipped for the next grade level but prepared for their future.