madrid montessori

introduction

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the school
faculty & staff

Leonor March Juan
Leonor March Juan
co-founder

Leonor is a co-founder of Madrid Montessori with Marikay McCabe. She has been involved with short- and long-term strategic planning since the school’s inception. She is currently the owner and Director of the school. Leonor was a Guide in the Children’s House classroom for six years before moving to an administrative role in 2016 . She earned her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Sussex and completed her Children’s House training in Paris at the Institut Supérieur Maria Montessori under the direction of Patricia Spinelli, in 2010. She also completed the AMI Inclusive Education Certificate from the Montessori Institute of San Diego in 2015.

Suzie Byers
Suzie Byers
head of school

Suzie brings 25 years of experience to her work at Madrid Montessori. After graduating from Wesleyan University with degrees in Economics and Spanish, she worked in Emerging Markets at JP Morgan in New York, London, and Tokyo. On Wall Street, Suzie realized that using Spanish was the most inspiring part of her job, so she pivoted her career to education. Over the next 17 years, Suzie taught Spanish to every age group from toddlers to teens, primarily at Lexington Montessori near Boston. From 2010 to 2011, Suzie taught English in Chile at La Escuela Montessori de Valparaíso. After earning her Master of Education in Human Development and Psychology at Harvard University in 2016, Suzie taught graduate students in the leadership program at Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Her four years of teaching adults led her to Madrid Montessori, where she supports the learning, growth, and development of all members of the community.

Ainhoa Martín-Chico
Ainhoa Martín-Chico
assistant head of school

Ainhoa holds one undergraduate degree in Information Sciences and another in Social Studies, both from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. After a long and varied career in administration across several countries, with the birth of her first child she decided to become a Montessorian. She followed her Children's House training in Ireland in 2008 under the direction of Nikki Hughes, and subsequently worked as a lead guide in schools in Madrid, Girona and Brussels. After five years in the classroom, Ainhoa decided to go back to administration, this time in a Montessori setting. For 8 years now, she has been working as a key administrator at Madrid Montessori. To enrich her expertise, in 2020, Ainhoa followed the AMI Montessori School Administrators Course in Geneva, Switzerland.

Paola Gutiérrez
Paola Gutiérrez
financial director

Paola received her undergraduate degree in Economics and Business from the University of Oviedo. She worked in finances for many years before turning to education. She completed her AMI Children’s House training under Guadalupe Borbolla and the Assistant to Infancy training under Silvia Dubovoy. After two years working in the Infant Community, she shifted to a full time administrative position as our Financial Director.

guides and assistants

Tatiana Pérez Capilla
Tatiana Pérez Capilla
infant community guide

Tatiana has her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from Universidad Complutense de Madrid and a doctorate in molecular biology from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Tatiana did her Assistants to Infancy training at the Montessori Institute of San Diego in California under the direction of Silvia Dubovoy.

Bianca Kowalska
Bianca Kowalska
infant community guide

Bianca received her undergraduate degree in International Tourism from Lincoln University in the UK. She then worked in Madrid for five years as a teacher of three and four year olds in a British school, before deciding to devote herself to Montessori education. She was an assistant in a Children’s House classroom for three years before completing her AMI Assistants to Infancy course in Vancouver Canada.

Daniella Sandoval
Daniella Sandoval
children's house guide, el pinar

Dany grew up in Mexico and San Diego, where she discovered her passion for Montessori. She took her children’s house training at MISD The Montessori Institute of San Diego in 2010. After graduating in 2011, she worked at International Montessori schools in China and Japan. In 2017, she completed her Assistance to Infancy training at MISD.

Florencia Malvido
Florencia Malvido
children's house guide, el hayedo

Florencia received her Children’s House qualification from the Montessori Training Center of New England under the guidance of Gretchen Hall. She completed the AMI Inclusive Education Certificate from the Montessori Institute of San Diego in 2015. Previously she completed an undergraduate degree in Pedagogical Studies at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and received a Certificate in Early Childhood Education from UCLA.

Virma Camarena
Virma Camarena
children's house guide, el hayedo

Originally from San Diego, CA, Virma has a degree in Child Development. She did her Children’s House training at Montessori Institute of San Diego in 2010 and graduated in 2011. Virma worked at the Montessori School of La Jolla for 6 years in both the Infant Community and Children's House.

Joanna Davies
Joanna Davies
children's house guide, el pinar

Joanna grew up in the south of England and received her undergraduate degree in French and Spanish from the University of Exeter. She moved to Madrid in 2013 and has since been teaching English to children of all ages. She is currently training for her Children’s House diploma.

Raji Balaram
Raji Balaram
elementary guide, la alameda (6-9)

Raji discovered Montessori first as a parent of a two-and-a-half year-old son in 2002. She completed the AMI training for primary level and worked for three years in Chennai, India. As her son moved to the elementary age, she too trained in the AMI elementary level and worked in the US for the next five years in the elementary classroom. After also spending some time working in a Montessori school in the Netherlands, Raji has accumulated more than ten years of experience teaching primary as well as elementary across three continents, both in English as well as bilingual environments (Tamil, Spanish and Dutch).

Joanna Stewart
Joanna Stewart
elementary program la dehesa (6-12), guide

After receiving her undergraduate degree in Biology in Colorado, USA, Joanna completed her Children’s House training in California and subsequently, her Elementary training in Bergamo, Italy. She has been at Madrid Montessori since 2010, first as Educational Coordinator and currently as the Dehesa’s Lead Elementary Guide. Prior to being at our school, Joanna worked as a Children’s House Guide for seven years at a Montessori school in San Francisco.

Miren Agirreolea
Miren Agirreolea
elementary program la dehesa (6-12), guide

Having obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and after earning her Teacher’s degree in Elementary Education, Miren has worked as an Elementary Teacher since 2006. Her interest in Montessori Education was sparked in 2014 and she worked as an Assistant in AMI Montessori Schools in the U.K. for two years before joining our school. She will complete the training to become a Montessori Elementary Guide at the MIRTC in Girona in the Summer of 2018.

Sophia Caswell
Sophia Caswell
elementary assistant guide

Sophia holds undergraduate degrees in Early Education and in Psychology from Ohio Wesleyan University. After spending time as a reading teacher in Portland Public Schools, she decided to further her understanding of child development and became a Montessorian. She completed her Elementary training in Portland, Oregon in 2016 under the direction of Elise Huneke-Stone. Sophia subsequently became a lead Upper Elementary guide at a public Montessori.

Natalia Gonzalez
Natalia González
spanish teacher, elementary

Natalia obtained her Undergraduate Degree as an Elementary Teacher in 2010. After working in several schools she decided to specialize in Emotional Education. In 2016 she finished her Master's Degree on classroom applied Multiple Intelligences and Innovative Didactics, under Mar Romera. Natalia finished her AMI 6-12 Assistant course in 2018.

Luis Sueza
Luis Sueza Arana
physical education teacher

Luis received his undergraduate degree in Physical Education and Sport Sciences from the European University of Madrid. He is a swimming instructor with specialty in High Intensity Training and is also trained as a Youth Activities Instructor by the Consejería de Empleo y Economía de la Comunidad de Castilla- La Mancha. From September 2018, Luis is in charge of physical education activities for the elementary children.

support staff

Cilda Cordova & María Chouki
kitchen

Cilda is our Cook and María is our Kitchen Assistant.

Richard Martínez
cleaning and maintenance

Richard is instrumental in keeping our spaces functioning and clean and bright.

Sandra Millán
school psychologist

Sandra Millán is our school psychologist. She observes and helps the children in their emotional development and learning. She also supports the wellbeing of guides and families. Sandra earned her degree in Psychology from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. She is a Clinical Neuropsychologist with many years of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in her private practice, specializing in the evaluation and diagnosis of cognitive and emotional difficulties. Sandra also has extensive experience working in private schools.