madrid montessori

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faculty & staff

Marikay McCabe
Marikay McCabe
director

Marikay is American and has lived in Madrid since the year 2000. After finishing her doctorate at Columbia University, she worked as a Research Associate for the World Health Organization and taught Anthropology courses at the Madrid campuses of New York University and St. Louis University. The birth of her daughter in 2003 awoke her interest in the world of early childhood education and set her on the path to eventually start Madrid Montessori in 2006.

Leonor March Juan
Leonor March Juan
co-director

Leonor has been a Guide in the Children’s House classroom since 2010. Leonor is also a founding partner of the school and has been involved with short- and long-term strategic planning since the school’s inception. She earned her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Bristol 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.

Ainhoa Martín-Chico
Ainhoa Martín-Chico
school life coordinator

Ainhoa holds undergraduate degrees in Information Science and in Social Studies 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 classroom guide in schools in Madrid, Girona and Brussels. She is now involved in the administration of Madrid Montessori in her role as School Life Coordinator.

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.

Paola Gutiérrez
Paola Gutiérrez
infant community assistant guide

Paola has completed her AMI Children's House training under Guadalupe Borbolla. Previously she received her undergraduate degree in Economics and Business from the University of Oviedo.

Livia Pérez Flores
Livia Pérez Flores
children’s house guide

After receiving her undergraduate degree in design, Livia completed her Children’s House training at the Maria Montessori Institute in London under Lynne Lawrence and she also did a post diploma in Observation while in London. She joined Madrid Montessori in 2010.

Bianca Kowalska
Bianca Kowalska
children’s house assistant guide

Bianca 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 received her undergraduate degree in International Tourism from Lincoln University in the UK and has completed a module of the AMI Assistants to Infancy Program in Vancouver Canada.

Florencia Malvido
Florencia Malvido
children’s house guide

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.

Amina Collins
Amina Collins
children’s house assistant guide

Amina trained to be a Nursery Teacher (Maestra de Infantil) at the University of Granada. After being a Teacher at a British school in Madrid for four years, she completed her studies with a Master’s degree in Infant Waldorf Education at the University of La Salle, Madrid. She has taken the AMI Children’s House Assistant course in Madrid, finishing in July 2016.

Christiana Beck
Christiana Beck
elementary guide

Christiana has an undergraduate degree in Graphic Design from Moore College of Art in Philadelphia. She received her Children’s House training and a Master’s degree in Education from Loyola University in Maryland, in the US in 2010, and received her diploma from the Montessori Elementary training program in Bergamo, Italy in 2015. Her mother, Cecilia, is also a Bergamo-trained Montessori Elementary Guide and Christiana went to Montessori school from toddler community through lower elementary. She has taught in the Children’s House and in the Lower Elementary classroom at Madrid Montessori.

Raji Balaram
Raji Balaram
elementary guide

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 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 assistant guide & Spanish language and history specialist

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 two years ago and since then, she has worked as an Assistant in AMI Montessori Schools in the U.K. She has started her training to become a Montessori Elementary Guide at the MIRTC in Girona.

Elijah Shareef
Elijah Shareef
elementary english language specialist

Elijah studied Spanish Language and Literature at the University of Colorado in Denver. He also studied Spanish at the University of Guadalajara, in Mexico. In Spain, he has worked as a Teacher’s Assistant to English Teachers both in public and semi-private (“concertado”) schools. He has studied teaching English as a foreign language, completing the BEDA program offered by the University of Comillas and the TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language). He completed the AMI Assistant Training Course in Madrid, in July 2016.

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.