Faculty and staff

“Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment.”

Maria Montessori


Catherine Dherville


Catherine is a qualified Montessori guide with an AMI diploma (Association Montessori Internationale)  from the Institut Supérieur Maria Montessori in Paris, France. She also has a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Nantes. Catherine did her teaching practice in a bilingual Montessori school in Paris. She speaks French, English and Spanish. Catherine enjoys gardening and grows her own organic food.


Maddy Kingsbury


Jaime Díaz-Guardamino Coll


Jaime is an AMI-qualified Montessori assistant for 3-6 year olds and has a teaching degree in English Philology from the University of Deusto, Bilbao. He has worked as an English teacher since 2001 with a specialization in Business English. Apart from Spanish and English, Jaime speaks German and Basque. Jaime has a wide knowledge of music and plays the guitar. He has previously taught music in Madrid and Bilbao. In addition, he is a vivid collector of vinyl records and has a life long passion for music.

Desirée Gath


Desirée Gath is a trainee that will support Casa over the coming six months. Desirée is from Germany.


Lyndall Margaret Haynes


For ten years, Lyndall was lead Montessori teacher to children ages 9 to 12 at the Walnut Farm Montessori School in Arkansas/USA. She is a Montessori teacher for Lower and Upper Primary certified by the American Montessori Society and holds a qualification for early childhood education from the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE). Further, Lyndall also holds a Master in Education from the University of Arkansas/USA. She is fluent in French and intermediary Spanish. Lyndall enjoys making art, especially photos in her free time.


Pilena Ca’m Acho


Pilena has completed the Montessori Teacher Studies program by AVE.IK, a Dutch Montessori organization accredited by the Montessori Association of the Netherlands. She is a true Montessori child and grew up in a Montessori School in Mexico City. Pilena firmly believes in the individual development of each child. She has a Graduate Degree in Early Childhood Education and is a qualified swimming instructor and lifeguard. Pilena has previously worked with special needs children in dolphin programs, as a professional photographer and as a freelancer for MTV and advertising behind and in front of the camera. In her free time, Pilena grabs a kayak and immerses herself with her husband and two dogs in the ocean.


Joanne Roberts-Pickering


Joanne has 18 years of experience teaching children from 4 to 11 years in various schools in the UK and has Qualified Teacher Status. She holds a BA in Learning and Teaching from the University of Northampton and a BA in Childhood and Youth Studies from The Open University. Jo has recently completed the Montessori Teacher Studies program by AVE.IK, a Dutch Montessori organization accredited by the Montessori Association of the Netherlands.Jo is currently doing an MA in Specialist Primary Mathematics Teaching. She joins us from the Hugglescote Community Primary School in the UK. Joanne loves swimming and is a qualified swimming instructor.


Barbara Lizama

UPPER PRIMARY ASSISTANT (6-9) & Arts teacher

Barbara has completed the Montessori Teacher Studies program by AVE.IK, a Dutch Montessori organization accredited by the Montessori Association of the Netherlands. She has a Master´s degree in Visual Arts from the Escola d´Arts I Oficis de Barcelona. Barbara combines years of experience working with children with a passion for creativity and self-expression. After years spent assisting with the programs at the Dans-Express dance school in Mallorca, Barbara went to Los Angeles, where she ran development courses for Landmark Education. Back in Mallorca, she combined her love for creative expression and education and designed and run the kids club at the Plaza Mar Serenity resort in Santa Ponsa.


Daniel Fajardo Reina


Daniel es maestro especialista en Educación Infantil y Primaria. Ambas carreras universitarias las estudió en la Universidad de las Islas Baleares (UIB). Tras finalizar sus estudios en la facultad, compaginó cargos de interinidad docente con su crecimiento personal, mostrando interés hacia la Educación Emocional y hacia la pedagogía holísticaSe declara un amante de la narrativa española, siendo un gran admirador de la literatura escrita por Carlos Ruiz Zafón. Por otro lado, no es de extrañar verle junto a su bicicleta ya que le encanta pasear junto a ésta y descubrir los hermosos lugares que esconde la isla de Mallorca.


Miryam Biurrun Rada


Miryam has joint us from the Mary Poppins Nursery in Edinburg/Scotland, where she worked as administrator and practitioner for 12 years. She has a Higher National Certificates on Early Education and Childcare from the Scottish Qualifications Authority. Miryam was trained at the University of Navarra’s ISSA School of Management Assistants, the number-one Spanish educational institution to train management assistants at university level. She likes to ski and go for walks with her family; she is currently trying to learn how to play golf.


May S. Quiles


May holds a bachelor of arts in professional communication and linguistics from the Metropolitan State University in Minnesota, USA. She has a Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA) from the University of Cambridge. May has taught English, business English and Spanish in international schools in the USA, Argentina and Spain. More recently, she has worked at the Academia Estudi in Sa Pobla, the Lycee Francais in Palma, the Europa International School in Catalunya and La Miranda, a multilingual school in Barcelona.


Gloria Duque


Gloria is in charge of lunch time and helps to keep the school clean. She is the proud mother of two girls and enjoys going to the gym.




Benito keeps the garden tidy and helps out with anything that needs to be fixed.


Dr. Thomas Winderl


Thomas holds a Doctorate in Political Science from the University of Vienna, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Liverpool and a Master degree in European Histories and Societies from the Free University in Brussels. He advises the school on strategic planning, business administration, ICT and school policies.