“Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment.”
Montserrat Povill Pacheco
THE MONTESSORI SCHOOL OF MALLORCA DIRECTOR
My name is Montserrat Povill Pacheco, and I am the director and owner of the Montessori School of Mallorca.
I care passionately about children and their education. As a professional, I can draw upon 20 years of experience working first as a teacher and later as a manager with UNICEF, the children’s organization of the United Nations, in Africa, Asia and America. I hold a Master’s degree in English Philology and a Master’s degree in Political Science.
As a mother, Montessori is simply the kind of education that I want for my children. That is why after moving to Mallorca with my family, I decided to set up an independent and, for the moment, only Montessori school on the island.
My interest in education is deeply rooted: I was literally born and brought up in a school. My grandfather, the Catalan writer Joan Povill i Adserà, and grandmother founded a small school in Catalonia in 1934.
My parents, Jordi and Mariví, have continued their calling, and enlarged and modernized the building and modernized the teachings. Today I am
a part-owner of the Escola Povill, a primary and secondary school with 500 pupils in my home town of Olesa de Montserrat, which is now run by my brothers Joan as the school’s director and Xavi as the administrator.
Gabriele J. Roberts
CASA LEAD TEACHER (3-6)
Gabi holds a Montessori diploma for teaching 2-6 year olds from the Bournemouth Montessori Centre in the UK and has nine years of teaching experience. She joins us from the Alberi Montessori Colegio in Queretaro (Mexico). Gabi has previously worked as lead teacher in the Roots and Wings Montessori School in Langley (Canada), the Jakarta Montessori School (Indonesia) as well as the Rainbow Montessori Nursery in Somerset (UK). Further, she has a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certificate by the International Teacher Training Institute in London (UK). She is also a certified swimming and diving instructor, having worked in the Red Sea in Egypt, as well as a certified and experienced yoga teacher of children. Gabi also has a teenage son who will be going to school in Mallorca. Currently, Gabi is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science.
CASA ASSISTANT (3-6)
Catherine has 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.
Jaime Díaz-Guardamino Coll
CASA ASSISTANT (3-6)
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.
LOWER PRIMARY ASSISTANT (6-9)
Barbara is currently in The Montessori Teacher Studies program by AVE.IK, a Dutch Montessori organization accredited by the Montessori Association of the Netherlands. Barbara combines years of experience working with children with a passion for creativity and self-expression. Her formal art education from taught her to see the world as an artist: full of possibility. 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.
PRIMARY LEAD TEACHER (9-12)
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 is currently doing an MA in Specialist Primary Mathematics Teaching. She joins us from the Hugglescote Community Primary School in the UK.
Joanne’s children attended a Montessori nursery, and being an avid learner, she is eager to become a Montessori teacher herself. Joanne loves swimming and is a qualified swimming instructor.
Pilena Ca’m Acho
TEACHING ASSISTANT (9-12)
Pilena is currently in 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.
Daniel Fajardo Reina
TEACHER FOR SPANISH, CATALAN AND SPORTS (3-12)
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 holística.
Se 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
CHIEF OF ADMINISTRATION
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 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.
Dr. Thomas Winderl
Thomas holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Liverpool as well as a Ph.D. in Polical Science from the University of Vienna. He advises the school on strategic planning, school policies and business administration.