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“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

Montserrat Povill Pacheco


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.

history montserrat povill school

My grandfather, the Catalan writer Joan Povill i Adserà

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


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.

Catherine Dherville


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.


Lyndall Margaret Haynes


For ten years, Lyndall was lead Montessori teacher  at the Walnut Farm Montessori School in Arkansas/USA. She worked as teacher in three levels of the Montessori environment: Casa, Lower Primary and Upper Primary.

Lundall is a Montessori teacher 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. She has a love for travel too and has recently completed a private tutor position travelling the world while teaching.


Angel Galmés Sureda


Angel holds a Montessori qualification for Primary from 6-12 years certified by the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI). Before joining us, he worked as a Montessori guide in the bilingual Montessori school of San José del Cabo (Mexico). Angel became a Montessori guide after a career as producer, screen writer and director of movies and videos.


Bárbara Pascual


Bárbara has a Masters in children, youth and international development from Brunel University London/UK as well as a Bachelor in teaching of special education. She is currently finishing her Ph.D. in inclusive education at the University of the Balearic Islands. Barbara has six years of teaching experience and has previously worked at Kind Richard III College in Palma, Mallorca.


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 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.


Marleen Boland


Marleen has worked for over eight years as a Montessori teacher in various schools in the Netherlands, most recently at the Casa International Montessori School. She has a Bachelor of Education with a specialization in Montessori teaching from the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. Marleen speaks Dutch, English, German, Spanish and has TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) qualifications. Apart from being a dedicated Montessori teacher, Marleen loves to write and illustrate.


Daniel Fajardo Reina


Daniel is our teacher for Spanish and Catalan. He is specialised in teaching at both pre-school and primary level and holds a Bachelor in Humanities.


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.


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.