Montserrat Povill Pacheco

DIRECTOR

Montse can draw upon 20 years of experience working as a teacher and later as a manager with UNICEF, the children’s organisation of the United Nations, in Africa, Asia and America. Previously, Montse was part-owner of the Escola Povill, a primary and secondary school with 500 pupils in her Catalan home town of Olesa de Montserrat. After moving to Mallorca with her family, she dedicated herself to setting up an independent Montessori school on the island. Montse holds a Master’s degree in English Philology and a Master’s degree in Political Science.

Maddy - The Montessori School of Mallorca

Madeleine Rose Kingsbury

CASA LEAD TEACHER (3-6)

Madeleine has 18 years’ experience teaching students of all ages, various nationalities, all levels of English. She studied for a PhD in Applied Linguistics at the University of Barcelona. Maddy holds a Honours degree in psychology from the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand and a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). She is currently obtaining a Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy: Early Years Education with the Montessori Centre International (MCI). Maddy has a continued keen interest in education and psychology and a burning curiosity to know the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of almost everything. She is committed to guiding others to learn and learning herself; she holds the strong conviction that education is a lifelong process, and that it should be a process of joyful discovery – for both children and adults alike.

Catherine Dherville

CASA LEAD TEACHER (3-6)

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.

Jaime Díaz-Guardamino Coll

CASA ASSISTANT (3-6)  & MUSIC TEACHER

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. Further, Jaime has taught for 15 years at Secondary and Primary levels, including at the Colegio Retamar/Madrid, Colegio Punta Galea/Madrid, and at the Colegio Gaztelueta/Leioa. He has a Master degree in Philology from the University of Deusto/Bilbao, and has previously been a lead teacher in Secondary and carried out teacher training courses. 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 lifelong passion for music.

Jenna Laffin

LOWER PRIMARY LEAD TEACHER (6-9)

Jenna joined us from Great River Montessori in St. Paul, USA, where she worked as the lead teacher for a Lower Primary class since 2018. Prior to that, she was the Lower Primary assistant at the AMI-certified Sunny Hollow Montessori in Minnesota for two years. Further, Jenna worked for four years as English Teacher in a public school in Madrid and in Cadíz, Spain. She was also a Literacy Specialist in the Obama Service Learning Elementary, creating individualised literacy interventions for students from 5 to 8 years. Jenna holds an AMI Elementary Diploma from the Montessori Training Centre in St. Paul, USA, and a Master in Education degree from the St. Catherine University. She also holds a B.A. English cum Laude with High Honors from Dartmouth College, Hanover, USA. Janna has a deep respect for and insight into each child’s individual personality and talents and give them ways to express their unique viewpoints. Creativity, humour, and wonder have always been at the core of her teaching style. Jenna is native in English and fluent in Spanish.

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Karen Kane

LOWER PRIMARY TEACHING ASSISTANT (6-9), PASTORAL SUPPORT

Karen has seven years’ experience working as counsellor and psychotherapist for Lancashire University and Children and Adelescent Mental Health Services. She has a Post Graduate Diploma in Person Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy from Liverpool John Moores University and a Certificate of Intermediate Counselling. Karen is a full member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. She is currently studying short courses on Montessori philosophy with Montessori Center International (MCI).

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Ancsa Hohol

LOWER PRIMARY ASSISTANT (6-9), CASA SUPPORT

Ancsa holds an AMI 6-12 Teacher Assistant degree from Prague and a Qualified Teacher’s Status (QTS). She has a Bachelor’s Degree for teaching English and Hungarian grammar and literature from the Eötvös Loránd University of Fine Arts in Budapest/Hungary. She joins us from Lotti & Maxim Montessori, an international Montessori school in Budapest. Before that, Ancsa has worked for more than 10 years as creative copywriter at international agencies, at the end as senior copywriter with Kastner & Partners. She tries using creativity wherever possible: when doing actual work with the children inside the Montessori classroom, or when just singing, cooking, doing arts and crafts with them. Another thing Ancsa believes in is the power of stories as they can open up doors in kids at any age. She has also written 8 children’s books herself – one of them is available in English as well.

Joanne Roberts-Pickering

UPPER 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 Master of Montessori Studies from the Center for Guided Montessori Studies in the USA, 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 also completed the Montessori Teacher Studies program by AVE.IK, a Dutch Montessori organization accredited by the Montessori Association of the Netherlands. Before joining us, she worked at the Hugglescote Community Primary School in the UK. Joanne loves swimming and is a qualified swimming instructor.

Tamara Borrás Hernández

UPPER PRIMARY TEACHING ASSISTANT (9-12)

Tamara has a Master’s degree in Pedagogy as well as a university diploma for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) from the Universitat de les Illes Balears. Tamara has previously worked with the CEIP Bartomeu Ordines, the Colegio San Francisco, the CMSS Llevant Nord, the Colegio Ramón Llull, and the Educational Pedagogical Cabinet. For a year, she worked in Ireland as an Au Pair.

Daniel Fajardo Reina

TEACHER FOR SPANISH AND CATALAN  (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 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.

May S. Quiles

ENGLISH SUPPORT TEACHER

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.

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Damien Crossland

SECONDARY TEACHER FOR MATHS, SCIENCE, COMPUTING (12-16)

Damien Crossland has 18 years of teaching experience in the UK at Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 and A-level including Further Pure A-level Mathematics with Qualified Teacher Status from 2005. Previously, Damien was Mathematics Lecturer for Key Stage 5 at a number of sixth-form colleges and was Deputy Head of Mathematics at The Stonehenge School. He is a National Teaching Awards nominee and a member of the British Society for Research in Learning Mathematics. Further, Damien runs the Twitter account DeadHardSums. Damien holds a first-class Bachelor’s degree of science from the University of Liverpool’s School of Mathematics. Further, Damien is a Doctoral researcher currently reading for a PhD. In Mathematics Education Psychology at Loughborough University in the UK, which has recently been awarded ‘University of the Year’ at the 2020 WhatUniStudent Choice Awards. Damien is highly computer literate and has good knowledge of the Python computer language as well as qualitative data analysis software like Nvivo. Damien loves kayaking, building and flying radio-controlled aircraft, woodturning and wooden model making, pencil drawing, Wing Chun kung fu and plays the guitar.

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Kriss Cunningham

SECONDARY TEACHER FOR ENGLISH, HISTORY, HUMAN GEOGRAPHY (12-16)

Kriss Cunningham joins us from the Baleares International College (BIC), where he was Head of EAL and teacher of English Literature, History, and Politics. At BIC, Kriss taught English Literature and History at Key Stage 3 and 4 level, and Politics at A-Level. Born in Scotland, he has been teaching IGCSE, A Level politics and Cambridge First for Schools English exams in international schools in China, the Netherlands and Spain for over six years. Kriss spent two years teaching English at the Jiangsu College for International Education, Nanjing, and in Zhenjiang, China. Prior to that, he worked in the office of a US Congressman in Washington DC, USA. Kriss has a Master’s degree in International Relations & Politics from the University of Aberdeen, and a TKT Young Learners certificate from Cambridge Assessment. Kriss enjoys art, history, and music and loves spending hours in museums, or listening to his vast collection of music. He has a passion for gardening and nature and spends lots of time in his garden growing a variety of different plants, fruits, and vegetables. He is fascinated by current affairs and world politics with a specific interest in Chinese politics and Asian studies.

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Paula C. Escudero

SECONDARY TEACHER FOR MUSIC (12-16)

Paula Escudero is a music teacher with experience teaching groups and individual students of different ages and levels. Paula joins us from the Rock’n’Roll Musikschule in Castrop Rauxel/Germany, where she worked as a music teacher. For four years, Paula has also been the education course director of European Intercultural Youth Orchestra BISYOC, Moor Park/UK. Before that, she worked on a music project in Mozambique. Paula has extensive work experience as a musician, including with AKO Orkest in The Netherlands, the International Regions Symphony Orchestra in Germany, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Euskadi, and as part of the Duo Guitarra & Contrabajo. Paula has a Master in Music Education from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague/The Netherlands, and a Bachelor degree in Music (double bass) from the Conservatorio Superior de Castilla y León. Further, she holds a Certificate in Early Music Education from the Instituto Gordon de Educación Musical. Paula is committed to providing inspiring and creative music education for students to express themselves through music and enjoy playing and listening to music for their entire lives. She is interested in music education as a tool for social and community integration. Paula has recently collaborated with different social projects and has done my master thesis on music as a tool for social change.

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Lucy-Ann Carver

CURRICULUM & GCSE COORDINATION(12-16)

Lucy-Ann has been teaching for over 15 years: From 2017 to 2020, she has been the Head of Languages Faculty of Penglais Secondary School, responsible for leading a team of nine teachers in a school with 1,400 pupils. From 2005 to 2013, Lucy has been an Examiner for GCSE English Literature on the Welsh Joint Education Committee Exam Board. From 2013 to 2017, she worked as English, French, Spanish teacher for Penglais Comprehensive School. From 2005 to 2013, she worked as Head of Lower School and teacher of English, Spanish and French at Tregaron Comprehensive School. Lucy holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from the University of Wales Aberystwyth and has qualified teacher status (QTS). She holds a Master of Art degree from Essex University in Latin American Art and Architecture, specialising in Modern Art, Surrealism and Cubism. Lucy also has a Spanish and History of Art degree from Bristol University. Lucy was born in Swansea, South Wales, and speaks English, Spanish and Welsh.

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James Timothy Carver

GCSE SUPPORT FOR SCIENCE (12-16)

James was the Head of Physics at Tywyn Secondary School from 2014 to 2020. As a teacher, James has developed a reputation for being an exceptional and popular teacher that engages pupils with the universe in which we live and stimulate within them an inquisitive approach to environmental issues.  The Science department he is part of has produced the highest A*-C GCSE exam results in Science in the region consistently for the last three years. From 2012 to 2014, James was teaching Mathematics and Physics at Penweddig Comprehensive School. From 2009 to 2012, he taught as a supply teacher in various schools in various counties (Ceredigion, Powys, Gwynedd). From 2000 to 2008, James worked as Training Assistant Officer to assist teenagers who were taking apprenticeships.He holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from the University of Wales Aberystwyth. He has a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Engineering Acoustics and Vibration and a Master of Arts degree in Music Technology. James was born in Winchester, England. He is bilingual as a native English speaker who has taught himself to become fluent in Welsh.

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Alvaro Calero Pons

CATALAN TEACHER (12-16)

Alvaro holds a Master degree in Translation from the University of Málaga and a BA in Translation and Interpretation from the Universitat Jaume I (Castelló de la Plana, Spain). He studied part of his BA at the University of Montreal (Canada) and the University of Strasbourg (France). Alvaro is currently finishing a PhD in Linguistics (Catalan and French) at the University of the Balearic Islands under joint supervision by the University of Poitiers (France). He is an Associate Lecturer at the Department of Catalan Philology and General Linguistics at the  UIB, a course instructor at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. Alvaro was born in Ontinyent in the Valencian Community. He enjoys teaching languages, especially Catalan, his mother tongue. He has more than five years of experience teaching languages at all levels, from primary to university. He speaks Catalan, Spanish, English, and French. Moreover, learning languages is one of Alvaro’s hobbies: he has also studied Portuguese, Italian, and German.

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David R. Weiss

GERMAN TEACHER (12-16)

David holds a Diploma in Pedagogy from the Eichstatt University in Munich (KUE) and is a qualified examiner for The European Language Certification (TELC) in German. David also teaches German at Palma College and previously worked at King Richard III College in Portals Nous and the Baleares International College in Sa Porrassa. His experience also led him to spending a year working in Santa Cruz de la Sierra in Bolivia. David is a qualified pilot and member of the Real Aéroclub de los Baleares. He enjoys playing classic guitar and transverse flute.

Adriana

Adriana Rodriguez Diaz del Real

OUTDOOR CLASSROOM & GARDENING SPECIALIST

Adriana is a trained agricultural engineer with a life long love for nature. After working in industrial agriculture on the Spanish peninsula for a number of years, she followed her interest in health, well-being, massage, and Gestalt therapy. She is sharing her expertise to expand our students’ knowledge and skills in biology, botany, zoology, and organic gardening. Adriana is also an experienced dancer and runs an after-school activity on modern dance.

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María Pirovano Peña

HEAD OF OPERATIONS

María has vast experience in international education: Before joining The Montessori School of Mallorca, she was the Assistant Director of Academic Affairs at New York University, Buenos Aires for 10 years. María holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Culture from the Fundación Ortega y Gasset and a Licenciatura en Turismo from the Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires, Argentina. During her free time, she loves cooking and trying out healthy food recipes. Maria also enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading and travelling.

Miryam Biurrun Rada

HEAD OF FINANCE AND ADMISSIONS

Miryam has joint us from the Mary Poppins Nursery in Edinburgh/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.

The advisor of The Montessori School of Mallorca, Thomas Winderl

Dr. Thomas Winderl

STRATEGY & RECRUITMENT

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 is an internationally active management consultant mostly working for multilateral organisations in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Thomas advises the school on strategic planning, recruitment, business administration, ICT and school policies.

Gloria Duque

SUPPORT STAFF

Gloria helps us to keep the school clean. She is the proud mother of two girls and enjoys going to the gym.

Benito - The Montessori School of Mallorca

Benito Gomez Requena

SUPPORT STAFF

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

A support staff of The Montessori School of Mallorca

Darren Roberts-Pickering

SUPPORT STAFF

Darren is our kitchen lunch server, before and after school care club supervisor. He has a level 2 certificate in food safety and hygiene for catering certificate and a paediatrics first aid certificate. Having ‘adopted’ his wife’s two daughters when they were young he has experience with little ones right through to the teen years! He loves fishing and enjoyed walking his dog, when he was in the UK.

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