Our Team

Because all Montessori courses are not equivalent in terms of quality, at the Montessori Rive Gauche school, our teachers hold the official diploma of Montessori Educator 3-6 years old or 6-12 years old, recognized by the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI). More information on the official AMI website or on the website of the Association Montessori Switzerland.

Children receive psychomotor support through the practice of RMT (Rythmic Movement Training), IMP (Intégration Motrice Primordiale), Brain Gym... These individual and/or group sessions are significant tools for the development of the child in general, and for the development of his concentration in particular.

 

Sport and music are part of our curriculum at Montessori Rive Gauche: children shape their voice through singing and discover the guitar with our music teacher, they also enjoy the joys of climbing and develop their concentration on a professional climbing structure.

Please, also meet our kind and dynamic afterschool childcare team, which supervises the children after class.

3-6 classrooms

6 teachers spread in 2 classrooms

Cécile

French-speaking teacher 

(AMI graduate, ISMM, 2011).

 

3-6 AMI-graduate from the Institut Supérieur Maria Montessori (ISMM) in Paris, Cécile has been teaching in Montessori schools since 2011. Native from Paris, Cécile has a degree in Sciences of Education.

Sweet and caring, Cécile is very close to children and will guide them through the path of knowledge and self-confidence. Cecile is the mother of two little boys.

Carla

French-speaking teacher 

(AMI graduate, IFMM, 2016).

3-6 AMI-graduate from the Institut de Formation Maria Montessori (IFMM) in Geneva, Carla is an educational psychologist. Originally from Uruguay and Italy, Carla has a solid background with children with specific learning disabilities.
Carla has been working in Montessori schools in the Geneva region since 2013. Empathetic and caring, she also enjoys sharing her passions for dance and cultural diversity around the world.

Helen

English-speaking teacher, part-time

(MCI-graduate, UK, 2007).

3-6 Montessori graduate from the London 'Montessori Centre International' (MCI), Helen has been working for nine years in the Montessori School Geneva before joining our team in 2014.

Highly experienced, of British and Swedish origin, Helen grew up in England and has been living in Switzerland for more than 20 years. She is the mother of two children.

Helen also hosts an 'Introduction to Montessori' course for new parents, holds various workshops during the year about our school and Montessori philosophy as well as a 'parent cafe' every other month which is open to Parents, Grandparents and Nannies.

Heather

English-speaking teacher 

(AMI graduate, IFMM, 2019).

3-6 AMI graduate from the Institut de Formation Maria Montessori (IFMM) in Geneva, Heather also has a Bachelor's degree in Sociology, a Postgraduate degree in Science of Education and a Cambridge University Certificate in Teaching English language.
Originally from the United States where she worked as a nursing assistant and social worker, Heather moved to Geneva in 2002. She worked for several years in various bilingual primary schools in Geneva before joining our team in 2016.
Heather is the mom of two teenage boys. She is also an avid animal lover and is passionate about sharing animal stories with the children: she currently shares her home with eight rescue animals that she calls her "fur children"!

Lauren

English-speaking teacher 

(AMI graduate, IFMM, 2018).

 

3-6 AMI graduate from the Institut de Formation Maria Montessori (IFMM) in Geneva, Lauren comes from the United States and settled in Geneva in 2017.

She discovered the Montessori method in Hong Kong where she lived for seven years and taught English in a Montessori school. Lauren is captivated by the sensorial approach to mathematics and is particularly fond of presenting these activities to children.

Alissia

English-speaking teacher

(graduate Bournemouth Montessori, GB, 2008).

Born in Geneva, Alissia is multilingual thanks to her studies in England and her Italian origins.
She has been teaching Montessori since 2010 and is the mother of two young children, both schooled at Montessori Rive Gauche (one in the 3-6 section and one in 6-12).
Creative, she always has new ideas for crafts and DIY to help children develop their fine motor skills and attract their curiosity for art.

6-12 classrooms

6 teachers spread in 2 classrooms

Laure

French-speaking teacher 

(AMS graduate, CFMF, France, 2015).

3-6 AMS graduate (AMI affiliate) and 6-12 AMI graduate, Laure also has a university degree in Science of Education and has been teaching since 2003. After 6 years with autistic children, Laure works passionately in Montessori classrooms since 2009.
With her enthusiasm, her experience and her dynamism, Laure will bring your children to discover the world through magnificent experiences. Laure is the mother of a little girl attending school in the 3-6 section. 

Freda

English-speaking teacher

(AMI graduate, CFMF, France, 2015).

South African and mum of two adolescents raised in the Montessori spirit, Freda has been teaching in Montessori schools in France and Geneva since 2005.  She has extensive experience with children 6 to 12 years old and holds an AMI 6 to 12 diploma from the CFMF, as well as an ESL (English as Second Language) diploma from the Montessori International Centre in London. Nature lover, natural optimist and always ready to listen, Freda will accompany your children with joy on the road of wonder, knowledge and discovery.

Marion

French-speaking teacher 

(AMI graduate, CFMF, 2017).

Originally from France, Marion graduated from the Montessori Francophonie Training Center (CFMF) for the 6-12 section.
In her childhood, Marion's family traveled the world and lived in various countries on different continents of the globe. She now happily shares her world traveling experiences with children in her class and guides them through their individual and group projects.
Mother of a little girl, she had the opportunity to discover the Montessori approach in different schools in Paris and Neuchâtel, before joining our team in spring 2017.

Marie

French-speaking teacher 

(AMI graduate, ISMM, 2018)​.

Marie graduated from the Institut Supérieur Maria Montessori (ISMM) in Montpellier for the 6-12 section.
Curious about the cultural diversity of the world, Marie traveled to almost every continent (North America, Latin America, Asia, Europe...). She stopped in Spain where she was a French teacher in college and then returned to the Geneva region to teach Spanish to 13-18 year-olds. Marie is also passionate about singing and after discovering the Montessori approach in different schools, she joined our team in spring 2018. Sweet and patient, she also gives extra confidence to children by helping them with their reading skills.

Mandy

German-speaking teacher 

(part time)

Originally from Germany, Mandy graduated from the Montessori 6-12 assistant program.
She provides German lessons to our 6-12 year old students using Montessori material and PER recommended material (Grüne Max and Junior).

Mally

English-speaking teacher 

(AMI graduate)​

6-12 AMI graduate from Montessori NorthWest, in Portland/Oregon, Mally attended Montessori schools until the age of 15 in the United States.
Empathetic and thoughtful, of a positive and joyful personality, she knows how to create a privileged contact with children.

 

Educational support

 

Caroline

French-speaking teacher 

(AMI graduate, part time).

Caroline holds a BBA in management and graduated from 6-12 AMI at the CFMM in Archamps. She taught at the Montessori School of Pringy before joining our team.

Today, she brings great support to 6-12 children in their French reading skills and at the library.

She is a mother of 5 children.

English reading support

An external contractor brings great support to 6-12 children in their English reading skills. Her high interest in positive parenting, in the Montessori approach and her passion for books and literature led her towards our school years ago. Motivated and organized, she built our entire library. She regularly adds different types of books from various sources to accommodate the enthusiastic curiosity of the children.

Psychomotor support

We are very fortunate, at Montessori Rive Gauche school, to offer children motor and emotional support through the practice of RMT (Rythmic Movement Training), IMP (Intégration Motrice Primordiale), Brain Gym... These individual and/or group sessions are significant tools for the development of the child in general, and for the development of his concentration in particular.

 

Sport & Music

Didier

Rock climbing teacher 

(Mountain Guide)

As a professional mountain guide, Didier revealed himself in the practice of climbing. His life choices come from two important values for him: the pleasure of spending time in the mountains, on the rocks and on the cliffs on the one hand, and the pleasure of sharing and teaching on the other.
The construction in 2003 of a climbing wall in Collonges is the outcome of a project that was essential to him and we are delighted in the Montessori Rive Gauche School to be able to share this activity and these values with the children since 2010.

Nabil

Sport teacher

(MASTER 1 STAPS graduate).

Nabil graduated from the University of Savoie in Chambéry with a MASTER 1 STAPS degree. From his first lesson at the age of 6, he knew he wanted to become a gym teacher when growing up. His dream came true and he has been working at the Montessori Rive Gauche school since 2016. The Montessori approach is of great interest to him because he likes that the child learns on his own, specializes and builds himself as a unique individual, yet as part of a group in a classroom. Nabil is happy to be able to teach children values ​​such as perseverence, self-improvement and team spirit.

Cédric

Music teacher.

 

Passionate about Brazilian music and dance, Cédric is a percussion and samba teacher for children and adults. Trained for music appreciation workshops at La Bulle d'Air in Geneva, he has been running parent-children workshops since 2013 and joined the Montessori Rive Gauche team in September 2018 to teach music and singing lessons in our classes.

Afterschool Childcare team

Marie-Ange

Aftershcool childcare animator

(3-6 AMI Assistant graduate, full time).

Marie-Ange holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and a Certificate of 3-6 AMI Assistant. Mother of two children, Marie-Ange supervises the children of the 3-6 sections during lunch and the midday outdoor break.
Sweet and empathetic, she also takes care of nap time for the little ones and afterschool childcare activities after class. Among the diverse and varied activities, Marie-Ange particularly likes to read beautiful stories and to guide the children in craft activities and planting flowers.

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Hélène

Aftershcool childcare animator

(diplômée dans le commerce, maman de jour, part time).

Former air hostess and Swiss nanny, Hélène is of Swiss-German origin and settled in Geneva since 1994.

Mother of two teenage girls, she takes care of children at her home for lunch and supervises the children of the Montessori Rive Gauche school during afterschool hours. Cheerful and dynamic, she likes to play football with the children in the garden and particularly likes to guide them in craft and pastry workshops.

Elsa

Animatrice Parascolaire

(diplômée assistante Montessori AMI 3-6, temps partiel).

Elsa holds the 3-6 AMI Assitant certificate as well as BAFA diploma (Brevet d’Aptitude aux Fonctions d’Animateur - a French compulsory diploma to be allowed to work in childcare environments).
In addition to her passion for children, Elsa's second interest is the earth! She is an organic farmer in neighboring France and holds the title of "cuisinier du terroir".

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Maintenance

Cristina, Fatima & Dionicia

Cleaning at lunch time and in the evening. We value their support as our premises are clean every day thanks to them!

© 2019 Montessori Rive Gauche 

Chemin des Gotettes 15 

1245 Collonge-Bellerive, Genève, Suisse 

+41 (0) 78 806 22 42