A group of passionate, AMI certified, bilingual Montessori educators.
Dr. María Montessori
"It is not enough for the teacher to love the child. She must first
love and understand the universe. She must prepare herself, and
truly work at it"
Casa del Mar Montessori Marbella was established in 2016. We embrace
Maria Montessori's philosophy and pedagogy according to standards
defined by AMI.
Our teachers are AMI-certified, they are experts on following the
natural development of the child and know how to support children’s
social and emotional learning while cultivating their intellectual ability.
Ismael and Victor
Musical Education and Instruments Lessons
Infant Community Team
Infant Community Guide
Elia holds a Master's Degree in
Montessori Education 3-6 years by the University
of Vic, in collaboration with the Montessori Institute of
San Diego (MISD), recognised and
validated by the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI). She
already holds her 0-3 AMI Montessori Diploma. Elia
holds two Bachelor's Degrees in Social Education
and Preschool Education.
She also has experience in Montessori for Adolescents and Special
Elia follows the Montessori philosophy as a way of life, she truly
believes in the potential of the human being and enjoys seeing all
the things the children can do independently in a prepared
Elia is a native Spanish speaker and is fluent in English.
Infant Community ASsistant
Born in Málaga and with dual degrees in Speech Therapy
and Infant Education. Leticia holds the
AMI Assistants certificate 0-3.
Leticia has been working with children for the past seven years. After
working as an Au Pair for a year, she started her career in a
pre-school education centre in Dublin, where she discovered her
passion for education.
Leticia is fluent in both English and Spanish.
Children's House Team
Children's House Guide
Andrea holds the AMI Montessori Diploma for 3-6
by Montessori Northwest in the United States. She has over 6 years
of experience leading Montessori environments and holds a masters
degree in Montessori Education and bachelor's degree in Elementary
Education, specializing in Early Childhood Education, Language, and
Teaching, playing, learning, and observing all that life has to
offer through the child's perspective has led Andrea to this
profession and way of life. Her attention to detail, curiosity
for the world around her, and love of the child make her a valuable
part of the prepared environment. She thoroughly enjoys the honour
and excitement in witnessing the special discoveries that children
make each and every day.
Andrea is a native English speaker and is fluent in Spanish.
Children's House Assistant
Griselda holds a Master's Degree in Montessori Education from 0-6
years, by the University of Vic, in collaboration with the
Montessori Institute of San Diego (MISD) and the Association
Montessori Internationale (AMI). She has over 2 years of experience
leading Montessori environments and holds a bachelor's degree in
Social Education, specializing in minors and special needs.
Griselda's personality offers a balanced set of skills and characteristics
which make her a special asset in the Montessori environment. Her keen
observation skills and detail-orientedness help to establish and maintain
order and provide a sense of security for children. Her easy-going
attitude, empathy, and patience help her connect on an emotional level
with every child.
Griselda is a native Spanish speaker and is fluent in English.
Elementary Program Team
Sara holds the AMI Montessori Diploma 3-6 by the
Maria Montessori Institute in London and the AMI 6-12
Montessori Diploma by Montessori Northwest in the United
States. Sara holds a Bachelor Degree in Primary Education
by the University of Vigo.
After finishing her bachelor's degree she looked for a more
respectful and meaningful form of education and found in the
Montessori philosophy her life career. With a deep understanding of
Montessori principles she is a natural born carer. Sara loves being
around children and enjoys helping them to discover the joys of
Sara is fluent in English and Spanish.
School Life Coordinator & Children's House support
Ana studied Early Childhood Education and wanted to expand her
educational foundation and went on to study her AMI 3-6
With 3 years of international teaching experience in the US and
Spain, Ana has joined the team as our School Life Coordinator
and Children's House support.
She is a native Spanish speaker and fluent in English.
Noelia's personal and professional growth has always gravitated around
understanding human development. She is a Psychologist and Special
Needs Education Teacher that has dedicated her educational career to
learning how to prepare the physical and emotional environment for
the whole school community to thrive.
Noelia is an AMI Montessori Educator that is
certified as guide and assistant for the first and second planes
of development. She also holds the AMI Administrator
Certificate with the Whole School Leadership Institute in
the US and is a Positive Discipline Certified for the
She believes in the child's natural development, nature and a
holistic approach to relating to others and the environment around
her. One of Maria Montessori's most inspiring quotes for her is:
We shall walk together on this path of life, for all things are a
part of the universe, and are connected with each other to form one
Even though Ruth Coca's background is not in education (she holds a
bachelor's degree in Computer Science), starting a family made her
realise how strongly she felt about making sure children grow in a
respectful, nurturing environment.
She became an avid reader of child rearing and education literature
until she found Maria Montessori, and her active learning, child-centred,
social approach to education.
She dived into the Montessori world, got training in the Maria
Montessori Institute in London, and decided to embark into the Casa del
Mar Montessori Marbella project to provide an authentic environment
for children to learn and flourish.
Ismael Sánchez and Victor Ryan
Musical Education and instrument lessons
The musical education that we offer, is based on the development of
their potential, expressing the diversity and richness of their inner
world, stimulating their motor skills, their emotional sensitivity
and their creative capacity.
The goal of our music education is to show them the world of
sensations and emotions that the language of music contains. The
student will be able to understand and express this language
The instrumental practice in the early ages in small groups is an
efficient way to stimulate their learning. For this reason, we
organize classes in groups of students with a weekly session of
20 minutes. The teacher-student and student-student interaction
multiplies the methodological options and generates new learning
Check their school of Music here: Royal School of Music.
Bernie holds a bachelor's degree in Physical Education, and a
postgraduate degree in Sports Science as well as the AMI
Montessori Sports certification.
He found between sports and Montessori education, a philosophical
connection in all levels of development, understanding how sports
can contribute to the general development of the child in all
Passionate about his work, he guides from conscious observation,
creating the right environment of respect, affection and
protection so children can develop their full potential.
Marikay received her PhD in Anthropology from Columbia University
in the US. She has worked as a researcher for the World Health
Organization studying the effects of culture in European health care
Although originally from the United States she has been living in
Spain for the last 20 years. She founded Madrid Montessori
School in 2006 and was its Director until 2017. Since then
she has been consulting in schools and offering seminars on small
school management and bilingualism in Spain and throughout Europe.
Starting in 2012 she has served on the Board of the Spanish Montessori
Association and is currently its Vice President.
Marikay is fluent in both English and Spanish.
Positive Discipline Educator
Cristina is a Certified Positive Discipline Trainer and Educator.
She is also a Montessori Guide 0-6 and Adlerian Counsellor.
Cristina supports Casa del Mar Montessori's community growth
through online workshops in our Parent Education Program and
individual counselling sessions for families.
She trained Casa del Mar Montessori's team in 2019 in the Positive
Discipline for the Classroom Certification.
She runs her online Escuela
for Life Skills in Valencia and is bilingual Spanish and English.