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 Sánchez and Victor Ryan
Musical Education and Instruments Lessons
Infant Community Team
Infant Community Guide
Noelia holds a 3-6 AMI certification by the
Montessori Institute in Málaga as well as two bachelor's degrees in
Special needs education and Psychology. Noelia is a Positive
Discipline Certified for the Classroom Educator.
As our Infant Community guide, Noelia truly believes in the child and
creates a calm and joyful atmosphere for our toddlers to foster
growth towards independence and social abilities. She is very creative
and a joyful person that loves to play with them and creates amazing
scenarios where children can let go of their imagination!
Noelia is a native Spanish speaker and is fluent in English.
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
Elia is currently studying her European Master's Degree in
Montessori Education 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.
Elementary Program Team
Elementary Guide & Assistant Director
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.
Elli holds the AMI Assistant Certificate 6-12by
the Maria Montessori Institute in London.
Her background in Musical Theatre, a degree in Drama and Theatre,
and a qualification in Teaching English as Foreign Language. She
loves passing these key skills onto children and intends to integrate
the English Language into student-led activities. Elli has a desire
to encourage children to express themselves through their natural
Elli is a native English Speaker.
Support and Admin Team
School Life Coordinator
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 five 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.