Our Team

An group of international, passionate, AMI certified, bilingual Montessori professionals.

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"

The Team

Casa del Mar Montessori Marbella was established in 2016 and backed by a team of veteran professionals with 14 years of combined Montessori experience.

Noelia Zaragoza

Infant Community Guide

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Philippa McLoughlin

Infant Community Assistant

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Andrea Fitzpatrick

Children's House Guide

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Ana Andreea Gudiu

Children's House Guide

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Sara Fernández

Elementary Guide

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Kirsty Dennis

School Life Coordinator

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David "Moke" Gonzalez

Musical Education

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Macarena Soto

Positive Discipline Counsellor

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Ruth Coca

Director

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Infant Community Team

Noelia Zaragoza

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.

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 our Spanish speaking guide in the Infant Community environment.

Philippa McLoughlin

Infant Community Assistant

Philippa is the English speaking Infant Community Assistant and also teaches Physical Education to Children’s House and Elementary. She has a background in sport and outdoor pursuits, a degree in Sports Science and many years’ experience working with children of all ages.

A fascination with how children learn and a desire to empower them to explore and direct their own learning led Philippa to Montessori and to Casa del Mar. She has particular interest in language acquisition in young learners, problem solving activities and everything to do with the outdoors.

Philippa is originally from the UK.

Children's House Team

Andrea Fitzpatrick

Children's House Guide

Andrea is a 3-6 AMI-certified professional from Michigan, US. She has over 3 years of experience and holds a masters degree in Montessori Education and bachelor's degree in Elementary Education, specializing in Early Childhood Education, Language, and Mathematics.

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.

Ana Andreea Gudiu

Children's House Guide

Andreea holds a 3-6 AMI certification by the Montessori Institute in Málaga as well a bachelor's degree in Secondary Education, specialising in Mathematics and Computer Science. She also holds two master's degrees in Computer Science and Educational Management.

Always fascinated by education, Andreea is constantly looking for ways to empower children, to make learning and work a natural process integrated in our life. Her observation skills, her attention to details, her love and respect for children have brought her to embrace the Montessori method of education and making the world know that "the child is both a hope and a promise for mankind" has become her mission for life.

Andreea is fluent both in English and Spanish.

Elementary Program Team

Sara Fernández

Elementary Program Guide

Certified by the well established AMI training center in London, the Maria Montessori Institute, she holds a 3‐6 AMI certification as well as a Bachelor degree in Primary Education.

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 learning.

Sara is currently undergoing the AMI Elementary (ages 6 - 12) certification in Montessori Northwest in the United States.

Sara is fluent in English and Spanish.

Support and Admin Team

Kirsty Dennis

School Life Coordinator

Kirsty is our English speaking School Life Coordinator. She also works as Children's House Assistant during the Montessori cycle in the afternoon.

Kirsty has experience in several Montessori environments. She truly loves and respect children and have worked with Special needs children.

Kirsty is our very artistic and playful person in the school. She is always looking for new ways to develop creativity and innovation among our children! She is also in charge of our Drama and Jolly Phonics afternoon activities and all of our school shows!

David "Moke" Gonzalez

Musical Education

Percussion and music teacher with 18 years of experience teaching children. Moke brings an incredible array of musical instruments from all around the world for our children to experiment with.

Macarena Soto

Positive Discipline Counsellor

Macarena Soto is a certified Positive Discipline facilitator by the Positive Discipline Association in the US. Trained in Neuroscience, multiple intelligences, Asperger and ADHD, she has an ample experience leading workshops with parents and educators in schools and training centres for educators all over Spain.

Macarena collaborates with Casa del Mar Montessori by creating daily routines and transitions that help to create a peaceful school environment. She also supports our families by leading workshops and informative sessions about Positive Discipline in the home environment.

In addition, she leads emotional education workshops with the children to help them become responsible, respectful and resourceful members of their communities.

Ruth Coca

Director

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 a traditional environment for children to learn and flourish.