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. 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.

Noelia Zaragoza

Infant Community Guide

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Laura Blanco

Infant Community Guide

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Inma Moyano

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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Leticia Cabezas

School Life Coordinator

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David "Moke" Gonzalez

Ethnic Music

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Ismael Sánchez and Victor Ryan

Musical Education and instruments lessons

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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.

Laura Blanco

Infant Community Guide

Laura has always been fascinated by the human potential we all have. She holds both the 0-3, and 3-6 AMI certifications.

She loves being able to accompany children in their development processes and guide them to find their inner teacher. She really believes in the spiritual preparation of the adult that works with children to better serve their needs and remove ourselves as obstacles.

Noelia is our English speaking guide in the Infant Community environment.

Inma Moyano

Infant Community Assistant

Inma holds an Infant Education degree, and is currently undergoing the AMI (ages 0 - 6) certification in Central University of Catalonia in the Spain.

Working with children is her vocation and doing so through respect, care, and love her mantra. She is an extremely positive and cheerful person who loves to interact, play and collaborate with children.

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

Leticia Cabezas

School Life Coordinator

Born in Málaga and with dual degrees in Speech Therapy and Infant Education.

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.

My main goal is to bring out the best in each student by motiviting them and turning them into independent children.

Leticia is fluent in both English and Spanish.

David "Moke" Gonzalez

Ethnic Music

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.

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 enjoying it.

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 ways.

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 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.