Timothée studied History of Art and Literature in France before becoming a French teacher while living in London. This is when he decided that he wanted to work with children. After moving to Spain he learned about Montessori method and practice and went to France to enrol in a teaching assistant’s course near Lyon. Later he acquired a Diploma in Tecnico de Educacion Infantil from the University of Zaragoza in Spain. After working for several years as a teaching assistant in pre-schools and seeing how little diversity there is in educational method for this age group, he decided in 2014 to create Nido, the first Montessori centre in Barcelona since 1924.
Guide 0 to 3 years old
Nuria was born and raised in Barcelona. Being the youngest child of her family, she felt eager to learn from her older sibling and numerous cousins. They taught her many wonderful things such as how to pick blackberries, make a jasmine necklace, swim or ride a bicycle.
After graduating from high school she decided to attend the University of Barcelona, where she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, and worked at the offices of Diputació de Barcelona as an administrative and legal advisor for 9 years.
In 2007 her life changed when she got the opportunity to move to San Diego, California (USA), with her husband who is a scientist working in the field of Genomics. There, she had the opportunity to work as a Spanish language teacher for kids from ages 1 to 12 years old. Working with children revealed as her true passion, and she decided to get formal training in the education field.
She obtained an official European Master’s Degree in Montessori Education (0-6 years-old) by the University of Vic (UVic), along with the AMI certifications of Assistant to Infancy (0-3) and Casa dei Bambini (3-6) in a joint program between the UVic and The Montessori Institute of San Diego. After getting the degrees, she worked during 3 years as English Toddler Guide and Infant Community Supervisor at Kinderhouse Montessori School of San Diego, a multicultural AMI certified educational center. Most recently, she has collaborated as an Associate Teacher and AMI referee within the UVic’s Montessori Master’s degree program.
After a long stay in USA (8 years), life brought her back to her hometown. She looks forward to keep fostering children in their social, emotional and intellectual growth.
In her free time she enjoys crafting, hiking in family, and rediscovering the world with her 5-year-old son.
Laura was born in France, in the city of Toulouse. As a child, she loved to read: novels, poetry, theater ... She always liked words and stories. She graduated in Spanish Language and Literature at the French Institute of Madrid in collaboration with the Jean Jaurès University of Toulouse. While writing her master’s thesis at Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, she began teaching at the René Verneau Gran Canaria French High School. And so she realized that contact with children and transmission was what gave her the most happiness. She returned to France and studied to be a primary and preschool teacher.
After eight years working as a teacher in the public sector in France, her experience as preschool’s headteacher made her more interested in the development of the child between 0 and 6 years old, their needs and how to better respond to them. Thus, she decided to investigate more in this field in order to offer children a better prepared environment for their emotional and cognitive needs. She moved to Barcelona to study at the Official European Master of Montessori Pedagogy at the University of Vic, in collaboration with the Montessori Institute of San Diego, California. She obtained her AMI diploma as a Children’s House Guide and is currently writing her master's thesis focusing on advances in understanding the brain applied to education, making them dialogue with Montessori principles.
Laura enjoys listening to all kinds of african-american music, especially soul. She collects records that keep company to the many books on her shelves. She enjoys travelling, cooking, eating, dancing and caring for her loved ones and her cat.
Teaching assistant 18 months to 3 years old
Esperanza was born and raised in Leon’s countryside, in constant connection with nature, and even though she likes the city lifestyle, she enjoys outdoor activities such as cycling and hiking.
After high school, she moved to Santiago de Compostela to study Political Science, and it was when she learnt about the importance of education as the best way to change the world.
After university, she decided to move to England where she found the opportunity to work with children in a nursery setting where she worked for nearly three years and learn about the importance of early years education.
Six years later, she has decided to move back to Spain and she has seen Barcelona as the best place to grow, personally and professionally.
Teaching assistant 18 months to 3 years old
Molly was born in England and as a child moved to the country side in Ireland. Here she loved playing outdoors and fell in love with the beauty within nature. When she finished secondary school she decided to go au-pairing and realised her passion was working with children and developing a sense of wonder about the greater world within them. When she arrived back on Irish soil, she decided enroll in a Bachelor of Arts degree in Montessori Education in Cork Institute of Technology. This course looked at involving the Montessori philosophy for children aged 0-12 years in different educational settings.
After her studies she longed for a new experience and decided to move to Vietnam for a year. Whilst exploring this beautiful country she taught English classes and art classes. The following year she moved closer to her family in Ireland and worked in a Montessori school where she believed all her previous experience was worthwhile to her.
She has always dreamed of living in Barcelona and in the Summer of 2018 made this fantasy into a reality.
Samanta is a psychologist graduated from Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona; with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychopatology and Dynamic Psychotherapy from Fundació Vidal I Barraquer (Universitat Ramon Llull, Barcelona). She is also currently pursuing another Master’s degree in Clinical Psychotherapy at IPSI, Barcelona. Samanta has been trained in psycho-educational and emotional diagnosis and treatment of children, adolescents and families. She has been working with children since she was a teenager and she states that she continues to learn from them.
Teaching assistant 3 to 6 years old
Ciara was born in Sheffield, UK, where she lived up until the age of eight when she moved to Spain with her family. She has always loved been with children, even when she was a child herself she liked looking after ones younger then her.
During high school she wanted to study a science career because she enjoyed science and maths. Geology was on the top of her list before she worked as a monitor at a summer camp with children between 3 and 5. She then changed her mind and enrolled in Educación Infantil, in Castellón de la Plana. In her course she found out about Maria Montessori and her method and was completely fascinated.
She has worked with children in a few schools, but found she didn't like how conventional nurseries worked. Education is so important for her she decided she would only work with children if she liked the project and method. Now she is very excited about working at Nido because she loved the Montessori method.
Guide 3 to 6 years old
Okmaya was born is Barcelona and as a child she wanted to be a professional dancer.
She studied Geography at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and, after completing her master degree in Meteorology and Climate at Universitat de Barcelona, she decided to go to Africa to get some perspective on her professional life. It was there, in contact with children, that her interest in education started to grow. On her return to Barcelona she discovered and fell in love with Montessori and its methodology based on the children’s immense capacities to develop.
Before becoming an AMI Montessori guide 3-6, Okmaya attended the AMI Classroom assistant Certificate Children’s House (3-6) in New Zealand.
Okmaya loves to dance, travel, go to the beach and read books during her free time. But most of all, she loves to spend her time with her family and friends.
At school she was always good at science and maths. When she was old enough, she went to university in England to study Neuroscience because she was fascinated by why people think the way they do. These days she works with older children, teaching science and maths. She started teaching in 2008 when she completed her Teacher Training (PGCE) at the Institute of Education in London. In 2012, she took a break from teaching for a year and completed a Masters research project looking at the effects of early life stress on brain development and learning. At this time she became interested in Montessori method and practice and how neuroscience can lead to a better understanding of child development and improvements in education. Together with her partner Timothée, she works behind the scenes at the centre in order to support the connection between science and Montessori at Nido.
Teaching assistant 18 months to 3 years old
Orfhlaith was born in the UK and moved to a small Catalan town with her family when she was nine years old. After finishing secondary school, she went to live in Barcelona where she studied Biology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. During this time, she also starting teaching English as a second language, and discovered her interest in education.
Since graduating from university, Orfhlaith has continued to teach and work in childcare. Though she has taught many different age groups, she is particularly fascinated by early years education as it is such an essential stage in human development. When she heard about the Montessori method, she decided she wanted to learn more about it so she took the AMI Classroom Assistant Course in Santiago de Compostela.
Some of Orfhlaith's favourite things are books, vegetarian cooking, and spending time in nature.