About

The team of Ecole Montessori Bilingue de Rueil-Malmaison:
Educators are trained to the Montessori method, they are graduates of the AMI (Association Montessori Internationale). Teacher training is essential, it requires one year of full-time study for each age group.

School Principal

Nadia Hamidi: Nadia is the school principal, she has been working for almost two decades as an AMI educator.
Nadia is a qualified AMI educator for the 3 to 6 age group, she obtained her diploma from Paris Maria Montessori Institute, and for the 6 to 12 age group from the Baldegg Montessori Institute (Switzerland), she graduated from Paris X University with a Master’s degree in language sciences and children psychology, and has also attended the IUFM (French teacher training institute).
For the past 3 years, Nadia has also been a teachers’ trainer during the summer at the Montessori-Palau International Training & Research Center. During her training to become a Montessori teachers’ trainer for the 6 to 12 age group, she has attended many seminars at the Columbia Loyola University in the USA.
Nadia has been a speaker at conferences and taught at the Paris Montessori Institute.
She can often be found in the classrooms, supporting her team, and making sure the Montessori method and programmes are applied.
Nadia’s own 6 year-old son is a pupil of the school.

Elementary class (6 to 12 years old)

Yannick Demard:

Yannick is the referent Montessori educator for children aged 6 to 12.

Yannick is a qualified Montessori educator, and she also graduated from Paul Valery University with a master’sdegree in language sciences. She has taught for many years in France, Argentina, and Morocco.

She has a passion for drama (she leads drama workshops for children) and music (she plays the cello) and is delighted to share her passions and experience with the pupils of the school.

Samantha Neal:

Samantha is the referent English-speaking educator for children aged 6 to 12.

She holds a musical education degree from Southern Mississippi University as well as a TEFL diploma from the ITTT.

Samantha has been an English teacher for over 9 years and she also teaches music. She is also an accomplished violinist and clarinettist and she shares her passion for music with the pupils of the school.

Jean-François Berne:

Jean-François holds an educator diploma from the North America Montessori Center, to teach children aged 6 to 12 years old).

He taught mathematics and biology in secondary schools before becoming passionate about the Montessori methods.
He also has a vast experience supporting teenagers who have dropped out or are at risk of dropping out of school.

Jean-François inspires calm and rigour, which is very well suited to children in the second cycle of their development.

“Maison des Enfants”: Green class, 3 to 6 years old

Florence Bareyt 

As a qualified teacher of French as a foreign language, Florence has worked for 15 years teaching French to foreign students from all over the world.

During her career, she discovered the Montessori method. She then decided to start training as a Montessori educator for children aged 3 to 6 at the ISMM and graduated as an AMI educator in 2015.

Florence is delighted to be a French-speaking Montessori educator at the school!

Sinéad Heslin: 

Sinéad is an articulate, qualified English teacher who is able to effectively communicate with children from diverse backgrounds and varying degrees of ability.

Sinéad is Irish. She initially had an Advanced Diploma in Law from Cork College and then decided to reorient her career towards teaching. She has now a double diploma from CELTA of Cambridge (English teaching) and from the Paris Institute of Childcare Training.

Passionate about Montessori pedagogy, she aims at creating a safe and benevolent environment in the classroom, contributing to the positive ethos of the school.

“Maison des Enfants”: Blue class, 3 to 6 years old

Claire Nicolaï:

After studying arts history, visual arts, and literature, Claire trained as an AMI educator and has been teaching children aged 2 to 6 according to the Montessori method for 10 years.

She has also attended the Faber & Mazlish workshops on parenting and gifted children. She regularly attends training at the Montreuil “Ecole du Livre” on youth literature and illustration, this allows her to broaden the knowledge she can share with the children.
After having worked for a year with children aged 6 to 12, she started working with younger children this year with great pleasure.

Claire brings to our school her artistic and pedagogical skills, making all our pupils happy as in addition to teaching the 2 to 6 class, she’s also in charge of the Wednesday arts workshop for the pupils aged 6 to 12.

Joanna Salibi:

Joanna is the mother of two young children and has been a primary school teacher in French international schools for 10 years, she is eager to apply her dynamism and teaching experience at the Montessori Bilingual School of Rueil.

Joanna began her teaching career in Paris and has been a class teacher to 4-10-year-old children in local French and English-speaking schools.
Joanna’s experience includes designing and teaching international and national learning programmes to native English speakers and foreign language students.

Joanna is trilingual: she speaks English, French and Lebanese. She received her B.A. in primary education, with a specialisation in English from Haigazian University in Beirut, Lebanon. Joanna is a French national.

“Communauté Enfantine” (2 to 3 years old)

Gabriella Gialloreto:

After graduating from the Sorbonne University in Paris with a degree in Teaching, she spent 5 years teaching modern languages in France and in Italy.

Having always been inspired by the Montessori pedagogy, she decided to join the Paris Montessori Institute in 2015 and became a qualified AMI educator for children aged 0 to 3.

Gabriella is delighted to be involved in the pedagogical mission of the school and to accompany the children of the “Communauté Enfantine” in their psychophysical development, and in the construction of their identity and personality, so that they can flourish with confidence.

Byambaa Leszczynski:

Byambaa is an English-speaking classroom assistant, she graduated from Ulaanbaatar University in Mongolia with a master’s degree in education.

She has lived 7 years in the USA and has been in France for 8 years. She has taught foreign languages to children in both countries. She has also led several workshops in English for pre-school children.

Passionate about visual arts, Byambaa shares her dynamism and creativity with the children.

Natalia Angel:

Natalia decided to delve into the Montessori universe after the birth of her child in 2013.

She attended Montessori workshops for parents with Coco Kabane and she witnessed such a positive change in her own family that she decided to study to become a Montessori classroom assistant in 2015.

During the school year 2015 to 2016, she was classroom assistant in the 6 to 12 years old class, and she was in charge of the “Montessori Initiation Workshops” on Wednesday afternoons.

Natalia was born in Columbia and has been working as a photographer and graphic designer for the past 10 years. And for the past two years, she has been leading the “Montessori Wednesday Workshops” for children of the “Communauté Enfantine”.

Admin support team

Luminita Nicorici:

Luminata is the specialist assistant for the inclusive classes project at the school, her role is to support children with specific needs in the various environments.

She initially graduated as a textile engineer, and then became a qualified AMI assistant for children aged 3 to 6. She is currently attending training on logico-mathematical re-education at GEPALM (Study Group on the Psychology of Logico-Mathematical Activities).

She discovered the Montessori method in 2015 and this became a passion of hers. She has one goal, to better help children in difficulties by using appropriate teaching methods and equipment. Since 2016, Luminata has also been leading the “Art Felting” workshops at the school.

Other educators:

Alexandre Grandjean is a qualified sports educator, once a week, he leads the swimming class for children aged 6 to 11.

Anne-Laure Boutin is a music teacher and guitar player. Once a fortnight, she comes and share her passion for music with the elementary class, and once a week with pre-schoolers.

Our mission

Learn and flourish with confidence

We believe education is helping life by offering children an environment in which they can develop their personality and live up to their full potential. Seen as such, education lays the foundation of a responsible society, aware of how everyone depends on everyone, and fosters peace. We want everyone to progress with confidence and benevolence.

Our goals:

Confidence and joy

The autonomy and independence of the children

Their creativity, initiative, and self-discipline

The taste for learning, curiosity, effort, and finding satisfaction in a job well done

The development of social skills including tolerance, sense of service and responsibilities

Academic notions are learnt in a fluid manner because they are passed on at the right time, according to the rhythm of each pupil.

Bilingual teaching

In today’s world, speaking several languages perfectly is essential.  Being able to speak several languages is a great asset. This develops executive functions, increases creativity and concentration abilities, and improves intellectual agility and faculties of adaptation.

Therefore, our school offers its pupils a bilingual environment in which children are exposed daily to English and French through immersion. The children learn the new language progressively, without needing translations or proper language classes. They learn through songs, nursery rhymes, books, but mainly through the repetition of daily activities.

Each class is led by two adults, one French-speaking and one English-speaking. The Montessori equipment is presented in both languages.

Our pupils are exposed to different cultures as much as possible. This task is made easy because our pupils come from many different countries. The presence of English-speaking and French-speaking children creates the perfect atmosphere to foster bilingualism. The children get use to the concept and the sounds of another language from a very young age.

Furthermore, being able to understand various cultures fosters open-mindedness.