A native of Valencia, director of Mammolina Montessori, Cristina has a degree in Business Administration and Management from the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia. With work experience in both the social and educational sectors, she has collaborated with various organizations such as UNICEF Spain, Save the Children Foundation and Obra Social “la Caixa”. Furthering her studies, she has postgraduate training in children’s rights, ethical-civic education and most recently as a Montessori guide for both Children’s House and Primary education up to 12 years old.
As the mother of Jimena and Pelayo, ages 7 and 4 years old, I have experienced Montessori education firsthand while at the same time deepening my knowledge of the methodology through postgraduate studies. Without a doubt, my children have been and continue to be my best teacher.
I have learned how meeting the child at eye-level is a fundamental part of the Montessori pedagogy, just as the importance of understanding our role as guides are in the relationship with the child.
In order to get the most out of a Montessori based education, the method and approach needs to be fully integrated into the curriculum and pedagogy. The school, the outdoor space, the materials and guidance all work together like a symphony to create a uniquely nurturing educational experience for the children. And, while Montessori education is now over 100 years old, its approach and application is sufficiently open to incorporating new knowledge in the field of child psychology and development.