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Cristina Cort


A native of Valencia, and 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 as a Montessori guide for both Children’s House and Primary education.

“As the mother of Jimena and Pelayo, ages 8 and 5 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.”

Rocio Cort


With a degree in Business Administration and Management and Masters in Data Analytics
from EDEM, she has experience both in multinational companies, such as IVI Valencia, The Bank of New York Mellon, and in startups such as Flit2go. She is interested in the world of education and is looking forward to being a part of the Mammolina team.

David Molina

Extra curricular activities:

From Detroit, Michigan, USA, David has a Bachelors of Music in Double Bass Performance from Rice University in Houston, Texas. From a family of artists: his father, a bassist in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, his mother, a dance teacher and arts administrator, his eldest sister, a Broadway actress/musician, his youngest sister, an art teacher, and his wife, Jaimie, a ballet teacher and choreographer, arts and culture have always been infused in his life. He has performed with many worldclass orchestras. He moved to Valencia, Spain in 2006 as an original member of the Orquesta de la Comunitat Valenciana, and he continues to perform there.

Ana Pérez

Children’s House

After 7 years of experience in children’s classrooms in England and stays in Montessori schools in Seychelles and Cambodia, Ana has been the English speaking guide in the Children’s House at the International Montessori School of Valencia (today Mammolina Montessori) since 2019. A lifelong child educator, originally from Córdoba, she has a degree in Childhood Education from the Universidad de Córdoba, with a diploma in Montessori pedagogy from MCI (Montessori Center International) in London, and training in educational neuroscience and positive discipline.

Julia Lacroix

Children’s House

Julia is French and speaks also English and Spanish.
After years of working as an assistant in different schools abroad, she did her AMI Montessori Assistant training in France at Institut Supérieur Maria Montessori (Nogent-sur-Marne). She joined the Mammolina team in 2022 while completing her AMI 3-6 guide training.

Théo Ronsin


From France, he has been responsible for the bilingual English-French primary group for the last two years at the International Montessori School of Valencia, today Mammolina Montessori. He has a degree in Childhood Education from the Université Caen Normandie, a Master in Biology and Sustainable Development and did his Montessori training at the Chilean Montessori Academy. After three years working at the Ecole Le Trampoline in Peru as a Montessori guide and Director of Pedagogy, he returned to Europe to continue teaching.

Lorena Calatayud


Having worked at IMSV (now Mammolina Montessori) since its inception in 2015, Lorena has a degree in Early Childhood and Primary Education.
With ten years of experience as an early childhood educator and six years as a Primary education teacher, she has trained in Primary school Montessori education through the International Montessori Institute Barcelona. Outside of the classroom, Lorena has done several half marathons and triathlons among other long distance sports events and she trained for 15 years in classical ballet in the Royal Academy of Dance method. She is also fluent in: Spanish, French and Valencian.

Ophelie Clavie


Ophelie is from Paris. She worked there as a theater actress for ten years. As an actress she did a lot of theater workshops with children aged from 4 to 17 years old. She highly appreciated working with children and thought she wanted to follow them more closely than through workshops. As a Montessori child herself and having given birth to her daughter, she was naturally driven towards being a Montessori guide.

She first trained as a 3 to 6 AMI Montessori guide and worked for 3 years as a French lead guide in the Casa. It naturally made sense for her after a whole 3 years cycle in the Children’s house to extend her learning with the 6 to 12 training.

She obtained her 6 to 12 AMI diploma in 2023 in Prague while working in an elementary classroom between 2021 and 2023.

Maddie McGillivray

Madeleine McGillivray


Madeleine is from the UK and moved to Portugal in 2003 to teach English. Later she trained in London to be a primary teacher (PGCE ages 5-11), then discovered Montessori when her children started a Montessori pre-school in Portugal and fell in love with it. Her first training was a Diploma in Montessori pedagogy ages 3-6 from MCI (Montessori Centre International) in London, AMI 6-12 assistant and Montessori primary guide. She has also completed SEN training and would love to deepen her knowledge of working in Special Education.