Hello! My name is Anna Navarrete. I’m originally from the Philippines, but I have been living in Germany for five years now. In 2015 I completed an International Masters degree in Early Childhood Education and Care from a joint Erasmus program among four universities (Oslo Metropolitan University, Technological University Dublin, University of Malta, and University of Gothenburg). Prior to pursuing graduate studies, I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Family Life and Child Development, summa cum laude, at the University of the Philippines.
I have worked in various capacities in educational settings in the Philippines, Cambodia, Ireland, and Germany, handling classes across age groups, but with a particular focus on children from three to six.
I believe in empowering children to become agentic beings capable of thinking critically and making decisions for themselves, and in nurturing their intrinsic wonder and curiosity through engaging discussions and authentic experiences. The Montessori philosophy creates an environment that facilitates a positive attitude towards learning that the children can bring with them even as they leave preschool.
Hi there! My name is Em Filer and I’m originally from Connecticut, the third smallest state in America. Before working at the preschool, I was an au pair here in Munich, and before that I lived in Dublin, Ireland for nearly two years. I graduated in 2015 from Skidmore College with a Bachelors of Science in Theater and Math, and I received my AMI Montessori Diploma in August 2019! I have also worked in childcare my whole life, so I have a lot of experience working with children of all ages and at all development levels.
When I started working at the preschool in 2017, I knew nothing about Montessori, but have grown so passionate about it that I completed a year-long training program to receive my AMI diploma! I love how the Montessori system encourages children to discover and learn for themselves, guiding their own education; it keeps children involved and focused, as they choose their own areas of interest. I also love how self-sufficient the children become – the Montessori method truly fosters a sense of responsibility and self-reflection amongst the kids that I feel really prepares them to go off to school.
Hello! My name is Zsófia Kerényi and I’m from Budapest, Hungary. I started working with children in 2014 part time while studying French and Norwegian at university. My dream was to become a translator. I quickly realized that I would much rather spend time with children. A year later, I applied to Eötvös Loránd University, Faculty of Primary and Pre-school Education to study Early Childhood Education specializing in Hungarian-English bilingual teaching. I wrote my thesis in English about sustainability in bilingual kindergartens in Europe, a topic I’m passionate about. I graduated in July, 2018. Later that year I moved to Augsburg and started learning German.
I’ve always admired children. I think young children are wonderful, interesting, curious and open to the world. I love the Montessori method because this education style has an identical mode everywhere in the world. It connects children and teachers across language and cultural bounds. Certain routines could look complex yet children acquire many skills while working with the materials. I like that everyone can choose what they want to do: the Montessori routine gives children a sense of freedom and control at the same time. I am amazed to see and assist children of different ages cooperate and help each other.