Our Team

Claudia Franz

Claudia

Hello, my name is Claudia Franz and I’m from Germany. I have been in a leading role in different small preschools since 25 years. During this time, I have done advanced trainings in different topics and have given talks on participation and co-determination of children. Besides my trainings in rhythm and as nonmedical practitioner, I am focusing my efforts on topics related to psychology and movement.

My pedagogical focus lies on helping the children to become autonomous and to motivate them to actively participate in shaping our everyday life. It is important to me that the children learn a social and attentive way of cooperating with each other and that they not only learn to obey to rules, but to understand and actively participate in shaping the rules of our everyday life. Besides, I think it is important that the children learn how to nonviolently solve conflicts and how to communicate concerns to the group.

During my time at the Montessori Preschool, I enjoy doing projects on different topics with the children. For example, I like to cooke and bake with them and talk about food and health. During our calm times, I help the children to find silence and teach them exercises to relax. When possible, I also enjoy to experience nature together with the children. I have been working with medical herbs in the past and help the kids to recognise such and show them what to do with them.

Anastasia (Stacey) Ermolaeva

stacey

Hello! My name is Anastasia Ermolaeva (children call me Stacey) and I come from Moscow. In 2012, I completed my Masters Degree in Teaching Foreign Languages.

I have been an early childhood educator for more than 10 years. My experience ranges from working in international kindergartens teaching English, art, dance and science, to being a kindergarten head teacher and an international baccalaureate PYP coordinator, focusing my work on developing the program and organizing collaborative plannings.

I enjoy working with children because it is fascinating for me to see how fast they grow up and develop, how bright their imagination is and how many more things they are capable of than we expect. In my free time, I love traveling, hiking with my dog and watching art-house movies. I completed digital illustration courses and illustrate children’s books and make posters as a hobby.

Zsófia Kerényi

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.

Kenya Gerner

Hello. My name is Kenya Gerner and I am from Munich. I completed my Kenyauniversity entry exam in June and started volunteering at the preschool in September, 2022. In my free time I like to dance, draw and play handball. I am really looking forward to working here as an intern for the rest of my gap year!