Deux Mille Feuilles Montessori School.

 

At Deux Mille Feuilles Montessori school our teachers, management and staff believe in growing naturally as children love to learn and to discover – in their own natural way. We believe that understanding, enjoying and respecting nature complements the classroom experience. Therefore we offer them a rich and stimulating environment inside and outside in nature. At our school children do not only learn for the moment, but gain a preparation for life. Our children learn to respect themselves as well as respect the differences of others. For us building self-assurance, developing trust in others and learning to respect go hand-in-hand.

 

We love the enrichment different cultures and languages from all over the world are bringing to our children. And we can see that appreciating different cultures and learning languages early in life are a pre-requisite to be at ease in today’s complex world.

 

All this is at the heart of everything we do – and our promise to you by acting caring, personal and trustful.

 

The team. L'équipe.

Connie Tosch - Director

I am welcoming you to our Montessori school Deux Mille Feuilles! As your first person of contact at school I am very happy to help and support with all your questions and needs. Originally I am a psychologist and a nutritionist with more than 10 years of business experience but found my passion in the field of education and learning. I am part-time teaching psychology at Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany, but also get taught every day by my three little children: about the miracles of life, how to show my love and passion towards them and of course about education. Having lived in Germany, the USA, Austria, France and now in Switzerland has taught me that meeting someone leaves tracks in your heart – a credo I believe in and I am following in my daily life and every interaction.

Bilal Ojjeh - Director

 

As a father of three, I have seen how transformative Montessori is and I love how child-centric it is, recognising and developing the whole child.  It is amazing how much the latest scientific research on brain and personal development is confirming what Montessori observed over a century ago! 

As an entrepreneur who manages a careers website for top university students and who works with employers from all over the world, I see how fast the world is changing and how much we need to rethink education in order to equip the next generation for the challenges ahead. In addition to and perhaps more than knowledge, I believe we need to help unfold the kids’ self-love, empathy, creativity and natural curiosity.  So that’s why I am such a Montessori-enthusiast and why I would like to grow our school, help other schools and spread this message as widely as possible.

The teacher at Ecole Montessori Deux Mille Feuilles

Boglárka Mira Kovács- Bimbó (Bogi)  - Montessori teacher 6-12 yrs.

 

I am Bogi, I hold a university diploma in education and a Montessori teacher diploma 3-6 years. I am really excited to complete my AMI diploma 6-12 years in London this summer and to launch our first lower-elementary class in August. In addition, I have just finalised my C1 English language diploma.

In the course of my career, I worked in a public Montessori school in Budapest for 3 years. In 2015 my passion for a multicultural atmosphere brought me to Switzerland.

Since August 2017 I've been part of the Deux Mille Feuilles' Montessori team - working as an after-school-care teacher and replacing in class as a Montessori teacher. As well, I'm responsible for the “Little Explorers" session with our older students. We explore nature, conduct scientific experiments and research many projects together. My passion for learning, for observing children’s development combined with my love for all things creative, I feel, are the basis of my professional character - and I have to add, the highlight of my day is sharing this enthusiasm with the children.

Liz Caloghiris - Montessori teacher (English speaking)

Born in Ireland, mother of five, I studied at the AMI Montessori Institute in London. Earlier in my career I worked with special needs children both in Ireland and the UK. I have been teaching Bilingual and multilingual children for more than twenty years. I’ve held my current position, as the English speaking Montessori teacher since 2009. I believe that all children deserve an education which is tailored to their individual needs, which can help them to become confident and competent in themselves and in their education. This is supported by “Deux Milles Feuilles” Montessori, where the children’s individuality is at the core of our teaching.

Lucia Bonanni - Enseignante Montessori

 

Je suis Lucia Bonanni, éducatrice sociale de formation, et j'ai travaillé dans le domaine du sociale pendant plusieurs années dans différents pays (l’Italie, la Roumanie, la France et l’Espagne).

 

J'ai connu la pédagogie Montessori lorsque mon premier enfant est né, en cherchant une autre approche pour l'accompagner dans son apprentissage. Les valeurs de cette pédagogie m'ont tout de suite conquise et depuis je m'en inspire à la maison. Mes enfants, de 9 et 7 ans, sont également scolarisés dans une école Montessori.
Depuis plusieurs années j’envisageais de faire de ma passion mon métier et l'année passée j'ai eu l'occasion de me former en tant qu'assistante Montessori à l’Institut de Formation Maria Montessori (IFMM) à Genève et d'intégrer l'équipe de Deux Mille Feuilles.

 

Medhavi Kumararatne (Mimi) - Montessori teacher (English speaking)

Hello, I am Medhavi Kumararatne (Mimi) a primary trained Montessori Directress from Sri Lanka. I have obtained an AMI Equivalent Montessori Diploma from Sri Lanka, and AMS Montessori 3-6 Diplomas during my work time in Canada. I gained more than 15 years of experience working at different Montessori environments in Sri Lanka, Canada, in Europe - Belgium and now in Switzerland, at an AMI, AMS and Bilingual Montessori schools.

I am a mother of two grown up children. A daughter and a son. Both my children began their journey of learning by stepping into the Montessori world. It opened the doors for me to experience the Montessori education and later I started to volunteer at different Montessori and primary schools where my children attended in different countries. With my own experience as a mother and a Montessori Teacher, I believe Montessori Education provides a good foundation and structure to build a well balanced and strong personality to walk through the life journey with independence. I am happy, that I found the opportunity to join the professional team at Deux Mille Feuilles in this beautiful country, Switzerland as a Montessori teacher as I can see their clear Montessori vision towards preparing today’s children for future world!

 

Mélissa Favier - Enseignante Montessori francophone 6-12

Ainée d’une famille de 5 enfants, c’est après une licence en langues étrangères appliquées, un CAP petite enfance et une année passée en Australie avec des enfants, j’ai commencé mon parcours en Montessori. J’ai rempli le rôle d’assistante 3-6 ans durant trois ans, puis celui d'éducatrice 3-6 pendant plusieurs années, avec un groupe de transition dans le primaire suite à la fin de ma formation AMI pour éducatrice 6-12 Montessori. 

Formée à la communication non-violente, je suis convaincue que l'écoute des enfants et leur bien-être permet un apprentissage bienveillant et serein. C’est avec grand joie que je continue mon parcours dans cette pédagogie par laquelle j’ai trouvé un chemin de vie et de l’authenticité. 

Myriam Aralossi - CAP Petite Enfance

Étant diplômée du CAP Petite Enfance , je suis actuellement en stage afin d‘obtenir l‘équivalence Suisse de mon diplôme soit celui d’Assistante Socio Éducative.

Je suis maman de deux enfants de 14 ans et 17 ans 1/2 et de nature calme, compréhensive et souriante. Cela fait 8 ans que je travaille avec les enfants en tant qu’Assistante Maternelle Agréée et stagiaire, et je suis heureuse de m‘intégrer à cette équipe afin de participer au développement et à l autonomie de vos enfants. 

Je suis Samantha Pinet, enseignante Montessori depuis 9 ans et également éducatrice de la petite enfance. Travailler avec des enfants a toujours été une véritable vocation.

Je suis une personne passionnée par mon métier et toujours très à l'écoute des enfants et des parents. J'ai étudié en Sciences de l'éducation à l'université de Genève et également à l'école d'éducatrice de la petite enfance. J'ai rencontré la pédagogie Montessori il y a 8 ans et depuis j'utilise cette pédagogie au quotidien avec mes deux enfants. Je trouve que cette méthode constitue la meilleure façon d'apprendre pour les enfants, puisqu'elle respecte chaque individu en lui donnant des clefs de son propre développement.

Salomé Spach - Assistante Montessori 3-6 ans

Très sensible aux différentes alternatives pédagogiques, je suis titulaire du certificat d’Assistante Montessori depuis 2015. J'ai acquis de l’expérience dans différentes écoles de la région et suis très heureuse de poursuivre cette voie passionnante à l'école Deux Mille Feuilles. Maman de deux enfants, ce sont eux qui ont éveillé en moi le désir de travailler au contact des enfants. J'anime régulièrement des ateliers créatifs et artistiques auprès de jeune public.

Respecter le rythme des enfants, les traiter comme des êtres réfléchis et mettre l’accent sur leur singularité et leur individualité, cela me paraît essentiel.

A l’heure actuelle et dans notre société, j’ai très envie de transmettre les valeurs d'autonomie, de respect, de bienveillance, et de solidarité aux enfants qui sont les adultes de demain. Je suis convaincue que l’éducation des enfants change le monde de demain.

Sindy Reis - Enseignante pour la petite enfance

Diplomée en tant que Assistante Socio-Éducative, j'ai toujours été attiré par la pédagogie Montessori. Lors de ma formation, je l'ai d'ailleurs appliqué. Convaincue de cette façon d'enseigner, je n'ai pu constaté que des effets positifs.

De nature patiente et à l'écoute, je souhaite participer au développement de vos enfants, de manière à ce qu'ils puissent évoluer à leur rythme tout en favorisant l'autonomie. 

Stefanie Kujadt - Enseignante allemande / Deutschlehrering i

I´m Stefanie and I am the German teacher. I´m 52 years old and have three grown-up sons who are currently studying in Germany. I hold a Master of education specializing in German and “Sachkunde” (nature studies), additionally a university diploma in business administration. Before we moved to Switzerland, I worked in a Montessori school in Germany for more than six years. I very much enjoyed teaching there and miss it a lot here in Switzerland. Therefore, I am more than happy that this will change now! I am sure that your children and I will have an inspiring time together and many happy and interesting experiences in German. I am more than happy to answer your questions – do not hesitate to get in touch with me. Ich freue mich drauf! 

Yolanda Sokiri-Munn - Enseignante Montessorig i

Je me considère comme une « citoyenne du monde », avec des valeurs nourries très jeune : authenticité, équilibre et communication. Quand je pense à mon parcours professionnel, qui inclus la défense des droits de l’enfant pour des organisations non-gouvernementales, il m’apparait que la découverte de l’enfant, sur les principes Montessori, a commencé avant même de devenir mère.

Avec mon diplôme d’éducatrice AMI Montessori et mes cinq années d’expérience dans une école Montessori bilingue, je suis ravie de rejoindre l’équipe Deux Mille où l’esprit de communauté et de développement forment l’essence de l’école et je suis heureuse de faire votre connaissance. 

Amy Reuter - Bus driver and the heart and soul of our school


A special thanks to the Colonie de Vacances Saint-Gervais for offering us this beautiful campus

during the school year.

https://colonie-saint-gervais.ch/

 


We invite you to read an article about us on knowitall.ch from March 2018:

 

Since we announced the arrival of new management at the Deux Mille Feuilles Bilingual Montessori School in La Rippe nearly 2 years ago, the school has gone from strength to strength.  

 

Indeed only last year we reported on the special prize that the school received from the European Space Agency for a model the children had built of the International Space Station!

 

So successful has the concept been for 3 – 6 year olds, that the school is now set to open a new elementary class in August 2018 for 6 to 12 year olds that will follow the same Montessori principles as those in the younger years, but will still respect the Plan d’Etudes Romand (PER) for children attending school in this region.

 

Why a new class for 6 to 12 year olds?

 

When knowitall.ch asked co-Director, Cornelia Tosch, why the school has decided to open a new class, she could hardly contain her excitement for the new project! She told us,

 

“I truly believe that a Montessori education is a wonderful gift as it is educating self-conscious, respectful, open-minded and flexible individuals who love to learn and are eager to come to school. For us, offering a 6-12 class is the natural path after the 3-6 classes. We do it for our children, for our parents and with all our passion, love and energy. When our children reach the age of 6, they always want to stay at our school - now they don’t have to leave!”

 

Citing examples from her own family life, Cornelia is clearly saddened by the experience of many children who appear more excited about their iPhones than the wonderful discoveries to be made in the world around them. In her opnion, children are imaginative explorers, and need to create and connect, as well as move physically and intellectually; she believes it is unnatural to ask kids to fit in a squared box that stifles their creativity and their natural thirst for learning as they are asked to sit still, and look for the teacher to decide what to study, and what to think! Is there an alternative solution for them, she wondered?

 

She continued, “As a psychologist I have learned a lot about pedagogical theories and, of course, Maria Montessori. This was the reason why I decided that my children should attend a Montessori school between the ages of 3 and 6. Originally, I assumed they would continue with a traditional school system where life was less about the free choices available to younger kids, and more about learning things like discipline and time-keeping. However, the more I have discovered about the Montessori system and about the way the class works, the more I am convinced that a Montessori education applies equally well to older kids, who really don’t need to be bombarded with intellectual facts and disturbed by bells the whole time.  The Montessori approach allows children to keep their interest and motivates them to be responsible for their own choices.”

 

She concluded, “I want to see our children come to school because they love to learn, to have sparkling eyes, to feel our love and passion to work with them, and to share all our enthusiasm about discovering this incredible world!”

 

Format of the new class

The new class will accommodate around 15 children in a separate classroom situated on the same campus as the younger years. The classroom will be completely refurbished and will receive a huge investment in new materials suitable for the older age group. It will take the form of an open space, where children can freely move, chose their work, how to work (together or by themselves) and where to work (on a single table, on a table for more children, or on the floor with special tables).

 

Two full-time AMI Montessori teachers trained to teach 6 to 12 year olds will be appointed, as well as a part-time teacher for German classes. You can see a sample weekly schedule below.

Cornelia commented, “In the elementary class, the children will learn to set their own goals, manage time, organize projects, and use a variety of resources. The program will give children basic learning skills, confidence, self-esteem, and appreciation of other cultures, and peaceful techniques for conflict resolution”.

 

Classes filling up fast

At the time of writing, there are still places available for the new 6-12 class, but as word gets out this may not last for long.  Having established such an excellent reputation in the region over the last two years, there are currently two classes scheduled to open in August for the 3 - 6 year age group, with 38 children registered and a waiting list now in place for new inscriptions.

 

You can find out more about Deux Mille Feuilles in the articles on knowitall.ch and on their website at www.2millefeuilles.ch. You can also get a better idea of the school routine, and other activities such as holiday camps and special workshops that are open to all children, regardless of whether they attend the school.

 

Deux Mille Feuilles Bilingual Montessori School

Route des Bois 2

1278 La Rippe

Vaud (near Nyon)

076 580 61 78

cornelia.tosch@2millefeuilles.ch

www.2millefeuilles.ch