Staff

The teachers of Montessori House Belgium are an international mix of dedicated people from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. Our diversity reflects the cultures of our international families. One thing we all have in common is our love of teaching and our commitment to nurturing the best in children through the Montessori method.

 

SabahMrs. Noorus Sabah Siddiqi is the Head of the school and the Nursery class teacher. Sabah grew up travelling with her parents. Her father was in the Foreign Service which enabled her to experience many different countries and cultures. She graduated in Economics and Psychology from Punjab University and completed her teacher’s training diploma in 1971.

Sabah discovered the gift of Montessori education when her son went to a Montessori School. Seeing him thrive in the calm, structured working environment encouraged her to study the method and in 1988 she completed studies to become a Montessori Directress from the London Montessori Centre. She then worked in a local Montessori school in Waterloo and founded Montessori House Belgium in 1995. In 2008 she received her Elementary 6 to 9 teaching diploma.

Sabah believes “We aim to help the children discover their unique individual potential through their own efforts, at their own pace. This is largely achieved by applying the Montessori philosophy in its true form and by preparing the working environment in a way that the child’s development is a natural process.”

 

susanMs. Susan Reigeluth is the Elementary class teacher. She received her Montessori AMI diploma in 2007 and has taught in Montessori schools since. She maintains that “the education children attain through a Montessori system provides the confidence that will support them for the challenges ahead in their lives.” The passion and knowledge that she conveys for art especially proves to be a great source of inspiration for the children. 

She has a BA in Sociology from Georgetown University and a Landscape Architecture degree from George Washington University both in Washington, D.C. Her work experience in the United States included teaching at the elementary level at several private schools, research and writing for Time-Life Books, and designing private gardens and community playgrounds.

Susan has four boys who attended a range of schools: Belgian Ecole Hamaide, Lycée Français, The International School of Brussels, Universities in the United States and ULB in Brussels.

 

 

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Mrs. Tina Palys is the Primary class teacher. She joined Montessori House Belgium in October 2013. Tina obtained her Montessori Diploma in 2005 from the MCI centre in London and has taught in Montessori schools since. In addition to this, she has a certificate in Communications from the LAMDA centre in London and several years experience preparing students from different age groups (5 – 16 years old) for LAMDA exams in private schools.

She believes that “To assist children we must provide them with a rich environment to enable them to develop freely to the best of their potential. There is nothing more rewarding than watching a child achieve something through self-effort and seeing that sense of self accomplishment.”.

The children respond enthusiastically to Tina’s calm and affectionate approach. Her serenity enables her to get the best out of the children and they are very fond of her.

Tina enjoys reading, exploring different cultures, travelling and music.

 

 

Berengere_2017Ms. Bérengère Godde joined Montessori House in March 2012, first as the Nursery French teacher and later in September as the Primary class teacher. Bérengère has a Masters in Psychology in Education from ULB. She later followed Montessori courses for the 3 to 6 and 6 to 9 age groups in Switzerland and taught at a Montessori school in Neuchatel from 2007 to 2012.

She finds it exciting to see how the environment and structure of a Montessori class allows the child to grow in an atmosphere of trust and respect. She believes that "to see children as they are in the class, to encourage them with a smile, to support them when on the verge of a discovery is like giving them the reins to develop a rich and secure future of their own.”.

Bérengère is married and has two children, Lucia and Felix. Her passions include horse-riding, nature and learning. She has also recently qualified as a ‘Psycho-Corporelle' therapist.

 

 

 

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Ms. Barbara van der Vaeren joined Montessori House in September 2016. She is a pre-school teacher and did her Montessori training from the Maria Montessori Institute in Paris, April 2015. She is also a trained physical education teacher.

Barbara works with enthusiasm and her calm approach guides the children to new lessons and challenges. She believes that Montessori brings out the best in children and is fascinated to see how each child develops following his/her need and potential.

Barbara has a great passion for art and shares this love with children through different mediums. She encourages each child to learn independently and to think creatively. Barbara also enjoys sports and the outdoors.