International Montessori School “Beautiful Minds” is a private bilingual school declared to the Academy of Versailles since September 2013. We welcome children of all nationalities and backgrounds aged from 2 to 12 years old.
There are two sites in Puteaux : 10, rue Ampere and 1, place du Theatre. School at rue Ampere has been opened in September 2014 and has Children’s House (3-6 yrs bilingual French-English). Our second site at Place du Theatre is opened since September 2016 and has Children’s Community (2-3 yrs bilingual), Children’s House (3-6 yrs bilingual) and Elementary Environment (6-12 yrs bilingual French-English).
Our team are experienced AMI-trained Montessori educators (Association Montessori Internationale), regularly supervised by the Institut Supérieur Maria Montessori.
Maria , Directress
« After seven years of having a corporate career in large international companies, I discovered the Montessori approach after the birth of my son. Maria Montessori’s writings completely changed my life and my vision of the child. This was the start of two years of reflections, trainings and observations at Montessori schools in France and abroad which inspired me to start my own Montessori school in 2013, aimed to develop the potential of each child »
Maija , English-speaking teacher, 2-3 y.o.
« After graduating from Information Design and collaborating with charities in London, I decided to gain experience with children. I spent two and a half years as a school assistant in my former boarding school in England. I am passionate about work with children and this led me to the Maria Montessori Institute in London where I graduated from AMI Montessori 3-6 and 0-3 years. My experience at the Hornsey Rise School in London has proved to me on many occasions the richness of what a Montessori environment can bring to children. I have been working at the Beautiful Minds School since September 2015 »
Caroline , French-speaking teacher, 3-6 y.o.
« I have been teachning in traditional schools since 2010. I discovered the Montessori method while doing in Internship. I was fascinated by this pedagogy and started to research more on Montessori philosophy and education. The birth of my first son consolidated my beliefs. I decided to do my training at the AMI training center in Lyon (ISMM) and have since graduated as an AMI 3-6 Montessori teacher. »
Michelle , English-speaking assistant teacher, 3-6 y.o.
« I discovered the universe of Maria Montessori during a stay in the United States during which my eldest daughter was educated in a preschool whose pedagogical methods were inspired very much by those advocated by the Italian pedagogue. It was after my return to France that I had my first contact with the world of education. Asked by the town of Crozon (Finistère) to teach the English language in public preschool, the work with children was a real revelation for me. I decided to reorient my professional life towards early childhood. Today, I am a qualified 3-6 Montessori Assistant (AMI). I am fully satisfied and I’ve been putting my enthusiasm and creativity at the service of the 3-6 year-old class at the Beautiful Minds school in Puteaux »
Sabrina , French-speaking teacher, 3-6 y.o.
« After 12 years in the humanitarian sector in France and abroad, my family and I settled in India, where we discovered the Montessori approach and where Maria Montessori herself spent a number of years. I was offered to teach French in the Montessori class of my daughters and I had the chance to observe the Montessori approach from the inside. This was the starting point of an evolution in my career: I decided to support children in growing at the best of their potential, nurturing their self-confidence and their autonomy – another way for me to foster Humanity in our present and future world. I graduated after a 9-month AMI-training in India and I have now the pleasure to join the Beautiful Minds’ team of Puteaux-Theatre »
Flora , English-speaking assistant teacher, 3-6 y.o.
« Born in Hong Kong, I lived in England, USA and now in France, so I am trilingual in English, Chinese and French. I hold an American license and a French diploma in Art. Since I became a mother, I have developed an interest in working with children and the pedagogy of Maria Montessori has inspired me deeply to continue in this way. I followed AMI-assistant for children 3-6 y.o. training at AMI-center. I also obtained my diploma of English as foreign language Teacher. I joined Beautiful Minds in March 2016 and I take care of the bilingual Children’s House (3-6) »
Chiara , French-speaking teacher, 6-12 y.o.
« I have been teaching languages both in Europe and South East Asia for 7 years. Over the time, I have felt naturally drawn to the children’s universe: however, discouraged by the traditional school system, it became a necessity to research other ways to educate children. That’s when I first develop a deep interest in the Montessori approach. Rather than a mere method, what I found in the Montessori world is an all-encompassing philosophy I can totally mirror myself in.
This brought me to do a long observation period in a small Montessori school in Indonesia, where the children themselves taught me to humbly re-think the role of an educator.
I soon became passionate abour “Cosmic Education”, the Montessori answer to the developmental needs of children aged 6 to 12. Therefore, I decided to go back to my home country, Italie, to get trained as a 6-12 guide in the first Montessori Elementary training centre, created by Mario Montessori himself, son of Maria Montessori.
Afterwards, I had the opportunity to work as an elementary guide in Indonesia. I joined Beautiful Minds Team in November 2016 »
Gianmarco , English-speaking teacher, 6-12 y.o.
« I grew up in a Montessori environment. My father was a Montessori student. My mother was a Montessori teacher for many years, and my sister and I were both Montessori students in Houston, Texas. Having earned my Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art, concentrating in jewellery and oil painting, I lived several years in Asia where I also taught English as a second language. I finally decided to go back to our family tradition and did the AMI Elementary Training. In the past three years I’ve taught in Montessori schools in Europe and the United States. I joined Beautiful Minds Team in September 2016 »