Marianne Molina – Director
With a genuine appreciation for the Montessori approach, decades of experience teaching, caring and raising her own children Marianne is thrilled to embark on this new adventure as the Director of Explore Montessori.
Marianne started her training in Child development and psychology when enrolled in high school in Sweden and thereafter worked in different childcare facilities from a maternity ward, caring for the terminally ill to an Antroposophical Institute for mentally handicapped children.
She was briefly introduced to Montessori while working as a nanny for the City of Stockholm. This inspired her to put together simple Montessori lessons for the children in her care. Watching them work and being absorbed by the lessons made a deep impression on Marianne and her love and passion for Montessori education was kindled.
Marianne had a special sense since childhood that she would move to the US sometime and she fulfilled that dream when she came here in her mid twenties. After getting married she and her husband enrolled their firstborn in an infant Montessori program where she also taught. They later settled in Minneapolis where she homeschooled their now five children on and off for 15 years. While still there Marianne worked in a couple of different Montessori schools and started the Age of Montessori Primary Teacher training in 2011. She was the very first student to graduate from AOM in 2014.
The family moved to Montana in 2012 to be closer to nature and the mountains. In 2013 Marianne became the lead teacher in a Montessori Toddler classroom for one year and then the lead for the two to four year olds with up to 22 children and two assistants until the summer of 2019.
Last summer she set up and designed a Montessori environment in a school in Issaquah, WA but returned to Montana in the fall to be closer to her family.
Marianne will now bring her enthusiasm and commitment to Montessori education to create and maintain a genuine Montessori program at Explore Montessori.