About Nos Fortalesa Montessori

Nos Fortalesa Montessori Aruba offers both:

Elementary program (age-6-12) as well as a Primary program (age 3-6) and has been serving families since August 2014. Our primary program first opened its doors in January 2018. 

We offer both the English and Dutch Language Arts,  as well we offer Math that is given in both languages.

The other subjects are primarily given in English, as we aim to move to integrating more Dutch in all other subject areas in the near future. Papiamento is a part of our curriculum in Elementary and Upper Elementary as well, we believe this to be an important part of our culture and we are proud to have it at our school. We focus on the development of the vocabulary, spelling, reading and writing for both English and Dutch students.

After completing our Elementary Program, students can transition to a Secondary Montessori Program also known as Upper Elementary. An then to an American middle- and high school, a different program on the island or international schools. Students can also transition to the Dutch Secondary Schools, if that is the wish of the family and the ability of the child.

We do ask that the families inform us of their plans for secondary education prior to entering grade year (year 5) of their elementary career. This is to better prepare the student.

Nos Fortalesa Montessori Aruba’s mission is to help develop the child as a whole with the peaceful collaboration of parents and other professionals using the Montessori philosophy.

We believe that all, including Aruban children and families, will benefit tremendously from a Montessori education, understanding that the child should always be central and thus we should always follow the child.

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THE ELEMENTARY TEAM  (AGE 6-12)

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Jessica Piña               Director, Guide and       Administrator

Jessica Piña has been working in the Montessori education since 2008 and is looking forward to many more years of learning and growing in the Montessori community. After becoming a mother herself, Jessica Piña was determined to find the right educational system for her daughter. In 2008 she discovered Montessori at a beautiful small private school and immediately fell in love and knew this was the right system for her and her daughter. Even though enrollment at a private school was not possible for her daughter, Jessica knew this was something she wanted in their lives, forever. So Jessica decided to apply for the assistant’s position at this school and to her delight, the position was hers and thus began her Montessori journey.

After being involved in the Montessori Education for almost 5 years in 2013, having received her primary then her elementary certification in the Montessori education, Miss Piña decided it was time the island of Aruba got to know and experience more of Montessori and in particular, Montessori Elementary Years. Miss Piña is certified by the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI).

Jessica completed her Elementary Montessori training at the Montessori Institute of North Texas receiving her Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) diploma. In February of 2013, Jessica founded “Stichting Montessori School Aruba”.

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Jahaira Pina                        Teacher Upper Elementary

Jahaira Piña has been working with and serving children from ages 0-12 ever since 2006. But her passion for the work with children started in 2003, this is when she began her studies and has now her bachelors degree in “Sociaal Pedagogisch Hulpverlening” (social work) which she completed in 2007 at the “Haagse Hogeschool” located in Holland.

Jahaira’s interest and knowledge of the Montessori Method of Education started when she was living in Holland. There, she experienced first hand how important it was to offer children a child centered education with hands on materials. Her interest got stronger when she moved to Aruba in 2012 and saw the need for a Montessori Elementary education on her native island.

In 2015 she started her journey at our school as a teaching assistant while she was taking her Montessori Teacher Training and has successfully completed her training. Jahaira is Montessori certified for ages 9-12 and as of January 2017 has officially become the upper elementary (age 9-12) lead teacher.

THE PRIMARY TEAM (AGE 3-6)

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Rebecca Ligorski

Rebecca Ligorski is raised in Westchester, New York. Rebecca started her teaching education at the University of Hartford in 2007. Finding a progressive love for Montessori and education, she moved towards a double master in Special Education and General Education at ManhattanVille College as well in New York. During her master’s study, she worked in a Montessori school teaching children ages 3-5 and did an internship working in classrooms kindergarten (age 5) to grade 5 (age 10/11) at a public school in New York. There she worked with students with special needs and disabilities, as well children with English as a second language. Rebecca has in addition her Montessori certification and she is also trained in kids Yoga, and brings aspects of breathing and stretching into her education program.

Rebecca has always advocated for children and the need for more Montessori. She feels that Montessori is a way for children to understand their own learning styles and communicate through hands on learning.

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Rudsella Dirksz  

Rudsella Dirksz joined our team part time in May 2017 and is now the assistant (Dutch) teacher of the primary group.  Rudsella also helps to further develop the Dutch curriculum. She has her higher vocational degree in Assistant Childcare/Education and has in addition completed many Montessori modules in Language and Mathematics (Dutch) at the primary and elementary level. She has worked in education, especially as a teaching assistant, in the age groups 0-12 since 2009. Rudsella has experience working in various Montessori primary and elementary schools in Holland. She just moved back from Holland, after having lived, worked and studied there for a wonderful 9 years.

CURRICULUM:

  • English Language Arts (main language)
  • Dutch Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Geometry
  • Geography
  • Biology (Zoology and Botany)/Science
  • History

SCHOOL HOURS:

Regular: 7:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m daily.

  • Extended Care: 2:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., includes a small snack (ONLY FOR AGES 3-8, AND ONLY IF THERE ARE BETWEEN 8-10 CHILDREN)

LOCATION:

Nos Fortalesa Montessori Aruba Primary and Elementary are located at Pampoenastraat 14 (our school entrance is at Cocostraat). We moved to this location on November 4th and are happily getting used to our new “home”.

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