Our Faculty

“As we observe children, we see the vitality of their spirit, the maximum effort put forth in all they do, the intuition, attention and focus they bring to all life’s events, and the sheer joy they experience in living.”

—Maria Montessori; The Child, Society and the World 

Jessica Piña

Director and Lower El. Guide

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”.

Jahaira Piña

Assistant Director and Lead Upper Elementary Teacher

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.

Rebecca Ligorski

Assistant Director of Primary and Lead Teacher

Rudsella Dirksz joined our team part time in May 2017 and is now the assistant teacher of the primary group, as well as the primary Dutch teacher.  Rudsella has her higher vocational degree in Assistant Childcare/Education from studying in Holland and has in addition completed many Montessori modules in Language and Mathematics (Dutch) at the primary and elementary level. While living in Holland Rudsella 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.

Rudsella Dirksz

Primary Teacher and Dutch Teacher for Primary

Rudsella Dirksz joined our team part time in May 2017 and is now the assistant teacher of the primary group, as well as the primary Dutch teacher.  Rudsella has her higher vocational degree in Assistant Childcare/Education from studying in Holland and has in addition completed many Montessori modules in Language and Mathematics (Dutch) at the primary and elementary level. While living in Holland Rudsella 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.

Kimesha Thompson

Elementary Assistant Teacher and English Language Teacher

“My ultimate aim in life is to be the best I can be at the things I’m good at. These things, I always tell myself, must be beneficial to the people I come in contact with, especially children. They must bring a sense a security and trust, happiness, and hope.”

Kimesha loves to teach and pass on her wisdom and knowledge to receiving and curious minds. She was lucky enough to practice her skills for a short time.

Kimesha is service oriented with an 8 year background in the Hospitality Industry and 2 years Teaching experience. Her core competencies include: attention to details, service orientation, and being a team player. Kimesha has excellent communication and time management skills and is a highly motivated individual who will add integrity and credibility to any place in the school.

She completed her Montessori Lower Elementary Teacher Training from MNAMC in January of 2018 and has been working as an assistant/English Guide in the lower elementary since March 2018

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