Montessori School

Meet Our Educational Team

At IMS, our multicultural team shares a passion for Montessori education. Everyone is fully committed to ongoing training, promoting a unified and caring atmosphere, always putting respect for children at the heart of our concerns.

Commitment, Dynamism, and Dedication

Our main commitment is to guide your children by faithfully following the original approach of Maria Montessori, each member being certified by AMI.

Versatile and international, our team brings together professionals from varied backgrounds, all united by a single priority: the well-being and development of your children.

A Glimpse of Our Team Building 2023

We place great importance on our work environment, constantly striving to improve employee well-being and the work atmosphere.

Our recent team-building activity, viewable in the video below, reflects our commitment to unity and camaraderie within the team.

This year, our event spanned two days.

On Thursday, August 24, Jessica from Ateliers du Bonheur hosted our team at Melissa’s workshop in Koumassi, focusing on the theme “Seeing Each Other with Kindness.” This day strengthened solidarity within the team, highlighting our individual qualities and strengths.

On August 25, we embarked on a bus journey to Assinie, where the administrative team awaited us for a well-prepared day. Together, we redefined our goals for the year, shared moments of play and joy. This year, the trophy ended up in the hands of the House of Children.

Discover the IMS Team

Administration

Anam Hassam

Founder and Director of IMS

AMI 3-6 years Educator, Certified Montessori School Director

Born in Abidjan, I pursued my higher education in psychology in Canada. After obtaining my degree, I settled in France to start my professional career. However, the defining moment of my life occurred during volunteer work in Paris, where I had the chance to discover Maria Montessori’s pedagogy. This decisive encounter instantly awakened a deep conviction in me, prompting me to undergo training as an AMI 3-6 years educator at the Institut Supérieur Maria Montessori (ISMM).

Once certified, armed with this new educational perspective, I returned to Canada to gain valuable experience in the field. In 2016, driven by the passion to share this alternative learning approach, I decided to return to Abidjan. It is there that I realized my dream by opening a Montessori school, guided by the belief that every child deserves an exceptional education tailored to their unique needs.

Georgette Umuhoza

Administrative Coordinator

AMI 0-3 years Educator and AMI 3-6 years Assistant

Of Rwandan origin, Belgian by heart and nationality, I found my place at IMS from its inception, enriching this team since the beginning. My initial journey in political science with a specialization in international relations, combined with my experience in the field of information technology, naturally led me to school management and administration.

A mother of four, my deep passion for children’s education prompted me to delve into Montessori pedagogy. I first underwent training as an AMI 3-6 years Montessori assistant, followed by training as an AMI 0-3 years educator at the Montessori Institute of Prague.

Camille Doddé

Administrative manager

AMI 3-6 years Assistant

After spending two years as an assistant in the Acajou and Baobab classes, I chose to join the administrative team to play a central role within the school. Available and committed to children, parents, colleagues, and anyone seeking my expertise, I am proud to hold the AMI 3-6 years assistant certificate.

As a fulfilled mother of Amalia and Enya, my joy and enthusiasm are reflected in my role as administrative manager at the Ivory Montessori School. It is with great pleasure that I invest in the service of the school, contributing to its dynamism and educational excellence.

Anita Owusu-Ansah

Educational Assistant and Multifaceted

AMI 6-12 years and 3-6 years Assistant

I am originally from Ghana and have been living in Côte d’Ivoire since 2018. Married and a mother of a beautiful daughter, I joined the IMS family in 2019 as a substitute English-speaking assistant. Today, I am very happy and proud to announce that I hold the AMI assistant diploma for the age groups of 3-6 years (House of Children) and 6-12 years (Elementary) from the Montessori Institute of Prague.

Marie-Christelle KONAN

Financial accountant

Of Ivorian origin and a mother of five children, I am a professional with two master’s degrees, one in business taxation and the other in management sciences. With 17 years of experience in accounting, taxation, and payroll management, my passion for numbers remains unwavering. I am delighted to have joined the IMS team as an accountant, contributing to the smooth financial operation of the school. I am thrilled to be part of this enriching educational adventure.

Anuradha PARTHIBAN

3-6 and 6-12 Coordinator

AMI 3-6 years and 6-12 years Educator

I am Anuradha Parthiban, originally from India and a mother of an 18-year-old child. After a master’s in zoology, I worked in an NGO as a researcher before discovering Montessori pedagogy as a parent. Certified in AMI 6-12 and 3-6, I have taught primary school children in India, Thailand, France, and Vietnam.

I am thrilled to be part of the great IMS team.

Hélène Juan

Administrative Support - Samba Class

French, established in Abidjan since 2014, I hold a degree in literature and documentation. My professional journey in France as a documentalist, archivist, and then librarian at the primary school of Lycée Jean Mermoz prepared me for my current role as administrative support for the Elementary (6-12 years) and administration at IMS.

The Infant Community

Gamuchirai Nyabereka

Educator of the Iroko Class

AMI 0-3 years Educator

I am Gamuchirai, an English-speaking educator trained in AMI 0-3 years in the Iroko class and the mother of two beautiful princesses. My 5th year at IMS promises new learning experiences. I hope this school year allows children to work as if I didn’t exist in the end.

Edith Dioulo

Francophone Assistant of the Iroko Class

AMI 3-6 years Assistant

A preschool educator for 8 years in a kindergarten, I joined IMS in 2017. Montessori pedagogy was decisive, leading me to the training of an AMI 3-6 years assistant. Happy to be in Iroko since my arrival.

Comfort Agou

English Assistant of the Iroko Class

AMI 3-6 years Assistant

A mother of two, with a Bachelor’s degree in business administration with a marketing option, my discovery of Montessori pedagogy two years ago has deeply impacted me. I believe in children’s autonomy while valuing the importance of interdependence. I consider myself fortunate to be part of this exceptional team since 2020.

Ange Soro épse Adingra

Educator of the Bambou Class

AMI 0-3 Assistant – AMI 0-3 Educator

Passionate about working with children, my journey took a significant turn with my training as a Montessori assistant for toddlers aged 0 to 3 at ISMM in Paris. This experience introduced me to the beauty and effectiveness of Montessori pedagogy.

Driven by the desire to deepen my knowledge, I enthusiastically undertook a diploma in AMI 0-3 years at the Montessori Institute of Prague. This training enriched my perspective and strengthened my belief in the Montessori approach.

Today, as a member of the IMS family, I am fulfilled to contribute to the development and well-being of toddlers according to the fundamental principles of Montessori pedagogy.

Gifty Amevor

English Assistant of the Bambou Class

AMI 3-6 years Assistant

Gifty Amevor at your service. My love for children has found fulfillment in a long-term educational career. Recognized for my friendliness and enthusiasm, I prefer to build a positive reputation rather than material wealth. My passion has led me to my daughter’s education and my certification as an AMI 3-6 years assistant in 2020.

 

Hanta Soro

Francophone Assistant of the Bambou Class

AMI 3-6 years Assistant

With a diploma in business management and training to teach in French schools, I have acquired over 6 years of experience as a childcare assistant in French schools. Since 2019, IMS has been my family, and my AMI 3-6 years assistant diploma has reinforced my passion for art and sharing with children.

The House of Children

Gloria Ake épse Coulibaly

Francophone Educator of the Baobab Class

AMI 3-6 years Educator

Gloria, a Francophone educator in the Baobab class, is a proud graduate of the Institut Supérieur Maria Montessori in France. Her happiness lies in working within a dynamic team, where she fully commits to guiding these beautiful children on the path of their development.

Beyond her role at school, Gloria is the founding president of a humanitarian association. Her dedication to education and community engagement reflects her passion for the growth and well-being of children, both in school and in society.

Sunita Shrestha

English Educator of the Baobab Class

AMI 3-6 years and 0-3 years Educator

Greetings from the Himalayas, in Nepal! I am Sunita, a graduate educator in literature and certified AMI for children aged 3 to 6. Recently, I also obtained my AMI Montessori certification for toddlers aged 0 to 3. My journey with children began in 2015, and since then, my mission has been to bring joy to their hearts.

This journey that has taken me from Asia to Africa through IMS is a magical adventure that I am honored to experience. I am eager to contribute positively to the development of children here at IMS and to share with them the richness of our diverse cultures.

Alida TOTINHIN

Francophone Assistant of Baobab

AMI 0-3 years Assistant

Originally from Benin and a mother of a beautiful little girl, I started at IMS as a substitute. The wonder inspired by Montessori pedagogy motivated me to undergo training as an AMI Montessori assistant. It is with great joy and pride that I join the Baobab class as an assistant this year.

Nicole Koffi

Francophone Educator of Acajou

AMI 3-6 years Educator

One year after obtaining my AMI 3/6 years assistant diploma, my passion and conviction for Montessori pedagogy drove my decision to train as an educator. After holding the position of pedagogical coordinator, I was delighted to return to the Acajou class as a Francophone AMI 3/6 years educator.

This experience has offered me a unique opportunity to accompany children in their development and flourishing, further strengthening my attachment to Montessori philosophy.

Rita Okafor

English Educator of Acajou

AMI 3-6 years and 6-12 years Educator

I am Rita, the lead English teacher of Acajou. AMI certified for 3-6 years and recently certified for 6-12 years in Spain. I enjoy working with children year after year, seeing them transform into independent and resilient individuals.

I look forward to another fulfilling year.

Patricia Okai

English Assistant in the Acajou Class

3-6 years Assistant

I am Patricia Okai, originally from Ghana and married with two children. Graduated in business administration, I discovered Montessori pedagogy in Ghana and fell in love with the method. After undergoing Montessori assistant training, it is a dream come true to work with the principles I have learned.

I am delighted to be part of this exceptional team.

Elementary class

Basile Hecquet

Educator of SAMBA

AMI 6-12 years Educator

In 2017, I discovered Maria Montessori’s work through her writings. A teacher in art schools, I honed my knowledge at the Montessori Internationales Ausbildungzentrum in Germany and Switzerland. Passionate about the elementary cycle, I support children in their evolving work dynamic.

I am happy to be part of the IMS team.

Marie-Ange N’ngouan

Assistant at SAMBA

6-12 years Assistant

I am Marie-Ange N’gouan, a graduate in business administration and passionate about the educational field. With a basic pedagogical training, this year marks my 5th year in the educational field.

I feel privileged to join the Montessori system and consider myself to have made the best choice by joining IMS.

Support team

Ako Tete Lucien

Head Chef

I am Lucien, IMS chef since October 2019. My passion for dietetic cooking and serving children is reflected in my work. It is a dream come true, and I am happy to be part of the IMS family.

Clarisse

Assistant cook

I am Clarisse, passionate about cooking and baking. After training in 2017 in Abidjan and an internship at IMS in 2022,

I am proud to be an assistant cook in this beautiful family.

Justice

Day Guard

My name is Justice Morris, and I come from Liberia. I have been the day guard at IMS since April 2022. In addition to my security duties, I also assist in the school.

I am grateful to be part of the IMS family.

Alhassane Bah

Night Guard

I am the night guard. Happy to be part of this team, my joy is to watch over this school so that the children are happy.

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