Our team

Bettina Saffer

Tell me and I will forget.

Show me and I may remember.

Involve me and I will understand.

Konfuzius

 

I was born and raised in Upper Franconia. Since 1997 I have worked as a state recognized teacher in different environments ranging from preschool to a therapeutic-pedagogic group with teenagers. I studied for and earned the Montessori-Diploma (AMI) in 2000 and subsequently worked for 5 years in an integrative Montessori-Kindergarten as a substitute head of administration.

 

After that, I moved to California to work at the German International School of Silicon Valley in preschool and also in kindergarten.

Since September of 2008 I have lived in Munich and worked at the International Preschool Lilli & Lori as head of administration. The combination of a bilingual concept and Montessori philosophy inspire me and I´m really happy to pass this along to the children.


Chloe Templeton

Hello, I'm Chloe Templeton. I grew up in Australia in sunny Queensland and moved to Germany in 2010. Since moving to Germany I have worked in the field of bilingual Child Care with children between the ages of 6 months and 6 years. I have also had the opportunity to travel and learn the German language. In 2014 I had a son, who is quite adventurous and has enriched my life greatly. I enjoy practicing Yoga, and have completed my Children's Yoga Certification. In 2017 I joined Lilli and Lori International Preschool.

 

In 2020 I completed my AMI Casa dei Bambini Montessori Qualification. This has enlightened me to approach the world of early childhood education with Maria Montessori's pedagogy as a guiding and inspiring light. Every day I bring my creative skills, my patience and my love of working together with children to contribute to the nurturing atmosphere here in the Preschool.

 

The child is truly a miraculous being, and this should be felt deeply by the educator.

Maria Montessori


Christa Sacker

Christa Sacker was born in 1951 and grew up in Munich. She began her studies as an Elementary School Teacher and graduated from Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich with a Masters degree in Pedagogy and Psychology. In 1992 she received her International Montessori Diploma from the Association Montessori International (AMI) in San Francisco, California. Following this, Christa worked for many years worldwide, at International Montessori Schools in the USA, Hong Kong, Ireland, London and Munich.

 

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Christa has been a permanent member of our Lilli & Lori Team since the beginning. She primarily teaches the 5 to 6 year old children in our English spoken “K-Class”. In these regular morning classes, based on the Montessori philosophy, the children get the opportunity to learn and prepare for 1st grade at either German or International Schools in a fun and interesting way. With Christa´s extensive professional experience, the children receive a solid learning foundation for their transition to further schools. 


peter

Peter was born in the city Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia.

His parents were born on the island of Cyprus (EU member). 

He has a Diploma in Visual Communication and has worked as a graphic designer/production supervisor for a publisher of children’s books and teaching material for schools.

Since moving to Munich in January 2007, Peter has worked for English-speaking holiday camps, as well as a substitute teacher’s assistant in other Montessori preschools.

 

I have been with Lilli & Lori since April 2008. We have lots of fun with creative and learning activities, and regular Woodwork and Science projects together. I get great enjoyment and satisfaction from observing how our children develop, grow and gradually gain an understanding of the world around us.

I feel very fortunate to be a part of the preschool team.


Daria Zakharova

“The greatest gifts we can give our children are the roots of responsibility and

the wings of independence. “

- Dr. Maria Montessori

 

Dear Parents!

 

I´m Daria. I grew up in the western part of Russia. I have spent half of my life in

Moscow where I received my Bachelor Degree in Linguistics (English, French

language).

 

During my first maternity leave my family moved to Munich. My two

kids, Sofia and Pavel, inspired me to dive into the pedagogical field.

 

In July 2021 I completed my Montessori AMI (2,6 to 6) Diploma here in Munich. In October 2021 I joined the Lilli & Lori Team.

 

I do love working with kids in a Montessori way!

 

Being a part of the Lilli & Lori team is a great pleasure for me!


Teresa Do carmo ferreira

 I am Teresa and I was born and raised in the Portuguese Silver coast. At the age of 18, I moved to Lisbon, where I studied Corporate Communication and Business Management and worked in Communication and Events fields for four years.

In 2020, I had a break in my chosen career and moved to Munich. It was at this time that I listened to my inner voice and just followed my long-standing dream of working with children. 

Since then, I have worked in a bilingual (EN-DE) preschool as an assistant, and in July 2022 I completed the AMI 3-6 Montessori-Diploma and joined the Lilli & Lori team. 

 

I am very happy and grateful to be part of the Lilli & Lori team and to be able to guide the children to discover the world. Children are our future and I believe that when their needs are fulfilled and they have a happy childhood, they will surely become good adults. 


Lisa

Hello, my name is Lisa, I was born in Munich and have been a member of the Lilli & Lori team from Monday to Thursday since September 2021.

 

Professionally, I have already gained considerable experience working in a range of different institutions, mainly in the child and youth sectors, but also in the curative education sector. During these periods, I often came into contact with the philosophy of Maria Montessori. I was able to gain practical experience, implement elements through further training, and have also observed the positive effects, especially on the children.

 

One of the best-known quotes “Help me to do it myself”, formulated by a child to Maria Montessori, is for me the guiding influence in my educational activities.

 

Working in an international institution is new for me, but very exciting. I would have loved to have enjoyed such an opportunity as a child.

 

From January 2022, I will be studying Social Work via a correspondence course, and I am looking forward to being able to put into practice what I have learned, this is in addition to my love for my job, as a companion for the children through their important time in kindergarten.


Our team also includes some long-standing support staff:

  • our caretakers who look after the safety and running of the house and garden
  • our cleaners who are responsible for hygiene and cleanliness
  • cooperation with the music school in Grünwald
  • cooperation with Eltersport in Grünwald
  • and our caterer “L`Emporio Bambini” who deliver our delicious lunches