Montessori Team at the Valby Preschool

CARMEN HUGHES

Carmen is a Montessori Teacher at the Valby preschool. She is South African and moved to Denmark with her parents and brother in 2008. She now lives in Copenhagen with her Danish husband Morten. She has been working with children since 2011 and she completed her International Baccalaureate (IB) at Nørre Gymnasium in Copenhagen. Carmen was a Teacher Assistant with us for 6 years and she completed her Montessori Teacher training in July 2022.
Carmen started working with us in January 2016.

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MARTINA CHECCACCI

Martina is a Montessori Teacher at the Valby preschool. She is Italian and she has been living in Copenhagen since 2016 with her Italian husband Manuel and their son Lorenzo (born in 2020). She has 9 years’ experience as a primary teacher in Italy and in addition to her Master’s degree in Primary Education, she completed her AMI Montessori Teacher degree in Finland in June 2022.
Martina started working with us in August 2022.

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LOWELL LADORES

Lowell is an Assistant at the Valby preschool. He is Canadian and moved to Copenhagen in 2016 with his Canadian wife Barbara and their son Antimo (born in 2015). He has worked in retail and in pharmaceuticals in Montreal and has a Bachelors in Exercise Science. He completed his AMI Montessori 3-6 Assistants Certificate in 2021.
Lowell started working with us in October 2017.

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LAUREN COLLOPY

Lauren is an Assistant at the Valby preschool. She is American and moved to Copenhagen in 2018 with her American husband Patrick. She has a Bachelors in Communications and worked in Human Resources and Recruitment for 12 years. She completed her AMI Montessori 3-6 Assistants Certificate in 2021.
Lauren started working with us in September 2020.
Lauren is now on maternity leave until August 2023.

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LUZ MARK

Luz is the Cook at the Valby preschool. She is from Panama and she has lived in Copenhagen since 2017 with her Danish husband Jannik and her son José Luis (born in 2007).
Luz started working with us in January 2021.

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EMIL ELSBORG

Emil is an Assistant at our Valby preschool. He is Danish and lives in Sweden with his Argentinian wife Lilen. He has worked in several Danish kindergartens in the past and has also opened a Danish language school with his wife in Argentina.
Emil started working with us in February 2022.

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ENA PEDERSEN

Ena is an Assistant at the Valby Preschool. She is Danish-Belgian and grew up in an international environment in Brussels before moving to Denmark in 2020. She completed her education exclusively at a Montessori school in Brussels, starting in the Montessori Toddlers Community (from 18 months old) and graduating with an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. Throughout her last years at school, Ena did voluntary work at her school’s preschool and she has nieces and nephews which have provided many babysitting opportunities. She also worked at the American Pie Company in Copenhagen in 2021-2022.
Ena started working with us in October 2022.

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NIKOLAS AMARO KJÆR

Nikolas is an Assistant at the Valby Preschool. He is Brazilian-Danish and he has lived in several countries while growing up. He graduated from high school at Falkonergårdens Gymnasium in Frederiksberg in the summer of 2022. So far, he has worked as a waiter in an ice cream shop and in several restaurants around Copenhagen and as a babysitter for a 4-year old. Nikolas enjoys being outside with the children and especially playing football and basketball with them.
Nik started working with us in October 2022.

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