About us

Board members

Montessori Europe fills an important need in our community. The board members are responsible for overseeing the organization’s operations, while maintaining commitment to its mission.
Barbara Isaacs – United Kingdom / Czech Republic
President
Having trained Montessori teachers at Montessori St Nicholas, London Montessori Centre and Montessori Centre International, Barbara contributed to all course developments at MCI since its inception in 1998 to present day. She was one of the founding members of the MSN’s Montessori Accreditation and Evaluation Board (MEAB) and since 2010 has been actively engaged in the Montessori School Association.  Between 1991 and 2007 she was the proprietor of Seedlings Montessori Nursery in Oxfordshire. She initiated the thriving MSN partnership with the Museum of Childhood. In her current role as Montessori Global Ambassador she will continue to champion the Montessori approach, particularly with disadvantaged communities and with politicians to demonstrate relevance of Montessori education in 21stCentury.  Barbara’s goal is to establish Montessori Peace Hub – a global resource for all Montessori trainers, teachers and pupils to validate Montessori’s vision of the child as an agent of change.
Judith Cunningham – Italy
Vice President

Judith Cunningham is the Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Montessori Model UN. Judith founded MMUN to help students find their voices, take action and build peace as a way of honouring Maria Montessori’s legacy and implementing her dream of world peace. Judith holds an AMI Elementary Diploma, a Master’s Degree in Education and postgraduate work in Alternative Dispute Resolution. She is a board member of Montessori Model UN and MUN Impact. Prior experience includes 20 years as a Montessori teacher for elementary and middle school and 10 years as a Montessori Head of School in the US and Canada.

Dr. Jörg Boysen – Germany
Treasurer
Jörg Boysen is a retired management consultant with a doctorate in Industrial Engineering who became involved with the Montessori movement through his children’s attendance at a Montessori school near Frankfurt, Germany. Since 2001 he has had longterm volunteer leadership positions at the local and regional level in Germany. He is currently the head of Montessori Deutschland, the national association of Montessori schools and training organisations that was restructured in 2021. In 2014 he became Treasurer of Montessori Europe.
Wendelien Bellinger – United Kingdom / the Netherlands
Having retrained as a Montessori Early Years Teacher, Wendelien Bellinger worked as Deputy Head and Special Educational Needs Coordinator at an early years setting for several years, before moving to Montessori Centre International as a Teacher Trainer. Since retiring from MCI, she co-founded Montessori Musings UK, an online community which provides a space for Montessorians to come together to reflect on and challenge their practice as well as being part of Montessori Everywhere team. Before retraining to become a Montessorian, and with a BA in business and marketing, she worked at the International Bar Association, a global legal organisation, bringing together over 80,000 members at conferences and seminars on a global, regional as well as interest-based level.
Roelant Wijngaards – The Netherlands
For the past thirteen years, Roelant Wijngaards has worked as an English teacher, team leader and Agora Coach at Montessori College Nijmegen. As webmaster and Public Relations coordinator he has experience in managing the website, developing content for social media and coordinating with activities to promote the school. He is co-founder of Global Association of Montessori Education and Sport, which has created the Global Montessori Games, an international event that brings Montessori schools, from all over the world, together with the aim of creating peace and connecting people through sports, education and shared culture.
Christian Grune –  Germany
Christian Grune is the chairman of the Montessori Foundation in Berlin and is responsible for six schools and four children’s houses in Berlin. He studied educational science, psychology and sociology and worked in various management positions both in commercial and non-profit-organisations. Christian tries to adapt the essence of Montessori education – independence and responsibility; self-direction and confidence – in his work as a Montessori administrator. He is also active in national Montessori networks in Germany.
Carola Lang-Howard – Cyprus / Sweden
The nomadic feet of Carola have allowed her to work with Montessori Education in different countries and cultures for the past 27 years. She is from Sweden but has spent several years in the Middle East and Europe.  While living in London she worked with Montessori Centre International as a Teacher Trainer guiding adult students for several years. Her current permanent residence is Cyprus where she has 2 schools for children 2 to 6 years old. Carola holds the St. Nicholas Diploma 0-6 years, a Bachelor Hons. Degree in Early Childhood Studies, as well as a Master’s degree in the Early Years.
Jaroslaw Jendza – Poland
Dr. Jarosław Jendza is an assistant professor in the Institute of Education at the Social Sciences Faculty (Gdańsk University, Poland). He specialises in alternative, engaging and non-traditional approaches to education, Montessori in particular. Awarded the Distinguished PhD Dissertation Award dr. Jendza has published a number of scientific articles on Montessori pedagogy focusing mostly on the issue of the teachers’ education. He holds a Masters degree in early education and teaching English as a foreign language. In his professional career he has worked as a kindergarten and primary school teacher as well as a head-master of a Montessori school. He has been involved in various Montessori teacher training programmes and supported Montessori educational institutions as an external consultant. Dr Jendza believes that education can create a better world for all the human beings, especially the education that promotes self-confidence, self-reliance and active participation based on mutual respect and peaceful relations.