Marion Gay - Founder & Director

As a journalist and director, I spent 10 years covering social issues for television (TF1, M6, France 2). Owing to my work, I developed a passion for educational systems which respect first and foremost the fundamental needs of children and allow space for their autonomy and wellbeing.


As such, I decided to train as a Montessori educator and open a  bilingual, environmentally conscious Montessori school, with a ‘green’ emphasis. Our educational aims are to promote and develop the joy of learning and the autonomy of our students, as well as their freedom and creativity.

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AMI Certified Educators

For Maria Montessori, teachers / teachers take the name of "educators". The educators of the Jeunes Pousses school are all trained in Montessori pedagogy and benefit from the Association Montessori International (AMI) accreditation . We will have two educators per class. One speaks only in French and the other only in English.

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Each family will meet several times a year with the educators of the Montessori Jeunes Pousses Paris 19 school for a good educational follow-up of the child.

Blanche de Saint Just - Verhaegen - Educator Montessori 2/3 years

‘Help me to be myself...’ Children between the ages of 2 and 3 years old need a loving and secure environment in which they can flourish freely. The watchful eye and encouragement of the educator helps each child to become autonomous for themselves and by themselves.


After having studied child psychology as well as a specialism in autism, I discovered a passion for Montessori educational theory. This method respects the pace of each child, constantly adapting to their most important needs. ‘The child is not a vase to be filled, but a spring that we allow to run freely’.

« L’enfant n’est pas un vase que l’on remplit mais une source que l’on laisse

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Clara Lourenço - Educator 6/12 years

‘Help me to think for myself...’ From 6 to 12 years old, children need greater intellectual independence and further develop their thirst for knowledge. However, each lesson should only be given if the child is ready to receive it. Thus, the Montessori educator must observe closely and choose at which moment to present an activity to a child, corresponding to their personal development.


After 5 years working with children with learning difficulties in reading and writing and 7 years spent in editing as a children’s author, I developed an interest in Montessori education. For me, the respect for the rhythm of each child and opportunity to help them towards their autonomy convinced me of this approach. The Montessori method is a universal approach to education. If you have a thorough knowledge of the development and needs of the child, all that remains is to accompany them on their discovery of the world...


‘Our education should only correspond to the needs of the child, never dictate what those needs should be’.

"Notre éducation doit seulement répondre aux besoins de l'enfant, jamais les dicter."


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Abigail Saire - Montessori Teacher Assistant 6/12 yo


Having received a Montessori and Froebel education in London, the principles of the validity of childhood, respecting rhythms, experimentation, practical, communal and individual life resonate in me.


After a career in special events, I wanted to turn towards a more human profession. After becoming an ESL (English as a second language) teacher, I worked in several Montessori schools in the Paris region which confirmed my desire to become an assistant. I am delighted to be part of the Montessori Jeunes Pousses team.

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"Free the child's potential, and you will transform him into the world"


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Colette Lesage - Montessori Educator 3/6 years

After ten years working in IT and several years as a BTS multimedia teacher, I devoted myself to young children, running philosophy workshops. After becoming a mother, I began to welcome babies and young children into a Montessori environment at home.


Finally, following an experience at a Montessori school in Montreuil, I joined Jeunes Pousses. ‘We must help children to grow by themselves, to want for themselves, to think for themselves’.

« Nous devons aider l’enfant à agir par lui-même, à vouloir pour lui-même, à penser pour lui-même.»


Coming from French-American origins, I have been immersed in a bilingual and multicultural environment all my life. Having finished my studies and begun working with children in the United States, Canada and finally France, I have benefitted greatly from the personal and professional advantages of being able to adapt to different languages and cultures, which I owe to my upbringing.


It is a real pleasure to help my students discover my native language and culture and to build relationships with them by aiding their curiosity and their joy of learning at a young age. I am thrilled to accompany them in this discovery and to build with them a naturally bilingual environment in perfect harmony with the principles of Maria Montessori.

"Free the child's potential, and you will transform him into the world"

Ana Pinto - Architect of the educational space

How can school architecture speak to children? How can it be a receptacle for their needs, allow them to flourish and contribute to their success? These are the essential questions which must be posed by everyone who interacts with the educational space: teachers, users and project leaders.


With Montessori Jeunes Pousses, we had the chance to ask this question from the very beginning of the project, allowing the creation of a space that takes into full consideration the needs of the children and their development. I feel very privileged to have been part of this adventure. Together, we have built a space which will not only shelter the children, but also speak to them and help them to grow.

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