About Us

Our Mission

We inspire the cognitive, emotional and physical development of each child in a secure & joyful environment  that encourages them toengage the world through exploration, collaboration and creativity

How we implement our mission

  • We offer a safe and supportive environment that nurtures each child’s unique gifts. We implement proven Montessori methods to naturally guide children to become attentive, curious, and self-directed in order to discover the actual richness of the world that surrounds them.
  • We help children discover positive self-awareness as well as strengthen their connections with others in the environment giving them the ability to realize their fullest potential.
  • We provide guidance and education to the community of parents so they can more effectively support and guide their children’s development.

Joan Rodriguez-Malone - Owner & Director

Mrs. Rodriguez-Malone has been involved in Montessori all her life. Her Montessori training began at the age of three as a student in a very well-respected International Montessori school. Upon graduation from Montessori grade school she attended a traditional American method School at the Carol Morgan School of Santo Domingo. Her first formal teaching experience was at the age of 16 when she created a program for preschoolers to learn English as a second language at the Montessori School of Santo Domingo. Her formal education includes an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education from Palm Beach Junior College, a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from the University of Miami, and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Miami.

Mrs. Rodriguez-Malone has numerous teaching certifications including a Certificate of Primary Education from the American Montessori Society, Infants and Toddlers Certification from the American Montessori Society, a Certificate in Family Music from the University of Miami, and has earned an Infants and Toddlers Parent-Teacher Montessori Certification from the Montessori Institute of San Diego where she studied under Silvana Montanaro, the author of “Understanding the Human Being” and Joseph Chilton Pearce, author of “The Evolution Egg.” Mrs. Rodriguez-Malone has attended continuing education at the University of Miami, Belmont University, The American Montessori Society, North American Montessori Teacher Association and Harvard University. Prior to opening her school she worked as a Montessori Assistant and Teacher at the Children’s House of the Palm Beaches, Wee Wisdom Private School, and Alexander Montessori in South Miami.

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In 2011 she opened Village Montessori training center which is affiliated  to the American Montessori Society and accredited by the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education.  She lives with her Husband and three children in Coconut Grove, Florida.