Meet Our Team

Our fully qualified Montessori teachers are passionate about their work with young children. Each teacher’s individual skills, talents and ideas bring a unique approach to our classroom. Their priority is to provide a stimulating and fun learning environment for every child at Little Birds. 

Kimiyo Friis-Lund

Directress, Bilingual Montessori Teacher

As a mother of a Montessori educated child, Kimiyo Friis-Lund is deeply connected to the Montessori Method. She believes that receiving the full 3-year Montessori education is a blessing for young children and a very important aid for life. 

Born in Japan, Kimiyo has lived most of her adult life in Switzerland. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Education and AMI (Association Montessori Internationale) certification for children from 3 to 6 years old. She has been working in Montessori schools since 2004.

Alexandra Gonin

French-Speaking Montessori Teacher

Alexandra has been working with Kimiyo since January 2015. Born and raised in France, she graduated from the University of Sorbonne in Paris with a Master’s degree in Education. She has earned her AMI certification for children from 3 to 6 years old. 

The Montessori Pedagogy was an obvious choice for her. Alexandra has been a long-term advocate for the development and respect of every child. Working at Little Birds is a great source of joy for Alexandra. She enjoys seeing the children develop over their 3 year Montessori program as she shows them how enjoy their work.

Bethani Ann DE LONG VEHAPI

English Teacher (mother tongue) with advanced certification in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), University of Leicester. AMI certified 3-6 years Assistant Teacher by The Training Institute Maria Montessori, Geneva

Having personally benefited from a Montessori preschool and primary education from ages 3-8, Bethani Ann is fully aware of the lifelong advantages of what she considers the “learning to love learning” ideal, embraced by the Montessori method. The daughter of a dedicated Montessori teacher, Bethani Ann has actively incorporated much of what she absorbed in the Montessori classroom into her own classrooms.

Bethani Ann has been delighted to join Little Birds and share her knowledge, competencies and enthusiasm running the Wonderful Wednesday English immersion activities. She constantly says she doesn’t know who has more fun, the kids or herself!

LYVIA STREICH

After-School Facilitator
Psychology Student at the University of Geneva
Graduate Montessori Assistant at Maria Montessori Institute of London

Lyvia has the pleasure for caring for the children during Little Birds’ after-school childcare program from 4 – 6 pm. As a psychology student, She uses her knowledge and passion for child development in her role as a facilitator at Little Birds. She feels honored to accompany them in their development and is proud to be part of such a dedicated educational team.

 

Andreas Friis-Lund

Administrator

Inspired by his daughter’s remarkable development over the 3 years of her Montessori preschool experience, Andreas has fully supported his wife’s project of making her own Montessori School a reality. A graduate of Swiss Hotel Management Academy in Lucerne, since retiring from his career in hospitality in 2013, he now takes care of general and administrative tasks for the school. 

He can be contacted at admin@montessorilittlebirds.ch

I am very happy that my two daughters had the opportunity to attend Montessori Preschool Little Birds for more than a year before our family moved back to Portugal for good. I thank Kimiyo and Alexandra very much for the positive impact they had on their education and development during such an important period of their lives

Mother of Maria Luisa and Clara aged 4 and 5