Portrait

Childcare team and philosophy

Kirsty Matthews-Künzi (1982), Owner & Montessori teacher

Kirsty Matthews-Künzi (1982), Owner & Montessori teacher

I was born in Scotland and at a young age moved to South Africa. I spend 14 years in South Africa where I did all my schooling.

I came to Switzerland in 2001 where I worked as an au-pair for 2 years. In 2003 I got married and started studying Montessori.

I have the Montessori teacher diploma for 0-3 years as well as the 3-6 years.  After finishing my Montessori studies, I started the Swiss Early Childhood Educator. I have also completed other courses such as coaching, team management, self-management, Montessori leader,”Berufsbilderin”. 

In 2007 I decided to open up Meadows Montessori and in 2010 I added the second kindergarten group and the crèche.

My idea and vision of why I opened up Meadows was and still is... every child deserves a good start in life it shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg to give children a good start in life. 10 years down the line, I still believe in this.

In 2012 my first daughter was born and in 2014 my second daughter was born. And now more than ever I support my belief as I want to give my children and every other child the best that they can possible have. I love working with children, seeing how they progress

and learn, I believe they are our future and we should help them do the best they possible can. My one favorite quote is:

 

„the best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don’t tell you what to see.”

And I truly believe and teach by the famous Montessori quote of “help to do it myself”.

Michélle Roth (1996), Group leader

Michélle Roth (1996), Group leader

Ich heisse Michélle Roth, und wohne in Wallisellen. Nach meiner obligatorischen Schulzeit konnte ich in einer Kinderkrippe ein 2-jähriges Praktikum und anschliessend meine Ausbildung zur Fachfrau Betreuung Kind absolvieren, welche ich erfolgreich abgeschlossen habe.

Meine Freizeit verbringe ich am liebsten mit meinen Freunden.. Es liegt mir viel daran, die Welt zu bereisen und von fremden Kulturen zu lernen.

Da ich eine wertschätzende, emphatische und offene Persönlichkeit bin, schätze ich die Arbeit mit Kindern und ihren Eltern sehr. Es erfüllt mich mit Freude mitanzusehen, wie sich ein Kind entwickelt und entfaltet.

 

„Wir müssen uns darauf einstellen, die verborgenen Wunder im Kinde zu sehen und ihm helfen, sie zu entfalten.“

Maria Montessori

Seraina Zweifel (1998), Co-Educator

Seraina Zweifel (1998), Co-Educator

My name is Seraina Zweifel, (1998) and live in Kloten. After my school time, I was able to start my apprenticeship in a schoolhouse in the city of Zurich, where I successfully completed my apprenticeship as an Early childhood educator in August 2018. Afterwards I worked in a daycare-center as a co-educator. In May 2019 I went to Canada to stay with a host family for three months. I lived on a farm and had the chance to explore a part of Canada by horse and/or a camper. After my return, I was able to start in the Mini Meadows as a co-educator.

During my free time, I enjoy spending time with my sisters and their dogs or meeting my friends. I have trained as a J & S Children's Sports Manager and help in gymnastics clubs as a gym teacher. Travelling and hiking are also part of my passions and I would like to explore the whole world.

I am a very open, empathetic and team-oriented person. It is important to me that every child is perceived as an individual and thus promoted. I love working with the children very much, because they give me so much fascination in everyday life and they let me see the world from other eyes.

 

„To stimulate life and then let it develop freely - this is the first task of education.“

Maria Montessori

Stefanie Gubler (1983), Co-Educator

Stefanie Gubler (1983), Co-Educator

My name is Stefanie Gubler. I was born in Canton Aargau in 1983 and I live with my husband and 2 kids (2005 & 2009) in Rorbas.

I have completed an apprenticeship as a pastry chef.

After my daughter was born, I was a stay at home mum. After that, I have been working as a childminder as well as in the Patisserie department of Globus in Zürich. Now, it’s time for something new.

I am happy to be a part of the Mini Meadows Team since April 2020. I like accompanying the childrens’ progresses and supporting their growth.

I like doing handicrafts, playing outside and see how the kids love it.

In my free time, I play the piano, do sports and spent time with my family and friends.

 

„You are never too small to be wonderful!"

Zeruja Franciskumar (1993), Co-Educator

Zeruja Franciskumar (1993), Co-Educator

My name is Zeruja Franciskumar (1993) and at the moment I live with my family in Zürich Affoltern. In 2011 I started my apprenticeship Early childhood educator at Mini Meadows and completed it in 2014 successfully.

Until the birth of my daughter (2017), I was able to brighten my knowledge and competencies as Co-educator and also as group leader at Mini Meadows. From 2017 until 2020, I worked as a group leader at a Crèche in Zürich city first as group leader and after the birth of my second daughter as Co-educator in a 60 % pensum.

I am more than happy to be back and supporting the Meadows family. In my daily work, it is very important to me to accompany each child individually in a supportive way in his/her development and personality. I love supporting the children each day with fun and joy.

I enjoy my role as a Mom of two very much and love spending time with my family and friends.

 

„It is not the child that should adapt to the environment, but we should adapt the environment to the child”

Maria Montessori