Board members

Mirjam Stefels – The Netherlands
President
Mirjam Stefels works as Montessori teacher trainer at the University of Applied Sciences in Amsterdam. She teaches (Montessori) pedagogy and coordinates the Montessori courses. Mirjam has been working in Montessori education since 1982, first as a teacher for the age groups 4-6, 6-9 and 9-12 and later as the principal of three Montessori schools. Since 1993 she has worked as a Montessori teacher trainer.
Mirjam was elected as board member at the ME Congress in Oxford in 2008 and became president of ME in 2014.


Michael Rubinstein – The Netherlands
Vice President
Michael Rubinstein’s parents chose the Montessori school as the most appropriate type of education for their children. Michael completed Montessori kindergarten, primary school and secondary school and some years later started teaching at the Montessori Lyceum Amsterdam.
After over twenty years of teaching he became an independent consultant in education, mainly, but not exclusively, working for Montessori schools and the Dutch Montessori Association. Among other things, he set up a quality framework for secondary Montessori school in the Netherlands and co-wrote and edited an number of books about secondary Montessori education.
Michael joined Montessori Europe in 2006 and became a board member in 2014.

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 positions as the head of the Board of Directors of the Montessori Center Hofheim, head of the regional Montessori Association in Hesse and the German Montessori umbrella association Montessori Dachverband Deutschland. As MDD president since 2014 he is focused on improving its support of the German Montessori movement through MDD’s Quality Framework and MONTESSORI 2020 projects.
In 2014 he became board member for finance of Montessori Europe.

 

Bojana Mikarić – Serbia
Bojana Mikaric has built a career in a variety of roles and industries, mostly in small companies. During her studies she had a part time job in a multinational company and gained valuable experience and knowledge of working in such an environment.
After completing her studies her main job was teaching in a public school. Then she started to explore various teaching methods and discovered Montessori pedagogy. Soon after that she started her own language school, which led to starting a kindergarten where Montessori is gradually becoming the main approach in working with children.  She also has experience in developing and running projects, in organizing children’s camps, in organizing and running workshops and in working as translator.

 

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-organizations.
Christian tries to adapt the essence of Montessori education – indepencence and responsibility; self-direction and confidence – in his work as a Montessori administrator.
He has been a board member of Montessori Europe since 2016 and is active in national Montessori networks in Germany.

Information about the new board members will follow shortly