Jenny Piriankov is the Director of Kamelini Montessori Centre.
Born and raised in Bulgaria, she received her Bachelor’s Engineering degree from the Technical University in Sofia. She also studied and completed a course of Professional Photography at the National academy for Theater and Film Arts in Sofia. Jenny lived 12 years in South Africa with her family – husband and three children. In 2002, they bought a house in Johannesburg, which was functioning for more than 35 years as a private kindergarten and converted it to a Montessori Pre-primary School. They named it “Kamelini”. She worked there as a Directress and Manager for almost 6 years.
Jenny discovered the Montessori philosophy when her first child, Kamen, was born and she signed up in 2001 as a student at The College of Modern Montessori, where she became a certified Montessori Directress. In 2007, the big Piriankov family moved back to Bulgaria with the intention to open a Montessori School in Sofia.
Jenny especially enjoys teaching math, English language, geography, art and cultural activities. While in Johannesburg, she ran a Bulgarian School on Saturdays where she was teaching the children of Bulgarian families Bulgarian language, traditions, history and culture. Her Montessori classroom was an International mixture of English, Afrikaans, Portuguese, Greek, Swedish, Polish, Bulgarian, Serbian, African, Indian children. Jenny feels it is very important to bring the outside world into the classroom by making children aware of current affairs.
Jenny lives in Sofia with her family today.
She thinks, what mainly children gain from the Montessori program are independence, respect for others, culture and education. “From the Montessori method, they’ll be more independent workers and achievers, and more contented and patient.” She feels that through Montessori, they will be happier in their lives and have the courage to face the truth.