“I do not believe there is a method
better than the Montessorian for
making children sensitive to the
beauties of the world and awakening
their curiosity regarding the secrets
Living to tell the tale
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Jenny Piriankov is the Director of Kamelini
Montessori Centre. She was born and raised in
Bulgaria. She received her Bachelor Engieering 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. After marrying,
Jenny and her husband spent 12 years in South Africa. In
2002, they bought a house in Johannesburg, which was
functioning for more than 35 years as a private kindergarten
and they 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 2001as a student at The College of Modern
Montessori, where she became a certified Montessori
Directress. In 2007, Jenny with her family moved back to
Bulgaria with the intention to open a Montessori School in
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 the 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 – husband and
three children – Kamen, Elitsa and Ralitsa. The first two
graduated from Kamelini Montessori and started school,
Ralitsa is currently a student at Kamelini Montessori in
In her spare time, she likes to go to
theater, and help her kids with their activities. Her
hobbies include reading books, sewing and watching the
interesting movies. She also enjoys playing tennis, swimming
and going for nature walks.
Jenny feels the primary
attributes students 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.