Miss Marie

Miss Marie

Owner and Montessori Directress


Marie Atalla is the founder and owner of Ava Wanas Montessori School. She grew up in Cairo, Egypt in a French Catholic school and studied for her BA and MA in Economics at the American University in Cairo. She was introduced to the Montessori philosophy through her first job at her son’s Montessori school. She discovered in herself a strong passion for working with children and eventually became very fond of Dr. Maria Montessori’s philosophy. Marie completed her Montessori training for ages three through six at the American Montessori Society. In June 2004, she quit her job to focus on establishing a school where children could get quality Montessori education and are, most importantly, treated with love, compassion and respect.

Favorite Quote

Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also the foundation of courage and true progress.