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Maria Montessori

Montessori is a method of education started by Italian physician Maria Montessori in the early 1900s. Today, Montessori schools are found throughout the world. 

The Montessori Method was developed through observation of the child, with the individualized needs of each child as a primary focus.

Montessori education is devoted to helping each child achieve his or her potential and develop a lifelong love of learning.

An attractive and orderly prepared environment, unique learning materials, and special way of viewing and teaching the child are essential parts of Montessori education.

The teacher in a Montessori class acts as a source of guidance and gentle direction. Whether the child is ready to learn how to tie shoes, how to differentiate shades of color, how to read, or how to understand the decimal system, the child determines the major educational direction. While the children develop inner direction and discipline, the teacher provides freedom within limits.

Although acceleration of learning may occur with Montessori education, it’s a by-product rather than the goal. The goal is to provide carefully prepared conditions which foster love of learning, independence, self-discipline, and a joyous response to life.

Mama Montessori is a member of Amarican Montessori Society (AMS) and Montessori Europe.



Assoc. Prof. Barış Karapınar

Our co-founder Barış is an international academic who teaches graduate courses in the areas of climate change, food security and international trade. He has worked as Mercator-IPC Fellow at Sabancı University and as Marie-Curie Fellow at Boğaziçi (Bosporus) University. He served as a lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). 

Barış holds a PhD in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He has worked as a leader of a research program at the University of Bern in Switzerland. He has also worked for the

Overseas Development Institute (ODI) in London. He served as the Managing Director of the TEMA Foundation - one of Turkey’s largest environmental NGOs. 

He is the father of Dila, Berin and Aylin.

Dilek Kayhan-Karapınar

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Our co-founder Dilek is a senior business project manager at SIX Securities Services in Switzerland. She is a software engineer by training.

She has worked as manager at various international investment banks such as Morgan Stanley in the UK and Credit Suisse in Switzerland. She was also a Program Manager at the information technology agency of the Swiss Federal Government.  

Dilek completed advanced management studies at Stanford University in California. She studied industrial engineering at the University of Linkoping in Sweden, she obtained her Computer Science and Business Management university degree from University of London, and her master’s degree in Advanced Computing from the Imperial College in London.

She is fluent in Swedish, English and German.


She is the mother of Dila, Berin and Aylin.

Mama Montessori was founded in 2014 based on the vision to provide high quality of universal education that would lay the foundation for the new generation of global citizens.

Each child is unique and yet our Montessori program equips them with extensive skill sets that would allow them to be successful and happy in the ever-dynamic world. We are proud to see that our vision is realised - as we observe the substantially positive impacts of Mama Montessori on the development of our children. 




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08:00 - 17:30

Mashattan Sitesi 

Akasya Sokak 2, T107-2

Maslak - Sarıyer

Istanbul Turkey


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