Educational team

IMS has a multi-cultural team united by a passion for Montessori pedagogy.

All members are driven by the desire to continually learn and work in unity and kindness towards each other. Respect for the children is our watchword.

A trained, dynamic and committed team.

Our first promise is to help your children to develop while respecting with rigor the original approach of Maria Montessori and of the Association Montessori International. With this in mind, our entire team is certified by AMI (Association Montessori International).

Our team is versatile and international. The union of personalities from all walks of life who have only one priority, the well-being, and development of your children.

Take a look at our 2022 team building

Each year we start with a moment of relaxation and we meet to consolidate the bonds of friendship between the different teams. A small preview video of the event.

Our annual team building took place in Grand-Bassam. We were warmly welcomed by the entire Assoyam team. The theme this year was « back to childhood« . We were able to live an intimate moment during which each one shared with the others a photo of his childhood and his little story.

We also took the time to reflect on the values and culture that we want to establish in the school by drawing a tree that represents the place of each team, its characteristics, and its needs. You will soon be able to see the result of our reflections as the tree will be displayed in the school.

Our legendary Talent show brought together great artists: choir members, dancers, storytellers, carpenters, painters, and actors!

Finally, the afternoon’s big game closed the day in style, with two teams competing for the cup by playing well-known games: musical chair, mime, 1,2,3 sun, beret, and capture the flag.

A great return to childhood!

IMS Team

Anam Hassam

Director and Founder of IMS

AMI Educator 3-6 years old – AMI Administrators Certificate

I am Anam, founder and director of Ivory Montessori School (IMS). I was born in Abidjan, studied psychology in Canada and then moved to France. It was there that I had a decisive encounter with Maria Montessori’s pedagogy. Convinced, I took the AMI 3-6 educator training at the Institut Supérieur Maria Montessori (ISMM). After graduating, I went back to Canada to gain experience.
In 2016, I returned to my country to open a Montessori school with the aim of offering parents a caring school that respects all the criteria of Maria Montessori.
In 2021 I graduated as an AMI administrator.
We started in September 2016 with 3 supervisors, 14 children and I am proud today to start the 7th year with 5 classes, 110 students and a team of 27 members.
Happy school year 2022-2023!

Camille Doddé

Administrative Assistant

AMI 3-6 Assistant

After 2 years being Acajou and Baobab’s assistant, I found myself in the administration team, enjoying being part of the heart of the school. I am at the disposal of the children, the parents, my colleagues, and any other soul who needs my expertise.
I took psychology and communication classes, before meeting the Montessori’s approach and falling in love with it. I proudly hold the AMI 3-6 assistant certificate, and I am the happy mother of Amalia, 7, and Enya, who just turned 8 months. For this 3rd year with the admin team, I am the new administrative manager of Ivory Montessori School.
A beautiful year to all of us!

Anita Owusu-Ansah

Pedagogical Assistant

AMI 6-12 and 3-6 Assistant

I am a Ghanaian and have been living in Côte d’Ivoire since 2018. I am married with a beautiful 22-month old daughter. I joined the IMS Family in 2019 as a substitute English Assistant. Today, I am very happy and proud to say that I have the AMI Assistants Diploma for 3-6 (Children’s House) and 6-12 (Elementary) in English, and I am excited to be working in administration as a Pedagogical Assistant this year. I look forward to a wonderful year with you all!

Georgette Umuhoza

Administration coordinator

AMI 3-6 Assistant and AMI 0-3 Assistant to Infancy

Born Rwandan, Belgian of heart and nationality, I work for IMS since almost its beginning. I have a master’s in Political Science with an emphasis on International relationships, but my professional background is more in IT (Database Developer). Mother of 4 children, passionate about children’s education, the encounter with Montessori pedagogy was obvious. I have just finished a 3-6 years old AMI Montessori Assistant Certificate and I am learning as a 0-3 years old AMI Montessori Educator.

Marie-Christelle KONAN

Finacial Accountant

I am an Ivorian mother of 5 children. With two masters degrees, one in corporate taxation and the other in science management, I love working with numbers. Accounting, taxation and payroll are my favorite subjects even after 17 years of practice.
It is with great pleasure that I accepted the position of accountant for IMS for this school year.

Hélène JUAN

Support for elementary class (SAMBA) and Administration

I am French, living in Abidjan with my husband and 2 children since 2014. I have a degree in literature and documentation. I worked in France as a university librarian, archivist and then, in Abidjan, as a librarian for the primary school of Jean Mermoz. Today, I am delighted to be working for IMS as a support for the elementary school (6-12 years old) and for the administration.

Infant community

Gamuchirai Nyabereka

Iroko Educator

AMI 0-3 Educator

I’m Gamuchirai, the 0-3years AMI trained lead teacher in IROKO class and I am a mother to 2 beautiful princesses. This marks my 5th school year at IMS and I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything! Each year delivers new learning experiences and I am looking forward to what this school year has in store for us as well as to meet the new additions to the IMS family! I hope by the end of this school year I’ll be able to sit back and say, « The children are now working as if l did not exist ».
Wishing you all a happy 2022 – 2023 school year!

Edith Dioulo

Iroko French-speaking Assistant

AMI 3-6 Assistant

Preschool Educator for 8 years in a nursery school, I joined IMS years ago. The encounter with the Montessori Pedagogy was decisive, and I decided to become an AMI 3-6 Assistant to better meet the needs of children.

Comfort Agou

Iroko English-speaking Assistant

AMI 3-6 Assistant

I’m Comfort a mother of two beautful children. I have a bachelor in business administration option Marketing. Two years ago, I became aware of the Montessori pedagogy and I love that children are taught to be independent and not in a way that is completely autonomous from others. In June 2020, I had the opportunity to do the 3-6 Assistants Certificate. I believe this school is a wonderful place and I feel very lucky to be part of such a great team.

Ange Soro épse Adingra

Bambou Educator

AMI 0-3 Educator

Passionate about working with children, my encounter with the Montessori pedagogy was a real revelation. This is what led me to start a thorough training of this beautiful method. I graduated from the ISMM Paris as a 0-3 AMI assistant, and decided to push it further by taking the 0-3 AMI teacher training. It will soon be my 4th year in the Bambou class. I am looking forward to welcoming the children who are entrusted to me this school year.

Gifty Amevor

English speaking Bambou assistant

AMI Assistant 3-6 years old

I am a professional teacher with over ten years of experience in providing comprehensive and quality teaching services to students and institutions. I seek to contribute an experience that affords students the opportunity to be analytical in a self-directed learning atmosphere. These, I believe will lead them to selfdiscovery and help them to, more often than not, draw resultsoriented conclusions. A graduate of University of Cape Coast, trained as an interventionist at the Child Learner Development Organization and a lecturer at Clairefontaine University, I have an insatiable desire to keep learning that why I took this summer an Assistant Montessori AMI 3-6 course. I am happy to be part of a dynamic institution like IMS.

Hanta Soro

Bambou French-speaking Assistant

AMI 3-6 Assistant

With a degree in business management and a training to teach in French schools, I have worked in French schools as a preschool assistant for over 6 years. I have been at IMS since 2019 and hold an AMI 3-6 assistant certificate. I enjoy working with children and also sharing my passion for art with them. I would love to have more experience in the Montessori field and get more training.

Children’s House

Gloria Aké épse Coulibaly

Baobab French-speaking Educator

AMI 3-6 Educator

I am Gloria, French educator for the 3-6 years old Baobab class, graduated from the Institut Supérieur Maria Montessori de France. I am very happy to start this new academic year 2022-2023 with our dynamic pedagogical team and especially to work with these beautiful children that we will accompany on their path of development. Working with children is a passion for me.
I am also the president and founder of a young association that is beginning to work in the social and humanitarian field with vulnerable people and social structures.

Zain Cassiem

Baobab English-speaking Educator

AMI 3-6 Educator

I am Zanodean Cassiem, 3-6 AMI Montessori Guide that has been working with children for more than 11 years. I obtained my 3-6 AMI Diploma from the Indaba Institute South Africa in Stellenbosch. I have a passion for theatre, nature and woodwork and enjoy Montessori Drama, Dance and Music. Throughout my Montessori journey I have worked in Middle school, Elementary school and for the past few years in the 3-6 phase. These years have reminded me daily of how important it is to understand and connect with each and every child to help them on their journey to become independent human beings. I am very excited to be part of this beautiful school. To change the world we need to allow children to develop to their full potential as Montessori is a way of life.


Baobab French-speaking Assistant

AMI 0-3 Assistant

Beninese, mother of a beautiful little girl, I started at IMS as a substitute and I was amazed by the Montessori pedagogy, which motivated me to register for the training of Montessori assistant AMI. It is with great joy and pride that I join the Baobab class this year as an assistant.

Nicole Koffi

Acajou French-speaking Educator

AMI 3-6 Educator

Ivorian, mother of 3 daughters. Holder of AMI 3-6 Assistant Certificate, and AMI 3-6 AMI Educator Diploma I finally concretize my passion for children; helping them to develop harmoniously while respecting their specific needs. I am in charge of Acajou’s classroom as a French-speaking Educator.

Rita Okafor

Acajou English-speaking Educator

AMI 3-6 and 6-12 Educator

My name is Rita Okafor and I am Acajou English-speaking Educator. I have enjoyed every minute of working with children at IMS. I have learnt so much working with them. I am an AMI 3-6 certified, and I am doing AMI 6-12 training right now.

Nelly Oulaï

Acajou French-speaking Assistant

AMI 3-6 Assistant

Ivorian, married and mother of two children. I joined the IMS Team with great joy, and I am happy to continue the adventure. I am a certified AMI 3-6 Assistant, and I am working at Acajou classroom.

Patricia Okai

English-speaking Assistant

3-6 Assistant

My name is Patricia Okai.
I am from Ghana and married with two children. I have a diploma in business administration. I had previously worked as an administrator, but after sometime I just knew it wasn’t for me. Later when I got the opportunity to train as montessori teacher back in Ghana I jumped at it and I did a biginner course in montessori. After the training, I fell in love with the method. I then came to Cote d’Ivoire early this year and got the opportunity to work with Ivory Montessori school. Honestly for me it’s a dream come true as I work with principles I have learnt in theory and here I see them here in real. It’s great to be part of this beautiful team and I know it can only get better. I am glad to be here.

Elementary Class

Anuradha Parthiban

AMI 3-6 and 6-12 coordinator

AMI 3-6 and 6-12 Educator

I am Anuradha Parthiban, a mother of an 18 year old child from India. After getting a master’s degree in zoology, I started working in an NGO as a researcher, teaching farmers sustainable farming methods. I discovered Montessori education as a parent. After graduating from AMI 6-12, I worked with primary school children in India, Thailand, France and Vietnam, which
gave me an appreciation of the diversity of cultures.
During this trip I also obtained my AMI 3-6 diploma, which gave me a coherent view of child development from 3 to 12 years old. I enjoy gardening, cooking, painting and discussing the relationship between science and mythology with my scientist husband. I am happy to join the great team and working with the children at the IMS this year.

Basile Hecquet

SAMBA Educator

AMI 6-12 Educator

2017 was for me the year of « discovery » of Maria Montessori through her written work. Initially a teacher in art schools in various countries, I went to perfect my knowledge at the « Montessori Internationales Ausbildungzentrum » in Germany and Switzerland.
Committed to the preservation of the child’s open range of possibilities, seeking to support his or her potential in the environment, I naturally turned to the elementary cycle and its subjects. I seek to diligently support children in their dynamic developmental work so that they – to paraphrase Maria Montessori in her observations – develop and build a future that is their own, their adult tomorrow.

Marie-Ange N’gouan

SAMBA Assistant

6-12 Assistant

I am Marie -Ange N’gouan. The current assistant in Elementary (Samba).
Graduated in Business administration and passionate about the educational field, I had a pedagogical training in (basic education) and this year marks my 5th year in the educational field.
I feel privileged joining the Montessori system and believe that I made the best choice.

Support team

Ako Tete Lucien


I am Lucien, the cook of IMS. I joined the Team in October 2019. Basically I didn’t know it was a school. Nice coincidence, or dream came true, since I have always wanted to put my know-how at the service of a school. Cooking is my passion and especially dietetic cuisine. I am happy when the guests rejoice around my dishes. The fact that children eat with appetite is my daily satisfaction. I am happy to be part of the IMS Family.


Cook Assistant

I am Clarisse. I am from the Ivory Coast and I am passionate about cooking and baking. I followed a training in this field in 2017 in Abidjan and then an internship at IMS in 2022. Today, I am proud to be an assistant cook in this beautiful family.


Day Guardian

My name is Justice Morris and I come from Liberia, Monrovia. I joined the IMS team in April this year as the daytime security guard. I also help out with other things in the school. I have two kids with my wife Alice. I am happy and grateful to be part of the IMS family.


Night Guardian

I am the Night Guardian. I am happy to be part of this Team. My joy is to watch over this school so that the children are happy there.

Mathieu & Stéphane

Cleaning Team

We lend a hand to the whole team to keep this school always clean and welcoming to our children.