Jeanne-Marie Paynel


Jeanne-Marie was born in Tunisia, spent her childhood in Paris, and her teen years in Washington, D.C. The daughter of Perdita Huston, author and human rights activist and Dr. Yves Champey, she was very much influenced by her parents worldly views and humanitarian work. Her multicultural upbringing and travels, planted the seeds of a lifelong curiosity regarding the fundamental needs of children and families. A parent of two children of her own (15 and 11), Jeanne-Marie launched Voila Montessori in response to the overwhelming demand from parents for advice and guidance for raising children in a gentle, peaceful, and supportive environment that’s conducive to their full development – psychological, academic, artistic, spiritual, physical, cultural, etc. “Montessori is not the only truth,” Jeanne-Marie explains. “but I do believe in the Montessori philosophy as a way of life and know from first-hand experience that it can work for any family that takes the time to understand it and apply it.”