Category: Team Members

Jemina (Jea) Villanueva-Vallée

Having attended Montessori schools from toddlerhood through to adolescence, Jemina (Jea) Villanueva-Vallée was first a Montessori child before becoming a Montessori guide, administrator, and trainer.   Jea is an Australian early childhood educator who has spent over 20 years nurturing young children and educators in China and around the globe. She holds an AMI Primary diploma from… Read more »

Elan Walshe

Mr. Walshe earned his bachelor’s degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in Construction Management in 1997, and later, his M.B.A. from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. He joined the founding team of Higher Groun Education with nearly two decades of experience in commercial construction and development, with projects ranging… Read more »

Matt Bateman

Dr. Bateman earned his bachelor’s degree from Sarah Lawrence College in 2004. While there, he worked in their Child Development Center researching the nature of early personality development in children. He went on to earn his Ph.D. in Philosophy in 2012 from the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied the history of thought in philosophy… Read more »