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2018 Conference Presenters

Keynote Speaker

Tim Seldin is the President of the Montessori Foundation and Chair of the International Montessori Council. His more than forty years of experience in Montessori education includes twenty-two years as Headmaster of the Barrie School in Silver Spring, Maryland, which was his own alma mater from age two through high school graduation. Tim was the

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co-founder and Director of the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies, the Center for Guided Montessori Studies, and currently also serves as the Head of the New Gate School in Sarasota, Florida. He earned a B.A. in History and Philosophy from Georgetown University, an M.Ed. in Educational Administration and Supervision from The American University, and his Montessori certification from the American Montessori Society. Tim is the author of several books on Montessori Education, including his latest, How to Raise An Amazing Child, The Montessori Way with Dr. Paul Epstein, Building a World-Class Montessori School, Finding the Perfect Match – Recruit and Retain Your Ideal Enrollment, Master Teachers – Model Programs, Starting a New Montessori School, Celebrations of Life, and The World in the Palm of Her Hand. Tim is the father and step-father to five former Montessori students, and the grandfather of a new generation of Montessori students. He lives on a small vineyard north of Sarasota, Florida with his wife, Joyce St. Giermaine, their many horses, dogs, donkeys and cats.

Keynote Speaker

Kathy Leitch is the founder and head of Renaissance School in Fort Myers, Florida. She graduated from Barry University and earned her Montessori Credentials from the American Montessori Society for Infant – Toddler (birth -3) and Early Childhood (3-6).

Kathy has been active in Montessori education for

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over 30 years. In addition to many years experience in the classroom and as Head of School, Kathy has also serves asa Montessori Teacher Trainer, International Workshop Leader, School Consultant, Board Secretary for the IMC and School Accreditation Commissioner for the IMC.

Additionally, she is a certified Parenting Instructor and Stress Management Facilitator. Most recently, Kathy has been appointed Executive Director of the IMC. She brings a wonderful perspective to the position while fully understanding Tim’s vision going forward. He organizational skills, interpersonal skills and her passion for all things Montessori make her uniquely qualified to help the organization continue fulfilling it’s mission and goals.

Anya Bartlett worked as a Lead Montessori Elementary teacher for eight years before transitioning into an administrative role and eventually becoming the Head of School at Free State Montessori in Fork, Maryland. She received her

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Montessori certification through Pan American Montessori Society in Atlanta, Georgia. As a former Montessori student herself she has had the opportunity to experience and learn about Montessori from all perspectives, as student, teacher, administrator, teacher trainer and parent of two Montessori children. Anya resides in Glen Dale, Maryland where she works as an Instructor, Instructional Guide and Field Consultant with The Center for Guided Montessori Studies and serves on the board of Montessori Schools of Maryland.

Natalie Baginski is a Montessori Guide and Head of School at Toddlers on the Hill in Washington DC. Her passion is community and caring for Montessori parents. As someone who started working with 9-12 year-olds and never dreamed of working with young

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Montessori certification through Pan American Montessori Society in Atlanta, Georgia. As a former Montessori student herself she has had the opportunity to experience and learn about Montessori from all perspectives, as student, teacher, administrator, teacher trainer and parent of two Montessori children. Anya resides in Glen Dale, Maryland where she works as an Instructor, Instructional Guide and Field Consultant with The Center for Guided Montessori Studies and serves on the board of Montessori Schools of Maryland.

Kitty Bravo has been a Montessori Educator for over 30 years, with experience as a teacher, administrator, board member, teacher educator, & consultant. She received her AMI Primary Montessori Certification in 1977 (Montessor iInstitute

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Montessori certification through Pan American Montessori Society in Atlanta, Georgia. As a former Montessori student herself she has had the opportunity to experience and learn about Montessori from all perspectives, as student, teacher, administrator, teacher trainer and parent of two Montessori children. Anya resides in Glen Dale, Maryland where she works as an Instructor, Instructional Guide and Field Consultant with The Center for Guided Montessori Studies and serves on the board of Montessori Schools of Maryland.

Mercedes Paine Castle, Head of School of Portland Montessori Collaborative in Portland, Oregon. Founder, director, & lead guide at All Roads Learning Community from 2003-2012. She holds an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership, a B.A. in Biology & an Infant/Toddler

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Montessori Teaching Credential from AMS. She’s an Oregon Registry Master Trainer, an active member of the Oregon Montessori community, & served on the Oregon Montessori Association board of directors. She is currently an OMA board member-at-large. In 2012 and 2014 she was recipient of the Oregon Montessori Association Outstanding Dedication Award for her work within the state in advancing the Montessori mission. She completed the RIE Foundations course in fall, 2013. In 2014, she co-founded Heart and Hand Montessori Teacher Education Program to bring high-quality Montessori teacher training/professional development to those who work with infants & toddlers. She enjoys being with her husband Ben & son. Mercedes is a singer/songwriter, enjoys playing guitar, makingup / singing songs for adults as well as children. Presented at our Conference in 2015,2016, 2017.

Maria Eva Chaffin is originally from Venezuela. Now in process of completing her Doctoral in Organizational Leadership, she holds a Master of Science in Exceptional Student Education from Nova Southeastern University, a Master’s Degree in Business Education from

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Universidad Jose Maria Vargas (Caracas, Venezuela), a Bachelor’s in Special Education from Universidad Jose Maria Vargas as well as a Montessori Teacher Certification in Early Childhood (AMS). She has over 18 years of teaching experience, including numerous workshops & college level courses. She has been in the Montessori field for over seven years and currently works at NewGate School as a Montessori Primary Teacher. It is her great passion to work with children with special needs (behavioral challenges, on the spectrum, learning difficulties, etc.) and she wants to give them every opportunity to try to make it.

Margaret Combs received her Montessori Early Childhood credentials in 2001 from Midwest Montessori Teacher Training Center. I have presented at conferences and presented lectures at schools and training centers regularly since 2007 including the past three years at this event.

Sharon Damore provides leadership for a membership organization of Montessori schools in Illinois. The organization hosts an annual conference providing professional development to over 450 teachers and administrators. The organization also works in the

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area of policy and advocacy to increase awareness of high-quality Montessori education

Patricia DeLeon has a Bachelor of Computer Science with emphasis in Mathematics and Physics; Master’s Degree of Education with emphasis in Counseling of Adolescents. Tecnológico de Monterrey; IB Coordinator IB Mathematics Teacher, Montessori girl AMI-NAMTA General Director of the Montessori Adolescent Community.

Helen DeVere has been director of the Orlando Montessori Teacher Education Institute for early childhood studies in Celebration, Florida, since 1990. She has a degree in elementary education from the University of Connecticut and a Masters in early childhood/elementary education from Antioch New England

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Graduate School. Helen completed her AMS early childhood training in Boston with Ann Neubert in 1982, and her AMS lower elementary training with Seacoast Center for Education, NH, in 2006. She has been a classroom teacher at both levels. Helen is founder (1985) and former director of Heritage Montessori School in Ridgecrest, CA, and co-founder (1998) and former director/classroom teacher at the Montessori School of Celebration (FL). She was also on the Board of Directors of the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE) for three terms.

Kira Donnelly has worked in Montessori schools since 2006 and in education since 1991. I hold an AMI Elementary Diploma, 2012 and am planning to complete the Adolescent training in summer 2018. She presented at the International Montessori Congress in Prague in 2017. In 2015, she presented at the

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Montessori and the CityAdolescent conference in Chicago. In addition, she presented at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics conference in 2014.

Michael Dorer, (Storyteller, Author,Speaker, Consultant) is a Montessori educator, with a doctorate in structional Leadership, and Montessori credentials from AMI and AMS for 3-6, and 6-12. He has worked in Montessori education since 1969 with Toddlers, Children’s House, Elementary, Adolescents, and

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adults in Montessori teacher training. He is a frequent speaker, presenter, storyteller, and school consultant. Michael has written seven Montessori curriculum manuals, and many articles. His newest book is The Deep Well of Time: The Transformative Power of Storytelling in the Classroom, published by Parent-Child Press. Michael is retired Director of Montessori at St. Catherine University and founded the Montessori Institute at Westminster College in Utah. You can reach Michael at mjdorer@gmail.com or 651-353-2109.

Renee DuChainey-Farkas has an M.Ed. While this is first presentation at Montessori Foundation, she has presented at Montessori Schools of Massachusetts, American Montessori Society, and OESIS, served for twenty-one years as Head of School of Kingsley Montessori School and ten years as Chair of Board of Trustees for the school.

Ann Epstein is Associate Professor & Director of the Early Childhood – Middle Childhood Program at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse in the Dept of Educational Studies. She teaches courses addressing early childhood language & literacy, & Kindergarten curriculum & assessment. She also coordinates a Professional Development School field experience

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and supervises student teachers. Ann’s research interests include.teacher perceptions of family priorities, accommodations for young children with exceptionalities, and the use of video self-modeling to assist young children with autism. Ann’s holds a BS in Communicative Disorders from Northwestern University, a Masters in Early Childhood Education from Xavier University, a doctorate in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Maryland. Ann was a Montessori teacher with 3 – 6year-olds before completing her doctoral studies in early childhood special education.

Renata Faccioli has been teaching fitness and wellness based programs for over ten years to adolescent, elementary, family and senior populations. She is passionate about learning and sharing wellness practices, as she feels this is at the core of furthering the Montessori way of life! Renata is a Primary certified. graduate of CGMS. She has been a classroom leader and onsite

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administrator in an independent primary-elementary school, as well as owner-operator of a licensed home care program for Infant, Toddler and Primary children. She is currently working with her local Parks and Recreation office to provide innovative programming for families through all planes of development which support and educate parents while bringing elements of Practical Life, Peace and Cosmic curricula to children.

Elaine Glier has 20 years’ experience working in a toddler community and directing parent/infant programs. She is now enjoying her new career providing home and school consultations, leading parent andstaff workshops, and working as an instructor for The Center for Guided Montessori Studies.

Kathleen Grant is a founding member of Five Oaks Academy & serves as Executive Director. She began teaching in 1987 and director in 1994 after graduating from University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts degrees in English & Anthropology. She holds an AMS 3-6 certification in Primary from St. Nicholas. She attended

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International Montessori Council (IMC) leadership training & Administrative training with IMC, AMS, & MEPI; was a founding member of & served as the Chair of the South Carolina Montessori Alliance (SCMA); currently on the board of SCMA Private/Public Montessori Schools in South Carolina. She is affiliated with South Carolina Montessori Alliance, the AMS, MEPI, and IMC and a member of the International Mind, Brain, and Education Society. Kathleen has presented at the national and international conferences of the IMC, AMS, and SCMA. Previously, she’s been a director at Montessori West teacher at Montessori West, Parkview Montessori in Atlanta, GA, and Central Presbyterian in Anderson, SC; she studied German Language Training at the ISD in Stuttgart, Germany, and was a private teacher in Baden-Baden, Germany. Kathleen is a member of the Curriculum Council.

Tracey Hall is the Toddlers’ House Coordinator and a lead teacher for the Toddlers’ House program at Rock Prairie Montessori School in Janesville, Wisconsin. She also leads the Montessori Beginnings (infant/parent) program there. She is a Montessori Teacher Educator for both the Houston Montessori Center and the Center

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for Guided Montessori Studies. Tracey has a B.A. in Psychology, an A.M.S. Infant and Toddler Montessori certification, and a Capstone Certificate from the University of Wisconsin- Madison in Infant, Early Childhood and Family Mental Health. When she is home she loves to knit, read and spend time outdoors with her family and dogs.

Dorothy Harman has an AMS Early Childhood Montessori Credential, Montessori Consultant Faculty, College of Education, University of Nebraska-Kearney. She’s presented at: International Montessori Council/The Montessori Foundation Conference numerous times as well as AMS, & Mid-America

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Montessori Teacher Training Institute. She’s an Early Childhood Teacher Trainer, 2009-current. She’s been a Directress at the Millard Public Schools, Omaha, NE and trainer: PrePrimary Montessori Classroom Directress (3-6 year-olds), 1999-current Montessori Para-Professional Trainer (Early Childhood), 2001-current PrePrimary MontessoriClassroom Directress (3-4 year olds), 1998-1999 Montessori Para-Professional (math support- preschool to grade 5), 1997-1998. Most recently, Dorothy has written a new book and the Parent Child Press exhibit table has this on sale this weekend.

Jennifer Higgins currently teaches a first/second grade combo class at Roseland Montessori School, a public Montessori school in Louisiana. She has taught children in high poverty for ten years. She has utilized her special education degree to meet students at their academic and behavior levels in

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both traditional & Montessori environments. Currently, her inclusion classroom consists of a variety of students with special needs. Combining her love of Montessori with her understanding of children with special needs, she has been successful in reaching students by helping them grow into normalized children that have ambitions to change the world. Jennifer received her bachelor’s degree while raising her three children alongside her husband. She also completed Montessori training through Montessori World Educational Institute. She loves spending time with family and visiting the beach. Her biggest passion though, is following Maria Montessori’s example of helping children reach their full potential.

Robin Howe is a Montessori educator and an International Baccalaureate Diploma Program and MiddleYears teacher and program administrator. Robin attended Montessori from age 2 through the 8th grade at the Barrie School in Maryland. He earned his B.A. in Spanish and Religion at Dickinson College; an

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M.A. in Bioethics from the University of South Florida; and his Doctoral Degree in Education Leadership from Argosy University. Robin has taught Montessori at the early childhood and elementary levels. He holds AMS Montessori age 3 to 6 and 6 to 12 teacher certification, AMI Adolescent Montessori Certification. He is a school consultant, school accreditation specialist, and teacher educator.

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Matt Johnson is married with two adult children and has worked with children for over 35 years as a gymnastics instructor, mentor, and advocate. As an instructor he has help students realize their physical and mental potential. As a mentor, he has supported students in building character, self-esteem and achieving

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personal goals. As an advocate, he has been outspoken in support of responsible coaching practices, resiliency in athletics and the idea of empowering children to be confident, competent, contributors who are self-sufficient, with skills for coping in life. Matt is a board member of SPARKindness and is the chairperson of their resilient athlete program. SPARK is a community-based organization that provides educational opportunities to families that focuses on understanding diversity, inclusion, resiliency, recognizing the difference and addressing social and emotional issues that affect families and the community. Matt also works with teens and adults as a personal trainer and life coach. Where he support clients in goal setting, recognizing their potential and helping to navigate the obstacles to success.

Andrew Kutt is head of Oneness-Family School, the Montessori-based, international peace academy he founded in 1988 in Bethesda, MD. He serves on the board of the International Montessori Council and is a founding member of the Montessori Peace Academy, which advises schools with a peace-

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centered curriculum. Academics, self-discovery, and world service are integral parts of the curriculum Andrew developed at Oneness-Family School, a curriculum that is sought after and has been adopted in schools around the world. The program is recognized for its success in preparing students with the leadership skills necessary to understand and meet the challenges of the 21st-century, global society. He’s has spent the past 30 years in Montessori education, guided by Maria Montessori’s adage “to follow the child” in his work as teacher, administrator, trainer, and educational consultant. In addition to academics, his curriculum materials address positive discipline, conflict resolution, diversity, happiness, and other extensions to the Montessori classroom. Originally from Massachusetts, Andrew earned his B.A. from Assumption College and pursued four years of graduate studies in languages, literature, and philosophy at the University of Tubingen and the University of North Carolina before earning his Montessori teacher certification at theInstitute for Advanced Montessori Studies in Maryland. He began his teaching career under the direction of the renowned Montessori educator Tim Seldin, who inspired him to found Oneness-Family School and continues to be a mentor.

Jono Landon is Founder/CEO of Hubbli Inc. & FOT (Father Of Two) | After 15 years of managing software products that help educators, and more than 1000 hours of school management consulting, Jono has delivered many workshops that focus on removing the shackles of school management busy-work so that school staff can have more time to focus on their most critical tasks. Hubbli is a sponsor of this year’s conference.

Christine Lowry, M.Ed., is the principal and senior consultant at Montessori NOW, a source of policy and advocacy information, resource and consultation for the Montessori community. Her areas of expertise include policy impacts on Montessori education, school development and administration, and Montessori philosophy, child

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development, curriculum development, and teaching parents, adult learners, and special needs students. Christine was the founder, head and a lead Early Childhood teacher of two Montessori schools. She has been a faculty member for Montessori Teacher Preparation Programs. She is a founding Board member of Montessori state organizations and continues to serve as a Board member and consultant to several.

Lorna McGrath is Director of Montessori Family Alliance for the Montessori Foundation and the Director of Accreditation for the International Montessori Council. She served as the Associate Head of School for NewGate School in Sarasota, FL for many years. Lorna has 41 years of experience in the field of education, teaching

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children from 18 months through 6 years old and from 12 through 18 years old in both public schools and independent Montessori schools. She received her Masters Degree in Education with a concentration in Family Counseling from the University of Georgia, and her Montessori certification from the American Montessori Society. Lorna is a Montessori teacher educator, conference presenter, and school consultant. Lorna has used her many years of experience, working with families in the educational setting, to develop programs for parents as well as teachers and children. She has spent many years as a certified instructor for the International Network for Children & Families, teaching classes in Redirecting Children’s Behavior, Redirecting for a Cooperative Classroom, Common Ground for Parents and Teens, and Parenting Instructor Network Training.

Denise Monnier is the Director of State Advocacy for the Montessori Public Policy Initiative and the Executive Director of the Association of Illinois Montessori Schools. She was a Montessori child and parent, has taught in multiple schools, both AMS and AMI, and was a head of school for seven years. Denise supports

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MPPI state representatives in their work to form and change public policy to support the growth of Montessori programs.

Molly Moorhead has her MS Certification, Elementary I & II, IAMS, Silver Spring Maryland, Instructional Guide, Field Consultant, Summer Residency Instructor for CGMS (Center for Guided Montessori Studies), Presenter: SCMA (South Carolina Montessori Alliance), Maryland Association of Independent Schools

Michelle Morrison is Head of Princeton Montessori School and Executive Director of Princeton Center for Teacher Education (PCTE). She joined the staff in 1990 and has been an elementary and middle school teacher as well as a program director. She also led parent education and staff development before assuming the

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headship in Fall of 2014.She recently wrote an article for the May 2018 Montessori  Leadership journal entitled “Push Me, Pull You: What Role Should Parents Play in Advancing Their Child’s Education?”

Laurie Stockton-Moreno teaches Elementary I and serves as Middle School Curriculum Supervisor at Brookview Montessori School, in Benton Harbor, Michigan. She has a Master’s degree in Architecture, has 18 years of Montessori experience, both in the classroom and in administration, and has raised three

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Montessori daughters. Laurie teaches Arithmetic, Geometry, and Arts Infusion at Westminster College’s Institute for Montessori Innovation. The best reward in working with these self-directed and enthusiastic children is when they – in perfect Montessori fashion – flip the traditional flow of teaching on its head and engage me as a peer or a colleague in their own learning exploration. Words such as, “Ms. Laurie, did you know…?” or “Ms. Laurie, you have to see what we made!” are music to my ears.

Andrew Newman is a therapist and founder of The Conscious Bedtime Story Club. He authors stories with heroic characters who have victories over everyday challenges, helping children learn healthy social emotional responses. Each book has a breathing practice and an activity page to foster conversation,

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belonging and connection between adult and child. He has been opening Speaker for Deepak Chopra,
a Tedx Presenter in Findhorn, Scotland and author in residence at Bixby School in Boulder. Andrew is a graduate of Barbara Brennan School of Healing and supports parents to find their center, so that they can be more deeply present to their kids.

Tammy Oesting is a nationally known Montessori speaker and teacher trainer. With AMS certifications for the Primary, Lower, and Upper Elementary levels, and 17 years of experience in the classroom, she has the training, knowledge, and experience needed to support professionals at various stages of their careers. ClassrooMechanics cofounder, Instructor, Consultant.

Olubunmi Ola is the director of Cornerstone Montessori Schools, Abuja. She has been a Montessori directress for 16 years and has had the opportunity to train and mentor many Montessori directresses on their Montessori journey. She is also a member of Montessori Society of Nigeria, a non-profit association recently incorporated to raise awareness of, and promote Montessori education in Nigeria.

Cathie Perolman has been involved in education for over three and a half decades. She has a BS in EarlyChildhood Education and a MD in Elementary Education with a concentration in Reading. She has spent time working as a reading specialist as well as teaching students preschool through college but her passion is Montessori education. She began her Montessori journey as a .

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classroom assistant, and worked as a classroom directress, 3-6 team leader, teacher trainer and college professor. Cathie is the author of Practical Special Needs For the Montessori Method: A Handbook for 3-6 Teachers and Home schoolers and the creator of Hand on Phonics: a phonics based system of teaching reading to young children. She is a regular contributor to Tomorrow’s Child and Tomorrow’s Leadership magazines. Cathie currently conducts workshops for teachers and administrators, works as a teacher trainer for various training centers across the country and as a school consultant. She worked as a 3-6 Montessori guide for many years and recently retired from the classroom. Cathie has been married to Gary for 37 years and they have two adult children and two adorable granddaughters!

Karen Pillsworth holds an Early Childhood certificate through The Center for Guided Montessori Studies.She also has a BS in Elementary Education and an MS in Early Childhood Education. She has 33 years of teaching experience and has worked as a professional storyteller for 30 years. She has presented workshops at conferences, festivals, and in schools since

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1994 working with all levels of teaching, including working in classrooms and agencies working with the homeless. Her workshops include, but are not limited to: Once Upon a Classroom, Storytelling with Poverty in Mind, and The Community Storyteller. You can visit her website at www.karenpillsworth.com

Stephanie Pullman AMI 6-12 Diploma, Washington Montessori Institute; Master of Arts in Education, St. Catherine University; Advanced Montessori Programs; Associate Director and Instructional Guide at The Center for Guided Montessori Studies; Child Development Instructor, Cerritos College; Presenter: Montessori Council of California, Art in the Elementary Classroom

Brynn Rangel is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and mother of a former Montessori student. She has a master’s degree in business administration and spent 6 years working as the Executive Director of a non-profit school and therapeutic center for children with autism and related exceptionalities. Now, Brynn is a consultant specializing in implementing positive behavior

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support strategies & behavioral management systems for schools and organizations throughout Sarasota, FL.

Mary Beth Ricks Head of School Bowman International, Palo Alto, CA, an IMC ACCREDITED SCHOOL. Mary Beth has served on the accreditation commissioner for many years and was recently appointed as co-chair of the accreditation commissioner. She’s 6-12 trained, CTME/NY Admin certificate, BA Purdue University in elementary ed and early childhood

Dr. Tanya Ryskind has over 30 years’ experience in educational settings as a teacher, social worker, lawyer, lobbyist, university professor, administrator, motivational speaker, teacher trainer, and Montessori professional. Tanya is a MACTE/IMC and AMS certified Montessori elementary (6-12) guide with over 15 years of classroom experience.

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In addition to her classroom experiences, she has experience working with legislative mandates, state and national policies, procedures, and protocols affecting private, public and charter schools. Dr. Ryskind, is an accomplished motivational speaker, who has garnered acclaim for her work in North America, Europe, and Mexico.

Claire J. Salkowski is an educator, professional mediator, and Circle facilitator with over 40 years of experience in the field of education. She has taught at every level of development from toddlers through graduate students. Most recently she was she was Primary Curriculum Director at the International Montessori School in Hong Kong. Ms. Salkowski was

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Director of Montessori Education and Associate Professor at Delaware State University. She was also a teacher trainer at several Montessori training centers and has taught at several other colleges and universities. She continues as an Adjunct Professor at Goucher College in the Department of Education. She is founder and previous Head of Free State Montessori School. She was also the Director of Mediation and Education Programs at the North Baltimore Center of Mosaic Community Services and has written and developed curriculum in peace education, conflict resolution and peer mediation and has extensive experience in presenting workshops, consulting and training faculties, students, and parents, internationally and nationwide

Kay Saragusa is Elementary I and II certified and a Montessori Specialist at Roseland Montessori School for the past 7 years to present Past Presenter at IMC conference; Presented at numerous District Professional Development workshops; Montessori Specialist in Curriculum for 4 years; Montessori Certified through Southwest Montessori Training, Center, Denton, Texas

Larry Schanker is Executive Director at Brookview Montessori School in Benton Harbor, MI, where he has also taught music for 19 years. He holds a PhD in Music Composition and teaches Arts Infusion (along with Laurie Moreno), Early Childhood music, and Lower Elementary music at the Institute for Montessori Innovation at Westminster College in Salt Lake City. Dr. Schanker has 30 years experience writing music for theatre, dance, and sketch comedy, and is an avid silent film accompanist.

Pam Shanks holds a master’s degree in special education and a Montessori primary certificate. She held Kansas state licensing for early childhood, early childhood special education, and severe multiple disabilities. She was a primary guide and coordinator for the program of inclusion at Raintree Montessori School (Lawrence, KS) for 35 years. Additionally, she has served as a

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practicum clinical supervisor for the University of Kansas School of Education, an instructor for the University of East Carolina Deaf blind Intervener Program, and a field-based consultant for the Inclusive Network of Kansas. She has authored several articles on special education in Montessori environments and on-line modules on special education topics. She is currently the Associate Head of School at Bowman, School in Palo Alto, CA.

Terri Sherrill has been involved in the Montessori community for over 25 years and has worked with children and families in inner-city schools, public magnet schools, and private schools. In addition to Montessori certification, Terri holds an Interdisciplinary Studies degree from the University of Central Florida, with concentrations in Cognitive Science and Leadership

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(receiving a Founders Award). Terri currently serves as the project manager for the CGMS Infant-Toddler Certification Course. She is also the mother of three grown (and happy) Montessori children, and became a grandmother this past year.

Patty Sobelman, Head of School, Pines Montessori School, Kingwood, Texas and long time supporter of the IMC

Jocelyn Swanson—What thrills me the most about Montessori is that it provides a path to reaching character– a way to cultivate not only a student or a teacher, but a soul-filled human being. The best part about being a Montessori guide is the privilege of helping students in their irresistible quest to discover their potential – a journey from discovery to exploration to invention.

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My specialty is in language arts & history. As a Montessori parent I watched our little school grow beyond its original Children’s House levelto add an elementary program. Eventually, I agreed to become Montessori certified and open a secondary program. Our school has a thriving Middle School in the heart of Williamsburg, Virginia,. My work in the Humanities has centered on the Socratic method of discussion, a key takeaway from my Montessori training and a philosophy that I find essential to feeding the curiosity of the young adults I guide. Ihave discovered it also supports a Montessori model in my classroom. In addition to working with young adults, I enjoy working as a guide to full-blown adult learners. In my pre-teaching career, I ran my own marketing business, starting out first as a writer/editor. My undergraduate degree in business and communicationsand subsequent master’s degree in education from Xavier University have come in handy!I live in Williamsburg, Virginia on a farm with my husband and children and a fun variety of animals who fulfill a huge role in mini-Montessori Erdkinder experiences for children in the community.

Lisa Thauvette
For the past 11 years Lisa has been the Head of School at International Montessori in Brussels, Belgium after several years as lead guide in the elementary program. She holds an AMI 6-12 diploma from Washington Montessori Institute and an M. Ed. from Loyola College. Currently she is a consultant and trainer, working with schools and communities in areas of transformational leadership. Her passion and experience in improvisational comedic theatre not only ensure lively and engaging sessions but also lend a unique perspective to applying improv theory for building trust, ideas, and relationships.

Alanea Williams has a B.S. in Biology from Florida Institute of Technology and a M.S. in Fisheries from Louisiana State University. Fifteen years ago I began working with infants and toddlers at SAS Montessori School in Cary, NC. After receiving my AMS Infant/Toddler Credential, I became a lead infant teacher and held that role for 10 years. Currently I am Program

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Coordinator of the Infant/Toddler Center at SAS Montessori School. I am also an Infant/Toddler Instructional Guide for The Center For Guided Montessori Studies and share my passion with adult learners globally.

Katrina Williams has over 30 years experience in Montessori. Amazing for someone who is so young! Actually, many years of this experience was as a Montessori child. Katrina attended a Montessori school in Sarasota, Florida that was founded by her mother, Kitty Bravo, and father, Farmer Steve. The school raised organic vegetables and children! Katrina was a Montessori student

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through middle school. As a young adult, Katrina began her professional work in Montessori as an Assistant teacher in Largo, FL. Katrina went on to get her AMS Montessori Early Childhood certification and a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts. Katrina has taught in Largo and Fort Myers, Florida, and has been working at Beach Park School in Tampa, Florida since 2011. She has worked as an Early Childhood and Lower Elementary Montessori Guide , as well as an Art Teacher for children K-8th grade.

In the words of Ann Winkler …

I have been fortunate to work in Montessori education for over forty years. I began the journey when my children enrolled at the Barrie School in Maryland and when I became the Registered Nurse there! As I had the opportunity to watch and learn from many excellent teachers at Barrie, I knew I wanted to have

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the opportunity to develop as a Montessori Guide. My family and I also made life-long friends in those years.

My family soon moved to Tampa, Florida and I was fortunate to receive Early Childhood training in Miami with Beverley McGhee. It was after my training and work experience that Ms. McGhee gave me the opportunity to work and assist in the training program.

By this time, I had started Beach Park School in Tampa and as I grew along with the children, took my El 1-2 training at IAMS at Barrie. I enjoyed this experience and loved teaching at the elementary level. I spent most of my time teaching EL 2 (9-12) and continue now as Director of Education at Beach Park School in Tamp.

Tim and Marc Seldin knew of my passion for science and history and asked me to lead that section of the course for The Center for Guided Montessori Studies. That was 2008 and it has been my pleasure to work along side some of the finest Montessori trainers and guides as Director of the Center for Guided Montessori Studies Elementary TEP.

Jonathan Wolff is a senior Montessori school consultant and leadership educator with the Montessori Foundation. He is also the Founder & Director of Learning for Life and Montessori Leadership. Jonathan is a Montessori teacher trainer, speaker & author who infuses his work in leadership development with 30 years experience as an educator & administrator.

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Through the Montessori Foundation and Learning for Life, he provides retreats, workshops, consultations & coaching for parents, educators, leaders, Boards of Directors, community organizations & learning communities around the globe. The best-practice leadership retreats & workshops he leads facilitate community building, strategic planning & improved organizational effectiveness.

After earning his B.A. degree in Secondary Education from Temple University, Jonathan began teaching at-risk youth in Philadelphia. Early in his career, he read several books on the Montessori philosophy & quickly recognized the power her work in human development had to effect transformation not only within. the young child, but within adults as well. He went on to study with Mother Isabelle Eugenie, one of Dr. Montessori’s first students, earned his Early Childhood Credential through the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI), & began his career as a Montessori educator at one of the first Head Start Montessori Centers in the United States. His incisive ability to apply Dr. Montessori’s educational constructs to training. adults led him to positions as a teacher trainer, as the director of education & training for various education & business organizations, & as the administrator for several nationally recognized schools. Thirty years in the field have provided him with solid first-hand experience in leading and managing rapidly growing for profit & not-for-profit schools, education institutions & business organizations. Today, the primary focus of his consulting practice is on leadership development – designing best practices and writing books and articles that enhance individual and organizational performance. His creative, interactive programs, his humorous and inspiring teaching style, and his deep insight into the needs of people and organizations are in demand by organizations around the world.

Jaime Yeager is currently the Head of School at Amare Montessori in Clarksville, TN. Jaime obtained both a B.S. in Early Childhood Education and Child Development as well as a M.Ed. in Special Education from Vanderbilt University. She also holds a Montessori teaching credential from Montessori Educators International (MEI). Jaime has spent 16 years teaching and

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directing Montessori programs in both Tennessee and Arkansas. She is also the Executive Director of the Montessori Alliance of Tennessee, a statewide advocacy group for promoting authentic Montessori programs in Tennessee.

Kresta Vuolo is the Principal at Free Horizon Montessori PK-8, a public school of 425 students nestled in the foothills of Golden, Colorado. She has been an active educator within the Montessori community for more than 25 years, having taught in both private and public Montessori schools prior to joining Free Horizon in 2008. Kresta serves on the district’s Principal Advisory

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Council, works as a Montessori consultant for other districts and schools, and is a proud recipient of the 2012 Jeffco Values Award for Integrity. and the 2017 Wayne Carle Award for Outstanding Contributions to Diversity & Equity in Jefferson County Public Schools. Kresta holds degrees in Psychology and Communications with Leadership Specialization as well as an AMS Early Childhood credential from the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies.