Since its founding in 1998, the International Montessori Council (IMC) has grown and matured as an international community of Montessori schools, educators, and friends of Montessori. Dues have been consciously kept modest because the IMC is managed by the marvelous staff of the Montessori Foundation, and by conscious efforts to grow slowly and carefully. Today, we offer highly-responsive support to schools and their leaders, weekly professional development, warm and inviting Montessori conferences, cutting-edge Montessori teacher education, and very supportive and practical Montessori school accreditation. Many of us gathered together in 1998 to envision and establish the IMC, but I have widely been seen as its public face. In recognition of our expanding role and our commitment to our council’s future, the IMC Board and I are pleased to announce the appointment of Kathy Leitch as our new Executive Director. I will continue as Chair, and the Montessori Foundation and IMC will continue our work together, but Kathy’s appointment is an important milestone. We have done so much together already, but the best is yet to come.
—Tim Seldin, Chair of the IMC Board
Dear IMC Members,
I am honored to begin a new journey as Executive Director of the International Montessori Council (IMC). I believe my entire career in Montessori has led me to this exciting opportunity, my cosmic task. I have had the good fortune of serving the IMC for the past twenty years as a school member, board member, and accreditation commissioner. My experience as a toddler and primary guide, founding head of school, teacher trainer, school consultant, international presenter, and accreditation verifier has prepared me to accept this position with enthusiasm and provided me perspective, insight, understanding, and appreciation of this organization and our members. It is my firm belief that the calling of our work is rooted in the development of our individual and collective human potential.
With the Montessori community and its many diverse organizations coming together, collaborating, and finding common ground as never before, we are at a crossroads. This provides a call to action with unique opportunities to impact the quantity and quality of Montessori programs worldwide.