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The 2018 International Montessori Conference

November 8 – 11, 2018

The Hyatt Regency on Sarasota Bay

Presented By

Keynote Speakers


This Year’s Sponsors


Tim Seldin

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

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through high school graduation. Tim was the 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.

Kathy Leitch

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 over 30 years. In

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addition to many years experience in the classroom and as Head of School, Kathy has also serves as a 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. Her 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.

A Montessori Film Premiere

You are invited to the premiere of an engaging and powerful new film: the first documentary focusing on Montessori schools in the United States.

Formerly known as Building the Pink Tower (new title to be revealed in October), this ground-

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breaking film brings audiences inside public and independent Montessori schools around the United States (Dallas, Saint Paul, Saint Louis, Minneapolis, and Milwaukee). Education experts, parents, teachers, students, and administrators share how the Montessori method is transforming lives and their communities. In each story, Montessori principles will come to life through seeing children of all ages direct their own learning in beautiful, developmentally designed learning environments.

This documentary film will inspire and expand the vision of what’s possible in education, and has the power to energize local Montessori movements and influence the education conversation for the entire nation. Be one of the first to see this important film!

Building the Pink Tower is a production of Quiet Island Films  | Co-Director / Producers: Jan Selby & Vina Kay

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