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Hillary Drinkell has been involved in Montessori education since 1988. She started as a parent volunteer in a small school, which so inspired her that she took the Early Childhood training and then progressed to the Elementary training. Hillary has worked in both Early Childhood and Elementary classrooms. She was Dean of Elementary at New Gate School in Sarasota, Florida and now works as a consultant, program officer and online teacher guide for The Montessori Foundation. In addition to her MEI Montessori, MACTE accredited Elementary training she has an undergraduate degree majoring in Industrial Psychology and Speech and Drama from the University of Durban, Natal, South Africa and a M.Ed. with emphasis in Montessori education from Plymouth State University, USA. Hillary consults at Montessori schools assisting in developing new programs, turning existing programs into classic Montessori programs, assisting with administrative issues, faculty training and hiring. She writes articles for both Tomorrow’s Child and Montessori Leadership, and assists in writing online leadership courses for The Montessori Foundation. She has also worked for The Center for Guided Studies as both a teacher trainer and as a writer for one of their Elementary courses.
’ve been in the field of Montessori for about 30 years, and within the last several years, I’ve noticed how, even within Montessori environments, children, parents, and faculty were showing many signs of stress, and often I was working with students who were struggling with a variety of anxiety-related conditions. Because I have always been […]