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The Montessori Children's House: An Introduction
NAMTA's purpose is to maintain Montessori traditions, and at the same time, to be on the cutting edge of innovative education. Accordingly, we provide the medium for study, interpretation, and improvement of Montessori education.
David Ayer was Children’s House director at Sunstone Montessori School (OR) from 2008 to 2010 before working at Hershey Montessori School’s Adolescent Community in Huntsburg, OH as a houseparent and residential faculty from 2010 to 2013. He returned to Portland and to Sunstone as educational program director in July 2013. David earned a BA in literature and theater at Reed College in Portland and has been involved in Montessori since 1989.
Joen Bettmann is a primary trainer, examiner, and consultant with AMI, and has over thirty years of Montessori experience. She served as the director of training for the Ohio Montessori Training Institute (Cleveland, OH) and has had training responsibilities at the Midwest Montessori Institute in Milwaukee, WI, the Montessori Institute Northwest in Portland, OR, the Maria Montessori Training Organisation in London, England, and Computer Associates Corporate Childcare in Long Island, NY. She recently served as director of training for a three-summer course that started in 2003 in Sydney, Australia. She has given five primary courses through the Montessori Institute of Atlanta, and is the new director of training at the International Montessori Training Institute. Joen has a BA in sociology and psychology and an M.Ed. in Montessori education and serves as an adjunct professor at Loyola University (MD).
Geoffrey Bigler graduated from Kent State University (OH) with a BS in architecture and an MA in math. He taught a class at Kent State, completed his student teaching at Ravenna High School, and taught eighth grade in Canton City Schools. He recently completed NAMTA’s Montessori Orientation to Adolescent Studies.
Tina Booth is currently a humanities and ethics teacher and associate pedagogical director at the Montessori High School at University Circle (Cleveland, OH). She holds the AMI elementary diploma from Bergamo, a BA in archaeological studies from Boston University, and an MA in anthropology from Northern Arizona University.
Alyssa Conklin-Moore is an assistants to infancy teacher at Hershey Montessori School in Concord, OH. She received her BA in anthropology and psychology from Oberlin College, her master’s in education from Cleveland State University, her AMI primary diploma from the Ohio Montessori Training Institute, and her AMI assistants to infancy diploma from The Montessori Institute in Denver, Colorado.
Linda Davis is the elementary level director at Marin Montessori School (CA). She holds an AMI elementary diploma from Washington Montessori Institute and an AMS primary diploma from MECA-Seton. She also trained at St. Nicholas in primary and elementary. Linda obtained her BA in child psychology and MA in child and adolescent development from University of Illinois in Springfield. Linda began her first adolescent program in 1992 at Alcuin Montessori School (IL) and has established several others since. She has been a part of the adolescent orientation since its beginning.
Marilyn Doerr is a university professor and curriculum consultant; she holds a Ph.D in curriculum and instruction. She has co-authored several books and is sole author of Currere and the Environmental Autobiography: A Phenomenological Approach to the Teaching of Ecology. She is the science department consultant at the Montessori High School (Cleveland, OH) and has been working with David Kahn since 2004 on developing a unique curriculum for the school.
Laurie Ewert-Krocker is pedogogical advisor at Hershey Montessori School’s Adolescent Community in Huntsburg, OH. She holds AMI diplomas at both the primary and elementary levels, a BA in English from John Carroll University (OH), and an MA in English from the University of Washington. Ms. Ewert-Krocker was the founding head teacher of the Hershey Montessori School’s Adolescent Community, a Montessori farm school model.
Erin Foley-Wirts is a lead teacher at Marin Montessori School. Erin received her M.Ed and certification in Montessori training at the elementary level from Loyola University (MD) in 2003. She received her certification in NAMTA’s Montessori Orientation to Adolescent Studies and served as a residential host and teacher for this annual event from 2005-2007. Prior to teaching in a Montessori classroom, Erin worked in the field of environmental experiential education. She received her BS in parks and recreation management, with a minor in botany, from Northern Arizona University.
Jenny Höglund is an AMI Elementary (6-12) Trainer. She holds AMI Primary (3-6) and Elementary Diplomas. Jenny co-founded the Montessoriskolan Lära för livet in Sweden in 1995 and has taught elementary and adolescent students for over tweny-three years as well as serving as head of school since 2006. She has also lectured at the Bergamo Centre in Italy since 2006.
Susan Holmes-Glazier is an adolescent guide at Mountain Laurel Montessori Jr. High (VA). She holds an AMI elementary diploma from Washington Montessori Institute, a BS in environmental policy and behavior from University of Michigan, an MS in natural resource management from the University of Vermont, and an M.Ed in Montessori Education from Loyola University (MD). Susan has ten years of experience as an adolescent guide including farm-based programs and small programs. Susan attended the NAMTA’s Montessori Orientation to Adolescent Studies in 2003.
Elise Huneke-Stone is the director of elementary training at Montessori Northwest. She earned her AMI elementary diploma in 1987, her primary diploma in 2010, and has an M.Ed from Loyola University (MD). Elise has twenty-one years of classroom experience at both lower and upper elementary levels. In addition, she spent three years as resident faculty at the Hershey Montessori School’s Adolescent Community in Huntsburg, Ohio and worked for several summers at the NAMTA Montessori Orientation to Adolescent Studies.
David Kahn has been executive director of the North American Montessori Teachers’ Association for more than forty years. Mr. Kahn was founding program director of the Hershey Montessori School’s Adolescent Community in Huntsburg, OH and is founding executive director emeritus of the Montessori High School at University Circle in Cleveland, OH. He is now working to establish a public-private partnership for a Montessori school serving ages eighteen months through eighteen years in Cleveland. Mr. Kahn holds a BA in fine arts and classics from the University of Notre Dame (IN) as well as the AMI elementary diploma from Bergamo.
Tony Losasso teaches humanities and occupations at Hershey Montessori School’s Adolescent Community in Huntsburg OH. He holds a BA in zoology from Kent State University (OH) and an AMI Montessori elementary diploma from the Washington (DC) Montessori Institute. Tony has twenty years of classroom experience at the lower and upper elementary and adolescent levels.
Pat Ludick began the adolescent program at Hudson Montessori School where she served as program director for eight years. She taught humanities in the middle school program of Ruffing Montessori School East (Cleveland Heights, OH) for eleven years and served as middle school coordinator at Ruffing. She also spent two years as project director of the land school model at Montessori School of Raleigh (NC).
John McNamara is a teaching principal at Ruffing Montessori School West (Rocky River, OH). He holds the AMI Elementary Diploma from Bergamo, Italy and has a BA from the University of Windsor, Ontario and an MA in educational administration from the University of Toronto, Ontario. John has taught for over forty years.
Jacqueline Miller is the Head of School for the Montessori Charter School Project of Montessori Development Partnerships. She holds the AMI Elementary Diploma from the Washington (DC) Montessori Institute and has a BA in design of the environment with a minor in communications from the University of Pennsylvania. She has been a leading presenter in the North American Montessori Teachers Association (NAMTA) adolescent training in Cleveland, Ohio for ten years.
Colin Palombi joined the adolescent faculty at the Montessori School of Lake Forest as a video specialist in 2003 and also teaches art, culture, and expression. He holds a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and completed his assistants to infancy training at the Montessori Institute in Denver in 2007. In 2008 he completed a M.Ed in Montessori education from Loyola University (MD).
Michael Waski is a math teacher at Montessori High School at University Circle in Cleveland, Ohio. He holds the AMI Elementary Diploma from Bergamo, Italy, a BS from Kent State University (OH), and an MA in educational administration from California State University, San Bernardino. Michael has taught for over fifteen years.
Robb Wirts is the junior high program director and teacher at Marin Montessori School and was previously a teacher of humanities and science-based occupation projects at the Hershey Montessori School’s Adolescent Community in Ohio. Robb received his M.Ed and certification in Montessori training at the elementary level from Loyola University (MD) and his BA in history and philosophy from Salisbury University (MD). Robb received his certification in NAMTA’s Orientation to Adolescent Studies, and from 2005 to 2007 served as a residential host and teacher for this annual event.
Under the direction of Laurie Ewert-Krocker, the summer staff of Hershey Montessori School’s Adolescent Community will assist participants during the first and second weeks. Staff includes a biologist, a naturalist, a wood shop director, a farmer, a bioshelter manager, a cook, a fine arts specialist, humanities leaders, and AMI-trained Montessorians. Additional speakers may be added according to program needs.