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.
Linda Davis is a curriculum coordinator and consultant at Seton Montessori Lab School and Institute (Clarendon Hills, IL). She holds an AMI elementary diploma from Washington Montessori Institute and an AMS primary diploma from 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 been involved in the development of several others.
Annie Frazer is currently working to bring Montessori to under-served communities in Georgia. She worked for ten years as an adolescent guide and administrator at Arbor Montessori School in Atlanta. She holds a BA in English and theater from Oberlin College, an MA in education from Stanford University, an AMI Montessori elementary diploma from the Bergamo, and completed the AMI Orientation to Adolescent Studies in 2005.
Laurie Ewert-Krocker is the pedogogical advisor at Hershey Montessori School’s Adolescent Community (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.
Tony Losasso teaches humanities and occupations at Hershey Montessori School’s Adolescent Community (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 more than twenty years of classroom experience at the lower and upper elementary and adolescent levels.
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 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).
Geoffrey Bigler currently teaches math Montessori High School at University Circle (Cleveland, OH), where he is also a junior class adviser and serves on the admissions board. He graduated from Kent State University (OH) with a BS in architecture and an MA in math. He completed his student teaching at Ravenna High School and taught eighth grade in Canton City Schools (OH). He recently completed the AMI 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.
Diane Ceo-DiFrancesco is an associate professor of Spanish and foreign language teaching methodology at Xavier University (Cincinnati, OH) and serves as coordinator of both the dual immersion and education programs in the Classics and Modern Language Department. She also coordinates Spanish-language clinical and field experience in 3-6, 6-9, and 9-12 environments at the Xavier University Montessori Lab School and initiated a pre-K through grade six Spanish language program at Queen of Angels Montessori School (Cincinnati, OH). She holds a PhD in Spanish applied linguistics and teaching methodology.
Alyssa Conklin-Moore is an assistants to infancy teacher at Hershey Montessori School (Concord, OH). She received her BA in anthropology and psychology from Oberlin College, her M.Ed 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.
Marilyn Doerr is the science department consultant at the Montessori High School (Cleveland, OH). She holds a PhD 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.
Jim Ewert-Krocker is the facility operations manager at Hershey Montessori School’s Adolescent Community (Huntsburg, OH). He leads occupation projects, guides book group discussions, and helped to design the farm environment and facility. He has a BA in philosophy from John Carroll University (OH).
Erin Foley-Wirts is an elementary assistant at Chesapeake Montessori School. Previously she was a lead teacher at Marin Montessori School’s adolescent program. Erin received her M.Ed and certification in Montessori training at the elementary level from Loyola University (MD) in 2003. She received her AMI Montessori Orientation to Adolescent Studies certification and served as a residential host and teacher for this annual event from 2005-2007. She received her BS in parks and recreation management, with a minor in botany, from Northern Arizona University.
Sandra Girlato is the primary director of training for the Foundation for Montessori Education in Toronto, Canada. She holds a BS in psychology, English, and fine art history from the University of Toronto, an M.Ed from Loyola College, as well as an AMI diploma at the primary level. Sandra has been active in the Montessori community, working with children, parents, educators and administrators for over thirty years. She has served as an adjunct professor at Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland and is currently the president of AMI Canada.
Susan Holmes-Glazier is an adolescent guide at The Children's House in Traverse City, MI. She was formerly director of Mountain Laurel Montessori's Jr. High (VA) and a guide at Hershey Montessori School’s Adolescent Community (OH). She holds an AMI elementary diploma from the Washington Montessori Institute, a BS in environmental policy and behavior from the 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 more than ten years of experience as an adolescent guide including farm-based programs and small programs. Susan attended the NAMTA Montessori Orientation to Adolescent Studies in 2003 and has served on the orientation faculty in various capacities since 2005.
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 (Huntsburg, OH) and worked for several summers at the AMI 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 (Huntsburg, OH) and is founding executive director emeritus of the Montessori High School at University Circle (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.
Paula Leigh-Doyle is currently head of school at Hershey Montessori School (Concord OH). She holds the AMI primary diploma from Sion Hill College (Dublin, Ireland). Her experience includes eight years of teaching at the primary level, three years as director of education and of the disabilities program in a Montessori Head Start model, and eleven years as head of an independent Montessori school where she implemented early intervention programs for sensory integration and dyslexia remediation.
Pat Ludick works as a consultant to middle school programs. She holds an AMI primary diploma from Cleveland and an M.Ed in Montessori Education from Cleveland State. She began the adolescent program at Hudson Montessori School (OH) 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).
Judy Venaleck is currently the program director at Hershey Montessori School’s Adolescent Community (Huntsburg, OH) where she is also a guide for occupations classes. She has a degree in environmental education, which includes a secondary education teaching certificate. Before coming to Hershey Montessori School, Judy worked at the Holden Arboretum, the Shaker Lakes Nature Center, and the Cleveland Botanical Garden.
Michael Waski is a math teacher at the Montessori High School at University Circle (Cleveland, OH). 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 been teaching for fifteen years, eleven of which have been at the adolescent level.
Robb Wirts is the adolescent program director at Chesapeake Montessori School (MD) and was previously the junior high program director and teacher at Marin Montessori School. 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 from the NAMTA Orientation to Adolescent Studies, and from 2005 to 2007 he served as a residential host and teacher for this annual event.
Under the direction of Laurie Ewert-Krocker, the staff of Hershey Montessori School’s Adolescent Community will share project work and program experiences during the first and second weeks. Additional speakers may be added according to program needs. While boarding at the farm, participants will be hosted by houseparent couple Rachael Shaw-Marshall and Andrew Marshall.