Former Head of Lake Country School, Author
Kathleen Coskran served as a Peace Corps teacher in Ethiopia from 1965-67, and later taught in Kenya where she became interested in early childhood education. Upon returning to the United States, she completed her Montessori training and opened a small school in 1974. In 1995 she became head of Lake Country School, a large, nationally known Montessori school that serves children ages 3 to 15. Under her direction, the school bought a 180-acre farm and created the Lake Country Land School to incorporate a six-week residential program for adolescents into the standard curriculum of the school.
Senior Associate and Director of Research, National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector
Jackie's Montessori career began as a parent, and quickly evolved into researcher and administrator, as well as university professor. An ethnographer by training, since 2001 she has drawn from her direct experience as head of an independent Montessori school and principal of a large, urban public Montessori school to produce an internationally recognized body of scholarship on Montessori education. Jackie's 26 years in education have included roles as a middle and high school English teacher, an elementary school principal, a professional developer for schools, districts, and museums, and a professor of educational leadership at the University of Maryland. Currently Jackie is a Lecturer in Loyola Maryland’s Montessori Studies program. She serves on the boards of Montessori Northwest and the Montessori Charter Management Organization. She received a B.A. in History from Smith College and an M.Ed. and Ed.D. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Center for Research on Developmental Education
Steve Hughes is Director of The Center for Research on Developmental Education, and current President of the American Academy of Pediatric Neuropsychology. He also serves as Chair of the Association Montessori Internationale Global Research Committee, and is a member of the faculty at the Maria Montessori Institute in London. He is also a Fellow at the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence at Case Western Researve University. Dr. Hughes is an advocate for activity-based, developmental approaches to education, and is a frequent speaker and consultant to Montessori education organizations around the world.
Executive Director and Director of Primary Training
Montessori Center of Minnesota
Molly O’Shaughnessy is an Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) trainer, lecturer, consultant and national and international speaker. Since 1996, she has served as Executive Director and Director of Training at the Montessori Training Center of Minnesota (MTCM), as well as Community Faculty for Metropolitan State University in Saint Paul. She earned her AMI Primary (3-6) diploma from the MTCM in 1976 and holds an M.Ed. from Loyola University Maryland. She serves on the board of the AMI in Amsterdam, NAMTA (North American Montessori Teachers’ Association), and is a member of the AMI Trainers Group.
Executive Director, Trust for Learning
Stephanie is the Executive Director of Trust for Learning whose mission is to make ideal learning real for all children, regardless of their socioeconomic status. She has been working in the field of strategic philanthropy for twenty years, focusing on collaborative grantmaking in education and community development. Stephanie founded a national network of community literacy education organizations that served marginalized communities across the country. Prior to her work with Trust for Learning, Stephanie maintained a philanthropic advising practice, advising a wide range of private grantmakers.
Executive Director Emerita
Shelton School and Evaluation Center
Joyce Pickering is a forty-year Montessorian, speech and hearing pathologist, and learning disabilities specialist. Currently, Joyce is Executive Director Emerita of Shelton School & Evaluation Center in Dallas, Texas, the world’s largest private school for children with learning differences.
President, Montessori Foundation
Chair International Montessori Council
Tim Seldin’s almost forty years of experience in Montessori education includes twenty-two years as Headmaster of the Barrie School in Silver Spring, Maryland, his own alma mater. He has also served as the Director of the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies and as Head of the New Gate School in Sarasota, Florida.
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