Montessori Teacher Educators Day

Thursday, March 12, 2020 │ Dallas, TX

AMS chief education & learning officer, Gina Lofquist (center), looks forward to welcoming you to Montessori Teacher Educators Day!

Our community needs you—the instructors and directors of AMS-affiliated teacher education programs—to continue to thrive in your essential role in training the Montessori teachers of tomorrow. With the demand for high-quality Montessori teachers continuously growing, it is more important than ever that AMS provide you with the information, inspiration, and organization you need to excel in your work.

Montessori Teacher Educators Day offers a full day of professional growth. As an attendee, you’ll surround yourself with your tribe—fellow Montessori movers and shakers—to explore topics surrounding Montessori education. You’ll get to the heart of what it means to be a teacher educator through breakout sessions, a featured speaker, networking, and jam sessions where we’ll share the latest news, achievements, and programs that our community has been working on. We’ll discuss ways to refine and enhance our practices, and come away re-energized about our ongoing work with adult learners.

The day is strategically scheduled to take place in the same venue as The Montessori Event, enabling you to segue into the world’s largest Montessori conference when it’s over. Registration for The Montessori Event is now open.

March 12, 2020
Hilton Anatole Dallas Hotel
Dallas, TX


AMS-affiliated teacher education programs receive 1 free registration per fully affiliated course level. You must register by March 5 in order to take advantage of this. This benefit applies to course levels in all TEP locations, as well as to the Montessori Inclusion Endorsement. Additional registrations are $55 per person through March 5.  

Starting March 6, registration is onsite only. The costs is $90 per person. This applies both to TEP directors and faculty. There is no free onsite registration.

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, March 11

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

TES Meet and Mingle

Thursday, March 12

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM


8:00 AM – 8:45 AM

TES Annual Meeting

9:00 AM – 11:45 AM

Keynote: Vanessa M. Rigaud

11:45 AM – 1:00 PM

Lunch on your own

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM


2:45 PM – 4:15 PM

Breakout Sessions


Virginia RegaudVanessa M. Rigaud: “Cultural Intentionality in Our Montessori Teaching”

9:00 AM – 11:45 AM

In her keynote address, Vanessa will explore equitable education in the Montessori environment. She will dive into Dr. Maria Montessori’s philosophy, and pair it with the theory of culturally responsive practice in teacher education. Collaborative small group work, case studies, and open dialogue will invite you to reflect on your practice and the overall direction of Montessori education in the United States, and move you from awareness to intentionality.

ABOUT DR. Rigaud

Vanessa M. Rigaud, EdD, is an assistant professor in the School of Education - Montessori Institute at Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH. A certified public school teacher for grades Pre-K – 6, Vanessa holds an AMS Elementary I – II credential and a MACTE Early Childhood credential. She has 10 years of experience in school administration and nearly 20 years of experience teaching in public and private Montessori schools. 

Vanessa enjoys traveling, and has visited more than 20 countries. When she’s not jet-setting, you can find her nestled in a book, reading; painting or drawing at her easel; designing a new project; or playing singles and doubles tennis with the Greater Cincinnati Indoor Tennis Association.


1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Going Beyond Your Reach by Embracing Diversity

Presented by: Koren Clark

Learn how to widen your sphere of influence by examining the ways in which your humanistic values align with Montessori philosophy and can be a bridge that connects you with diverse and often overlooked, marginalized populations. You will also discover the ways in which your subconscious values may be a veil shielding you from the inner workings of your own world and those of people who need Montessori the most. You will leave with practical tools for making new inroads, which you can put to use immediately in your teacher education programs and beyond.


Koren Clark, MEd, is a Montessori guide with over 20 years of experience. She is founder of an independent school, Lotus Blossom Academy, and designer of KnowThySelf Inc., which offers Montessori materials and professional development. Koren is also a partner for Wildflower schools, where she helps teachers develop Montessori micro-schools. She has studied and conducted education research in Zimbabwe, Germany, and Egypt. Koren has a California teacher certification, an administrative credential from New Leaders (headquartered in NYC, but with locations across the country), and a master’s degree in Montessori education. She is AMS-credentialed (Elementary I).

Teacher Preparation for Montessori Public School Settings

Presented by: Gwendolyn Harris

As Montessori continues to grow in the public sector, are we doing enough in our teacher education programs to support adult learners for teaching in these settings? The presenter will provide guidelines and tools to ensure that our adult learners have the foundation they need for success in the practicum field and beyond.


Gwendolyn Harris, MEd, education field for the past 40 years, with 28 of those years as a Montessori teacher and administrator. She is the Montessori coordinator at a public Montessori school in Prince Georges County, MD. She also works at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Silver Spring, MD, both as an instructor (Elementary, Administrator) and consultant (Elementary). Formerly, she was a Lower level Montessori teacher at the Barrie School, also in Silver Spring. She has a master’s degree in school administration, and AMS Elementary I and II credentials.

Breakout Sessions

2:45 PM – 4:15 PM

Each breakout session will be facilitated, and provide an opportunity to commune with your peers. Choose the one that best suits your needs and interests.

  • Building community within your TEP
  • Online learning
  • Working with adult learners for whom English is a second language
  • Helping adult learners in challenging practicum sites
  • Other topics as needed