Friday, July 15, 2016

On Poetry and the Cosmos

It doesn't happen often but occasionally I get poetic.

It happened a couple of weeks ago in front of group of 100 Montessori Teachers and friends. Judith Cunningham, Executive Director of the Montessori Model United Nations program had inspired all of us with stories of the Cosmic Task our students strive for, and her own purpose to use the United Nations and Montessori students to create a peace keeping armada in a time when the world so desperately needs it.

Judith's program has inspired 25,000 students to seek peaceful global outcomes. I dared our Graduate students to do better.

And as I looked out across the room, I knew that they would.

I can scarcely believe the talent that I have been honored to work with over these past 4 weeks as Montessori Teachers from across the world have used Loyola to springboard their careers. They have dug in deep on important issues and every one of them is poised to bring these explorations back to their communities. Finding their way back to the child.

After 27 years as an educator (can that number be right?) I seem to have settled into my own cosmic task. I realize my purpose is to clear a path for thousands of Montessori practitioners, researchers, trainers and leaders; each one of them will have a mammoth impact on the children that I have spent my life serving.

Today is the last day of our summer program. I have instructed the students to enjoy the weekend and then to get straight back to work next week completing final papers and then redirecting their energies to prepare for their classrooms.

My schedule has me back on the road to St. Louis, San Diego and Portland to orient new students to our graduate program. It's a path I'm happy to travel.

When you spend a career in education you call amongst your colleagues some of the finest people in the world. I never take that for granted.



Thursday, May 19, 2016

Greenville, South Carolina

I am pleased to announce that the Greenville Montessori Institute has joined the Loyola family. Last year I met Brenda Gonzalez and Robert Gilbert, both Alumni of our graduate program in Montessori Education (who in fact first met at our partner institute in San Diego) and who now operate GMI.

It was my first time in Greenville. Here's the rundown:

Charm? check. One stroll around downtown Greenville had me hooked. It's the kind of town where you run into a shop to grab a coffee and you ask yourself...why am I running? Let's just sit a spell and enjoy the sunshine, work can wait.

Beauty? check. Any city that can boast a rippling waterfall in the midst of its city center complete with walking, biking and hiking trails is on my must see list.

Hospitality? I've travelled a lot and I've been fortunate to find fantastic people everywhere I've gone, but in the southern U.S. they take hospitality to the next level. Every meal is home cooked and there's always plenty of time for a visit.

So I promised I'd be back and now I have every reason to do so. Our accrediting body Ok'd the application last week and now we can begin enrolling students in Greenville!