The Washington Montessori institute was the first AMI training center in the United States. Founded in the early 1960's, the standard of excellence the institute has always been known for continues today. Janet McDonell and Carol Hicks direct the primary and elementary training respectively. It has been my pleasure to meet the staff and current students at WMI, who work tirelessly to understand and apply the work of Dr. Montessori.
Today the institute is located in Columbia, Maryland, inside the state of the art graduate center of Loyola University. I am always impressed by the professionalism of the team at WMI as well as the passion of the students. When I attend events at the Washington Montessori Institute, I return optimistic about the next generation of Montessori teachers. The current group of trainees is an eclectic group of individuals who come from various locations around the United States and the world. They represent different academic backgrounds and it is this diversity that supplies the energy needed to drive the transforming process that is characteristic of Montessori teacher preparation.
On Saturday April 5th at 10:00 a.m., I'll be at the Institute helping to orient new candidates to Montessori training and the graduate program in Education at Loyola. An M.Ed. is the highest tertiary qualification available to Montessori practitioners and Loyola is honored to recognize the extensive work of AMI training as graduate level instruction towards a Masters of Education.
See you there!