Second annual Baltimore Montessori Conference

The Gifts of Grace and Courtesy

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Greenspring Montessori School in Baltimore, Maryland

The conference will be held on the campus of Greenspring Montessori School located just north of Baltimore and will feature workshops for Montessori guides, assistants, parents, and administrators.

This event is brought to you by the Maryland Center for Montessori Studies. Our mission is inspiring and cultivating strong Montessori advocates and leaders as champions for the human spirit. Learn more about our Early Childhood Montessori certification program here.

Keynote Speaker

Peter-Baily-Baltimore-Montessori-Conference-2018Peter F. Baily

AIMS Executive Director

“Grace and Courtesy: Where are they?”

Grace and Courtesy are an integral part of Montessori curriculum and pedagogy, but they are often missing from our country’s public discourse, from the media, and from popular culture. How do we maintain our focus on these important dimensions of our educational program in the charged and fraught environment in which we live and work? What does it mean for our schools to be counter-cultural? Are we making a difference in the lives of our students? How do we sustain and renew ourselves, so that we may serve our students and school missions in ways that are uplifting to us all?

Peter F. Baily is an independent school graduate who has spent the past 40 years as a teacher, administrator, and school head. He has worked at boarding and day, single-sex and coed, religious and non-sectarian, and elementary and secondary schools. He has served on the boards of independent schools and school associations. In 2015, he became the Executive Director of AIMS, The Association of Independent Maryland & DC Schools, which includes 125 schools within its membership. Founded in 1967, the association’s mission is to serve independent schools by providing outstanding professional development, accreditation services, public advocacy, and networking opportunities.

Schedule

8:00-9:00am – Check-in and Registration
9:00-10:15am – Keynote Address
10:30am-12:00pm – Session I
12:00-1:00pm – Lunch (included in registration)
1:15-2:15pm – Session II
2:30-3:30pm – Session III

The Vendor Exhibition Hall will be open from 8:00am to 4:00pm

 

Conference Sessions

Please click on the tabs below to view details on the available workshops.

Categories:

I/T (Infant/Toddler)   PRI (Primary)   ELEM (Elementary)   AC (Adolescent)   ADMIN (Administration)   PAR (Parents)

 

  • “Connecting Empathy and Equity Education” with Jen Cort (ALL)
  • "Supporting Toddler Development with Grace and Respect” with Jennifer Shields (I/T, PAR)
  • “Grace and Courtesy: A Method that Works” with Julia Volkman and Carly Riley (PRI, ADMIN, PAR)
  • “The Seasons of Food Preparation in the Montessori Classroom” with Shelby Hiken and Miriam Arnold Lippe (PRI, PAR)
  • “Creating a Fully Engaged Elementary Classroom” with Betsy Wimbrow (ELEM)
  • “The Capital Project: A Path to Institutional Maturity, Stability, and Sustainability" with Kevin Campbell (ADMIN)

“Connecting Empathy and Equity Education” with Jen Cort (ALL)

“Empathy”, “Equality”, and “Equity” are terms often heard in society but what do they really mean? Empathy skills are natural for some children and are learned for others. Parents and educators need to explore how to respond to comments such as “That’s not fair!” from children and how to talk about equity in society. Deepening discussions of empathy, equity, and equality for children calls for a more expansive set of communication skills than what we learned growing up. Attend this workshop to learn more.

Jen Cort’s career blends her experience as a clinical social worker and educator. She served as an assistant head of lower school, head of a middle school and senior administrator. Jen’s therapy background includes serving as a counselor in lower, middle and upper schools as well as private practice. Jen went into consulting after seeing a need for supporting schools to live out their missions regarding diversity and inclusion such that students can be seen and heard while learning to be visible and using their voices in productive ways. Jen has worked with Montessori administrators and schools.


 

“Supporting Toddler Development with Grace and Respect” with Jennifer Shields (I/T, PAR)

This workshop will address the characteristics of the toddler/young child ages 18 months to 3 yrs. What are their needs and natural drives? How can the adults in their lives (parents and teachers) create a prepared environment to support independence, a healthy self-image, and confidence? Participants will learn about modeling behaviors and language, setting limits, preserving freedoms, and preparing the physical environment for optimal development.

Jennifer Shields has worked as a primary teacher trainer for Association Montessori Internationale for the past ten years. Jennifer trains teachers at Loyola University Maryland at the Washington Montessori Institute and last summer, in Geneva, Switzerland. She is an examiner and consultant for AMI and presents at workshops and conferences locally and worldwide. Before becoming a teacher educator, Jennifer worked for over fifteen years in Montessori schools as a teacher, assistant, and administrator. Jennifer loves observing in classrooms, coaching teachers and teacher trainees, and spreading the insights of Dr. Montessori. She holds both the AMI Primary and Assistants to Infancy diplomas. She earned a B.A. in English Literature from Georgetown University and an M.Ed. from Cleveland State University.


 

“Grace and Courtesy: A Method that Works” with Julia Volkman and Carly Riley (PRI, ADMIN, PAR)

Children are adapting to the culture they are in, including the school culture. This hands-on workshop will offer and let you practice a specific, replicable procedure for offering grace and courtesy lessons. We’ll also model how to define and prepare the customized lessons needed in your school. This session is great for teaching teams and administrators interested in a whole school grace and courtesy mindset.

Julia Volkman is the Founder of Maitri Learning, a teaching fellow for Harvard University’s Neuroscience of Learning course, and a consultant with the National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector (NCMPS). She holds a B,A. from Boston College, an ALM from Harvard University, and has been teaching children and adults since 1997.

Carly Riley is a Founding Teacher and Professional Learning Communities Director at Libertas School of Memphis as well as the Onsite Coordinator for LUMIR, a MACTE Accredited primary teacher preparation program developed with NCMPS. She was previously a Founding Teacher/Primary Team Leader at the first open enrollment, public Montessori charter school on the south side of Chicago.


 

“The Seasons of Food Preparation in the Montessori Classroom” with Shelby Hiken and Miriam Arnold Lippe (PRI, PAR)

What better way to provide diverse sensory experience than through culinary arts? Discover ways to design seasonally-themed individual cooking and baking exercises to enhance grace and courtesy in your community. Peel, slice, and cook apples to make applesauce. Grind your own grain to make banana bread. Enjoy tea time after steeping your own leaves. Are you hungry yet? Join us for a savory seasonal snack!

Shelby Hiken has been teaching for 14 years. The most recent 9 of those years have been spent at Nurturing Nest Montessori School, of which she is a founding member. She is the Social Studies Trainer at the Maryland Center for Montessori Studies. She received her AMI Diploma from the Washington Montessori Institute and her M. Ed from Loyola University in Maryland.

Miriam Arnold Lippe began teaching in a 3-6 Montessori classroom in 1993. She has also taught at the 6-9 level as well as in a Toddler classroom. Miriam has also served as the Director of Admissions at a Montessori school in Columbia, MD. For the last 8 years she has worked at Nurturing Nest Montessori School in Columbia, MD, currently in an administrative role as a parent educator.


 

“Creating a Fully Engaged Elementary Classroom” with Betsy Wimbrow (ELEM)

What are the essential elements of a fully engaged Montessori Elementary classroom? Join your colleagues in this discussion-based forum to identify the characteristics and best practices that define an exceptional elementary experience. We will generate a list of characteristics that include:

  • The environment
  • The student
  • The Guide
  • The parents
  • The administration

Once the characteristics are identified we will explore the many ways in which these can drive the development of meaningful self-evaluations and parent education sessions. Our work is immediately essential and increasingly supported with current research – from both educational and business perspectives. Let’s work together to bring clarity to our work to strengthen our ability to communicate what we do and why we do it, to empower us to advocate for our programs, and to reaffirm our commitment to Montessori principles.

Betsy Wimbrow, M.Ed., has enjoyed every minute of her 34 year Montessori journey. She has served in many roles in both the public and private sectors, including teacher, parent, literacy leader, consultant, teacher trainer, mentor, and program director. She is currently the Director of Education at Greenspring Montessori School where she provides support, guidance, inspiration, and continuing education to the staff, parents, and other constituents in Montessori philosophy, best practices, and current child development theory. Betsy holds both an AMS Early Childhood and AMS EL1 credential.


 

“The Capital Project: A Path to Institutional Maturity, Stability, and Sustainability" with Kevin Campbell (ADMIN)

KSC Education Consulting helps to further a school’s vision of what it may be. This process is directly related to a school’s compelling need/readiness to move from one developmental stage to another—to grow up. Our primary focus is facilitating the creation of a prepared environment—“inside and out”—that allows a school to (a) resolve underlying stresses on operations and the ability to experience the fullness of its potential, and (b) align philosophy and practice in order to best serve the needs of the children as well as achieve the necessary degree of stability and sustainability to assume greater control of its destiny.

The workshop is designed to provide structures to help a school identify and remedy the tension that exists between facilities-driven/operational challenges and its greater aspirations. The benefits of a fully integrated and holistically prepared environment, inside and out, touch every element of a Montessori community whereby removing obstacles and opening pathways to growth, stability, and sustainability.

During the past 25 years, Kevin Campbell has served as a Montessori Elementary guide, Adolescent Community founder and Director, Head of School, and now a consultant. Simultaneously, he has been an assistant professor of Education and lectured/presented in various academic settings, including AMS Annual Conferences and Montessori Schools of Massachusetts. Prior to this, he was responsible for site acquisition and project development for a Washington, DC-based real estate development firm for several years. It is this marriage of skills and experiences that led to the creation of KSC Education Consulting. For the past eight years their mission has been active and successful: To guide schools toward and through the necessary structural, strategic, and fiscal changes that give rise to stability and sustainability. Kevin completed a Masters degree with a thesis focused on “Montessori in the 21st Century”.

 

 

 

 

  • “Parenting for the 21st Century – Who’s in Charge Here, Anyway?” With Marie Conti (PAR, ADMIN)
  • “Creating Trust and Understanding Through the Peacemaking Circle Process” with Kathy Minardi (ELEM, AC, ADMIN, PAR)
  • “Living Graciously Together in the Primary Casa” with Jennifer Shields (PRI)
  • “The Importance of Handwriting and the Case for Cursive” with Anya Bartlett (PRI, ELEM, ADMIN)
  • “Adolescent Colloquium” with Elliot Dickson and Christina Heffner (AC, ELEM, ADMIN)
  • “A Holistic Approach to School Security” with Mason Krug (ALL)

 

“Parenting for the 21st Century – Who’s in Charge Here, Anyway?” With Marie Conti (PAR, ADMIN)

Are you concerned with being able to set consistent limits to help your everyday transitions go smoothly? Do you struggle with getting your kids out the door to school on time or getting to bed at a regularly scheduled time? Do you worry about limiting your child’s screen time to an appropriate amount? Are there days when you just can’t get your kids to do what you want them to do and you feel exasperated with your children? Please join Marie Conti, M.Ed., for a session of guidance and discussion of positive parenting and communications skills to help your everyday family life. Marie will offer pearls of wisdom from Dr. Maria Montessori’s philosophy and thoughts from other current and sage parenting advice gurus, as well as from her 31 years as parent. There will also be time for questions and answers and helpful resources will be shared.

Marie Conti, M.Ed., is Head of The Wetherill School in Gladwyne, PA and a member of the board of the American Montessori Society. Marie taught in Montessori Early Childhood classes for 25 years before joining AMS as Senior Director of School Accreditation and Member Programs from 2007-2012. She served as Early Childhood Education Director at Wilmington Montessori School in Wilmington from 2005-07.


“Creating Trust and Understanding Through the Peacemaking Circle Process” with Kathy Minardi (ELEM, ADMIN, AC, PAR)

The circle is the fundamental geometry of open human communication, and is the most ancient form of gathering in inclusive community. It has been used since the 1960’s in restorative justice and social justice work, and explored among those dedicated to community building practices that heal. The Tlingit tribes of the Northwest have been one source of circle process and the Quakers have also contributed to this field. I will create a real peacemaking circle process for those who attend. Participants will discover that the process builds trust and understanding while lessoning the power differences of roles and positions. They will experience the deep listening that is required and the stories that unfold in richness. The process is not about changing others, but is about one’s relationship with oneself, the community, and the wider universe. We will also stop to take meta-cognitive teaching and instructional breaks in order to reflect on how to facilitate the process successfully oneself. So, we will be doing the process while learning to facilitate the process simultaneously. Peacemaking circle may be facilitated among elementary and adolescent children, and is a powerful tool among the adult communities of staff and parents. It is a proactive tool used within a society challenged by racism and other challenges of equity and inclusion.

Kathy Minardi is Senior Consultant with Whole School Leadership, founded to help Montessori administrators around the world to guide healthy communities of children, families, and school staff. She has forty years of experience as a Montessori school leader. She recently retired from Aidan Montessori School in Washington, D.C., one of the oldest Montessori schools in the US. Her strong focus throughout her career has been on creating socially and emotionally healthy school communities where adult interactions are congruent with Montessori principles and the school’s mission and values. She is a member of Margaret Wheatley’s “Warriors for the Human Spirit” and a leadership coach for school administrators through the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence at Yale University. She was a founding board member and officer for Montessori Administrators Association (MAA). She is also a trainer for NAMTA’s Whole School Management programs, teaching courses in whole school management and strategic leading and planning. Kathy holds a B.A. from St. Olaf College, an M.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and holds transformational leadership and facilitation credentials from Georgetown University, Harvard University, and M.I.T.


“Living Graciously Together in the Primary Casa” with Jennifer Shields (PRI)

Jennifer will explore the theoretical background of child development that allows a large class of young children in the Primary Casa to live together in harmony. The characteristics of the child in the first plane of development demand that we as adults create an atmosphere in which they can experience and practice social behavior. Jennifer will use video footage, demonstrate grace and courtesy lessons, and invite participants to problem solve and generate ideas for ways we can model and offer children opportunities to live with gracious behavior and offer courtesy towards others.

Jennifer Shields has worked as a primary teacher trainer for Association Montessori Internationale for the past ten years. Jennifer trains teachers at Loyola University Maryland at the Washington Montessori Institute and last summer, in Geneva, Switzerland. She is an examiner and consultant for AMI and presents at workshops and conferences locally and worldwide. Before becoming a teacher educator, Jennifer worked for over fifteen years in Montessori schools as a teacher, assistant, and administrator. Jennifer loves observing in classrooms, coaching teachers and teacher trainees, and spreading the insights of Dr. Montessori. She holds both the AMI Primary and Assistants to Infancy diplomas. She earned a B.A. in English Literature from Georgetown University and an M.Ed. from Cleveland State University.


“The Importance of Handwriting and the Case for Cursive” with Anya Bartlett (PRI, ELEM, ADMIN)

As Dr. Montessori so brilliantly revealed, “The human hand allows the mind to reveal itself.” Throughout the Montessori curriculum, children naturally develop the skills of life through manipulation and hands-on experience. Nevertheless, in regards to the process of writing, basic human tendencies are being pushed aside by a wave of technological advancement. The act and art of handwriting is becoming endangered as the educational world debates the importance of putting hand to pen and paper, suggesting that handwriting is outdated and being replaced by computer screens and keyboards. It has never been more important than now to look to the basic principles Montessori discovered and assess the key components of handwriting at the Primary and Elementary levels.

This workshop will look to the insights Dr. Montessori discovered and review current research on handwriting to explore the components involved in the basic writing process. The progression of writing, the benefits of handwriting, cursive, and the introduction of typing and computer use will be explored. We will examine the history of the written word and the development of print as we uncover the reasons behind the movement away from cursive. By returning to the roots of the writing process we will highlight a path back to cursive as the most natural way to guide the child’s spontaneous burst into writing. Participants will leave with a rationale (to share with colleagues and parents), complete lesson plans, and teacher-made classroom materials for enabling students to write more fluidly, naturally, and with comfort, in cursive.

Anya Bartlett spent 8 years as Lead Montessori Elementary teacher before transitioning into an administrative role as Head of School at Free State Montessori from 2009-2014. Anya now resides in Glen Dale, Maryland where she works as an Instructor, Practicum Advisor and Field Consultant with The Center for Guided Montessori Studies and serves on the board of Montessori Schools of Maryland. She received her Montessori certification through Pan American Montessori Society (EL-I) and The International Montessori Council (EL-II). As a former Montessori student herself, she has had the opportunity to experience and learn about Montessori from all perspectives, as student, teacher, administrator, teacher trainer and parent of two Montessori children.


“Adolescent Colloquium” with Elliot Dickson and Christina Heffner (AC, ELEM, ADMIN)

This is an opportunity for adolescent guides and other interested parties to collaborate and share the successes and challenges facing their respective adolescent communities. During this time adolescent guides may present their programs, ask for collaborative assessment about a particular challenge facing their community, or present aspects of their program that they feel are successful. Elementary guides are encouraged to participate, as communication and collaboration between the adults who observe these vastly different developmental planes have much to learn from one another.

This session will also serve as a wonderful opportunity for Montessori schools that are interested in starting adolescent communities to come ask questions of the guides available. Participants and adolescent practitioners will leave with a deeper understanding of Montessori adolescent programs, new resources and personal connections to colleagues from other schools, and will take away new ideas to bring back to their own communities.

Christina Heffner has served as a Montessori guide for 14 years. She is an AMS trained elementary guide and a NAMTA/AMI trained adolescent guide. She has worked in both public and private Montessori schools, including a school in Indonesia.

Elliot Dickson has served as an independent school teacher for 14 years, the last three as a Montessori guide at Greenspring Montessori School. He has his M.Ed. in Learning and Teaching and recently completed the NAMTA/AMI adolescent guide training.


“A Holistic Approach to School Security” with Mason Krug

We will discuss how to assess the safety and security of an independent school and surrounding community, create an Emergency Management Plan, Emergency Operations Procedures, and policies that support each school’s mission statement. We will review the components of a holistic school security program and how such a program can strengthen and empower a school’s community and culture when properly implemented.

  • Learn how a holistic school security program can help support each school’s mission
  • Learn about security measures and policies that are free to implement
  • Gain new perspectives and philosophies on school security
  • Gain an awareness of a variety of resources for administrators responsible for school security

As Director of Facilities for Greenspring Montessori School, Mason Krug has first-hand experience dealing with the occurrence of security threats on a school campus. Mason is an active member of the Association of Independent Maryland Schools’ School Safety and Security Committee where he has organized and presented training workshops for school administrators, compiled school security resources, and worked with independent schools to assess security and create individually tailored security plans.

 

 

 

 

 

  • “Guiding and Redirecting Behavior: Freedom with Limits” with Julia Volkman and Carly Riley (PRI, ADMIN, PAR)
  • “Handling Children's Emotional Moments" with Kristan Kats (ALL)
  • “Preparing the Foundation for the Mathematical Mind” with Erin Conway (I/T, PAR)
  • “I Wonder…I am Curious About That…Tell Me More! Questioning – the Key to Promoting Student Engagement” with Cheri Gardner (ELEM, AC)
  • “A Window into Your Montessori Classrooms: Educating Current and Prospective Families Through Effective Marketing” with Kimberly Zerfas (ADMIN)

 

“Guiding and Redirecting Behavior: Freedom with Limits” with Julia Volkman and Carly Riley (PRI, ADMIN, PAR)

How do we balance the child’s need for freedom with the communities need for kind, respectful behavior? When should we step in to redirect children’s behavior and when should we pause and observe? This hands-on workshop will demonstrate many possibilities for guiding children towards choosing purposeful work. Further, it will provide clear guidance on when to intervene immediately and walk through a specific procedure for working with unskillful child behavior. This session is great for teaching teams, as well as parents.

Julia Volkman is the Founder of Maitri Learning, a teaching fellow for Harvard University’s Neuroscience of Learning course, and a consultant with the National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector (NCMPS). She holds a B.A. from Boston College, an ALM from Harvard University, and has been teaching children and adults since 1997.

Carly Riley is a Founding Teacher and Professional Learning Communities Director at Libertas School of Memphis as well as the Onsite Coordinator for LUMIR, a MACTE Accredited primary teacher preparation program developed with NCMPS. She was previously a Founding Teacher/Primary Team Leader at the first open enrollment, public Montessori charter school on the south side of Chicago.


 

“Handling Children’s Emotional Moments” with Kristan Kats (ALL)

Have you ever found yourself in the midst of a child’s big upset and thought to yourself, “Am I handling this in a way that brings me closer with my child?” or felt like you were overwhelmed by their tornado of emotions? Being with children during their emotional upsets can bring up lots of feelings in ourselves and worries that there might be something missing in our approach. During this introduction to Hand in Hand Parenting by Connection you will learn about two of the Hand in Hand tools: Stay Listening and Special Time. You will discover new ways of being connected with your child and you’ll be empowered in your abilities to listen with compassion as they work through big feelings.

Kristan Kats is a devoted and loving parent who strives to serve her family and community from a place of dedication, experience, and education. After receiving her M.A. in the Art of Teaching and certification in Elementary and Special Education from Notre Dame of Maryland University she began teaching in the Communications and Learning Support program for the Baltimore County Public School System. There, in addition to serving her students and their parents, she played an instrumental role in modifying the student reading curriculum to better meet the various needs of children with disabilities within the school system. She currently acts as the Chair of the Greenspring Montessori Parent Association. Her passion for making a difference in the lives of others is what brought her to her current study of the Hand in Hand Parenting by Connection Certification Program. Her intention is to help build meaningful connection within families and communities.


 

“Preparing the Foundation for the Mathematical Mind” with Erin Conway (I/T, PAR)

The Mathematical Mind is constructing long before children start counting. In this workshop, we will discuss basic mathematical concepts for young children, including number sense, measurement, and representation. You’ll discover how to encourage conceptual thinking that lays a foundation for future learning through numerous activities for all curricular areas of the Toddler classroom, and even on the playground.

Over the past 25 years, Erin has been a Montessori teacher, administrator, teacher trainer, and consultant. She co-founded and runs Montessori Cottage in Fallsington, PA. Erin is a Teacher Trainer for Princeton Montessori Teacher for Education and an Adjunct Professor of Montessori Philosophy for Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia. Most recently, Erin has been a Montessori representative for the Think Tank in Pennsylvania to revise the PA QRIS System.


 

“I Wonder…I am Curious About That…Tell Me More! Questioning – the Key to Promoting Student Engagement” with Cheri Gardner (ELEM, AC)

In order for our students to learn, we must be great at our craft of teaching. When we are successful, the energy is palpable in the classroom. We know learning is a process and not a single event, and as such, creating excitement around collaboration and conversation is essential. Teaching that is driven by a question rather than the answer is not only possible but a necessity of the Montessori guide. Effective ways to say “yes” to student ideas promote the mindset that all things are possible. Developing yourself as the resource rather than the “answer key” is possible and is the only way we empower our students to thirst for, seek, and find immense satisfaction in the challenge of learning.

Specific techniques, that are validated by current research, will be discussed. This session will examine how questioning can be used to create visual and mental pictures that allow students to extend thinking beyond the mere content. Montessori provided us with the “high leverage tasks” to allow for exploration and discovery. Knowing how to use student feedback and reflections to build metacognitive skills and mental flexibility are useful in order to form concepts that aid in problem-solving to reason more abstractly. Participants will be challenged to consider their own practices and how they can be enhanced using new methods to create a culture in the classroom that is characterized by joyful and active engagement.

Understanding how the child works and learns has driven Cheri Gardner’s work for almost 30 years. With a degree in Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering, learning about children and creating solutions to maximize outcomes has been her life’s work. Maria Montessori provided the perfectly engineered environment for learning, and Cheri was drawn to learning more about the design elements of the amazing pedagogy called “Montessori”. The more she learned, the more she realized how much she did not yet know. Moving from engineering to teaching was a very natural transition and classroom experiences have provided the basis for her own questioning. With almost 25 years of teaching experience that include graduate and doctorate levels at the Medical University of South Carolina, Montessori Lead Guide opportunities at Children’s House, Elementary I (Lower) and Elementary II (Upper) as well as Middle Years and International Baccalaureate teaching opportunities overseas, Cheri remains a student of the craft of teaching. She is currently employed at Greenspring Montessori School as an Elementary Lead Guide, continuing in her own education learning from her Upper Elementary students.


 

“A Window into Your Montessori Classrooms: Educating Current and Prospective Families Through Effective Marketing” with Kimberly Zerfas (ADMIN)

Are you faced with current and prospective parents who are not yet sold on your education model? Do you have families applying out to more traditional school environments? Are you having trouble marketing your Elementary and Adolescent programs to parents? Learn how to emphasize the positive outcomes of Montessori education and tell your school’s unique story using social media and content on your website.

In this discussion-based session, you will collaborate with other Montessori and progressive education school administrators to identify the key challenges – and solutions – to marketing to parents in a digital age. Participants will come away with an enhanced understanding of digital marketing strategies, access to helpful marketing resources, and an extended network of other Montessori marketers.

Kimberly Zerfas loves designing and writing materials that engage and educate. As the Director of Marketing at Greenspring Montessori School, she uses social media and web content to tell a unique story and educate parents on the Montessori Method. Kimberly also works as a marketing consultant to support, educate, and inspire small business owners. She coaches her clients in how to use creative marketing campaigns to captivate audiences and increase leads. Kimberly obtained her M.A. in Publications Design, with a strong focus on digital marketing.

 

 

 

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Maryland Center for Montessori Studies (MCMS) is operated by the Montessori Society of Central Maryland, Inc., located at Greenspring Montessori School in Lutherville-Timonium, Maryland.
 

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Baltimore Montessori Conference

The second annual Baltimore Montessori Conference will be held at Greenspring Montessori School on Saturday, April 7, 2018 - featuring engaging workshops for Montessori guides, assistants, administrators, and parents.

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