Speakers

Bio:

Clare Healy Walls is the founder and leader of Waterpark Montessori International (WMI) www.waterparkmontessori.com. She spent over 20 years as a Montessori educator in the classroom and since 1981 she has been training adults.  She has been extensively involved in the research and development of training programmes and Montessori schools for all age groups (Birth -18 years). Her personal interest in Jungian psychology and BodySoul Rhythms (as developed by Marion Woodman 1928-2018) has encouraged her to use Maria Montessori’s philosophy for people of all ages, highlighting the common themes of life from birth to adulthood.  This has also led to her work with parents.  She believes parents cannot be “taught” directly but should be guided to reflect upon their experiences.

Having qualified as a Montessori educator for pre-school and school, with Montessori St Nicholas, she later received an MA in Education (Management) from the Open University.  She is the author of the series (6) At the Heart of Montessori, Montessori in a Nutshell, The Conscious Parent, and her most recent publication is a handbook of stories and reflection for parents, The Conscious Parent in Action. www.waterparkbooks.com

Clare has five children, nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She lives in Ireland with her partner, Andrew, overlooking the sea where she loves to wander around Cork harbour in her motor boat.

 

 

Day 1 – 27/04/2019

Bio:

Clare Healy Walls is the founder and leader of Waterpark Montessori International (WMI) www.waterparkmontessori.com. She spent over 20 years as a Montessori educator in the classroom and since 1981 she has been training adults.  She has been extensively involved in the research and development of training programmes and Montessori schools for all age groups (Birth -18 years). Her personal interest in Jungian psychology and BodySoul Rhythms (as developed by Marion Woodman 1928-2018) has encouraged her to use Maria Montessori’s philosophy for people of all ages, highlighting the common themes of life from birth to adulthood.  This has also led to her work with parents.  She believes parents cannot be “taught” directly but should be guided to reflect upon their experiences.

Having qualified as a Montessori educator for pre-school and school, with Montessori St Nicholas, she later received an MA in Education (Management) from the Open University.  She is the author of the series (6) At the Heart of Montessori, Montessori in a Nutshell, The Conscious Parent, and her most recent publication is a handbook of stories and reflection for parents, The Conscious Parent in Action. www.waterparkbooks.com

Clare has five children, nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She lives in Ireland with her partner, Andrew, overlooking the sea where she loves to wander around Cork harbour in her motor boat.

Teaser:

Strategies and Tools for our Spiritual Preparation

One of the things that sets Montessori guides apart from traditional teachers is the amount of time and energy invested in our own spiritual preparation and growth. Dr Montessori wrote about this extensively and in most training programmes it is a significant focus.

We do not however always have accessible and easy tools to use to turn this spiritual preparation into active, practical strategies in our daily life in the classroom.

Together we will explore 3 possibilities – self-complexity, mindfulness and coping styles – and how insight into these can help bring about meaningful understand and deepen our practice as Montessorians.

Professional Biography: Samantha Streak

My journey as a Montessorian spans 28 years having started my training with the London Montessori Centre in 1991. I am a qualified Montessori directress for Birth to Six and Six to Twelve. I have a B. Psych degree and earned my Masters in Educational Leadership from Concordia University, USA in 2013. I have been involved in Montessori Teacher Training for the past 25 years, currently running my own training centre called Integral Montessori, and working in partnership with Wonderkids to deliver level 5 training in the Eastern Cape. I have travelled extensively attending Montessori conferences around the world, and speaking at several.

I am the founding principal of the Port Elizabeth Montessori School, which I started in 1995. We are a school community of 200 children ranging in age from 18 months to 14 years old, and a staff compliment of about 30. I am actively involved in community development working as a trustee for Missionvale Care Centre in Port Elizabeth and serve as chairperson of their school’s governing body – Normoyle Primary School (a no-fee school). I am also mentoring the 3 young women who run the Masifunde Montessori preschool in Walmer Township, Laveli’langa. I am a past president of SAMA having served in many roles on the ExCo for 9 years and believe strongly in the ethical, professional and authentic practice of Dr Montessori’s principles and philosophy.

Bio:

Shamiemah Jassiem became involved in the Montessori Philosophy while working at a Montessori school as a university student. She simultaneously enrolled for the part-time Montessori training course and later took over the school. Shamiemah has over 5 years of experience as an office manager and principal at a Montessori school. She has B. Soc. Sci. Degree in Psychology & Organisational Psychology and an Honours in Psychology. She completed her Montessori Diploma at ELF Montessori, and is a Registered Assessor & Moderator. She was awarded the ABSA SA ECD Best Trainer of the year Award in 2012, and completed her Masters’ Degree with a thesis in Religion and Montessori. She is passionate about creating a world in which all children have access to good education, and believes that we begin by empowering women to offer quality ECD programmes. As a mother of 3, she has been inspired by the Montessori Philosophy and hopes to raise children who believe in themselves and are able to respect themselves, their communities and the environment.

Bio:

Clare Healy Walls is the founder and leader of Waterpark Montessori International (WMI) www.waterparkmontessori.com. She spent over 20 years as a Montessori educator in the classroom and since 1981 she has been training adults.  She has been extensively involved in the research and development of training programmes and Montessori schools for all age groups (Birth -18 years). Her personal interest in Jungian psychology and BodySoul Rhythms (as developed by Marion Woodman 1928-2018) has encouraged her to use Maria Montessori’s philosophy for people of all ages, highlighting the common themes of life from birth to adulthood.  This has also led to her work with parents.  She believes parents cannot be “taught” directly but should be guided to reflect upon their experiences.

Having qualified as a Montessori educator for pre-school and school, with Montessori St Nicholas, she later received an MA in Education (Management) from the Open University.  She is the author of the series (6) At the Heart of Montessori, Montessori in a Nutshell, The Conscious Parent, and her most recent publication is a handbook of stories and reflection for parents, The Conscious Parent in Action. www.waterparkbooks.com

Clare has five children, nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She lives in Ireland with her partner, Andrew, overlooking the sea where she loves to wander around Cork harbour in her motor boat.

Bio:

Clare Healy Walls is the founder and leader of Waterpark Montessori International (WMI) www.waterparkmontessori.com. She spent over 20 years as a Montessori educator in the classroom and since 1981 she has been training adults.  She has been extensively involved in the research and development of training programmes and Montessori schools for all age groups (Birth -18 years). Her personal interest in Jungian psychology and BodySoul Rhythms (as developed by Marion Woodman 1928-2018) has encouraged her to use Maria Montessori’s philosophy for people of all ages, highlighting the common themes of life from birth to adulthood.  This has also led to her work with parents.  She believes parents cannot be “taught” directly but should be guided to reflect upon their experiences.

Having qualified as a Montessori educator for pre-school and school, with Montessori St Nicholas, she later received an MA in Education (Management) from the Open University.  She is the author of the series (6) At the Heart of Montessori, Montessori in a Nutshell, The Conscious Parent, and her most recent publication is a handbook of stories and reflection for parents, The Conscious Parent in Action. www.waterparkbooks.com

Clare has five children, nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She lives in Ireland with her partner, Andrew, overlooking the sea where she loves to wander around Cork harbour in her motor boat.

Bio/ Teaser:

Adam Spires comes from a dynamic background from running his own US based business to British policing to one of SA’s most prominent YouTubers and now the Managing Director of Delicious Bokeh, a production company focusing on social media videos. He is a married man of 15 years with 3 crazy kids to prove it. His wife is a qualified teacher currently doing Montessori certification training and he has grown a love to the pedagogy, so much so that he wants to use his digital skills to share it.

Professional Biography: Samantha Streak

My journey as a Montessorian spans 28 years having started my training with the London Montessori Centre in 1991. I am a qualified Montessori directress for Birth to Six and Six to Twelve. I have a B. Psych degree and earned my Masters in Educational Leadership from Concordia University, USA in 2013. I have been involved in Montessori Teacher Training for the past 25 years, currently running my own training centre called Integral Montessori, and working in partnership with Wonderkids to deliver level 5 training in the Eastern Cape. I have travelled extensively attending Montessori conferences around the world, and speaking at several.

I am the founding principal of the Port Elizabeth Montessori School, which I started in 1995. We are a school community of 200 children ranging in age from 18 months to 14 years old, and a staff compliment of about 30. I am actively involved in community development working as a trustee for Missionvale Care Centre in Port Elizabeth and serve as chairperson of their school’s governing body – Normoyle Primary School (a no-fee school). I am also mentoring the 3 young women who run the Masifunde Montessori preschool in Walmer Township, Laveli’langa. I am a past president of SAMA having served in many roles on the ExCo for 9 years and believe strongly in the ethical, professional and authentic practice of Dr Montessori’s principles and philosophy.

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Day 2 – 28/04/2019

Bio:

Clare Healy Walls is the founder and leader of Waterpark Montessori International (WMI) www.waterparkmontessori.com. She spent over 20 years as a Montessori educator in the classroom and since 1981 she has been training adults.  She has been extensively involved in the research and development of training programmes and Montessori schools for all age groups (Birth -18 years). Her personal interest in Jungian psychology and BodySoul Rhythms (as developed by Marion Woodman 1928-2018) has encouraged her to use Maria Montessori’s philosophy for people of all ages, highlighting the common themes of life from birth to adulthood.  This has also led to her work with parents.  She believes parents cannot be “taught” directly but should be guided to reflect upon their experiences.

Having qualified as a Montessori educator for pre-school and school, with Montessori St Nicholas, she later received an MA in Education (Management) from the Open University.  She is the author of the series (6) At the Heart of Montessori, Montessori in a Nutshell, The Conscious Parent, and her most recent publication is a handbook of stories and reflection for parents, The Conscious Parent in Action. www.waterparkbooks.com

Clare has five children, nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She lives in Ireland with her partner, Andrew, overlooking the sea where she loves to wander around Cork harbour in her motor boat.

Bio:

Clare Healy Walls is the founder and leader of Waterpark Montessori International (WMI) www.waterparkmontessori.com. She spent over 20 years as a Montessori educator in the classroom and since 1981 she has been training adults.  She has been extensively involved in the research and development of training programmes and Montessori schools for all age groups (Birth -18 years). Her personal interest in Jungian psychology and BodySoul Rhythms (as developed by Marion Woodman 1928-2018) has encouraged her to use Maria Montessori’s philosophy for people of all ages, highlighting the common themes of life from birth to adulthood.  This has also led to her work with parents.  She believes parents cannot be “taught” directly but should be guided to reflect upon their experiences.

Having qualified as a Montessori educator for pre-school and school, with Montessori St Nicholas, she later received an MA in Education (Management) from the Open University.  She is the author of the series (6) At the Heart of Montessori, Montessori in a Nutshell, The Conscious Parent, and her most recent publication is a handbook of stories and reflection for parents, The Conscious Parent in Action. www.waterparkbooks.com

Clare has five children, nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She lives in Ireland with her partner, Andrew, overlooking the sea where she loves to wander around Cork harbour in her motor boat.

Bio:

Kym van Straaten has been involved in the Montessori community for the past 20 years.  She holds a Diploma in Training and Development, a Montessori 3 – 6 Diploma, and is currently studying towards a 6 – 12 credential.  She has over 19 years of active teaching experience and 13 years of lecturing experience both locally and abroad.

Kym has been running her own successful Montessori school which caters for children 18 months to 6 years for the past 16 years.

Kym is committed to the Montessori Method of teaching and its consistent application. She has been a member of the Executive Committee of the South African Montessori Association for the past nine years in the capacity of ordinary member, deputy president and most recently president.

During her time serving SAMA members Kym has been the newsletter editor, conference co-ordinator, G-JLC representative, ISSF Representative, and second for NAISA and HEDCOM.  Kym has been a consultant to many Montessori schools and often is invited to speak at parent evenings and offer in-house staff training.

Bio:

Clare Healy Walls is the founder and leader of Waterpark Montessori International (WMI) www.waterparkmontessori.com. She spent over 20 years as a Montessori educator in the classroom and since 1981 she has been training adults.  She has been extensively involved in the research and development of training programmes and Montessori schools for all age groups (Birth -18 years). Her personal interest in Jungian psychology and BodySoul Rhythms (as developed by Marion Woodman 1928-2018) has encouraged her to use Maria Montessori’s philosophy for people of all ages, highlighting the common themes of life from birth to adulthood.  This has also led to her work with parents.  She believes parents cannot be “taught” directly but should be guided to reflect upon their experiences.

Having qualified as a Montessori educator for pre-school and school, with Montessori St Nicholas, she later received an MA in Education (Management) from the Open University.  She is the author of the series (6) At the Heart of Montessori, Montessori in a Nutshell, The Conscious Parent, and her most recent publication is a handbook of stories and reflection for parents, The Conscious Parent in Action. www.waterparkbooks.com

Clare has five children, nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She lives in Ireland with her partner, Andrew, overlooking the sea where she loves to wander around Cork harbour in her motor boat.

Teaser:

Music, a forgotten teaching tool for the classroom

Join me for a fun interactive workshop to learn a bit more of how you can bring music into your classroom and use songs as a teaching tool. Help children remember facts that might otherwise be forgotten quite quickly. Let me also show you how to teach young children songs for “big” children!

Bio:

Debbie is the owner of Ready Steady Grow, a Montessori school based in Pinelands, Cape Town. She’s a wife and mum of one; with one or two other quasi-adopted children and babies of the furry persuasion she just can’t seem to stop acquiring thrown into the mix. She decided to buy Ready Steady Grow to put her love for children to bigger use and studied at Mercy Montessori Africa. She likes to think of herself as a jack-of-all-trades, and can change nappies, dry tears, cook up a storm and rewire plugs like nobody’s business.

Teaser:

The Prepared Environment as the Third Teacher

This presentation aims to look at how we could be matching our preparation of the environment to the Human Tendencies as described by Dr Montessori and Mario Montessori. We will explore, in a deeper way, the dynamic nature of our prepared environments. We will take a look into recent research that supports Dr Montessori’s ideas and philosophy and should be influencing our focus when we prepare our environments.

We will actively explore and discover the absolute impact of The Third Teacher – our prepared environments, through all the Planes of Development.

Professional Biography: Samantha Streak:

My journey as a Montessorian spans 28 years having started my training with the London Montessori Centre in 1991. I am a qualified Montessori directress for Birth to Six and Six to Twelve. I have a B. Psych degree and earned my Masters in Educational Leadership from Concordia University, USA in 2013. I have been involved in Montessori Teacher Training for the past 25 years, currently running my own training centre called Integral Montessori, and working in partnership with Wonderkids to deliver level 5 training in the Eastern Cape. I have travelled extensively attending Montessori conferences around the world, and speaking at several.

I am the founding principal of the Port Elizabeth Montessori School, which I started in 1995. We are a school community of 200 children ranging in age from 18 months to 14 years old, and a staff compliment of about 30. I am actively involved in community development working as a trustee for Missionvale Care Centre in Port Elizabeth and serve as chairperson of their school’s governing body – Normoyle Primary School (a no-fee school). I am also mentoring the 3 young women who run the Masifunde Montessori preschool in Walmer Township, Laveli’langa. I am a past president of SAMA having served in many roles on the ExCo for 9 years and believe strongly in the ethical, professional and authentic practice of Dr Montessori’s principles and philosophy.

Teaser:

Jacky Price – Is the environment ever fully prepared?

Through serendipitous discoveries, hard work, bloopers and joys – Jacquelyn takes you through an honest and personal look at her Montessori journey.

Bio:

As a Montessori practitioner of many years, Jacquelyn Price has travelled various interesting and different roads in her journey in coming to grips as to what  Montessori education is really all about.

She is presently head of the campus for Generation Schools Blue Moon in Cape Town, a campus for children from 3 to 12 years of age and one that she has grown through her passion and love for offering young children (and their adults), another way to interact with their world as they naturally develop along a continuum to adulthood.

She walks her talk by regular attendance at international and national conferences, workshops and courses and has been for a while now under an intensive training programme given by her toddler granddaughter.  Apart from managing a dedicated team of Montessori educators at Blue Moon, and sharing her time with other Generation campuses, she adds to her busy schedule, time for mentoring women who have their own ECD’s in Lavender Hill for Learning in Reach, an NGO that works specifically with Lavender Hill as a neighbouring community and who this year, have opened their very first Children’s House.

Professional Biography: Samantha Streak:

My journey as a Montessorian spans 28 years having started my training with the London Montessori Centre in 1991. I am a qualified Montessori directress for Birth to Six and Six to Twelve. I have a B. Psych degree and earned my Masters in Educational Leadership from Concordia University, USA in 2013. I have been involved in Montessori Teacher Training for the past 25 years, currently running my own training centre called Integral Montessori, and working in partnership with Wonderkids to deliver level 5 training in the Eastern Cape. I have travelled extensively attending Montessori conferences around the world, and speaking at several.

I am the founding principal of the Port Elizabeth Montessori School, which I started in 1995. We are a school community of 200 children ranging in age from 18 months to 14 years old, and a staff compliment of about 30. I am actively involved in community development working as a trustee for Missionvale Care Centre in Port Elizabeth and serve as chairperson of their school’s governing body – Normoyle Primary School (a no-fee school). I am also mentoring the 3 young women who run the Masifunde Montessori preschool in Walmer Township, Laveli’langa. I am a past president of SAMA having served in many roles on the ExCo for 9 years and believe strongly in the ethical, professional and authentic practice of Dr Montessori’s principles and philosophy.

Sally Hall

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