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Emerging Leaders Fellowship Capstone Projects

Friday, March 13 | 08:00 AM - 09:30 AM

Session 1: Workshops
  • Specialized Content Area
  • Workshop
  • General Interest

AMS’s Emerging Leaders Fellowship Program is a professional development initiative that provides a year of structured learning, mentoring, and networking opportunities to a select group of Montessori-credentialed teachers who would like to assume leadership positions in the Montessori community. Among other projects, fellows are guided in creating capstone projects that address a need at their current organization. In this interactive workshop, you will hear directly from fellows who will share their projects with you. Topics will include conflict resolution, mentoring Middle School teachers, creating staff cohesion, and more. You will then explore the projects that interest you most in small round-table discussions. Leave inspired and empowered to make change at your own school.

Presented by:
Kim McMaken-Marsh, Rachel Cole, Anne Hewetson, Amanda P. Hollenback, Gwen Howard, Tatenda B. Muchiriri, Justin E. Tosco, Stephanie M. Van Fleet, Sarah S. Zolan

Kim McMaken-Marsh teaches middle school at Lexington Montessori in Lexington, MA. Her Emerging Leaders yearlong project was “Implementing a Cross-Level Citizen Science Project.” AMS-credentialed (Elementary I).

Rachel Cole, MEd, is founder and head of Bauhaus Montessori of New Orleans in New Orleans, LA. Her Emerging Leaders yearlong project was “Mentoring Middle School Teachers.” Montessori-credentialed (Secondary I – II).

Anne Hewetson is director of Elementary education at Montessori School of Denver in Denver, CO. Her Emerging Leaders yearlong project was “Program to Support Beginning Teachers.” AMS-credentialed (Elementary I – II).

Amanda P. Hollenback, MEd, is an Upper Elementary teacher and coordinator of Shared Learning Communities—a professional development program she helped to launch—at Inly School, in Scituate, MA. Her Emerging Leaders yearlong project was “Shared Learning Communities: Assessing an Existing PD Program.” AMS-credentialed (Elementary I – II).

Gwen Howard, MAT, is the education director at the Montessori School of Franklin in Franklin, TN. Her Emerging Leaders yearlong project was “Teaching Students to Get Lost in a Book.” AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood, Elementary I).

Tatenda Blessing Muchiriri is a Primary teacher at Montessori School of Denver in Denver, CO. His Emerging Leaders yearlong project was “Males in Montessori: an Outreach Program.” AMS-credentialed (Infant & Toddler, Early Childhood).

Justin Tosco, MEd, is the director of Middle School at Sterling Montessori Academy and Charter School in Morrisville, NC. He is a third-generation Montessori teacher and a board member for The Montessori Association of North Carolina. His Emerging Leaders yearlong project was “Conflict Resolution in Montessori Classrooms.” AMS-credentialed (Elementary I – II).

Stephanie Van Fleet, MEd, is program director and head Elementary teacher at Adventure Montessori School in Lafayette, CO, and a teacher trainer at Montessori Education Center of the Rockies. Her Emerging Leaders yearlong project was “Creating Staff Cohesion and Parent Buy-In.” AMS-credentialed (Elementary I – II).

Sarah Zolan is a Toddler teacher at University of Washington Childcare Center at Radford Court in Seattle, WA. Her Emerging Leaders yearlong project was “The Assistant Teacher’s Guidebook to Radford Court.” AMS-credentialed (Infant & Toddler).