Mary Velasquez has been teaching at the Cambridge Montessori School since 1993, first as a toddler teacher, now in the upper elementary class. She joined the CMTE/NY staff in 2002. She has a B.A. in English (Harvard University) and AMS Infant/Toddler and Elementary 6-12 credentials.
Joel Wilkinson is an Upper Elementary teacher at The Homestead School, located at the director¹s century-old family homestead on eighty-five acres of fields, woods, marshes, ponds, and streams in rural Glen Spey, NY. He has 20 years of Montessori experience, including teaching at Penn-Mont Academy, Pennsylvania¹s first Montessori school, and an administrative role as the Curriculum Coordinator for the Wyoming Valley Montessori School in Kingston, PA. He has worked with the CMTE/NY faculty since 1995 and been an AMS presenter at national conferences. Prior to becoming a Montessori teacher, Joel ran environmental education and camp programs for the National Wildlife Federation, NJ School of Conservation, and the Princeton-Blairstown Center.In addition to his enduring love of nature and the outdoor pursuits, he also has a passion for music and choral singing. An avid theater patron and public radio supporter, Joel enjoys guiding weekend trips into NYC to explore the museums and see the sights. He has been involved with a web site project and serves as a technology consultant. He holds an M.A. in environmental education (Montclair State University/NJ), a B.S. in recreation (Pennsylvania State University) and an AMS 6-12 credential (CMTE/NY).
Mary Zajac is currently the Head-of-School for Penn-Mont Academy, a 50+ year old Montessori school founded by Aline Wolf in Hollidaysburg, PA. Mary has been with Penn-Mont since 1989, teaching at the Toddler and Preschool levels and serving as Education and Special Needs Coordinator for many years. She holds an AMS Early Childhood credential (CME/NY), a B.S. in Elementary and Special Education (Penn State University) and a Masters in Curriculum and Supervision (University of Pittsburgh). Mary teaches Science and Peace Education for CME and serves as a field consultant. She enjoys sharing her love of nature and Montessori’s views on nurturing the spirit with others.
Additional faculty members and workshop presenters include:
Sheila Coad-BernardMarta Donahoe
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