The Colorado Montessori Association is a powerful voice for Montessori advocacy providing a forum for networking and professional growth in the Montessori community. It is a highly functioning, evolving professional organization, unified in its vision, respectful, purposeful and inclusive.
Dear CMA Members,

It is a great honor that I have been asked, nominated and voted in as your new President of CMA.  I accept with a great awareness of all that has been accomplished and all we have yet to do together. 
I would like to introduce myself a little to you and hopefully get to know all of you better as well. 
I believe my greatest strength in taking this position is my overwhelming love and passion of Montessori and the desire to CONNECT with the Colorado Montessori community.  But I am aware of my weaknesses as well and my location in the mountains means I don’t have the consistent touchstones that would allow me to know more of you in the vast Montessori network of Colorado.  I will continue to work hard to change that in order to provide strong leadership and open communication.
In 2004 I opened a small primary classroom named Mountain Montessori in Avon, CO as a 501c3 with a small group of inspiring parents.  We are in our 13th year and have since added a second primary classroom.  I still work as the lead teacher and director of our rural school.
I have 5 children ages 17-26 who all began their education in Montessori and have grown up in a Montessori home.  But as you can see, I am close to releasing my youngest child into the world of collegiate academia and this stage of my life has meant more time to pursue passion.
The isolation of the mountains can be paralyzing at times and I began to reach out to larger Montessori communities in 2009.  I decided to obtain my Masters in Education (AM2) from St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN.  This led me to presenting at various Montessori conferences across the U.S.  In 2011, I was invited to sit on the Montessori Educational Programs International (MEPI) Board of Directors.  MEPI fosters and generates authentic Montessori education by developing and offering programs to educate and certify Montessori professionals and provides continuing development and networking opportunities.  MEPI has training programs in the US, Egypt, Canada, Europe and Mexico.  You can imagine how much I learned about the universality of Montessori by being involved with this organization!  I still sit on the board of MEPI.
Although my Montessori world was growing, I still felt a disconnect with my own state due to my remote location.  I had also gone through the glass/chokables variance with the State and recognized that licensure was changing and I felt the state policy over-reach as a call to action.  I joined the CMA board at a time of true Montessori Movement. 
A Montessori Movement?  YES!  So many amazing things are happening in the Montessori world – the Montessori Public Policy Initiative, the Montessori Leadership Collaborative,, Journal of Montessori Research etc.  All of which have one thing in common – working together as Montessorians.  Let’s make sure CMA is a consistent part of this latest Montessori Movement to provide the transformative power of Montessori to more children and communities, regardless of their background or economic status.
To help ensure a strong future for the Montessori Movement, CMA is holding our first conference April 29, 2017 at the Douglas County School District Montessori Charter School.  We will offer an opportunity to share information, create new relationships and affirm old ones, and enthusiasm to further our mission!
Our keynote speaker for this conference will be Barbara Coloroso, an internationally recognized speaker and author in the areas of parenting, teaching, school discipline, and non-violent conflict resolution and reconciliatory justice. She is an educational consultant for school districts, the medical and business community, the criminal justice system and other educational associations around the world. My favorite of her 5 International Bestsellers is Kids are Worth It – Giving Your Child the Gift of Inner Discipline.  It is my most frequent recommendation to parents who are working to align their parenting techniques at home with the discipline in the Montessori classroom. 
Join me in giving Montessori a stronger voice!  I look forward to working with you!
Martha Teien
President, CMA
The Latest on ESSA!
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is currently being worked on by the Colorado Department of Education.  Here are a couple of updates:
  • According to the State’s timeline, they are currently finalizing and vetting the strategic plans, which are to be submitted to the Federal government for approval in April.  
  • Private schools under Title I and Title VIII will receive notice of fund allocations
  • Private schools will have a representative at the Colorado Department of Education, the Ombudsman, who will receive complaints and verify all fund allocations, and verify all applications
  • School districts will be required to submit proof of consultation with private schools, regardless of whether they accept funds or not-the district must provide written documentation  that consultation occurred
  • The Ombudsman position will be announced later in the spring of 2017
  • Districts may only reserve 7% off the top of allocated funds prior to allocating funds to private schools
  • In order to stay informed, on the Colorado Department of Education’s website, you can click on communication and sign up for their weekly newsletter, The Scoop
There will be upcoming training opportunities provided by the Colorado Department of Education regarding the implementation of funding, new forms, and what to expect from school districts in the consultation process.  Stay tuned for the dates!!! 
The Colorado Montessori Association Presents:  
Montessori Awakening; The Unfolding of the Human Being
April 29, 2017
CMA welcomes your suggestions for topics for workshops.  Areas to be presented are Primary/ Early Childhood, Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, Secondary, Administration, and Parenting.  How could CMA help meet your needs?
Please click here to fill out our conference survey online.

(Or print off this short paper survey and email it back to us at: if you prefer).

CMA is now accepting presenter applications for our 2017 Spring Conference. Please click here for form.

The Colorado Montessori Association Presents: 

Montessori Awakening: The Unfolding of the Human Being, April 29, 2017 DCS Montessori Charter School 311 E. Castle Pines Pkwy Castle Pines, CO 80108
Barbara Coloroso will be the Keynote Speaker at our conference in April 2017: Montessori Awakening; The Unfolding of the Human Being

Barbara Coloroso is an international bestselling author and for the past 44 years an internationally recognized speaker and consultant on parenting, teaching, school discipline, positive school climate, bullying, grieving, nonviolent conflict resolution and restorative justice.  

Click here to read more on Barbara

Colorado Department of Human Services would like to thank those of you who were able to participate in the 2016 CDHS Summer Planning Tour!

You are invited to view the themes discussed during the tour.

The feedback and suggestions that were provided will be used to inform the 2017-2018 CDHS Performance Plan and will help direct the department's priorities for the coming year. Please keep your eyes out for updates on next year's Performance Plan.

Reggie (CDHS)


When: Thursday, January 19th, 2017 1:00-3:00 pm.
Location: Montessori Education Center of the Rockies - 4745 Walnut Street Boulder, CO 80301 
Speaker: Katie Torres, Head of School - St Vrain Community Montessori School
Topic: Measuring What Matters in the Montessori Classroom: An overview of the Developmental Environment Rating Scale (DERS) and the Minnesota Executive Function Scale (MEFS) 

To RSVP, click here

If you would like your school to Host a meeting, or if you are a speaker, or know someone who might like to come and speak to our group, please email Rachel Averch at
Plan ahead! Pencil in the third Thursday of each month from 1:00-3:00 pm, and watch for the e*vites and newsletter announcements each month.
“Our care of the child should be governed, not by the desire to make him learn things, but by the endeavor always to keep burning within him that light which is called intelligence.” 
-Dr. Maria Montessori
Materials for Sale

Montessori Materials for Sale. Seller would consider selling house with the school that is located in Castle Rock.

Interested individuals can contact,
Colorado Montessorians unite! Support Montessori advocacy in Colorado while also enjoying the benefits of networking, community forums and discounts on events, including great speakers like David Kahn, Jackie Cossentino, Tim Seldin and Phil Gang!  
Without members like you, CMA's work to ensure Montessori training for QRIS quality raters, advocacy for testing options for public Montessori schools, and the passing of House Bill 1276 allowing breakable waivers for Montessori schools wouldn't be possible...

New Membership Tier for Smaller Schools

CMA has a added a new tier rate for School Membership. For those schools that have an enrollment of 75 children or less, the yearly membership fee is $75.00 (a $100 savings). Schools with more than 75 children will pay the regular price.

If you aren't already a member, click here to sign up now. 

Member Schools can now sport the CMA "Member Program" Logo on their websites!
If you are a CMA member school or organization in good standing, it’s worth sharing that information!   That you have chosen to partner with other Montessori programs in the state gives additional credibility to not only your school, but Montessori education in general.
You are invited to add a  “CMA Member Program” logo to your website, or use it in print publications.  We ask that you complete a “CMA Logo Use Application Form”, and send a signed copy to CMA via email to: Upon receipt of a signed agreement, we will respond to your email with a digital version of the program member logo.  

Heart and Hands Montessori Center for Infants and Toddlers
Toddler Lead

Toddler Lead
Heart and Hands Montessori Center for Infants and Toddlers

Toddler Lead Teacher will teach and manage an established toddler classroom in a beautiful two year old center. The Lead is responsible for integrating all appropriate materials into an active and fun curriculum. Included in the responsibilities is training the Assistant Teacher and positive, respectful interactions with all children, staff members and parents. We take children out in all weather and integrating nature is a part of the curriculum. Behind the building is a lovely forest par,

Hours: 7:00 am to 3:30 pm, around the year program.
Compensation: competitive and depends on education and experience
Location: on RTD line and the center is mid-way between Denver and Boulder
Benefits: five weeks off of vacations, holidays, and personal time.
International staff, friendly and collaborative environment.
The position starts as soon as possible.

Contact: Susan Smith at with a letter of interest and a resume.

The Lead must have a Montessori diploma and at least one year experience.

Mountain Shadows Montessori School
Head of School

Head of School
Mountain Shadows Montessori School
Boulder, CO

Mountain Shadows Montessori School (MSMS), a premier Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) recognized school in Boulder, Colorado, is looking for a devoted and enthusiastic advocate of AMI education to be Head of School.
  • Are you passionate about AMI education?
  • Do you wish more families understood the benefits of an AMI education for their children?
  • Do you want to be a part of a team that is working to bring AMI education to as many children as possible in the greater Boulder Valley area?

If you answered yes to these questions, read on to find out how Mountain Shadows is the ideal place for you to lead an organization that is dedicated to nurturing the children in its care, providing the best education in Boulder Valley, and promoting the well-established benefits of an AMI education in the community. 
Mountain Shadows Montessori School was founded in 1976 as a private, non-profit school focused on providing a comprehensive, accredited Montessori education. The school is situated in Boulder, Colorado on a beautiful 12-acre campus with stunning views of the Foothills and the snow-capped RockyMountains. From the 300+ days of sunshine to the nearly limitless outdoor activities, the school benefits from all that Colorado has to offer. The students have access to all of the natural, cultural and academic resources that abound in Boulder Valley. There are few places in the United States that provide so much opportunity to explore, grow and learn. 
Mountain Shadows is looking for someone who will lead the school, partnering with the dedicated and competent faculty and staff, the Director of Operations, and the Board of Directors to achieve strategic goals and ensure that the students flourish and succeed. Specifically, you will be responsible for:
  • Mentoring and supporting development of the AMI-accredited faculty
  • Leading the marketing, recruitment and admissions processes at the school
  • Driving the school’s fund development program to support long-term strategic goals
  • Acting as the external face of the school
  • Promoting the benefits of an AMI education in the broader community. 

Because the Board believes in the value of AMI pedagogical standards, the Mountain Shadows Head of School must be an AMI-trained educator or administrator with prior experience working at an AMI recognized school. 
If you believe that you have the desired qualifications, are dedicated to upholding AMI standards, and possess the ambition to lead the growth of an established and respected school, please submit the following to
  • Your resume
  • An educational philosophy statement
  • A brief description of why you are the right person to lead Mountain Shadows 
Additional information about the school can be found at

Job Posting:
MSMS Head of School Search Website:

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  • Are you a published author or photographer? Would you like to be? Submit your original work to CMA by the 3rd Friday of each month with the possibility of having your photographs and/or article selected for one of the future newsletters. Submit photographs and articles for consideration to CMA at with a copy of your article and some details about yourself. (CMA reserves the right to edit all material prior to publication). 
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CMA Board of Directors
Martha Teien - President
Lisa Armao - Vice President
Rachel Averch - Secretary
Terry Brandl - Treasurer
Sheila Wolfe
Kathryn Ross
Nina Lindeke
Anne Prosser

Michel Friberg - Administrative Assistant

January Board Meeting:

January 24th, 4:00-6:30 pm
4:00-4:30 pm "Munch and Mingle" with the board and the host school's staff and community members 
4:30-6:30 pm Board Meeting

Location: Montessori School of Washington Park
320 S. Sherman St. Denver, CO 80209


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Member Benefits:

  • Two program administrators are enrolled at no extra charge.
  • Lead teachers receive a discounted membership for $10.
  • Discounts on admission to CMA sponsored professional development events.
  • Featured on CMA website with a link to the school’s website.
  • $40 discount on job advertisements in the CMA newsletter.
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