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Stretching Time

By: Rachel Averch

At the risk of sounding slightly crazy, I must admit that I have this bizarre relationship with time. I spend a ridiculous amount of brain power trying to save time, manage time, maximize time, and just generally get ahead of schedule. I even have memories of being only 6 or 7 years old and dreaming of having a stop watch that could freeze time and allow me to get things done while the world (and time) froze around me so I could do everything that I wanted to do without giving up time.

I don't know if anyone else has this same relationship with time, but it has led me to examine my beliefs about time in great depth. Ironically, the way I see time has inevitably created a shortage of the very thing that I so desperately want to have more of so that I can do everything I want to do in my life.

And, here is what I discovered:   

I tell myself that time is scarce, that it is sneaky, that there is never enough of it, and that it is constantly running out. This is the story that I have held for most of my life. So, you can imagine my surprise when last summer I was in a workshop on work-life balance and we all went around and shared what we think about time, and some of the people that I most admire in this world said something completely different. They said that time was a gift, a resource, and a tool.

It was a life-changing moment for me. And, while I still struggle at times with my old stories about time, I am excited by the possibilities of believing and living under this different idea of time.

In the Montessori classroom, and as a parent, I have actually had many experiences when time slowed down. And those experiences all had one thing in common: stillness. Time slows when I stop racing against the clock, get present in the moment, and take a moment to really notice what is happening right here and right now all around me. Somehow, being still makes time miraculously slow down. So, what do I find when I stretch time? I find that all of those things that seemed so urgent and important aren't nearly as urgent and important as I thought, and my life and the people around me who I am so grateful for come back into focus instead.

When I am alone in the mornings, a really beautiful way of stretching time is to do a guided meditation. There are many available through Or, if you are a more seasoned meditator (I’m just a rookie), you may be able to meditate more deeply on your own.

But, often I find myself pressed for time and sitting still with my eyes closed for even 10 minutes to meditate isn’t in the cards. Or, I find that even if I meditate in the morning, something challenging will happen and take me straight into a reactive state and I need to be able to reset and re-center.

So, some simple steps that I have found helpful when I want to get really present and stretch my time but can’t stop my day (or a meeting) to meditate include:
  1. Concentrating on each of my senses: really noticing what I see, hear, feel, taste and smell.
  2. Accepting rather than resisting the things that are happening right now around me.
  3. Feeling gratitude for the people and the things that I notice when I concentrate on my senses and notice the world around me.
  4. Concentrating on my breath coming and going and feeling energy coursing through my body.
  5. Taking a moment to feel grateful for the gift of my life.
I invite you to take a moment out of your day to get still with yourself and see if it stretches time for you as well.  

Article Submitted by: Rachel Averch, AMS
President and Founder
Montessori Children's House of Denver

CMA presents our first ever Montessori Teacher Mingle (MTM) at the Craftsman and Apprentice!

If you are a teacher member of The Colorado Montessori Association we'd like to invite you to join us for our first every Montessori Teacher Mingle the cost to you is $5.  If you are not a member, but would like to join us the cost to do so is $10.
The Mingles are designed to bring Montessori teachers together for conversation, collaboration and libation!
For our first Mingle, we will be gathering at the Craftsman & Apprentice. (C & A) is a heritage inspired craft workshop and retail space in Denver's City Park West neighborhood. There will be "crafting" opportunities available for you to participate in as you share wine, snacks and conversation with other Montessori teachers. SPACE IS LIMITED
The Craftsman & Apprentice-join us at The Craftsman & Apprentice workshop Friday February 24th, 6-8pm. The C&a will be hosting a variety of mini-workshop stations including, tassel making, copper tooling, and hand printed field journals. Choose one or all three as we hang out and enjoy a drink and some food. Each mini-workshop is designed to be transferable to the classroom as well as to  remind you that the act of making is good for adults too!
When: February 24, 2017
Time:   6-8pm
Where 1325 E. 22nd Ave Denver 80205

Registration opens February 8th. To register, click here.
MECR Workshops
Register now for our February Workshops!  We have two sets of workshops coming up and we welcome you to both of them.  

On February 25 and 26 we will be hosting a weekend of learning and inspiration.  There are 15 workshops to choose from and they range from Neuroscience to Yoga, from Self Regulation to Rhythm Games.  We hope you will find something to inspire you and propel you positively into the New Year.  Please click HERE for more information.

On February 18 and 19 we are hosting two NCMPS workshops presented by Jackie Cossentino.  The first is called Following all the Children: Montessori and Early Intervention and the second is called Talking about Student Achievement the Montessori Way: Bridging School, Parents and Outside Mandates.  Please click HERE for more information and registration.

On February 3rd, 4th and 5th MECR is hosting a Parent Infant Facilitator Training with Susan Tracy McDaniel.  More Information and Registration is available on Susan's website HERE.
CMA is proud to announce that Patti Templin will be presenting at our Spring Conference, Montessori Awakening: The Unfolding of the Human Being on Brain Gyms.

Brain Gym is committed to the principle that moving with intention leads to optimal learning. Through our outstanding instructors and movement-based programs, we empower all ages to reclaim the joy of living. 

Brain Gym

Experience whole-brain integration through whole-body movement to:
  • promote play and the joy of learning
  • draw out and honor innate intelligence
  • build awareness regarding the value of movement in daily life
  • emphasize the ability to notice and respond to movement-based needs
  • encourage self-responsibility
  • leave each participant appreciated and valued
  • empower each participant to better take charge of his own learning
  • encourage creativity and self expression
  • inspire an appreciation of music, physical education and the fine arts
Patti has a very eclectic background in traditional and alternative education. She has a formal training in psychology, special education and educational kinesiology. She has also extensive experience as an alternative spiritual teacher. Some of her mentors have been Deepak Chopra, Louise Hay, Thich Nhat Hahn, Mantak Chia, Paul Dennison, Marianne Williamson, as well as elders and medicine men and women from several different tribes.  Patti teaches a variety of classes including meditation, Reiki, mindfulness, drumming full moon circles, breath work and Native American Spirituality. 

To read more on Patti, click here.
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
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

CMA is now accepting vendor applications for our 2017 Spring Conference. Please click here for form.
Montessori Essentials

Montessori Public Policy Initiative is a group of nationwide Montessori leaders who have come together to advocate for Montessori on a national level.  Their mission reads, "Our mission is to create a groundswell of activism through the establishment and support of grassroots advocacy coalitions, working together toward the shared goal of advancing Montessori through public consensus, shared interests, and efforts at the local, state and federal levels of public policy."  

Through the efforts of MPPI  (Montessori Public Policy Initiative) and other Montessori leaders, including Bonnie Beste from AMI and Richard Ungerer from AMS, a document was created with essential aspects of a Montessori school.  It was concluded that these essential aspects are considered of utmost importance for a school to truly be honoring the integrity of the Montessori philosophy.  We invite you to read the Montessori Essentials and use them for reflection and guidance in the development and maintenance of your Montessori schools. 

An authentic Montessori school will implement a philosophical approach that is consistent with the educational methods and areas of instruction as defined by the observations, research, writings and instruction of Dr. Maria Montessori. A Montessori school must allow the child to develop naturally—children are able to learn at their own pace and follow their own individual interests, learning primarily through the hands-on use of scientifically prepared auto-didactic materials, and interacting with the environment under the guidance of a specially trained adult. A Montessori environment promotes the child’s ability to find things out independently, enabling motivation and knowledge-building through internal development rather than external teaching or rewards (Montessori Public Policy Initiative).

For a complete list of Montessori Essentials, click here


When: Thursday, February 16th, 2017 1:00-3:00 pm.
Location: Montessori School of Washington Park - 320 South Sherman Street Denver, CO 80209 
Speaker: Lisa Armao, Executive Director - Montessori School of Washington Park
Topic: What TRUST looks like in the work place

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.
“Education today, in this particular social period, is assuming truly unlimited importance. And the increased emphasis on its practical value can be summed up in one sentence: education the best weapon for peace. ” 
-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.  
Looking for additional staff members? Executive Directors, Head of Schools and Presidents, click on a name below to view a resume.

Lesley Carroll

Erica Horton

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.

Montessori School of Aurora
Certified Toddler Montessori Directress

Certified Toddler Montessori Directress
Montessori School of Aurora
Aurora, CO
We are currently looking for a Certified Toddler Montessori Directress to join our family. This
Montessori Directress must have the need and respectful interest in a long-term commitment to our
continually advancing program. We require that the right person possesses: Montessori Certification,
Group Leader Qualified. Current CPR, Universal Precaution, and First Aid certified. The willingness to
work within an advanced and well-structured classroom as a Lead Teacher.

Our Directresses are responsible but not limited to:
 Setting, controlling and up keeping a superior Montessori Environment.
 Daily communication with parents.
 Monthly News Letters
 Directing the classroom for optimal educational progress, giving lessons to students and staff.
 Conduct monthly staff meetings within the classroom.
 Collaboration with other Directresses for a continual support of the goals of the school.
 Full Time work schedule 7:00 – 3:00 M-F

If this is an environment that you wish to be part of. We invite you to email your resume to:

Please visit our WEBSITE:

To read full announcement, click here.

Mt. Sopris Montessori School

Mt. Sopris Montessori School
879 Euclid Ave.
Carbondale, CO 81623
Established in 1981

Director of Private Non-profit Preschool (18 months - 5 years)
Full Time (12 Months)
Large Center Director Qualified
Understanding of Montessori philosophy or Montessori credentialed Administrative / or Infant/Toddler, or Primary
May 31 start date
This school is located in a small (6,000) mountain town. Surrounded by a beautiful environment with bountiful recreational opportunities as well as the cultural and intellectual stimulation available by virtue of the proximity to Aspen.

Contact info:
Please send: 
(1) A cover letter expressing interest in and qualifications for the position, (2) Resume, (3) Three References to:

Pat Widdick
879 Euclid Ave.
Carbondale, CO 81623

Forest Park Montessori School
Substitute Lead Teacher / Director - Summer 2017

2687 North Park Drive
Lafayette, CO 80026

Forest Park Montessori is seeking a substitute lead teacher and director-qualified individual for our 2017 summer program. This position is for June 5th through August 4th, while our Head of School and Lead Teacher is on maternity leave. Responsibilities for this position include implementing our summer program curriculum, maintaining appropriate communications with families throughout the summer, and attending to some administrative tasks as necessary. Hours would be full-time from roughly 7:45 a.m. until 3:45 p.m. Minimum qualifications for this position include an AMS or AMI certification at the primary level, experience as a primary lead teacher, and director certification from the state of Colorado. 

Please contact Adena Stedman at:

Mountain Village Montessori Charter School
Lower Elementary Lead Teacher- 1st through 3rd grade


Lower Elementary Lead Teacher- 1st through 3rd grade
Mountain Village Montessori Charter School
Steamboat Springs, CO
Mountain Village Montessori Charter School is a public charter school currently in our first year serving students and their families. We anticipate 170 students Pre-kindergarten through 6th grade in the 2017-2018 school year. All employees of Mountain Montessori work together to achieve our school’s mission and vision. We seek teachers who are collaborative with colleagues, empathetic in their relationships with students and families, and willing to work above and beyond their job description in order to ensure success for all students. Mountain Montessori teachers possess a school-wide focus and draw upon the relationships in their classrooms in order to create a unified community.
For full announcement, click here.

Mountain Village Montessori Charter School
Upper Elementary Lead Teacher- 4th through 6th grade


Upper Elementary Lead Teacher- 4th through 6th grade
Mountain Village Montessori Charter School
Steamboat Springs, CO
Mountain Village Montessori Charter School is a public charter school currently in our first year serving students and their families. We anticipate 170 students Pre-kindergarten through 6th grade in the 2017-2018 school year. All employees of Mountain Montessori work together to achieve our school’s mission and vision. We seek teachers who are collaborative with colleagues, empathetic in their relationships with students and families, and willing to work above and beyond their job description in order to ensure success for all students. Mountain Montessori teachers possess a school-wide focus and draw upon the relationships in their classrooms in order to create a unified community.

For full announcement, click here.

Get Involved with CMA... 
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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
Anne Prosser- Treasurer
Terry Brandl 
Sheila Wolfe
Kathryn Ross
Nina Lindeke

Michel Friberg - Executive Assistant

February Board Meeting:

February 28th, 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: DCS Montessori
311 Castle Pines Pkwy, Castle Pines, CO 80108


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  • 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.
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  • $40 discount on job advertisements in the CMA newsletter.
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