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.

CMA Updates

Thank You, Walton Family Foundation!

The Colorado Montessori Association recently received a grant from the Walton Family Foundation that will allow us to hire part-time assistance to reach our goals as an organization. Like many small organizations filled with passionate people, we are often big on ideas and short of delivery as we face the realities of time. There simply is not enough of it!

We requested and received funds to hire a part-time administrative assistant as well as funds to support offering additional professional development events in Colorado. What would you like to see happen in Colorado? Please send your ideas to

Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Conference - Montessori Track!!
We reached out to all of you to put together a Montessori track of workshops that will occur during the Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Conference in Denver on February 19-20. We received a terrific response from many of you, and below are the workshops to look for in February:

- Language for Building Cultural and Community Values: Denise Glenn
- A School Leader's Guide to Montessori: RB Fast
- The Four Planes of Development / A Montessori Perspective: Donohue Shortridge
- The Montessori Materials: Pauline Meert, Irene O'Brien
- Montessori 101 - Using the Past to Change the Future: Michelle Ewing
- Montessori Guidance: Abigail Miller
- Supporting the Social-Emotional Needs of the First Plane of Development: Abigail Miller
- The Nature Based Outdoor Classroom: Gina Abegg
- Montessori at Home: Roxanne Gongea
- Vision-Based Staff Evaluations: Create Meaningful Staff Evaluation Tools the MCHD Way: Rachel Averch

Montessori Public Policy Initiative

MPPI Celebrates the First Montessori Collaborative for Public Policy

Please click here to read the press release from the recent Montessori Public Policy Initiative meeting in Washington, DC.

          MPPI Mission:
The mission of the Montessori Public Policy Initiative 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.

          MPPI Vision:
Through coordination and collaboration with national organizations and state coalitions, the Montessori Public Policy Initiative will support and advance the implementation of high quality Montessori education through advocacy action.

For more information, take a look at the MPPI website, as well as what AMS, AMIUSA and MACTE have to say about this new initiative:
**There will not be Director's Network Meeting in December, due to the holidays. **
We will resume meetings in January. 

January Meeting:
When: January 21st, 2016 1:00-3:00 pm
Where: Montessori School of Denver, 1460 S. Holly St. Denver, CO 80222 

Come and join other Montessori Heads of School as we network, discuss relevant issues and support one another in leading our schools.  Don't miss it!

If you are interested in hosting a Director's Network meeting at your school or in being a speaker, please email us at!

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.
Montessori Applied to Children at Risk
A Seminar Offered by the Shelton School, Dallas, TX
Hosted by Compass Montessori School, Golden, CO
February 5-7, 2016
The goal of this workshop is to understand the specific needs of children diagnosed with learning differences and provide specific strategies to the registrant for matching the Montessori educational method to those needs.
Keynote Speaker:  Amy Kelton, Assistant Head of Instruction for the Lower and Upper Elementary programs at June Shelton School and Evaluation Center in Dallas, TX. She is certified in Sequential English Education and the Association Method programs for the remediation of written language disorders, as well as advanced levels of Montessori Applied to Children at Risk. Amy holds a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and is Montessori-credentialed (E1) MACTE.
When:     Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 5-7, 2016
Where:    Sheraton Denver West Hotel, 360 Union Boulevard, Lakewood, CO 80228
Phone:    303-420-8288
Cost:       $400 to include light breakfast, light snacks, and lunch
Topics Include:    
  • An overview of learning differences at all ages
  • Understanding the child who is at-risk for learning differences
  • Applications of the Montessori Method and techniques
  • Practical Life, Sensorial, and Mathematics for the at-risk child
  • Oral and written language program
  • Social skills development
For more information on MACAR, please visit
Further details on this seminar are available on the attached flyer. 
Please RSVP at the following link: https;//
Montessori Education Center of the Rockies
Invites you to attend two workshops presented by
the National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector 

February 12 & 13, 2016

Keynote Speaker: 
Melissa Harbert, currently Head of School at Lewis and Clark Montessori Charter School in Gresham, OR, is the NCMPS speaker for these two presentations.

Friday, February 12, 2016 (6:00-8:30pm)
Vision, Mission Action: Establishing a Healthy Professional Community

Saturday, February 13, 2016 (9:00-11:30am)
Following the Family: Holistic Approaches to Family Engagement

Where:    Montessori Education Center of the Rockies, 4745 Walnut Street, Boulder, CO 80301
Phone:    303-494-3002
Cost:       Cost for each workshop individually is $60, or you may register for both together for $100. 
For more information about these programs, please call MECR at 303-494-3002, and to register, go to the MECR website for registration information.
Colorado Montessori Association is an advocacy and community support organization. We work to serve both school and individual members. Through working together, we all have an opportunity to raise the quality of Montessori education in Colorado ad make it available to more children. Please take a moment and fill out our CMA Special Events Survey, which we hope will help us to better understand what kinds of events will support you well. Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey!
"Let us give the child a vision of the Whole Universe... the Universe is an important reality, and an answer to all questions. We shall walk together on this path of life: for all things are a part of the Universe, and are connected with each other to form one whole unity."
-Dr. Maria Montessori
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...
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 this “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 shown below for your use.  


Part-Time Administrative Assistant
Colorado Montessori Association
Denver, CO

Job Description:
The Colorado Montessori Association is seeking a part-time Administrative Assistant to support the CMA Board in executing and fulfilling its charter obligations, board functions, work groups and administration responsibilities. Knowledge of the Montessori schools and the Montessori educational philosophy would but helpful but is not essential. Estimate: 16 hours/week.

The role of the Administrative Assistant is to support the CMA organization in executing necessary administrative functions including membership management, outreach and communication (web site, newsletters, blogs, emails, social media), marketing (surveys, focus groups...), event planning, advocacy, partnership management and professional development. Extensive interaction with membership and partners.

Position would report to Board Executive Committee and attend all CMA board meetings.


Responsibilities include:
- Supporting CMA Board working groups, off-sites and board meetings
- Maintaining the CMA membership rolls
- Assisting in recruiting and expanding the CMA membership
- Supporting CMA budget development, process membership payments
- Performing data and basic statistical analysis of membership information
- Support scheduling, designing and administering special events for partners and membership, coordinating locations, event schedules, identify necessary supporting resources to successfully complete the event
- Support additional duties requested by President

- Word processing, spreadsheet and presentation (graphics) development
- Word Press, Google Docs, survey instruments (Survey Monkey) and social media tools
- Proficiency with Mail Chimp and Evite
- Good communication skills, including writing skills
- Flexibility
- Basic budget and book keeping

To Apply:
If this sounds like you, please contact us at We look forward to hearing from interested parties.



Part-Time Toddler Teacher
Children's Garden Montessori School
Denver, CO

About Us: 
Located in the North Cherry Creek area of Denver, Children's Garden Montessori School (CGMS) is a Montessori school influenced by Reggio philosophy. 

Job Description:
We are currently seeking a teacher to work alongside our highly qualified lead teacher in a co-teaching role. Applicants should be prepared to collaborate with peers, to maintain and supervise a beautiful toddler community, and to participate in all the duties expected of a Montessori teacher. As a community of life-long learners, we are seeking individuals who are enthusiastic, flexible, and hard-working. Montessori Infant Toddler Certification is a bonus, as is experience working with this age group. Most of all, a love of toddlers and a deep respect for the important work done at this level is a must.
To Apply: 
Please contact Bekke Howell at if interested.


Position Available Immediately

Full-Time Lower Elementary Guide/Assistant
St. Vrain Community Montessori School
Longmont, CO

About Us: 
St. Vrain Community Montessori School (SVCMS) is a two year old PK-8 charter school offering an authentic Montessori education in a public school environment. We serve 240 students in 8 classrooms. We are the only public Montessori school in our district. SVCMS holds in high regard the Montessori values of respect for self, others and the environment and we seek to attract faculty and staff who embrace these values and model them for our students and our community at large.

SVCMS is located in Longmont, CO. Longmont was twice named one of the Top 100 Best Places to Live in the United States - once in 2006 and again in 2008. Located within Boulder County, Longmont is 22 square miles, with over 300 days of sunshine. Longmont has over 1500 acres of parks and open space making it perfect for outdoor enthusiasts. Longmont is conveniently located 37 miles from Denver, 16 miles from Boulder. 

Candidate Educational Requirements:
B.A. required. AMS or AMI Montessori credentialed for Lower Elementary preferred.

Skills and Experience:
Meaningful teaching experience in an authentic Montessori environment, as well as familiarity with Public School accountability will aid in success within our community.

Please provide references with resume.
To Apply:
Contact Katie Torres, Head of School, St. Vrain Community Montessori School for additional information:, 303-682-4339 (p), 303-682-8925 (f).
Please provide resume and references before calling.

If you have a position that you would like to see posted in the CMA newsletter, please contact us with your position information at: 

Cost:  $35.00 per month for Member Schools, $75.00 per month for Non-Member Schools. 

Position posting deadline is the 3rd Friday of each month for the coming month's newsletter.

To become a CMA member school, click here.
Get Involved with CMA... 
Articles & Images Needed - Submission deadline: the 3rd Friday of each month.
  • 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). 
Be a member!
  • If you aren't already, sign up to become a member of the Colorado Montessori Association, by clicking here.  
  • If you are already a member, don't forget to renew your membership now!
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CMA Board of Directors
Kathryn Ross - President
RB Fast - Vice President

Lyn Mead - Treasurer
Rachel Averch - Secretary
Sheila Wolfe

Karen Farquharson
Jim Barrett
Martha Teien

December Board Meeting:

Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Family Star Montessori
2246 Federal Boulevard, Denver, CO 80211

Contact us by e*mail
Join CMA Today!

Member Benefits:

  • Two program administrators are enrolled at no extra charge.
  • Lead teachers receive a $10 discount on membership.
  • 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.
Would you like to have an article you have written published, or do you have any great photos or noteworthy events that you would like to share in the CMA Newsletter?  If so, please e*mail CMA! The deadline for newsletter submitting is the 3rd Friday of each month for the coming month's newsletter.
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Edited by: Katie Beglin