The Elephant in the Room: an introduction to the project.

Welcome to Montessori Guide!

The Association Montessori International/USA is pleased to present this online resource tool for Montessori teachers. It has long been our intention to find innovative and unique ways to support our members in their daily work to meet the needs of children. 

A project of this magnitude required support from our entire community to accomplish. Thank you to all the programs across the country who welcomed us into your school communities. Thank you to the teachers we filmed. Your incredible dedication to our craft was humbling to witness. We are grateful for the invaluable guidance given to this project by our AMI Teacher Trainer Advisory Committee. And to our many authors and commentators, thank you for sharing your wisdom and expertise.

A special thank you must go to Virginia McHugh Goodwin,  Executive Director of AMI/USA (August, 1988- July, 2014) for her determination to launch MontessoriGuide.org.  Her vision of inspiring, supporting and empowering Montessori practitioners in their everyday practice comes alive in our website. 

Creative Team

Emily Green, Editor and Director

Emily Green has over twenty years of experience in Montessori as a teacher and administrator in both the private and public sector. She served as founding implementer of the first public Montessori program in San Francisco, created a California credentialing track for AMI diploma holders at San Francisco State University, and has been a presenter at CAEYC, AMI/USA’s Public School Forum, and San Francisco First Five conferences. She participated in Educateur sans Frontières assemblies in Burgos, Spain (2004) and Hyderabad, India (2016). Emily  was Co-Chair of AMI/USA's 2007 Montessori Centenary Celebration in San Francisco. Emily has a B.A. from Vassar College and is an AMI primary diploma holder. 

Renny McCauley, Cinematography and Film Editing

Renny McCauley is a cinematographer and editor. His work has been seen on PBS, IFC, Fox Sports, MTV Hive, Bloomberg TV, Pitchfork, and at over a hundred festivals around the world. He has been the post-production supervisor on five feature documentaries, including Under Our Skin, which was shortlisted for the Academy Awards in 2010. He worked as film editor on the documentary Peace Officer (2015) which received top Jury and Audience documentary category prizes at the 2015 South by Southwest Film Festival. 


Mackenzie is an experienced cinematographer and film editor based in Oakland, California. He is currently a lecturer at San Francisco State University's School of Cinema. 

Ronnie Sharpe, Web Master

Ronnie Sharpe is a dynamic, passionate, and results-oriented technology veteran with nearly twenty years of experience in marketing, strategy, social and community engagement.  She has designed marketing and web strategies from large corporations, such as eBay and Baan, to small start-ups and non-profits. Ronnie is also the founder and CEO of the Bay Area's top family blog, Ronnie’s Awesome List.

With assistance from...

Beth Wieger Conroy

Beth Conroy received her B.A. in psychology from San Francisco State University and her M.Ed. from Loyola University Maryland. She holds both primary and elementary AMI diplomas. Beth is an educator with twenty years of experience in both the public and private sectors.