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OMA’s 2015 Assistant Workshops

OMA will again be offering two Assistant Workshops in 2015!

These one day workshops are a great way for Assistants working with children from Birth – 3, 3 – 6 and 6 – 12 to receive practical classroom ideas and highlights of basic Montessori philosophy before beginning their work at a Montessori school.  Parents or interested community members are also welcome to attend.  All attendees will receive 5 hours of Set 1 professional development hours.

2015 Presenters:

Mercedes Castle is the co-founder of The Portland Montessori Collaborative and also the Pedagogical Director and Music Teacher at the school.  She earned a B.A. in Biology from the University of California at Santa Cruz and has as an Infant and Toddler Montessori Teaching Credential from the American Montessori Society. Mercedes is an Oregon Registry Master Trainer.
In 2014, Mercedes co-founded Heart and Hand Montessori Teacher Education Program (a MACTE applicant in good standing) to bring high quality Montessori teacher training based on a mentorship model and relevant professional development to Oregon professionals who work with infants and toddlers.

Amy Eshelby has been working in Montessori Elementary programs since 1998.  This fall will be her 15th year in the classroom as a Guide and she is currently working at Childpeace Montessori in Portland, OR.  She served on the OMA Board from 2002-2004 and is currently on the Board of Directors at Montessori Northwest.  Her strongest desire and passion is to help the Montessori Movement – mentoring new teachers, helping as a speaker at schools, sharing camaraderie with colleagues, trying to hone ‘best practices’ in the classroom, and educating parents.

Tamara Ulrich first came to Montessori at the age of 2 ½.  As an adult, Tammy has been involved in Montessori education for over 30 years.  She is the Founder and past Administrator of Child’s View Montessori in SW Portland.  Tammy is AMI trained and an Oregon Registry Master trainer, teaching various Early Childhood classes and workshops.  She is also an AMS Field Consultant and most recently serves as a MACTE verification team member. She is a past president of OMA, and the mother of 4 amazing, now adult, kids.

Workshops Information:

Location:  Corvallis – Friday, August 21st, 2015 at Corvallis Montessori School, 9am – 3pm.  Registration closed.

Location:  Portland – Saturday, August 29th, 2015 at The Portland Montessori Collaborative, 9am – 3pm.  Register HERE for Portland.


OMA’s Fall Learning Cohort – “Mind in the Making” – Sold Out!

Led by Ingrid Anderson, Ed.D. of Possibilities ECE, this learning intensive cohort will be spread out over three Saturdays this coming fall. Participants will earn 18 hours of Set 3 professional development.

For information about the book entitled, Mind in the Making, click here.

Dates:  September 19, October 17, November 14, 2015

Time each day:  8:30am-4pm, 1.5hr lunch break.  Bring your own brown bag lunch or eat at one of the restaurants near by

Location:  Child’s View Montessori School

Cost:  $270 for the entire cohort.  Dates may not be purchased individually and no refunds will be provided.  Cost includes learning materials.

Sold out!  Registration is closed.

OMA’s Winter Public Lecture and Workshops – Featuring Jonathan Wolff and Meredith Scott

Save the dates!

Friday, January 15th 2016, 6 – 8pm

Saturday January 16th, 2016, 9am – 3pm.

Friday evening OMA will host Jonathan Wolff for a public lecture entitled, “Blueprint for Change:  Helping Children Establish New Behavior Patterns”

Saturday Overview:

On Saturday there will be a morning keynote lecture and two afternoon workshop options.

Beginning at 9am,  Jonathan Wolff with provide a morning keynote.  Title coming soon!

Following lunch there will be two workshop options to choose from:

  • Jonathan will offer a workshop entitled, “Wild Fires of the Heart:  Dousing the Flames of Anger.”
  • Meredith Scott will offer a workshop for Administrators entitled, “Ways to Integrate Second Language Learning in Montessori Classrooms”

Registration will be open in the fall of 2015!

Location:  TaborSpace, 5400 SE Belmont Street, Portland, OR 97214

OMA Spring Workshop and Tea

  • Spring Workshop and Community Tea and Awards Ceremony, Saturday, April 9, 2016. Registration details coming in winter of 2016. Location: TBD
  • Morning workshop: “Making Music in Montessori” Presented by Elementary Guide and musician, Michael Johnson, M. Mus. Ed. This three-hour morning workshop will have you dancing, singing and gaining confidence in implementing a strong music curriculum in your classrooms. Open to all.
  • Following lunch, OMA will host its annual Spring Tea and Awards Ceremony. The call for award nominations will go out in January with awardees announced in early March.

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