Montessori News

To share school / professional news with our Montessori community, please send a brief announcement to If appropriate, you may attach a 1-page pdf or a photograph to illuminate your news. Please be sure to include contact information in case we have questions.

An Offering for Parents: Please click HERE.

MECR Graduate looking for some used Montessori materials: Colored globe, large moveable alphabet and small moveable alphabet sets, sand paper letters, any other language materials or math materials. Maybe even a world map…. If you have any of these you are looking to sell or give away, please contact Vicki Beacom at

For information on the CHS Waiver Process please click HERE

Ellie Elzerman, Our new MECR Elementary Universe Instructor, is campaigning to be on the AMS Board. Please see more information about Ellie HERE.

Fall Conference
Our Montessori in the Mountains Retreat was a great success! Over 350 Montessorians met in a lovely mountain setting to learn, relax and renew. The overwhelming feedback we received was that people felt inspired by new ideas and warmed by friendships, old and new.


St. Vrain Community Montessori Students
Upper Elementary Students, Logan Wilson, Eva Holwick, and Maeve Moran-Vanderhoeven, were a part of a lovely presentation at Montessori in the Mountains. They shared the entraprenerial and philanthropic work of Upper Elementary Students at St. Vrain Community Montessori who run a store called Upendo Emporium which supports Upendo School and students in Tanzania. The Students run the store, which features African crafts and school supplies among other items, and send their profits to Tanzania. They also exchange letters with the children at Upendo, which helps them learn about children in another culture and better understand their global standing. Please see the listing below to hear more great news about Upendo.
Great News From St. Vrain Community Montessori School!
In the spirit of celebration, St. Vrain Community Montessori School (SVCMS) in Longmont would love to share some of their own celebratory news with the Colorado Montessori community. The Upper Elementary students at SVCMS are celebrating 3 years of operation of their student-run store, Upendo Emporium! Founded in 2012 to benefit their sister school, Upendo School, in Usa River, Tanzania, our students have built a thriving business that exemplifies the spirit of Montessori both here in Colorado and in Tanzania. For more information on this wonderful endeavor, please click HERE.


Kisa Scholarship Campaign
Ruthann Christiansen, Guest Lecturer at MECR and EC teacher at Montessori School of Evergreen shares news of her campaign to provide scholarships to young girls in Tanzania:

Dear friends:
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I want to thank you all for supporting my campaign to provide scholarships for young girls in Tanzania. With your help, I was able to provide tuition for a three year old entering the Montessori program at Upendo School and a young adult attending Enaboishu Secondary School. I have attached their photos so that you can see how beautiful they are.

Darling little Glory is the youngest of her family and her mother teaches at Upendo. I was able to be with her on her first days of school and give her lessons on Montessori activities and materials. She is eager, determined, and bright–and you should see her smile! Betsy tells me that she has progressed since June and is becoming a capable and joyful student. I had the opportunity to meet her mother, who is very nice and earns almost nothing as a teacher. The whole family is very grateful that Glory can attend the school where her mother works and experience the uniqueness of a Montessori education.

We also provided a Kisa scholarship for Happy Christopher. Happy’s mentor in Tanzania reports that she is very talkative and a good dancer. She hopes to be a tour guide when she is finished with school. Kisa scholars are mentored by successful young women who are qualified to assist them through the specific challenges they face in their place and time. The girls are taught leadership and life skills through a curriculum developed by Africaid. This summer I was able to meet with several of the mentors and learn about the objectives and successes of their program.

Both girls are being supported through Africaid, a non-profit developed by a young American girl who was inspired to improve the outcomes for her Tanzanian friends. You can learn more about Africaid at During my visit to Tanzania, I was very impressed and moved by the work Africaid is doing there. The future for these students is full of potential, and the contribution they will make to their homes and communities will be astounding.

Thank you again for your supporting these two beautiful girls in Tanzania!

Much love,



Listings accepted for Rental Housing for next year’s MECR summer students
August, 2015
Do you have a room, apartment, or house that would be suitable for one of our summer students? To list your rental on our website at no charge, complete the posting at Housing. Questions? Contact us at or at 303-494-3002.

Kayla, A graduate of the Montessori School of Evergreen, came to MECR twice this year to sell her Cards for Caring. Please see the following excerpt from The Wild Animal Sanctuary Newsletter to celebrate her success as a young Montessori Philanthropist. Click HERE


Food Drive Continues!
April 2015
During the summer of 2013, one of our wonderful EC Students, Lisa Lamb, spear-headed a food drive at MECR. We are thrilled to report that our students are continuing this wonderful work and so far we have donated 1055.1 lbs of food as well as $115 in cash donations to Harvest of Hope Pantry in Boulder. Harvest of Hope is working hard to help those affected by the recent flooding in our area. We will continue in these efforts to give back to our local community. Thank you, Lisa!

Great Article on the Growth of Public Montessori Schools in the U.S, from 1975-2014
Click HERE to read.

3rd Annual MACTE Symposium Highlights
The Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE) held its Third Annual Symposium for Montessori Teacher Educators, December 5-7, 2014 in Alexandria, VA. This event draws teacher educators from around the world. The focus of this year’s Symposium was on recognition of the Montessori teaching diploma/credential by State Departments of Education. Our opening reception honored Dennis Schapiro as the recipient of the first MACTE award for Innovation in Montessori Teacher Education. Denny’s wife Jeanne Andre and their two sons Jeremiah and Tokumbo were in attendance to receive the award.

Tokumbo, Jeanne and Jeremiah

Saturday evening there was a reception to honor the 2014 – 2015 Wisdom of the Elders recipients. Each recipient spoke poignantly with regard to his or her impact on Montessori education. This years honorees included, Dr. Elizabeth Coe, Gulsevin Kayihan, Carmen E.R. Delgado, Marina Grau, David Kahn, Frank Brainard and Doris Sommer. The stories from the recipients and pictures of the event can be found on the MACTE’s website at Symposium 2015 – December 4 – 6, Alexandria, VA.

2014 Wisdom of the Elders Recipients and MACTE President – From Left to Right: Doris Sommer, Gulsevin Kayihan, David Kahn, Rebecca Pelton, Marina Grau, Carmen E.R. Delgado, Betsy Coe and Frank Brainard

Merrie B. King, Ed.D, Director of MECR, had the honor and privilege of presenting two of the honorees: Marina Grau and Carmen E.R. de Delgado.