Directing the program are:

Michael Duffy M.Ed.,
AMS 6-12

Biff Maier M.Ed.,
AMS 3-6 and 6-9, AMI 6-12

Robyn Breiman M.Ed., 
AMS 3-6 and 6-12

D’Neil Duffy M.Ed.,
AMI 3-6, AMS 6-12

Faculty also includes:

Nancy Schlussel
Holly Stoehr
Diana Traylor
Martha Torrence
Mary Velasquez
Michelle Van Niel
Dave Wilkins
Joel Wilkinson

Lisa Blackford
Elizabeth Hoffman
Seth Johnson
Shaina LaFlamme
Jody Quam
Sheila Reed
Vanessa Rigaud
Michael Silverstone


Lisa Blackford     Lisa@mettc.org    Lisa  is an Upper Elementary teacher at the Xavier University Montessori Lab School, Cincinnati, Ohio. She has 24 years of Montessori teaching experience, and spent 10 years in Arizona teaching and worked with CMTE/NY-Phoenix faculty. Prior to teaching, Lisa worked for Northern Arizona University and the National Park Service as Curator of paleontological and archeological collections. She holds a B.A. in Geo-biology from Valparaiso University, an M.S. in Quaternary paleontology from Northern Arizona University, and an AMS 6-12 credential (CMTE/NY).

Lisa Blackford

Lisa@mettc.org
Lisa
is an Upper Elementary teacher at the Xavier University Montessori Lab School, Cincinnati, Ohio. She has 24 years of Montessori teaching experience, and spent 10 years in Arizona teaching and worked with CMTE/NY-Phoenix faculty. Prior to teaching, Lisa worked for Northern Arizona University and the National Park Service as Curator of paleontological and archeological collections. She holds a B.A. in Geo-biology from Valparaiso University, an M.S. in Quaternary paleontology from Northern Arizona University, and an AMS 6-12 credential (CMTE/NY).

Robyn Breiman     Robyn@mettc.org    Robyn  is a Montessori teacher educator, school consultant, field consultant, lecturer, workshop presenter and accreditation visitor in the US and internationally. A Montessorian for over forty years, she's taught 3-6, 6-9 and 9-12 and was Head of School at The New School, in Cincinnati OH. Robyn served on the AMS Board of Directors for 6 years, until 2018. Currently, she works with AMS' Emerging Leaders Fellowship program. Robyn earned a B.A. in English (SUNY Binghamton) and M.Ed. (Xavier University). She has AMS credentials for Early Childhood, Elementary I and Elementary II. Robyn serves as METTC's program coordinator and practicum coordinator.

Robyn Breiman

Robyn@mettc.org
Robyn
is a Montessori teacher educator, school consultant, field consultant, lecturer, workshop presenter and accreditation visitor in the US and internationally. A Montessorian for over forty years, she's taught 3-6, 6-9 and 9-12 and was Head of School at The New School, in Cincinnati OH. Robyn served on the AMS Board of Directors for 6 years, until 2018. Currently, she works with AMS' Emerging Leaders Fellowship program. Robyn earned a B.A. in English (SUNY Binghamton) and M.Ed. (Xavier University). She has AMS credentials for Early Childhood, Elementary I and Elementary II. Robyn serves as METTC's program coordinator and practicum coordinator.

Rebecca D'Neil Duffy     DNeil@mettc.org    D’Neil  has been teaching for over 50 years. She taught 10 years in traditional education and then fell in love with Montessori after her first child was born. D’Neil has 2½-7+ certification from AMI in Atlanta and 6-12 certification from AMS at CMTE/NY. D’Neil has an MEd. in Guidance and Counseling and a Certificate in Administration and Supervision. She ran her own Montessori school for 21 years in Georgia and is a former member of the AMS board. She has been doing teacher training for 25 years working at CMTE/NY and INE in Puerto Rico. D’Neil travels around the country with her husband, Michael, to give talks to parents, professional development workshops to teachers and to do school consultations. She also co-authored two books with Michael:  Children of the Universe: Cosmic Education in the Montessori Elementary Classroom  and  Love of Learning: Supporting Intrinsic Motivation in Montessori Students.

Rebecca D'Neil Duffy

DNeil@mettc.org
D’Neil
has been teaching for over 50 years. She taught 10 years in traditional education and then fell in love with Montessori after her first child was born. D’Neil has 2½-7+ certification from AMI in Atlanta and 6-12 certification from AMS at CMTE/NY. D’Neil has an MEd. in Guidance and Counseling and a Certificate in Administration and Supervision. She ran her own Montessori school for 21 years in Georgia and is a former member of the AMS board. She has been doing teacher training for 25 years working at CMTE/NY and INE in Puerto Rico. D’Neil travels around the country with her husband, Michael, to give talks to parents, professional development workshops to teachers and to do school consultations. She also co-authored two books with Michael: Children of the Universe: Cosmic Education in the Montessori Elementary Classroom and Love of Learning: Supporting Intrinsic Motivation in Montessori Students.

 
Michael Duffy     Michael@mettc.org    Michael  has been involved in Montessori education since his daughter entered her first Montessori class some 40 years ago. After 21 years as a journalist, he became a teacher, earning AMS 6-12 credentials through CMTE/NY. He was a cofounder of Blackstock Montessori School in Villa Rica, GA, and has experience teaching 6-9 and 9-12, as well as running the school media center. In addition to his Montessori credentials, he holds a B.A. in philosophy, an M.A. in theology, and an M.Ed. in media education. Michael has presented at local, national and international conferences, has consulted at numerous schools around the country, and has been a teacher trainer for CMTE/NY and other Montessori teacher training programs in Puerto Rico and Vancouver. He is the author of  Math Works: Montessori Math and the Developing Brain  and is the co-author of  Children of the Universe: Cosmic   Education in the Montessori Elementary Classroom  and  Love of Learning: Supporting Intrinsic Motivation in Montessori Students.  He and his wife, D’Neil, currently live in Atlanta.

Michael Duffy

Michael@mettc.org
Michael has been involved in Montessori education since his daughter entered her first Montessori class some 40 years ago. After 21 years as a journalist, he became a teacher, earning AMS 6-12 credentials through CMTE/NY. He was a cofounder of Blackstock Montessori School in Villa Rica, GA, and has experience teaching 6-9 and 9-12, as well as running the school media center. In addition to his Montessori credentials, he holds a B.A. in philosophy, an M.A. in theology, and an M.Ed. in media education. Michael has presented at local, national and international conferences, has consulted at numerous schools around the country, and has been a teacher trainer for CMTE/NY and other Montessori teacher training programs in Puerto Rico and Vancouver. He is the author of Math Works: Montessori Math and the Developing Brain and is the co-author of Children of the Universe: Cosmic Education in the Montessori Elementary Classroom and Love of Learning: Supporting Intrinsic Motivation in Montessori Students. He and his wife, D’Neil, currently live in Atlanta.

Elizabeth Hoffman     Elizabeth@mettc.org    Elizabeth  considers herself a “Montessori native” as she attended The Montessori Children’s House of Morristown, NJ from primary through sixth grade. A passionate Montessorian, Elizabeth has been involved in the Montessori community working in all levels of classrooms from primary to middle school. Elizabeth currently leads a Lower Elementary Classroom and works as Curriculum Coordinator at the Kennebec Montessori School in Central Maine. Elizabeth holds an AMS teaching credential for Elementary I-II, as well as a B.S. in Environmental Science (SUNY-ESF) and an M.Ed in Special Education (University of Maine). In the classroom, Elizabeth finds great joy in cultivating vibrant, inclusive classrooms where children’s natural curiosity, creativity, and leadership skills flourish.

Elizabeth Hoffman

Elizabeth@mettc.org
Elizabeth
considers herself a “Montessori native” as she attended The Montessori Children’s House of Morristown, NJ from primary through sixth grade. A passionate Montessorian, Elizabeth has been involved in the Montessori community working in all levels of classrooms from primary to middle school. Elizabeth currently leads a Lower Elementary Classroom and works as Curriculum Coordinator at the Kennebec Montessori School in Central Maine. Elizabeth holds an AMS teaching credential for Elementary I-II, as well as a B.S. in Environmental Science (SUNY-ESF) and an M.Ed in Special Education (University of Maine). In the classroom, Elizabeth finds great joy in cultivating vibrant, inclusive classrooms where children’s natural curiosity, creativity, and leadership skills flourish.

Seth Johnson     Seth@mettc.org    Seth  is an Upper Elementary teacher at Lexington Montessori School. He has worked with elementary students for the past 15 years at Montessori schools in Texas, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts; though his first exposure to Montessori came as a student himself, attending from age 3 through 3rd grade. Seth has presented at local and national Montessori conferences in the areas of ecological sustainability and self-regulation. His interests include ecology, peace education, and music. He holds a B.S. in Music (Indiana University), an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction (Baylor University), and an AMS 6-12 credential (Houston Montessori Center and CMTE/NY).

Seth Johnson

Seth@mettc.org
Seth
is an Upper Elementary teacher at Lexington Montessori School. He has worked with elementary students for the past 15 years at Montessori schools in Texas, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts; though his first exposure to Montessori came as a student himself, attending from age 3 through 3rd grade. Seth has presented at local and national Montessori conferences in the areas of ecological sustainability and self-regulation. His interests include ecology, peace education, and music. He holds a B.S. in Music (Indiana University), an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction (Baylor University), and an AMS 6-12 credential (Houston Montessori Center and CMTE/NY).

 
Shaina LaFlamme     Shaina@mettc.org    Shaina  is a Lower Elementary Teacher at the Cambridge Montessori School in Cambridge Massachusetts where she has worked at the 3-6 and 6-9 levels since 2000. Her love of Montessori began when she attended a Montessori school from the age of 3 through the third grade. Shaina has a B.F.A. in creative writing from Emerson College, a 6-9 credential from CMTE/NY and joined the CMTE/Lexington staff in 2005. She is proud to be the mother of two second generation Montessori children.

Shaina LaFlamme

Shaina@mettc.org
Shaina
is a Lower Elementary Teacher at the Cambridge Montessori School in Cambridge Massachusetts where she has worked at the 3-6 and 6-9 levels since 2000. Her love of Montessori began when she attended a Montessori school from the age of 3 through the third grade. Shaina has a B.F.A. in creative writing from Emerson College, a 6-9 credential from CMTE/NY and joined the CMTE/Lexington staff in 2005. She is proud to be the mother of two second generation Montessori children.

Biff Maier     Biff@mettc.org    Biff  is Director of Faculty and Curriculum Development at Lexington Montessori School, Lexington, MA, where he also teaches upper elementary students. Involved with Montessori since 1974, Biff is an AMS seminar presenter and consultant, and was formerly chair of the Teachers’ Section and a member of the AMS National Board of Directors. He has a B.A. in psychology (Duke University) and an M.A. in education, AMS Early Childhood and Elementary 6-9 credentials (Xavier University), and an AMI 6-12 credential (Bergamo, Italy). Biff is the proud parent of two Montessori graduates.

Biff Maier

Biff@mettc.org
Biff is Director of Faculty and Curriculum Development at Lexington Montessori School, Lexington, MA, where he also teaches upper elementary students. Involved with Montessori since 1974, Biff is an AMS seminar presenter and consultant, and was formerly chair of the Teachers’ Section and a member of the AMS National Board of Directors. He has a B.A. in psychology (Duke University) and an M.A. in education, AMS Early Childhood and Elementary 6-9 credentials (Xavier University), and an AMI 6-12 credential (Bergamo, Italy). Biff is the proud parent of two Montessori graduates.

Lydie Raschka     Lydie@mettc.org    Lydie  is a writer and educator with more than 20 years experience in the field of Montessori education and over 12 years experience as a freelance writer publishing work in newspapers, magazines and online, most recently for  Insideschools.org , a website for families navigating school choice in New York City. Lydie taught in a Yonkers public Montessori school for six years. Prior to that, she taught 3-6 year olds and started the 6-9 elementary program at the Michelle Norris Montessori School in Ann Arbor, MI. She has a B.S. in Special Education (Eastern Michigan University), an M.S. in Education (Bank Street College), and an AMS Elementary 6-9 credential (CMTE/NY).

Lydie Raschka

Lydie@mettc.org
Lydie is a writer and educator with more than 20 years experience in the field of Montessori education and over 12 years experience as a freelance writer publishing work in newspapers, magazines and online, most recently for Insideschools.org, a website for families navigating school choice in New York City. Lydie taught in a Yonkers public Montessori school for six years. Prior to that, she taught 3-6 year olds and started the 6-9 elementary program at the Michelle Norris Montessori School in Ann Arbor, MI. She has a B.S. in Special Education (Eastern Michigan University), an M.S. in Education (Bank Street College), and an AMS Elementary 6-9 credential (CMTE/NY).

 
Sheila Reed     Sheila@mettc.org    Sheila  has helped develop programs and curriculum at the Chemung Valley Montessori School in Elmira, NY since 1976, beginning with a 3-6 class of 12 students. She has taught children at the Early Childhood, Lower Elementary and Upper Elementary levels, and was head of the school’s 9-12 team for 25 years before becoming Academic Dean in 2016. She is a reading and writing specialist and facilitates writing workshops for children and adults. Sheila has worked as a teacher educator since 1995 and has been a workshop presenter at AMS conferences. She serves as a METTC field consultant to schools in NY and PA. Sheila has a B.A. in German (Wilson College), an M.S.Ed. with a concentration in reading (Elmira College), an AMI 3-6 credential (Minnesota), and an AMS 6-12 credential (CMTE/NY).

Sheila Reed

Sheila@mettc.org
Sheila has helped develop programs and curriculum at the Chemung Valley Montessori School in Elmira, NY since 1976, beginning with a 3-6 class of 12 students. She has taught children at the Early Childhood, Lower Elementary and Upper Elementary levels, and was head of the school’s 9-12 team for 25 years before becoming Academic Dean in 2016. She is a reading and writing specialist and facilitates writing workshops for children and adults. Sheila has worked as a teacher educator since 1995 and has been a workshop presenter at AMS conferences. She serves as a METTC field consultant to schools in NY and PA. Sheila has a B.A. in German (Wilson College), an M.S.Ed. with a concentration in reading (Elmira College), an AMI 3-6 credential (Minnesota), and an AMS 6-12 credential (CMTE/NY).

Vanessa Rigaud     Vanessa@mettc.org    Vanessa  is currently the Director of Academic Affairs and Montessori Coordinator at the Qingdao Amerasia International School in Qingdao, China. She has over 15 years of teaching experience and 9 years of leadership in Montessori education. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from Long Island University and, subsequently, a Master’s of Science degree in elementary education from Hofstra University. Vanessa is a certified public school teacher for grades Pre-Kindergarten through 6th grade. She holds a MACTE early childhood and AMS Elementary 6-9 certification in Montessori. In addition, she is an educational consultant and faculty member for the Center for Montessori Teacher Education. Vanessa recently completed a doctoral degree in Executive Leadership at St. John Fisher College.

Vanessa Rigaud

Vanessa@mettc.org
Vanessa is currently the Director of Academic Affairs and Montessori Coordinator at the Qingdao Amerasia International School in Qingdao, China. She has over 15 years of teaching experience and 9 years of leadership in Montessori education. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from Long Island University and, subsequently, a Master’s of Science degree in elementary education from Hofstra University. Vanessa is a certified public school teacher for grades Pre-Kindergarten through 6th grade. She holds a MACTE early childhood and AMS Elementary 6-9 certification in Montessori. In addition, she is an educational consultant and faculty member for the Center for Montessori Teacher Education. Vanessa recently completed a doctoral degree in Executive Leadership at St. John Fisher College.

Holly Stoehr     Holly@mettc.org    Holly  fell in love with Montessori education in 1979, while teaching creative movement for children and assisting in a Montessori classroom. She has her AMS credentials for both Early Childhood and Lower Elementary, teaching for the past 31 years. In addition, she works as a school consultant and teacher educator. Holly has a B.A. from SUNY at Buffalo and her M.Ed. degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Lesley University, and an AMS 3-6 and 6–9 credentials (CMTE/NY-Lexington). She currently teaches in a Lower Elementary environment at Cambridge Montessori School in Massachusetts.

Holly Stoehr

Holly@mettc.org
Holly
fell in love with Montessori education in 1979, while teaching creative movement for children and assisting in a Montessori classroom. She has her AMS credentials for both Early Childhood and Lower Elementary, teaching for the past 31 years. In addition, she works as a school consultant and teacher educator. Holly has a B.A. from SUNY at Buffalo and her M.Ed. degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Lesley University, and an AMS 3-6 and 6–9 credentials (CMTE/NY-Lexington). She currently teaches in a Lower Elementary environment at Cambridge Montessori School in Massachusetts.

 
 
Diana Traylor    Diana@mettc.org   Diana  is a Lower Elementary teacher at Lexington Montessori School, where she’s been teaching since 2004. She earned a B.A. in Art History from Oberlin College and an AMS 6–9 credential (CMTE/NY-Lexington). Diana has lifelong experience in the arts and is passionate about integrating the arts in education. She plays violin in the Turkish music ensemble,  Orkestra Marhaba . Diana is a parent of two Montessori educated children.

Diana Traylor

Diana@mettc.org
Diana is a Lower Elementary teacher at Lexington Montessori School, where she’s been teaching since 2004. She earned a B.A. in Art History from Oberlin College and an AMS 6–9 credential (CMTE/NY-Lexington). Diana has lifelong experience in the arts and is passionate about integrating the arts in education. She plays violin in the Turkish music ensemble, Orkestra Marhaba. Diana is a parent of two Montessori educated children.

Martha Torrence    Martha   Martha  presents our Introduction to Montessori and 3-6 Overview program. Martha’s career in Montessori education had led her to explore many roles, including classroom teacher, administrator, teacher educator, workshop presenter, action researcher, author, and AMS board member. She is currently the Head of School at Summit Montessori School in Framingham, MA. Martha also currently serves as board chair of the Montessori Schools of MA. She has been a passionate advocate for Montessori education since becoming converted from traditional to Montessori Ed through the influence of an extraordinary Montessori child; the rest, as they say, is history. Martha earned both her B.A (Liberal Arts) and M.Ed. (Curriculum and Instruction) from the Pennsylvania State University. She also holds an AMS Early Childhood credential (Ithaca, NY). She is an award-winning author on her chosen research topic of play and has co-authored a chapter on Montessori education for a college text. Martha is passionate about working with adult learners, about advocating for Montessori education, and about learning to play the cello, which takes the most courage of all.

Martha Torrence

Martha
Martha presents our Introduction to Montessori and 3-6 Overview program. Martha’s career in Montessori education had led her to explore many roles, including classroom teacher, administrator, teacher educator, workshop presenter, action researcher, author, and AMS board member. She is currently the Head of School at Summit Montessori School in Framingham, MA. Martha also currently serves as board chair of the Montessori Schools of MA. She has been a passionate advocate for Montessori education since becoming converted from traditional to Montessori Ed through the influence of an extraordinary Montessori child; the rest, as they say, is history. Martha earned both her B.A (Liberal Arts) and M.Ed. (Curriculum and Instruction) from the Pennsylvania State University. She also holds an AMS Early Childhood credential (Ithaca, NY). She is an award-winning author on her chosen research topic of play and has co-authored a chapter on Montessori education for a college text. Martha is passionate about working with adult learners, about advocating for Montessori education, and about learning to play the cello, which takes the most courage of all.

Mary Velasquez     Mary@mettc.org    Mary  has been teaching at the Cambridge Montessori School since 1993, first as a toddler teacher, now in the upper elementary class. She is a founding member of the Board and Faculty with METTC, where she is instrumental in designing our Elementary II (9-12 stand alone) training course. She has a B.A. in English (Harvard University) and AMS Infant/Toddler and Elementary 6-12 credentials.

Mary Velasquez

Mary@mettc.org
Mary has been teaching at the Cambridge Montessori School since 1993, first as a toddler teacher, now in the upper elementary class. She is a founding member of the Board and Faculty with METTC, where she is instrumental in designing our Elementary II (9-12 stand alone) training course. She has a B.A. in English (Harvard University) and AMS Infant/Toddler and Elementary 6-12 credentials.

 
Dave Wilkins     Dave@mettc.org    Dave  is currently an Upper Elementary Teacher at the Riverbend School in Natick, MA. He holds an AMS 6-12 credential from CMTE/NY and a B.S. in Accounting from LaSalle University. He joined the faculty of CMTE/NY in 2004.

Dave Wilkins

Dave@mettc.org
Dave is currently an Upper Elementary Teacher at the Riverbend School in Natick, MA. He holds an AMS 6-12 credential from CMTE/NY and a B.S. in Accounting from LaSalle University. He joined the faculty of CMTE/NY in 2004.

Joel Wilkinson     Joel@mettc.org    Joel  is an Upper Elementary teacher at The Homestead School, located at a century-old family homestead on eighty-five acres of fields, woods, marshes, ponds, and streams in rural Glen Spey, NY. He has 28 years of Montessori experience, including teaching at Penn-Mont Academy, Pennsylvania’s first Montessori school, and an administrative role as Curriculum Coordinator for the Wyoming Valley Montessori School in Kingston, PA. He had worked with the CMTE/NY faculty since 1995 and been an AMS presenter at several national conferences. Prior to becoming a Montessori teacher, Joel ran environmental education and camp programs for the National Wildlife Federation, the NJ School of Conservation, and the Princeton-Blairstown Center. In addition to his enduring love of nature and the outdoor pursuits, he also has a passion for music and choral singing. He manages our website and serves as coordinator for online instruction. He holds an M.A. in environmental education (Montclair State University/NJ), a B.S. in recreation (Pennsylvania State University) and an AMS 6-12 credential (CMTE/NY).

Joel Wilkinson

Joel@mettc.org
Joel is an Upper Elementary teacher at The Homestead School, located at a century-old family homestead on eighty-five acres of fields, woods, marshes, ponds, and streams in rural Glen Spey, NY. He has 28 years of Montessori experience, including teaching at Penn-Mont Academy, Pennsylvania’s first Montessori school, and an administrative role as Curriculum Coordinator for the Wyoming Valley Montessori School in Kingston, PA. He had worked with the CMTE/NY faculty since 1995 and been an AMS presenter at several national conferences. Prior to becoming a Montessori teacher, Joel ran environmental education and camp programs for the National Wildlife Federation, the NJ School of Conservation, and the Princeton-Blairstown Center. In addition to his enduring love of nature and the outdoor pursuits, he also has a passion for music and choral singing. He manages our website and serves as coordinator for online instruction. He holds an M.A. in environmental education (Montclair State University/NJ), a B.S. in recreation (Pennsylvania State University) and an AMS 6-12 credential (CMTE/NY).

Joan Daly, SSJ (1939—2013)   In loving memory of our colleague and friend:   Joan  dedicated her life to her faith and to the education of children and adults through Montessori principles.

Joan Daly, SSJ (1939—2013)

In loving memory of our colleague and friend:
Joan dedicated her life to her faith and to the education of children and adults through Montessori principles.

 
Michelle Van Niel     michelle@mettc.org    Michelle  is a Lower Elementary teacher at Inly School in Scituate, Massachusetts. She attended Colby College in Maine, where she studied Psychology and French, and has a Masters degree in Elementary Education from Lesley University. She developed a passion for the Montessori method of teaching in college as she interned in various school settings. Michelle received her Elementary I Montessori credential from METTC in 2015 and is very excited to return as a staff member!

Michelle Van Niel

michelle@mettc.org
Michelle
is a Lower Elementary teacher at Inly School in Scituate, Massachusetts. She attended Colby College in Maine, where she studied Psychology and French, and has a Masters degree in Elementary Education from Lesley University. She developed a passion for the Montessori method of teaching in college as she interned in various school settings. Michelle received her Elementary I Montessori credential from METTC in 2015 and is very excited to return as a staff member!

Michael Silverstone     msilverstone@mettc.org    Michael  is a Lower Elementary guide at Newton Montessori School in Newton Centre, MA. Michael has over 15 years experience as a public school elementary classroom teacher and been at Newton Montessori since 2017 when he received his certification through METTC . He was a American Montessori Society Emerging Leaders Fellow and is the author of a number of non-fiction books for young people and is co-author of a number of books on education including In it Together: How Student, Family and Community Partnerships Advance Engagement in Diverse Classrooms (Corwin, 2015). Michael has a B.A. in Writing (Columbia University), an M.A. in English Education (New York University), and an AMS 6-9 credential (METTC).

Michael Silverstone

msilverstone@mettc.org
Michael is a Lower Elementary guide at Newton Montessori School in Newton Centre, MA. Michael has over 15 years experience as a public school elementary classroom teacher and been at Newton Montessori since 2017 when he received his certification through METTC . He was a American Montessori Society Emerging Leaders Fellow and is the author of a number of non-fiction books for young people and is co-author of a number of books on education including In it Together: How Student, Family and Community Partnerships Advance Engagement in Diverse Classrooms (Corwin, 2015). Michael has a B.A. in Writing (Columbia University), an M.A. in English Education (New York University), and an AMS 6-9 credential (METTC).