Montessori Consultants A – C

Cindy Acker
1178 Park Avenue
Alameda, CA 94501
Voice: 510 798 7429
Email: cacker56@yahoo.com
Cindy Acker is a nationally known Montessorian, author, trainer and keynote speaker. Former President of one of California’s child care associations, she was involved in legislation concerning children and health. A dynamic speaker on issues concerning:

• Building bridges among staff;
• Administration and leadership;
• Montessori education;
• Peace (among children and adults);
• Parenting;
• Pediatric health and communicable diseases;
• Children with special needs;
• Creating a beautiful classroom environment; and
• Business management skills.

Rochelle A. Alexander
29551 Citation Circle
Farmington Hills, MI 48331
Email: raa1066@gmail.com
Ms. Alexander carries a Masters Degree in Education, Montessori Certification, and offers over 30-years experience in the public and private sectors of Education.  She is an experienced Montessori school Director, has opened two Montessori Schools (including a Non-Profit school) together with holding ESL and Reading Specialist Certification.  As a Consultant, Ms. Alexander specializes in workshops and seminars designed to motivate, inspire and connect Montessori Heads of School, Directors and Principals in how to balance authentic Montessori philosophy with the day-to-day demands of running a busy school-based business.  A published author and newspaper columnist, she brings a sense of humor with a no-nonsense approach to Staffing, Parent Interaction, Budgeting, Marketing and Fundraising for your school.  Ms. Alexander will also design customized presentation to meet your specific needs.

Peggy Akin
Building Math Power
5524 West Monterosa
Phoenix, AZ 85031
Voice: 623 247-2279
Peggy Akin has developed a three-year mathematics program for students in grades 7-12. It is called Building Math Power. People well acquainted with Montessori principles say that the program is very Montessori-like. As a matter of fact, in one 6-12 private school in Florida, the two teachers most comfortable with the program are Montessor-trained teachers. They seem to intuitively understand its instructional approach. I know that most Montessori schools do not go beyond the 8th grade; however, I have heard that some schools are beginning to extend into the higher grades. I am curious about whether there would be any interest in a mathematics program that is consistent with the Montessori philosophy. If so, I would be happy to send you some literature about Building Math Power.

American Montessori Consulting
11961 Wallingsford Road
PO Box 5062
Los Alamitos, CA 90720
Voice: 562 598-2321
Website: http://www.amonco.org

Frank Brainard
2856 Horse Pen Creek Road
Greensboro, NC 27410
Voice: 336 668-0119
Fax: 336 665-9531
Email: frank@montessori.greensboro.nc.us

Diana Brown
859 East Loma Vista
Gilbert, AZ 85296
Voice: 602 430-9411
Website: http://www.brainsmartguidance.com
Diana Brown, M. Ed., is a certified Conscious Discipline facilitator providing workshops and consultation in a comprehensive classroom management program that is closely aligned to the Montessori philosophy. Based on brain research, teachers and parents learn to shift from fear to love in moments of conflict.

Dr. Patty Calvert
3323 Windemere Lane
Memphis, TN 38125
Voice: 901 748-2966
Fax: 901 748-2967
Email: PattyC3224@aol.com
Dr. Patty Calvert is a sought-after speaker, presenter and international consultant. She has helped found 3 schools, served as Head of Lamplighter Montessori School for 28 years and founded Memphis Montessori institute (an AMS teacher certification program). Her expertise is financial management, administration and relationship building within communities.

Trish Calvert, Ph.D.
2298 South Germantown Road
Germantown, TN 38138
Voice: 901 752-0803
Fax: 901 759-0041
Email: drtrish@midsouth.rr.com
Dr. Trish Calvert is a licensed psychologist and Montessori teacher trainer who consults nationally with schools in the areas of parent education, conflict resolution, and wellness for teachers. She is presenting the 1998-99 AMS Teachers’ Symposium, “The Family as the Cradle of Culture,” which focuses on the changing attitudes and roles of parents in the 90’s and beyond.

Karen Wheeler Caves
425 East 18th Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Voice: 949 650-3442
Fax: 949 650-3570
Email: karencaves@earthlink.net
Karen Wheeler Caves – I have 20 years experience in the Montessori field. I have a masters degree in Education and I am AMI certified. Currently I own three profitable Montessori schools and I am working on opening two more in the fall of 2001. My expertise is in theory, finance, curriculum, and site planning.

Debbie Clement
Rainbows Within Reach
591 Plymouth Street
Worthington, OH 43085
Voice: 614 885-0393
Email: debbie@rainbowswithinreach.com
Website: http://www.rainbowswithinreach.com
Debbie has over twenty years experience working with young children. Currently she has a consulting buisness on the topic of music and movement, as it connects to early literacy foundations. She travels as an artist in the schools, performing in the classroom or auditorium, presenting staff development workshops and parent education seminars, as well as key-note addresses. She is the author/creator of two CDs of original songs for young children.

Christopher Montessori Associates/Catherine McTamaney
1312 Stratton Avenue
Nashville, TN 37206
Voice: 615 262-9295
Fax: 615 262-9295
Email: mctamaney@christophermontessori.com
Christopher Montessori Associates offers full-service administrative consultation to small to mid-sized Montessori schools. On-site teacher education is available on the 0-3 and 3-6 levels. Christopher Montessori Associates provides real-life, individualized school consultations which allow school to incorporate the Montessori Method within a culture appropriate to each school community. Teacher education, parent education, community outreach, marketing, and administrative support is available.

Richard Cohen
160 Cathedral Cove, Suite 43
Camarillo, CA 93012
Voice: 805 797-2285
Email: richie11@mindspring.com
Website: http://www.RichardCohen.com
Richard Cohen, acclaimed early childhood teacher, trainer and motivational speaker, provides a variety of powerful services to communities of parents, teachers and caregivers around the world:

• Keynote Addresses and Speaking Engagements;
• Fun-filled, thought-provoking, interactive Workshops;
• Institutional Consultation;
• Mission and Vision Statement Facilitation; and
• Administrator and Teacher Coaching.

Richard Colombini
Email: richard@preschoolu.com
Website: http://www.preschoolu.com
Description of Services or Expertise: Richard Colombini has taught in Montessori classrooms for 22 years and is AMS certified.
He has a Masters degree in psychology and uses the work of Byron Katie for conflict resolution for teachers, parents and children.

Mr. Colombini owns and operates Preschool University which distributes educational apps.  The company has over 22 educational apps, focusing mostly on language apps. With over 5 million downloads, Preschool University is grateful to be spreading Montessori inspired apps into the mobile platform arena.
Address: 7330 West 14th St.
City/State/Zip-Postal Code: St. Louis Park, MN 55426
Telephone: 612-226-1519

Creative Care Alternatives
5045 West Cullom Avenue
Chicago, Illinois. 60641
Voice: 773-736-0294
Email: Bren04@aol.com
Website: http://www.creativecarealternatives.com
Tom Brenner is a gerontologist and Karen Brenner is an AMI trained Montessorian. They work together training care staff and families in the use of the Montessori method for persons with dementia. The Brenners have been published in journals and magazines both in the USA and abroad. They are also public speakers who have been invited to speak at the University of Southern Illinois Medical School, the Alzheimer’s Association and the Illinois Governor’s Conference on Aging.

Creative Publishing
2221 Justin Road #119-123
Flower Mound, TX 75028
Voice: 281 251-1751
Fax: 281 251-1751
Email: support@creativekidsonthemove.com
Website: http://www.creativekidsonthemove.com
Creative Publishing: Kassandra Boyd, Melanie Chalk, and Jennifer Law are a trio of dynamic presenters and creative movement consultants. With over 30 years combined experience teaching creative movement, music, dance, theater, and gymnastics, they have published Kids on the Move: Creative Movement for Children of All Ages© — a thematic creative movement manual with easy-to-follow, step-by-step lesson plans. These lessons present activities in an imaginative, age-appropriate manner, exploring the essence of movement and rhythm. This program is designed to help children physically, musically, socially, and mentally; by using it, teachers will provide a positive learning experience as children develop motor coordination and increase spatial and rhythmic awareness. They also present educational training seminars, offering Childhood Education hours towards Accreditation and Certification. Seminars include valuable instruction, suggestions and direction for creating an appropriate teaching atmosphere where the book is complete with a picture appendix, glossary, and positive reinforcement and parent flyer ideas; the seminars are fun, hands-on, and interactive. Contact Creative Publishing for your creative movement needs.