Our mission is to encourage, support, and advocate for excellent Montessori education. We bring Montessori professionals together regardless of their training background. With a common voice we advocate for the expansion and future of Montessori education. We provide meaningful communication and networking to our members. We provide high quality continuing education events and connect members to other professional development opportunities.
The mission of the Pacific Northwest Montessori Association is to encourage, support and advocate for excellent Montessori education, as well as unite Montessori communities throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Our Recent PNMA EVENT:
Becoming an Anti-Bias Educator
A Three Period Lesson on Social Justice & Montessori by Lisa Berry, Raquel Diaz & Erin Trondson - Empowering ABAR Teachers to Cultivate Inclusive Classrooms
Event Speakers: Lisa, Raquel, and Erin all work at Woodland Montessori School in Madison Wisconsin. Woodland's mission is dedicated to equity and diversity in addition to environmental stewardship and the inclusion of children with special needs. Woodland is also committed to providing professional development opportunities to Montessori educators around these three initiatives. Raquel, Lisa and Erin all attended Seton Montessori Institute and together have over 50 years of experience teaching Montessori.
Lisa Berry- I joined Woodland in 2012. I had the pleasure of being raised by an amazing Mom who was an Inclusion Teacher. That experience helped grow my passion which allowed me the opportunity to work with children for the past 20+ years. I’m currently attending Seton Montessori Institute in pursuit of my 3-6 Montessori Certification. If I’m not at Woodland I enjoy spending time with my husband, children and good friends. One of my favorite self care incentives is to find a body of water and take in the beauty while I journal my thoughts in hope of writing a book one day!
Raquel Diaz - Raquel has worked at Woodland Montessori School in Madison, WI for over 10 years in many different capacities from being a substitute float teacher to assistant to lead teacher. In 2015, she received her Montessori training at Seton Montessori Institute. She is currently one of the lead teachers in the preschool building at Woodland Montessori. She has three children of her own ages 3, 9 and 17. She has been married for 8 years. Her husband is from Argentina, she herself is a first-generation American and identifies as Latinx. On her life journey, she is passionate about being an ABAR activist and to dismantle inequities in today's society by teaching teachers practical life skills to use inside and out of the classroom in the day-to-day.
Erin Trondson - Erin has three children, the eldest brought her to Montessori as a toddler in 1997. Trondson studied Women's Studies as an undergrad which started her journey in social justice. She was a Montessori teacher from 1997-2002 when she began serving as the Head of School at Woodland, and currently serves in that capacity today. Erin also is an adjunct professor at UW River Falls and St. Cates University in their Montessori & Early Childhood programs. In 2016 she received her master's degree from the University of Wisconsin Madison and won the American Montessori Society Outstanding Thesis Award for her research. She is grateful to her family, the staff of Woodland, and her supportive and loving husband. She believes deeply in the healing benefits of selfcare and nurturing the spirit of teachers and educators.
Morning refreshments & lunch included with your registration!
MERIT/STARS Credits & WA Clock Hours available.