"Any last questions for Allyn?" asked Elise, our MNW Director of Elementary Training.
"Yes…can we have a group picture?" an Elementary student responded. And so it came to be.
Last week we were joined by Allyn Travis, Executive Director and Director of Training at the Montessori Institute of Milwaukee. Allyn brings over 30 years of experience teaching children and adults to her work, which includes supporting Elise as she develops the Elementary Course and her trainer skills.
Allyn and Elise have a long history together. Allyn was the Course Assistant to AMI Elementary Trainer Margaret Stephenson when Elise was a student on that course at Washington Montessori Institute, back in the days when that was the ONLY place in North America to earn an AMI Elementary diploma. Allyn and Elise have crossed paths professionally over the years, at Refresher Courses and AMI-EAA conferences, and when Allyn ran a one-time summer Elementary Course here in Portland 18 years ago. That course trained both our Primary Trainer Sarah Andrews and our Elementary and A to I Course Assistant, Gloria Singh! Allyn and Elise began working together more regularly during Elise's process of becoming a Trainer. Allyn is a member of the Training Group, a committee that oversees the development and support of new trainers. Now that Elise has completed her Training of Trainers process, Allyn continues to support Elise as her mentor.
During her week-long mentorship visit, Allyn observed Elise and offered feedback on presentations and course structure, read student album work, assessed the prepared environment in which the students develop their Montessori elementary "chops," and also made time to present directly to the students. We all benefitted from her experience and understanding of the Montessori legacy as reflected in AMI Elementary Courses.
Because Dr. Montessori did not write and publish as much about the elementary as she did about the first plane of development, the oral tradition on AMI Elementary Courses is an especially important part of how we connect to Montessori's insights about children ages 6-12.
We at MNW are grateful for Allyn's visit and ongoing support and contributions to the richness of the Elementary Course.
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