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sarah werner andrews

program director




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> Joined MNW in 2008
> Director of Primary Training, MNW, since 2010
> AMI Primary Diploma, MMI, 1988
> AMI Elementary Diploma, MNW/MMI, 1997
> M.Ed. Montessori Education, Loyola, 1998
> 15 years Montessori classroom experience
> 4 years Montessori administrative experience
> B.A. in Music Performance
> NAMTA Board Member
> AMI Consultant, Lecturer, and Examiner

What I do at MNW
I sing, I laugh, I discuss and engage, I demonstrate, I facilitate, I support, I read, I think, and I imagine.

What I like about MNW
Getting to know the amazing, kind, intelligent, creative, and caring students that come to MNW year after year.

Fact or Fiction?
I once had a summer job as a tiny stand-up comedian named "Shorty Small" and did the Hokey Pokey in a giant head costume.

Favorite food?
Ramen - and I love both kinds: Authentic ramen with a deep, rich, complex broth and perfectly made noodles...and the kind that's 10 packages for a dollar at Fred Meyer.

A joke
Why do they only serve one-egg omelettes in Paris? Because in in France, one egg is "an oeuf"!

First car
A red Ford Mustang with a sunroof when I turned 16. "Fill up the oil and check the gas." What was my father thinking?!

Words to live by
"If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea." - Antoine De Saint-Exupery


Sarah Werner Andrews is the Program Director of Montessori Northwest, AMI Director of Training, consultant, examiner, and presenter at local, national, and international conferences. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance, an M.Ed. from Loyola University, AMI Primary and Elementary diplomas and is an Oregon Registry Master Trainer. Sarah began her work in Montessori education in 1987, with many years teaching experience at both the primary and elementary levels, as well as experience in administration. She is currently on the board of directors of the North American Montessori Teachers Association and Montessori Northwest. Sarah is a recipient of the Oregon Montessori Association Susie Huston Memorial Award for Outstanding Teaching, and a former OMA board member.  She and her husband, Dave, have lived in Portland since 1991, and have two wonderful sons, Julian and Evan, who are great reminders to listen, keep learning, and not take life too seriously. Sarah enjoys botany, music, croissants, a great book, historical documentaries, and the AMAZING story of the Bretz Floods. To see a list of Sarah’s publications and presentations, click here.