From Elementary to Erdkinder—Starting and Sustaining a Montessori School

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International Montessori Forum

From Elementary to Erdkinder—
Starting and Sustaining a Montessori School

Montessori adolescent educators from the Asia-Pacific region will be invited to share their experience and challenges in the founding of Montessori middle/high school and provide the first-hand status in the development of Montessori adolescent program in different regions, including the characteristics of each school and school planning. During the event, speakers will also conduct a panel discussion on the development of Montessori adolescent program in Taiwan and provide suggestions and practices for running schools. If you want to learn more about Montessori adolescent programs, don't miss this rare opportunity.


  • Date:2019 . 9 . 28(Sat.)& 29(Sun.)

  • Venue:Jing Tang Bldg. (College of Education), National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan

  • Registration period:2019/08/13(Tue.) 10:00~ 2019/09/06(Fri.) 23:59

  • Registration fee:NTD 2000

  • The forum is open to anyone who is interested in Montessori adolescent education.

  • Contact:Taiwan Montessori Education Center ,+886-2-29393091 #69302,

Registration website for the event is in Mandarin only. If you need help, please email us.



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Pippa Milroy

The Hills Montessori School, Australia

Founding co-ordinator and guide in the adolescent program at The Hills Montessori School in South Australia, Pippa Milroy has worked in education for many years in both secondary and tertiary settings. Her diverse background spans medical science, English literature and education research and, with her interests in camping, travel, theatre, gardening and food, provides an apt foundation for working with the middle years. Her three daughters are all Montessori graduates.

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Alex Ioannou

Elonera Montessori School , Australia

Alex Ioannou has been teaching for over 30 years. After many years in mainstream education, primarily in the Catholic system, she took time off to have her first child and discovered the Montessori philosophy and practice. In 1999, Elonera Montessori School Wollongong had begun its Adolescent programme and Alex was employed there in 2001. There were 9 students who were determined to complete their Middle Years at Elonera. In 2015, we started the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme with 3 students. Today there are 39 students in our Middle School and 22 in our IB programme and a dynamic and committed team of guides who work with our students.

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Chris & Ann Barrameda

The Abba's Orchard, the Philippines

Spouses Chris and Ann Barrameda founded The Abba’s Orchard, a twenty- year-old school system that offers highfidelity Montessori education. The school enrolls close to 1,500 children across all planes of development in thirteen campus locations in the Philippines, four of which include Erdkinder farm environments.

Chris belongs to the first batch who attended the very first Montessori Orientation to Adolescent Studies in 2003 in Ohio under the auspices of the North American Montessori Teachers’ Association (NAMTA). He is currently enrolled with the University of the Philippines for his doctoral studies in education, major in physics.

Ann trained with the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) under which she was certified in Assistants to Infancy (AMI Denver), Primary (AMI Phoenix), and Elementary (AMI San Diego). She completed the NAMTA/AMI Montessori Orientation to Adolescent Studies in 2015 in Satila, Sweden. Last April 2019, she keynoted the Research Day of the Annual General Meeting of the AMI with her doctoral dissertation captioned “The Cognitive Impact of Successive Montessori Programs.”

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Carlos Carino

Maria Montessori Children's School Foundation, Inc, the Philippines

Carlos S. Cariño is the Executive Director of Maria Montessori Children’s School Foundation, Inc. (MMCSFI), one of the oldest Montessori environments in the Philippines, now celebrating its 48th year. Mr. Cariño is also the Founding Program Director of MMCSFI’s Adolescent Program which started in school year 2013-14 and which graduated its first group of students into university last May. He has been an educator for almost 30 years and is in his 13th year at the helm of MMCSFI.

Carl coursed his elementary and high school studies in New York, his undergraduate degree (B.A. Liberal Arts, Major in English and History) in Connecticut, and then came home to Manila, pursuing a Master’s in Liberal Education. He is a firm proponent of the humanities, of liberal education and the liberal arts, and of student life and co-curricular learning – all of which are very strong features of the MMCSFI AP.

Mr. Cariño describes himself fundamentally as “just a Literature teacher.” He teaches Literature, History, and Philosophy. Finally, Carl is also a theater director. He is currently directing a professional production of “Macbeth” for staging in November. And the AP Theater Ensemble has performed in Sydney, in Cleveland, along with many venues in Manila. Earlier his year, the Ensemble was granted a special Award of Recognition at the annual international Fast & Fresh Theater Festival in Manila.

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Adam Broomfield

The International Montessori School , Hong Kong

Adam Broomfield is a proud “Aussie” and comes from Melbourne, Australia. Adam has degrees in History and Literature, Primary Teaching and Child and Adolescent Mental Health. He has a Diploma of Management and a Postgraduate Masters in School Leadership. Adam has been in education for over 20 years and taught students aged from 5 to 18 years old in Australia, New Zealand, China and most recently Hong Kong. He began his teaching career in the Upper Elementary/Primary before moving into teaching students with severe behaviour and emotional difficulties. He has taught PE and IT at Primary level, History, English Literature and Theory of Knowledge at an International Baccalaureate level. He has held the positions of Principal, Deputy Principal, Student Welfare Coordinator, Regional Drug and Student Wellbeing Network Leader, Head of Teaching and Learning and International Baccalaureate DP Coordinator. Adam is a Restorative Practices trainer and sat on the board of the Victorian Association for Restorative Justice. Adam worked in government schools for 12 years before taking long service leave to travel to China in 2010 and has worked in International Schools since then.

He joined the International Montessori School in Hong Kong in 2013 at a time when the school was expanding significantly. He is now Head of Stanley Campus which has approximately 600 students from 3 to 12 years of age and 88 staff. In that time Adam has been a part of setting up a brand new campus for Casa Bambini and Elementary, merging an existing campus into one larger campus, planning, designing and implementing a Middle School programme.

Adam is proud to call Hong Kong home with his wife Melanie (also a teacher) and daughter Chloe.


Montessori Place-Based Education For Adolescents


Montessori Place-Based Education For Adolescents

Limited Seats !

In order to promote the development of Montessori adolescent education in Asia, Montessori Program for Global Impact based on National Chengchi University (MPGI) invites Adam Ladd, director of Hudson Montessori Middle School in USA, to Taiwan for sharing his experience on place-based education. The workshop includes presentations, hands-on projects, and group discussions, which enables participants to understand the principles of place-based education and practical application.

The workshop is open to anyone interested in Montessori adolescent education and the pedagogy of place.

  • Date:1-3 (Fri.-Sun.) March 2019

  • Venue:Room 413, Jing Tang Bldg. (College of Education), National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan

  • Lecturer:

    • Adam Ladd, Middle School Director, Hudson Montessori School, OH, USA

    • Kelly Ladd, Humanities teacher in the middle school program, Hudson Montessori School

  • Fee:100 USD (Pay by Bank Wire Transfer)

  • Registration information:

Deadline : 31 Jan 2019 (Registration will be closed if applications are oversubscribed before the deadline.)

    • Step 1 Online Registration:Fill out the registration sheet.

    • Step 2 The 1st Confirmation Email:The 1st confirmation email notifying the payment information will be sent to your email within 3 days after you completed the online registration.

    • Step 3 Make a Payment:Please make a remittance in United States dollar (USD) to the designate account within 3 days after you received the 1st confirmation email. *** Make sure you add the international transaction fee to your payment.

    • Step 4 Send the Proof of Payment:Please send the proof of payment (include your name, account number, amount, the date you transferred) to

    • Step 5 The 2nd Confirmation Email:Once you finished step 3&4, you will receive the 2nd confirmation email indicating registration completion.

  • Agenda:

  • For registration, please fill in the sheet:

  • Refund Policies and Deadlines:

    • Registration cancellations must be requested by email.

    • The transaction fee will be deducted while giving refund.

    • Before 5 pm, 18 Feb 2019:85% refund of the registration fee.

    • Before 5 pm, 25 Feb 2019:50% refund of the registration fee.

    • After 5 pm, 25 Feb 2019:No refund is applicable.

    • Note that differences in the amount paid and the amount refunded may occur due to exchange rate fluctuation.

    • Refund will be made after the workshop.

    • Please allow at least 2-4 weeks for the refund procedure.

  • Contact information:MPGI Group +886-2-29393091 #69302

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Adam Ladd

Middle School Director, Hudson Montessori School, OH, USA

Adam serves as the director of the middle school program at Hudson Montessori School.  He earned his AMI/NAMTA certification in Montessori Adolescent Studies in 2015.

In the summer of 2018, Adam Ladd spent part of his summer assisting instruction at the AMI Montessori Orientation to Adolescent Studies at Hershey Montessori School. The training hosted 40 participants from all around the world preparing them to teach middle and high school grades using Montessori's developmental approach to learning. During the training, Adam shared his heart-touching experience working in Hudson Montessori School, and organized all participants to have a very successful experience in place-based pedagogy.


Kelly Ladd

Humanities teacher in the middle school program, Hudson Montessori School

She has a wide variety of experiences in both public and Montessori education, and in both middle school and high school. In 2016, Kelly accepted a position teaching history at Ruffing Montessori School in Cleveland Heights and earned her AMI/NAMTA certification in Montessori Adolescent Studies in 2017.

In the workshops, Adam will be doing most of the speaking, while Kelly will be stepping in at some points. Her presence will be very helpful and we believe the participants will appreciate her passion and humor.


NATIONAL CHENGCHI UNIVERSITY montessori program for global impact






11.10-11.11 2018@TAIPEI TAIWAN

What is the potential of an adolescent child? Do you understand the adolescent’s developmental needs?

Join us for a weekend conference and professional workshops focused on an overview of essential Montessori principles and their practical application to aid future change-makers.

  • Date: Nov. 10 – Nov. 11, 2018

  • Location: NCCU Research and Inovation-Incubation Center 

    • Address: No.64, Sec. 2, Zhinan Rd., Wenshan Dist., Taipei 116, Taiwan  R.O.C.

    • Google Map: 24°59'15.0"N 121°34'34.0"E

  • Lecturers: Laurie Ewert-Krocker, Michael Waski 【About Lecturers】

    (Nov. 10) Panel Discussion

    • Moderator: Tung-Liao Cheng,

    • Panelist: Max Schubert

  • Admission: FREE + lunch box wil l be provided 
    (Value US $ 200 supported by Y2 Foundation for Future Education, Great Work Inc.)

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  • Agenda




Laurie Ewert-Krocker is the upper school director and pedagogical advisor at Hershey Montessori School in Huntsburg, Ohio. She holds AMI diplomas at the primary and elementary levels, a BA in English from John Carroll University (OH), and an MA in English from the University of Washington.

Ms. Ewert-Krocker was the founding head teacher of Hershey Montessori School’s Adolescent Community, a Montessori farm school model, and she works as a consultant to Montessori adolescent programs around the world.


Michael Waski is a math teacher at the Montessori High School at University Circle(Cleveland). He holds the AMI elementary diploma from Bergamo, a BS from Kent State University (OH), and an MA in educational administration from California State University, San Bernardino. Michael has been teaching for 21 years, 17 of which have been at the adolescent level. In addition, Mike is a member of the visiting faculty on the NAMTA/AMI Montessori Orientation to Adolescent Studies program as well as a frequent NAMTA presenter.

Mike is also the author of Montessori Algebra for the Adolescent, the holy grail of advanced Montessori math for the adolescent.


【Panel Discussion - Panelist】


Max received Montessori education from Children’s House through high school graduation. Graduating from Ruffing Montessori School (Second oldest Montessori School in the United States) in 2012 and the Montessori High School at University Circle in 2016 where he received the International Baccalaureate Diploma.

He currently attends Colorado College as an International Business and Politics, and Education Major. Max is currently teaching 5th grade science as a student-teacher at Columbine Elementary School in Woodland Park Colorado where he focuses on environmental literacy.

He also serves as the Medical and Risk Management director at Elk Creek Ranch for Teenagers, where he instructs teenagers on horseback riding, backpacking and serves as a naturalist. Max plans to pursue a master’s degree in education from Colorado College as well as a Master of Business focused on high school administration. He hopes to attend the Montessori Adolescent training in Bergamo in the coming years.

【Panel Discussion - Moderator】


Tung-Liao Cheng is the associate professor in the Department of Education at National Chengchi University. He also serves as the principal investigator of Taiwan Experimental Education Center, dedicating himself to promoting the development of experimental education. 

This year, he is invited to be the principal investigator of Montessori Program for Global Impact. In addition, he took part in the NAMTA/AMI Montessori Orientation to Adolescent Studies at Hershey Montessori Farm School this summer for better understanding the spirit of Montessori.

Seeing a remarkable vision of how Montessori education can prepare adolescents for their future, Tung-Liao Cheng makes an effort to bring Montessori education to the secondary school in Taiwan.