I Am Officially The Proud Owner Of An AMI Elementary Diploma!





It’s official! I got the call from my trainer! After 9 months of lots of hard work, lots of stress, lots of illustrating, lots of learning, lots of confusion, some delirious, hysterical laughter, and indeed, some tears, I have made the proud accomplishment of completing my Montessori training. I had moments of self-doubt over this year, but I can whole-heartedly say that I am doing what I am meant to do. Although this year was really challenging (wayyyy under-estimated the rigor of this course), it was the next step in moving toward my passion. I learned so much about the second plane child (that’s 6-12 year olds), so much about the universe, so much about the interdependencies that exist in our world, and so much about myself and what I want out of life. I could not be happier to move forward in my journey!

And let’s be real… I could not be happier to be DONE with the excessive homework and to welcome some much-needed free time to watch movies with my man, play with my pup, and to enjoy the outdoors. And work on the house.

This is a picture my mom took of me before my exam:


This is how I really felt:

Pre-exam anxiety

Pre-exam anxiety

Note that these are not any normal exams where you roll up in sweats and write… we had those exams a month ago. These were our oral exams where trainers from across the country fly in to watch you present and question you about your knowledge, methods, and presentation for 4 hours.

After the stress-fest, a few of my classmates and I headed out for some much needed drinks at Prosperity Social Club, a little local spot literally down the street from our house…


Taylor, me, and Meaghan

Even though we had finished our exams, we were all a bit high-strung since we didn’t know if we had passed or not. Our trainer calls everyone individually after everyone has taken their examination.


Stacy & Bridget

Now we can officially relax and call ourselves Montessorians. My training course consisted of 12 students total, along with our trainers, Greg and Jamie. We ranged in age from 24 to 55. Men and women. Parents and non-parents. Clevelanders, Juneau-ans, Chicagoans, Pittsburghites, Darien-ers & beyond! We all entered this journey as strangers and if we had not found our ways to Montessori and to HMTI then we never would have crossed paths. We are all incredibly different but have have at least one thing in common, and that is our belief in the Montessori philosophy as the best method of education there is. We had our moments of wanting to strangle each other and moments of admiration and love for one another. We helped each other through tough times and even tougher times. After 9 months, 8 hours a day, and 5 days a week together, we are something like an odd buch of sibilings now.  Today will be the last time we are all together as a group and perhaps the last time some of us will ever see each other. But, no matter what, our lives will be forever changed because of each other and because of the transformative experience of our training.


photo courtesy of Martha!


photo courtesy of Martha!


photo courtesy of Martha!


photo courtesy of Martha!

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Thank you to these 13 beautiful people who have taught me so much, and who I know will continue teaching others so much. It’s been quite a ride!

And to end with a quote from the genius herself:

The things he sees are not just remembered; they form a part of his soul.

–Maria Montessori

Now it’s time to go get my graduation on.

Until next time.



3 thoughts on “I Am Officially The Proud Owner Of An AMI Elementary Diploma!

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