The goal of Loyola's graduate programs in Montessori Education is to guide adults as they prepare for the work and responsibility of helping each child to develop to the fullness of his or her potential.
The faculty engaged in this training are truly experts in the field and are often called upon to lend their expertise and guidance in school and professional development.
Janet McDonell, Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) primary director at the Washington Montessori Institute (WMI), is a primary teacher trainer of AMI. She holds AMI Primary, Elementary, and Special Education diplomas, as well as a B.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Wisconsin and an M.Ed. from Loyola University Maryland. She has 20 years of teaching and administrative experience in Montessori schools serving children of widely varying backgrounds. McDonell is an examiner and member of the Training Group for AMI and a consultant and board member for AMI/USA.
Carol Hicks, AMI elementary director at WMI, is an elementary teacher trainer of the Association Montessori Internationale. She holds AMI Primary and Elementary diplomas, a B.A. in History from Marquette University Wisconsin and an M.Ed. from Loyola University Maryland. She is an AMI Elementary School Consultant and Examiner and has 14 years of experience in teaching and administrating at the elementary level in both public and private Montessori schools. She recently directed an AMI elementary training course at the Kansas City campus of the Montessori Institute of Milwaukee.
Sharon Dubble, Ph.D., is director and chair of the Center for Montessori Education at Loyola University Maryland. She holds AMI Primary and Elementary diplomas, a B.A. in Social Work from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in Education from Walden University. She had 22 years of Montessori teaching and administrative experience prior to focusing full-time on higher education. She is co-author of The Whole-School Montessori Handbook and is active in professional development and consultation for Montessori administrators.
Jennifer Shields is an AMI primary teacher trainer. She holds the AMI Primary diploma from the Ohio Montessori Training Institute. She earned a B.A. in English Literature from Georgetown University and an M.Ed. from Cleveland State University. She has worked in Montessori schools as a teacher, assistant, and administrator. She is an examiner for AMI and a presenter at workshops for Montessori teachers and assistants.
Angela Gerstein is an AMI elementary instructor. She holds AMI Primary and Elementary diplomas, a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Northern Iowa, and an M.Ed. from Loyola University Maryland. She has served on various pedagogical committees and as an outreach educator. In addition to school administration, she has over 15 years teaching experience in both private and public schools.