Michelle Graham is an AMI (Association Montessori International) Directress. AMI is the organisation founded in l929 by Dr. Maria Montessori, to champion the cause of all children and to safeguard the philosophy, teachings and principals of the Montessori approach to education. She is a past principal of the following pre-schools: Stepping Stones Montessori, The Children’s Workshop Montessori, The Beehive Montessori, The Montessori Pre-school Under the Oaks and Principal of The Montessori Primary School. She was the Chairperson of the Montessori Primary Committee that initiated the integration of Montessori education into St. Joseph College, Marist Brothers in Cape Town. Michelle is passionate about Montessori Parent education and has run many parent programmes. She has assisted on training courses in South Africa and America and has trained students in the Montessori approach to education. She is currently as a Montessori Schools Consultant working towards transforming Montessori schools to offer authentic Montessori environments. The theme for Michelle’s talk is ‘Cosmic Education’.
Montessori Education offers an individual approach to education from birth to maturity, which follows the nature of the child through the varying stages and metamorphosis, he goes through, on his way to becoming and belonging as a social human being. Giving him opportunities as he grows to refine and educate himself on his path to adulthood. How we help this growing being reach his full potential is based on the knowledge of the fundamental stages each human goes through on the path to adulthood and the type of environment that would best support this process. What is our role in nature and how do we support both our own growth and the maintenance of nature as a whole?