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"Discipline is based on pride, on meticulous attention to details, and on mutual respect and confidence. Discipline must be a habit so ingrained that it is stronger than the excitement of the goal or the fear of failure."
Erika Ohlhaver MEd. Director
Ms. Ohlhaver has been a Montessori teacher for over 38 years, and a Montessori Teacher Trainer for 24 years. Starting with the youngest age group, she has received three separate levels of Montessori certification (Early Childhood, Lower Elementary, and Upper Elementary). Ms. Ohlhaver, a second generation Montessori professional, has worked in both private and public school Montessori programs at all age levels. Since 1992, her association as a faculty member of several training centers and some of the top Montessori training programs in the nation, has afforded her the opportunity to work with many prominent people in the Montessori community. Ms. Ohlhaver has worked extensively with the development of the Montessori curricula, which is predicated on discovery learning.
Facilitating Montessori philosophy and material presentations across all age groups, (early childhood through middle school) provides Ms. Ohlhaver the opportunity to instruct many Montessori student teachers each year. In addition to her duties at the Training Centers, she has written curriculum for science, math, and geometry programs that are available and used nationwide in Montessori classrooms. As well, Ms. Ohlhaver has presented many workshops at local and regional conferences.
Dorrie Pearson MEd.
Dorrie is practicum coordinator for Gulf Coast Montessori TEP. Ms. Pearson comes to Gulf Coast Montessori from background in Forestry with an emphasis in education. She encountered Montessori in 2004 and by 2006 had completed her training and a Masters degree in Outdoor Education and Montessori Integrated Learning. Dorrie has worked with both lower elementary and upper elementary ages and excels not only in classroom curriculum, but also classroom management and Montessori philosophy for the elementary aged child.
Marisol Arteaga B.A.
Marisol Arteaga is a veteran Montessorian who has been teaching in Montessori environments for over 25 years. As the mother of 3 sons who have been educated in the Montessori pedagogy she has brought her expertise to Gulf Coast Montessori (TEC). Marisol has worked at other Montessori Teacher Education Program teaching in the Upper Elementary program as math and geometry instructor. Her accomplishments include presentations at national conferences as well as curriculum writing in the math and geometry areas.
Kate Broughton B.A.
Kate Broughton began her teaching career as an art and design teacher and soon became head of the department. Her introduction to Montessori came when she moved to Houston and she has an Elementary I-II credential with a Master’s degree in Montessori Education. She is currently the Director of Kingwood Montessori.
Amanda Childers B.A.
Ms. Childers fulfills two rolls at Gulf Coast Montessori Teacher Education Center. She works to make all of the administrative tasks associated with the training center as streamlined as possible. She is the first line of contact for every Adult Learner from the first questions when they begin their application process to the time when their certificates are awarded. Ms. Childers is also our resident certified yoga instructor. Having taught yoga since 1999 in various locations as well as having operated her own yoga studio, she is tasked with keeping us from living in our heads too much!
Renée Jansen M.Ed.
Ms. Jansen’s undergraduate degree is in Music Education and she has several levels of training in Kindermusik and Musikgarten. She first joined the staff of a Montessori school as their Kindermusik instructor. After observing Montessori education firsthand, she pursued Montessori training and received her American Montessori Society Elementary I & II Credential in 1996. While teaching, she completed a Masters of Education in Early Childhood Pre-K through 3 with additional graduate coursework for Grades 4-6. She is a Licensed Master Educator in Iowa, has completed Montessori Applied to Children at Risk (MACAR) Level I training, is a trained on-site verifier for the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE), earned the National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector Coaching Certificate and has completed additional STEM graduate work.
Ms. Jansen has taught in a range of private and public Montessori schools with student populations from 30-400+ students. She has taught in Lower and Upper Elementary classrooms and has focused on professional development for teachers’ continuing education, curriculum development, and classroom organization.
Marie Pousson MEd.
Marie Pousson began her teaching career as an ESL kindergarten teacher in the Houston school district. Over 15 years ago she took her early childhood Montessori training and has worked in two public school early childhood environments in the Houston area. Marie is excited about her work with the younger children and it shows in her passion in the classroom. Perhaps because of her early work with ESL students Marie talents lie not only in the math and sensorial areas, but also in developing literacy in the early childhood program.
Ann Wilson-Nunan B.A.
Ms. Wilson-Nunan earned a B.A. in Geography and Sociology from the University of North Alabama, AL. She holds an American Montessori Society credential at the Elementary I level through the Houston Montessori Training Center, TX, and Elementary II level through the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies, MD. Ann also holds a Level I credential in Montessori Applied to Children At Risk for Learning Differences (MACAR) through the Shelton School in Dallas, TX. She brings many years of experience from both private and public schools as a teacher, Head of School, Principal of a Charter School and Montessori teacher educator. She has served on school accreditation teams for Middle States Association and AMS as well as task forces associated with the Massachusetts Department of Education. More recently she has served on MACTE accreditation teams for teacher training centers. She is a former Vice-President and President of the New Jersey Montessori Administrators' Council.
Ann was actively involved in the partnership between the Princeton Montessori Society and the Ukrainian Department of Education. She oversaw Parent Education and Staff Development for Princeton Montessori School. Ms. Wilson-Nunan served as the Director of Princeton Center Teacher Education.