“Montessori is about the way we approach not only children, but humanity.”
Ann Velasco is a passionate AMI trainer who has devoted her life to Montessori pedagogy and practice. She has pursued Montessori to the highest levels with the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI), and yet she stays focused on the hands-on, daily practice of working with children. Ann’s own mother was a Montessori teacher, and she first discovered the lifetime benefits of the Montessori approach through her own experience as a young child. But it wasn’t until it came time for her to choose an education for her own child that she fully realized how lucky she had been. Inspired by a desire to bring Montessori to more children, she walked away from a successful career in the business world to become a Montessori teacher herself.
Ann has completed both primary and elementary training, and has guided classrooms at both levels. From there, she pursued the rigorous, multi-year process required to become an AMI teacher trainer herself. Ann’s years of experience teaching at both the early childhood and the elementary levels provide her with a unique ability to see the connections between profound Montessori ideas and real-world classroom practice. She knows the child’s full journey. This powerful understanding underlies Ann’s work as a trainer today.
Ann is approachable and highly knowledgeable, and as you complete your training, your relationship with Ann becomes a relationship for life.
Your training will prepare you to lead a Montessori Primary classroom, called a “Children’s House.” The course includes 850 hours of rigorous teacher preparation. Upon completion of the course, you'll have a diploma from the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) which is the only internationally recognized Montessori diploma, and the gold standard in Montessori teacher education.
Areas of study include:
Upon completion of the course, you'll have:
Our SIMS trainer is fluent in Spanish. Typically the course is delivered in English, but students can ask questions, complete course work (including albums), and complete written examinations in Spanish.
* A basic level of computer literacy is helpful in composing albums.
† Translation may be arranged if a large cohort of Spanish-speakers are registered for the course.
To aid life, leaving it free, however, to unfold itself, that is the basic task of the educator.
SIMS is conveniently located in the heart of Phoenix, Arizona. Our training facilities include a typical primary classroom (what we call a “prepared environment”), set up especially for our adult students, and a complete array of Montessori materials available for your practice and study. Student teachers have the opportunity to observe and practice teach in real schools from among Phoenix’s robust Montessori community, and to form enduring relationships with experienced Montessori practitioners.
While attending training, you’ll enjoy the delightful Arizona climate, with over 300 days per year of warm sunshine! You’ll appreciate the low cost of living in Phoenix and the down-to-earth culture, along with a myriad of opportunities to explore the outdoors in Phoenix’s beautiful natural areas and the rich cultural experiences of a thriving city.
Academic Year Course
Monday — Friday, 4 – 8:30 pm
Sept. 13th 2017 — June 2nd 2018
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3-Summer Course, 2017-2019
Weekdays, 9 am – 4 pm
June 7th — July 21st, 2017
January 13th — 15th, 2018
June 11th — July 25th, 2018
January 19th — 21st, 2019
June 10th — July 12th, 2019
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Augustus Shaw Public Montessori School, Downtown Phoenix
Lunch and Learn
Wednesday, April 12th
10am – 2pm
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University of Arizona in Tucson
Saturday, May 6th, 10am – noon
Saturday, June 10th, 10am – noon
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Augustus H. Shaw Jr. Public Montessori School
123 N 13th St, Phoenix