We are thrilled to introduce you to the Trainer for our 2018-2019 Daytime Primary Teacher Training Course, Shannon Helfrich! After teaching children for almost 10 years, she found her true passion in educating teachers. Shannon is a primary level trainer, lecturer, consultant and examiner for the Association Montessori Internationale. She has been involved in Montessori Education since 1971. Shannon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education, a Master of Science degree in Educational Psychology, and the AMI Primary Diploma.
Shannon currently is a member of the AMI Training Group which oversees the AMI program for the training of future AMI trainers. Shannon is also currently playing a pivotal role in conducting Training of Trainers seminars in Thailand.
Shannon spent 3 years living and working in China, where there is a growing Montessori education community. She was instrumental in bringing AMI Montessori teacher training to that country. She served as the first AMI Primary Director of Training for the International Training Center of Montessori Education of China.
Between 2012-2014 Shannon split her time between Denver, CO where she delivered a summer course, and Phoenix, AZ where she supported the launch of our own SIMS training center and mentored Ann Velasco as she completed her program to become a trainer.
Shannon was the Director of Training of the Montessori Institute Northwest from 1988- 2003 and was the founding trainer for the Montessori Training Center of New England in Hartford, CT from 2003-2008. Shannon has also served as the Primary Director of Training for the Australian Montessori Teacher Education Foundation in Sydney, Australia and the AMI Primary training course in Bangkok, Thailand.
Shannon is the author of the book “Montessori Learning for the 21st Century” which is available through the AMI USA bookstore (https://amiusa.org/products-page/books/) and other book sellers.
We are so pleased that Shannon will bring her wisdom and experience to our students here at the Southwest Institute of Montessori Studies. Her presence allows us to offer a second course schedule to accommodate those individuals for whom daytime hours are more conducive than our evening schedule. The Daytime Block Schedule for Primary Training will begin this August 2018! Classes will be Monday – Friday, from 9:00a – 3:30p.
“I am thrilled to be able to return to support SIMS during the upcoming academic year” said Shannon. “I look forward to working to prepare a whole new group of future Montessori teachers. It is a privilege to help further the growth of our Montessori community in this way.”
The offer of our Daytime Block schedule is unique to the 2018-2019 academic year and we are unsure when we will be able to offer this course schedule again. If a daytime training is best for you, please take advantage of this incredible opportunity to be trained as an AMI Primary Montessori teacher by senior AMI trainer, Shannon Helfrich!