Ann Velasco

AMI Primary Trainer

Ann Velasco is an AMI Primary Trainer and has been the Director of Training for the Southwest Institute of Montessori Studies based in Phoenix, Arizona since 2014. She conducts Primary level teacher-training courses to prepare those who
wish to work with children ages 2 ½ – 6. She collaborates with the Indigenous Montessori Institute in New Mexico to offer teacher training that centers Indigenous learning systems.

Ann’s first introduction to Montessori was as a child. Her mother was a Montessori teacher, and so Ann had the benefit of a Montessori Children’s House education. When she became a mother herself, she knew she wanted her own daughter to have that same experience. Although her professional background was in economic development up until that point, when she began researching Montessori as a parent, she consequently decided to pursue a career in Montessori education as well. She taught for 12 years in both primary and elementary settings before completing the AMI Training of Trainers program.

Ms. Velasco holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and Business Administration from the University of Arizona and a Master’s Degree in Education from Loyola University of Baltimore. She holds both Primary and Elementary Diplomas from the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI).