Hi! I’m Pilar Bewley, former Montessori child, retired Montessori guide, and proud homeschooling mom.
After attending Montessori schools through the third grade, I became reacquainted with Montessori in 2007, at the age of 31. I left a lucrative career in the event-planning industry to pursue a life-long interest in human development.
I have worked as a Head Guide in bilingual AMI classrooms with children ages 3-6, 6-9, 9-12, and 6-12. I’ve been writing about Montessori since 2008, and have been published in several print and online publications.
My son, Zachary, was born at home in 2012 and my daughter, Nadia, followed in his footsteps three years later. In January 2019, I left my school career to homeschool these two wonderful little humans. They have taught me more than I could ever teach them, and they challenge me to question all my ideas of education – even Montessori education.
I have AMI Primary and Elementary diplomas (Primary from San Diego, CA in 2008 and Elementary from Bergamo, Italy in 2010), as well as a Master’s degree in Montessori Education from Loyola University (2008). I’m also a Positive Discipline parent and classroom educator, and completed the Orff Schulwork Level I music education diploma.
“Mainly Montessori” was born out of my popular personal blog, “The Full Montessori”. In this new space, you’ll still find my reflections on Montessori in the real world and our adventures in homeschooling. I’ll also share the Montessori-aligned resources that have worked so well for my family over the years, as well as videos and podcasts to educate and inspire you. This is an ever-evolving space, just like your parenting journey!
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