Hi, I’m Pilar Bewley! My Montessori journey started when I attended Montessori schools from the age of three and through the third grade. I re-discovered Montessori at age 30, when I found myself at a crossroads. I was a single woman and a successful entrepreneur, running a thriving event planning company. Yet I didn’t feel like I was helping to make the world a better place.
I wanted to contribute to a kinder and more peaceful future, but I didn’t know how. I sat down to mediate on my future and heard a very clear voice inside my head tell me, “You need to work with children.”
Armed only with this message and the encouragement of my then-boyfriend (now husband) – and with absolutely no experience working with children – I approached the AMI Montessori training center in my city. And that’s where my Montessori journey began anew.
I now hold the 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. I’m also trained in Positive Discipline and hold the Orff Schulwork Level I music education diploma. 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. I recently left my school career to homeschool these two wonderful little humans with the help and support of my husband, Tom.
“The Full Montessori” is my personal journal and soapbox. I write in order to reflect on my practice and deepen my own understanding of Montessori; I write to share Montessori with other parents; and I write because it feeds my soul.
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