Hi, I’m Pilar Bewley! I was a Montessori child through the third grade and re-discovered Montessori at age 30 (over a decade ago!), when I found myself at a crossroads.
I was a single woman running a lucrative event planning company. Yet I didn’t feel like I was helping to make the world a better place. I sat down to mediate on my future and heard a voice clearly 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.
“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. And now we’ll also dive into the wonderful tools of Positive Discipline. 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 my Montessori practice!
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