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Cultivator of the Human Spirit

Dr. Punum Bhatia


For over thirty years, Dr. Punum Bhatia has diligently studied in great detail and tenacity Maria Montessori´s philosophy and methodology. Dr. Montessori was a pioneer and educator who implemented methods through which young children learned social skills, spontaneous discipline, and achieved academic excellence unheard of until that time. Not only did she revolutionize education, but she also worked to further the rights of women, children, and all of humankind. She worked consistently to create a better world, confident in the ability of the child to create a more peaceful, harmonious society. Dr. Bhatia began her travels in the footsteps of Dr. Montessori in 2006 and it took her 13 years to complete the journey. She now invites you to walk beside her as she revisits Maria Montessori´s incredible journey through Italy, Spain, England, the United States, and India.


Dr. Punum Bhatia

Inspired by Dr. Maria Montessori’s philosophy, Punum Bhatia, PhD has dedicated her life to Montessori education as a parent, teacher, and teacher educator for over thirty years. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in English Literature; earned Masters’ degrees in English Literature and Education from the University of Calcutta; and completed a certificate diploma in Montessori Pedagogy. She earned her Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Colorado Denver in 2012 for her work on the Self-Efficacy of Montessori teachers. In her efforts to understand children and the environments necessary for them to grow and flourish, Punum focuses on Maria Montessori’s original philosophy and techniques. After teaching the Montessori method to cohorts all around the world, she is now the proud owner of her very own bilingual preschool, Montessori Casa International in Denver, Colorado. She is the author of The Montessori Difference: Creating a Children’s House, Cultivator of the Human Spirit: Revisiting Maria Montessori’s Journey, A Montessori Workbook, Volumes 1, 2, 3 and The Inspired Child. Book list available here.

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