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Finding the Balance of Liberty and Discipline

Mary Ellen Maunz


We will examine the close relationship between Liberty and Discipline, affirming Montessori’s teaching that every problem in discipline has its roots in a lack of freedom. We will explore Montessori’s words on this matter and give examples of how to provide freedom to children of every age, with a focus on early childhood.

It is freedom to choose and work undisturbed in the richly prepared environment that leads each child to the crowning achievement of becoming normalized.


Mary Ellen Maunz
  • Founder and Program Director of Age of Montessori’s infant-toddler, early childhood and elementary teacher certification courses and pioneer in blended Montessori Teacher Education
  • Mother of three grown children
  • Holder of AMI certificate for 2-1/2 – 7, PAMS certificate for 6-12 and as Master Teacher, BS in Child Development and M.Ed. in Integrative education with Emphasis on Montessori
  • 50 years of experience in Montessori education, as toddler, early childhood and elementary teacher, administrator and teacher educator
  • Co-author of Learning to Read is Child’s Play, 2001, Author of Nurturing Your Child’s Inner Life, 2012
  • Creator of more than 75 webinars and 4-week virtual courses on numerous aspects of Montessori education
  • International speaker and trainer, presenter on five continents, founder of Montessori early childhood training program in St. Petersburg, Russia
  • 10 years as a Commissioner and Member Board of Directors, Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE)
  • 2015 Recipient of MACTE’s Wisdom of the Elders award
  • Currently serves as a MACTE on-site evaluator

When not working, Mary Ellen is an avid photographer and loves to read, hike, travel, collect stamps and spend time with her children and close friends

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