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Formation of the Individual and the Spiritual Transformation of the Adult

Mary Ellen Maunz


In my presentation, we will meditate on formation and transformation, in light of what Montessori calls the spiritual embryo. Montessori’s 1947 letter to the heads of every nation appears ever-so-timely. We will investigate the spiritual transformation of the adult as the conquest of consciousness and learning to see through the eyes of the heart. As we review Montessori’s discoveries of childhood, we will focus on our true goal – to unveil and develop spiritual energy.

We will conclude with a view of Kiev and a lovely Montessori school there in honor of our brothers and sisters throughout the world, and especially in Ukraine and Russia.


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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