Martha Monahan is the founder and Director of Rising Stars. Martha is also the Executive Director of Northeast Montessori Institute and has been involved in teacher training since the inception of NMI in 1984. Martha conducts Early Childhood courses in Massachusetts, as well as in Beijing, China, where she established the first AMS affiliated certification course in 1999. Martha holds an AMI Early Childhood certificate from the Toronto Montessori Institute along with a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development and Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in Holistic Education.
Linda Seeley has two great interests and commitments in her life that are second only to her family. These are her commitment to the Montessori professional field, and her dedication to and support of Peace and Earth Education. Linda is extremely active in these areas and has presented workshops to Montessori schools in both the private and public sectors. Linda is a founding instructor for NMI and was a Co-chair of the AMS National Conference. She is a founder of the Stoneridge Children’s Montessori School in Beverly, MA, which serves children from Toddler through Middle School, and she continues to be a Head Teacher in a Children’s House classroom there.
Misse Carolan obtained her AMI primary certification at the Montessori Institute of Atlanta. Throughout her teaching career she has introduced the Montessori philosophy into a variety of educational settings. Misse holds a BA in psychology and a MS in Educational Psychology/Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Southern Maine. In addition to working in preschool environments, she has worked as a behavior analytical technician with children with autism, and as a clinical specialist with children with behavior and emotion disorders. Misse is a scheduled presenter at this year’s AMS National Conference (2013). Misse is a consultant with New England Early Childhood Associated (NEECA) and has been an instructor with NMI since 1992. She resides in southern Maine.
Donald Monahan has been involved in Montessori education for over thirty years and holds both an AMI Primary Certificate and an elementary 6-12 certificate (AMS). Donald received his Bachelor’s in Elementary Education from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. Donald was the founding teacher of the Lexington Montessori School’s elementary program in Lexington, MA. He has also taught Montessori elementary classrooms in Rockport, Maine (now of Camden) and Beijing, China. Donald is the Assistant Director for Northeast Montessori Institute. He enjoys the opportunity to consult with and support new Montessori teachers, both at the Early Childhood and Elementary level.
Nancy Rose, MA, is an educational consultant to schools, families, and social service agencies in Kingston, RI. She is a former head teacher at the Jarrow School in Boulder, CO, and academic director & co-founder of the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies, in Boulder, CO. She is a former member of the AMS Board of Directors and a founding member of the AMS Peace Committee. Nancy holds the AMS Early Childhood Credential, as well as both the AMI Infant & Toddler Credential and the AMI Early Childhood Credential.