The Presenters

mansheadMartha 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 on the North Shore of Massachusetts since the inception of NMI in 1984. Martha was honored to have brought the first AMS affiliated Early Childhood courses to mainland China and to Vietnam. She continues to pioneer new training opportunities both in the U.S. and internationally. Martha holds an AMI Early Childhood credential 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. Martha is a past chair of the AMS National Conference and has served on the Board of the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE).

Misse Carolan obtained her AMI primary certification at the Montessori Institute of Atlanta in 1978. Throughout her teaching career she has introduced the Montessori philosophy into a variety of educational settings. In addition to working in preschool environments, Misse has worked as a behavior analytical technician with children with autism, and as a clinical specialist with children with behavior and emotion disorders. Misse holds a BA in psychology and a MS in Educational Psychology/Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Southern Maine. Misse has presented at many AMS National Conferences, is a consultant with New England Early Childhood Associates (NEECA) and has proudly been an instructor and Field Consultant with Northeast Montessori Institute since 1992. MIsse is a mentoring teacher at Maine Mountain Children’s House in Kingfield, Maine. Misse and her husband live in the mountains of Maine.

Natasha Mckenzie earned her Montessori Early Childhood credential from Northeast Montessori Institute where she is an instructor, both here in the US and in Chengdu, China.