Montessori Parenting Series

We’re excited to offer a series of Parent Education online events, featuring guest speakers who are experts in applying Montessori principles to parenting. We know that children thrive when home and school work in partnership. We hope you will join us, ask questions, learn, and gain support for your journey as a Montessori parent.

Offered every Wednesday Evening on Zoom

February 7th through February 28th, 2024

  • Eastern: 8:00 PM
  • Central: 7:00 PM
  • Mountain: 6:00 PM
  • Pacific: 5:00 PM

Registration is free for parents associated with Montessori Thrive member schools. 

Reena Morgan

February 7, 2024

Conscious Parenting: A 10 Pillar Framework

Reena Morgan

In this session, parents and caregivers will learn how to bring more peace, joy, and calm into their homes by learning ten key tenets of this parent centric framework! This is an introductory overview for parents with children of all ages. Guided by Reena Morgan, this session offers a profound exploration of fostering deeper connections with your child through awareness and empathy. Discover practical strategies to cultivate a conscious and harmonious parent-child relationship, where mutual understanding and respect flourish.

Reena Vohra Morgan is a Montessori Consultant & Coach, and founder of HIVE. She has over 20 years of experience as a Montessori teacher & school administrator. Reena holds a Master’s Degree in Childhood Development from the Erikson Institute, Chicago. She holds both AMS & AMI Primary Montessori Certifications and is a Jai Certified Parenting Coach. Reena is a Montessori teacher trainer with MRC (Montessori Residency of Chicago) and is the Board President of AIMS (Association of Illinois Montessori Schools).  In combination with theoretical knowledge, practical experience, & compassion, Reena uses an evidenced-based, reflective approach to guide and empower educators and parents. She offers concrete strategies, tools and manageable action plans to “help adults, help children.” Reena resides in the city of Chicago with her husband, 3 uniquely wonderful daughters, 2 cats, & 1 dog! 


February 14, 2024

Montessori At Home

Shawn Edwards

The key to introducing the principles of the Montessori Method as a parent or caregiver is to first prepare oneself and their environment. Join this session to learn more about how you can introduce Montessori principles into your home and create a mindset and environment to aid your child's development. Shawn Edwards from ToolHows will be sharing her years of parenting and teaching experiences and strategies with parents and caregivers who attend this session. Learn practical tips, engaging activities, and discover the joy of incorporating Montessori principles into your home and daily parenting routine.

Shawn Edwards has been teaching and leading Montessori schools for over three decades. She is a Positive Discipline trainer and holds a master's degree in Transformational Leadership and Coaching.

She is currently the Head of School at Mariposa Montessori School in Austin, Texas and is the founder of ToolHows – "How To" tools for parents and schools. Shawn loves working with parents and educators. She is the mother of three and grandmother of two.

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February 21, 2024

Sensitive Periods

Heather Pratt-White

Join us for an enlightening parenting class that delves into the fascinating world of Montessori Sensitive Periods. Led by Heather Pratt-White, this session aims to empower parents with a deep understanding of the critical developmental phases their children undergo. Learn how to recognize and support your child during these sensitive periods, and foster an environment that nurtures their growth, independence, and a lifelong love for learning.

Heather White, Ed.S., M.Ed., NCSP, is a Montessori educational consultant and content creator. She guides classroom educators, administrators, parents, and caregivers to better understand the Montessori Method in an effort to continue utilizing its wonder in their work with children. 

Heather is a Content Creator for many Montessori organizations including the American Montessori Society (AMS), Guide & Grow, and Mirus Toys, and a Montessori educator for adult learners through the Center for Guided Montessori Studies (CGMS). She volunteers as an administrator and is a Facebook Manager for the Montessori at Home (0 to 3 Years) Facebook group. Formerly, she was a Montessori guide (Early Childhood 3-6 and Elementary I 6-9) and assistant (Elementary II 9-12), Lower Elementary Coordinator, and Associate Head of School for Lake Mary Montessori Academy for more than 12 years. She also has worked as a Montessori nanny and in-home educator for toddlers and has experience as a School Psychologist intern. 

Heather is AMS credentialed (Early Childhood, Elementary I), holds her National Certification of School Psychology (NCSP), and has also obtained a Masters in Education with a Concentration in Montessori Studies in addition to her School Psychology degree. You can contact Heather at

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February 28, 2024

Navigating Parenthood: Tools & Best Practices for a Healthy Home

Dolores Vazquez

Tailored for Montessori parents and caregivers, this session offers practical tools and insights to overcome common parenting challenges while fostering a healthy home dynamic. Join us for an enriching experience where you'll gain applicable strategies inspired by Montessori principles, empowering you to nurture a harmonious and thriving family life. Our speaker, Dolores Vazquez, will be sharing her parenting tools and answering your questions. 

Dolores was introduced to the Montessori community at thirteen through volunteering, where she quickly discovered a passion for this educational approach. Despite not experiencing Montessori as a child, the impact was profound. After pursuing psychology and education, Dolores worked as an assistant at Kendall Montessori in Miami Florida, setting the stage for a transformative journey.

In 1996, she chose to pursue Montessori training over a psychology master's. The year-long course deepened her love for the method. With her AMI diploma in 1998, she became a guide at Kendall Montessori later relocating to Houston in 1999. She found solace at Northwood Montessori, where her children thrived. In 2006, she joined Northwood as a guide and, in 2009, took on administrative responsibilities. Through her years as a guide and school administrator. She has helped both students and parents in her community find a love for learning through Montessori education. 

For Dolores, every day is a privilege to contribute to something she believes can make a difference in the world.