Hillary has been involved in Montessori education for over 30 years. From her early days of being a Montessori primary and elementary classroom teacher, to a Dean, Head of School, Accreditation Director and Montessori consultant, Hillary truly believes that the Montessori Method is the best method of education for all children. Hillary currently consults with Montessori schools, and is directing all programs on the school campus at Claire’s Montessori International Academy. She also serves as an IMC accreditation commissioner. Recently, Hillary developed a Peace/Wellbeing curriculum for schools. She strongly advises adding wellbeing techniques into every child’s day to empower them for emotional, social and academic success in today’s uncertain world.
Claire Ghattas is owner/administrator of Claire’s Montessori International Academy. Claire received her Early Childhood Montessori diploma from the Montessori Teacher College of Sacramento. She has had management training through AMS and has also completed the RIE (Resources for Infant Educators) training. Claire is a member of the IMC (The International Montessori Council) and she continues to deepen her understanding of the Montessori philosophy and methodology by attending workshops and conferences. Claire was an executive secretary before she came to the United States. While in the US, she started a small school from her home in 1994 and in 1998, to meet the expanding needs of the children in her care, she moved to her current location and the school became known as Claire’s Montessori School. Claire is now expanding her school to include elementary aged students and the school will be now be doing business as Claire’s Montessori International Academy.