As a Montessori professional, I hold myself to what sometimes seem to be offensively high standards. As such, I have had all of Maitri's products reviewed by experienced Montessori educators and/or subject matter experts. I would like to thank the following reviewers/mentors for their time, patience, wisdom, and honest feedback:
- Pamela Allen, Ed Program Specialist, Office of Non-Public Education, US Dept. of Education
- Amherst Montessori School Staff
- Susan Banon, Administrator, Bilingual Montessori School of Paris
- Tamara Balis, Head of School, Greenspring Montessori School
- Jane Campbell, President, Montessori Services
- Megan Didavi, AMI Montessori Tutor
- Greenspring Montessori School Staff
- Gretchen Hall, AMI 3-6 Trainer, Montessori Training Center of New England
- Shannon Helfrich, AMI 3-6 Trainer
- Susan Hershey, Primary Teacher, Pioneer Valley Montessori School
- Bryan Hudson, PhD., Forensic Neurospychologist, Lecturer, Harvard University (Extension School)
- Kathryn Lord, PhD candidate, Mammology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
- Anne Catherine McConnell, Asst. Professor, Montreal Montessori Training Centre
- Dominique Mouthon, Former Director, Montessori School of Quincy
- Stephanie Peabody, Psy.D., Visiting Scholar, Harvard University (Extension School)
- Molly Reynolds, Head of School, Pioneer Valley Montessori School
- Carly Riley, Founding Teacher/Professional Learning Communities Director, Libertas Public Montessori School
- Priscilla Spears, PhD, Founder, Big Picture Science
- Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa, PhD., Lecturer, Harvard University (Extension School)
- Susan Stephenson (and her grandson Tai), AMI Teacher Trainer/Founder, Michael Olaf Montessori
- Tarin Weiss, PhD, Professor of Education, Westfield State College
- Zanetti Montessori School Staff
- Rita Zener, AMI 3-6 Trainer, Southwest Institute of Montessori Studies
At Maitri, we make everything locally and are committed to reusing and recycling everything! Through the efforts of our innovative staff, we have been able to salvage hundreds of boxes from local schools to use for shipping and so many pounds of scrap newsprint from the local newspaper to use for packaging. None of this would be possible without the wonderful assistance of Becky Alexander (mom and PTO wild woman) and Lynn Blair (librarian extraordinaire).
I would also like to thank the many who have lent their hands in the past to keep things going as we have grown including: Kim Nguyen (Psychology major at U. Mass.), Tara Jacob (circus artist, performer, and circus arts teacher), David Hyde Costello (children's book author/illustrator), Erika McElwey (an animal rehabilitation therapist, part-time farmer and mom), Janet Street (artist and entrepreneur), Emma Rearick (a scholar with anthropological leanings), Sandy Skrocki (an amazing mom and entrepreneur), Kerri LaPlante (amazing mom, PTO maven, and paralegal), Joanne Lucia (an entrepreneurial art teacher and artist), Sherri Wagner (who cares and cooks for the elderly), Susan Snape (an art teacher and master of the meditative beauty of laminating), Hannah Tracy (a librarian), Sue Froehlich (an engineer, small farmer, and mother who volunteers perpetually to teach science at her daughters' school) and Carolyn Keating (an amazing librarian who appreciates the art of the details).
The majority of the photographs in Maitri materials were taken by me. However, I need to thank so many of my friends and family members for helping me locate all the perfect objects (from nets to pools) to photograph. I also need to acknowledge the many photographers whose work I have licensed (see our photo credits page for more details).
I would also like to thank my late teacher Sybil Devereux for her incredible patience and courage in transforming me into a bona fide AMI Montessori Directress, and my late mentor Dr. Annette Haines (AMI 3-6 Trainer/Director of Training, AMI Montessori Training Center of St. Louis). And of course, my daughter Devin (Maitri's self-appointed OEE--Odds and Ends Executive) for looking at every new draft with enthusiasm, positive suggestions, and perpetual encouragement, my son Dante who is a rather rigorous and unforgiving product tester, and my husband Adam, a brilliant chemistry professor who brings a shrewd eye and scientific context to our work (not to mention a strong back). I am so fortunate!
May all beings benefit,