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Joen Bettmann


Joen BettmannJoen Bettmann is the Director of the International Montessori Training Institute and has over forty years of Montessori experience. She is a Primary (ages 3-6) Trainer, Examiner, and Consultant with the Association Montessori Internationale. As former Director of Training of the Ohio Montessori Training Institute, she offered both academic-year and summer training formats, which she now delivers in Atlanta. Ms. Bettmann frequently speaks at national and international Montessori conferences and has published articles in AMI Communications and The NAMTA Journal. She has had extensive classroom experience in both private and public Montessori schools, especially in central city locations. Ms. Bettmann has a B.A. in sociology and psychology and a Master of Education degree in Montessori education. She has had training responsibilities at the Midwest Montessori Institute in Milwaukee, WI, the Montessori Institute Northwest in Portland, OR, the Maria Montessori Training Organization in London, England, Computer Associates Corporate Childcare in Long Island, NY and the Montessori Institute of Atlanta. She was the Director of Training for the first primary summer course in Sydney, Australia, and the first Foundation Course for elementary training in Israel. She has participated in a U.S. government-sponsored Montessori project in South Africa. She also serves as an adjunct professor at Loyola University Marylands Center for Montessori Education.

Jack Yu

Course Translator

Jack YuJack Yu trained in the same year of 2000 - 2001 at the A to I level with Judi Orion at The Montessori Training Institute in Denver over two summers and at the Primary level with Joen at Ohio Montessori Training Institute in Cleveland over the academic course. After worked for a year in an Infant Community in the US, Jack returned back to his home continent and worked as Primary guide, administrator and private consultant at various cities in Asia. He was invited to work as a translator in Denver, Hang Zhou, and San Diego for A to I, Primary and most recently Elementary courses. He considers the experience of taking AMI Montessori training a transforming process and enjoys helping people going through the process of taking training using his language skills. At the moment, he works as a Primary guide in Bowie, Maryland to continue his process of transformation.

課程翻譯。在2000-2001年之間,分別在丹佛接受Judi Orion兩個暑期的嬰幼兒發展助手(Assistants to Infancy)培訓,以及在克里夫蘭接受Joen整年3-6歲培訓課程。結訓之後Jack在美國的一個幼兒團體社群工作一年之後,他回到亞洲,並且在多個城市旅行,擔任3-6蒙特梭利教師、管理以及私聘顧問。他受邀至丹佛、杭州以及聖地牙哥等地擔任課程翻譯,曾翻譯過0-3、3-6,以及最近完成的小學培訓課程。他認為AMI蒙特梭利培訓課程是個轉化的過程,並且樂於使用他的語言能力幫助其他人接受培訓。目前,他在馬里蘭州某個蒙特梭利學校擔任3-6教師,繼續他轉化的旅程。

Myesha GreenMyesha Green's early experiences as a Montessori child set the stage for her later commitment to childhood education. After receiving her Ph.D. in Immunology from Emory University, Myesha went on to complete her AMI primary training with Joen Bettmann and her elementary training with J. McKeever. She also received her M.Ed. from Loyola University Maryland. This summer, Myesha will begin the Training of Trainers Programme under the direction of Joen Bettmann. At the moment, Myesha works as a primary guide in Decatur, Georgia where she has served the children in the all-day class for nine years. When not making new materials for the classroom, she enjoys reading, traveling, trying new workout classes, and spending time with her family.



Ieda TorresIeda Torres: My name is Ieda Torres Holyoak. I am from Puerto Rico and currently living in Portland, OR in the company of my wonderful husband and amazing one year old son. I completed a bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a major in Finance at the University of Puerto Rico. In 2005, I moved to Phoenix, AZ to take the academic Primary course at the Montessori Education Center School with the Director of Training, Nimal Vaz. In 2007, I attended the summer Elementary course at the Montessori Training Center of Minnesota in St. Paul, MN with the Director of Training, Phillys Pottish-Lewis. I have been in a Montessori classroom for a total of 12 years. I worked as primary guide in Puerto Rico, Phoenix, AZ and Portland, OR.

I started the Training of Trainers in 2011 at the Montessori Northwest in Portland, OR under the guidance of the Director of Training Ginni Sackett for two years. This summer 2016, I am continuing with my education in the Training of Trainers at the International Montessori Training Institute in Atlanta, GA under the guidance of the Director of Training Joen Bettmann.

I am passionate about Montessori philosophy and an advocate to fully support the child's development in their early years. I enjoy spending time with my family, love being a mom to our one year old son and traveling to my hometown.