Mary Ellen Maunz

Student Comments

The following comments are from graduates of our Masters programs both in Integrated Learning and Montessori Integrative Learning.

We welcome other graduates and students to share their journey in a similar way.

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Mary Ellen Maunz, M.Ed.

Past Member of the Board of Directors for MACTE
Director of Training, Age of Montessori

My TIES-Endicott experience was the most significant educational experience of my life. After several years of searching for a master’s program that actually interested me, I found a program that perfectly fit my needs. I could stay at home with my teenage children; I could work full time and I could get the degree I sought. I am a lifelong learner and I immediately found that the community of learners we created during the course was far richer than any in-person learning environment I had ever experienced. It was exciting and inspiring to select my thesis based on my passion rather than someone else’s idea of what I should study.

Learning how intense and immediate the online learning experience could be, motivated me to proceed professionally. I have been a Montessori teacher since 1972 and a Montessori teacher-educator since 1980. I teach in the United States and, for the past nine years, in St. Petersburg, Russia. The TIES curriculum, my independent research and my thesis work took me deeply into renewing my understanding of Montessori’s broad and profound message of the child as the builder of the man and of civilization.

After I graduated it was time to move on and I knew I had to recommit to Montessori. As my awareness grew of how Montessori continues to spread all over the world, it became obvious that there were students who wanted the course I offer, but could not come to my hometown of Bozeman, Montana. I decided to go virtual. In March 2011 my colleagues and I launched www.ageofmontessori.org and in September we began our first online training course. We have more than thirty students on four continents engaging in nine months of intense online work, followed by a month of residential colloquium and a full year of student teaching. The students love the work and have formed a community of dialogue that makes their learning experience so much more fulfilling than straight academic work alone.

TIES made my dreams a reality. I could not have moved forward without my master’s degree and cannot conceive of doing an online course without what I learned from Philip Gang and Marsha Marsha at TIES-Endicott. The powerful dialogue methods they utilized in the TIES course is alive and well in my course forums, and the students gain immeasurably from it.

Mary Ellen Maunz, M.Ed.
Past Member of the Board of Directors for MACTE
Director of Training, Age of Montessori

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