It all started out with a friendship…
Master Teacher Mary Ellen Maunz with Dr. Elisabeth Caspari in 1982
Early Reading Program creator and Director Mary Ellen Maunz has over 40 years of experience in Montessori…
teaching at the 2½ to 6 year-old and the 6 to 12 year-old levels, and administrating a large private school for 20 years. Mary Ellen was trained over a four-year period as a Master Teacher by Dr. Elisabeth Caspari, personal friend and student of Maria Montessori, and was awarded a Master Teacher diploma in 1983. Caspari and Maunz remained close friends and worked together from their initial meeting in 1979 up until Caspari’s passing in 2002.
The legacy from Maria Montessori to Elisabeth Caspari to Mary Ellen Maunz is unbroken. Maunz has continued in teacher education since that time. She teaches and lectures on early childhood education across the globe.
Maunz earned her Masters Degree (M.Ed.) in Integrative Education with an emphasis on Montessori from Endicott College…
and she holds a BS in Child Development from the University of La Verne. She also holds an AMI Montessori diploma for ages 2½ – 7 and a Pan-American Montessori Society diploma for ages 6–12.
Mary Ellen also has an extensive background as a school consultant and as the co-creator of a successful business in early reading products, the Early Reading Company. She was lead author of the book, Learning to Read is Child’s Play, published in 2000. Her early reading system was adopted by several large school systems, early childhood education chains and many private schools.
She served as Commissioner for Accreditation and Member of the Board of Directors for the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE)…
from 1992-2000 and held the position of Vice-President of the International Association of Montessori Educators (IAME) from 2001-2004.
She served on the Board of Directors of Middle Creek Montessori in Bozeman, Montana from 2005 through 2007. She was honored in 2013 with the Wisdom of the Elders Award for her leadership in the Montessori community.
Mother of three grown children, Mary Ellen’s great passion is helping parents and teachers maximize their child’s potential.
She loves to read, swim, and hike with friends and family. On a more personal note, Mary Ellen is greatly concerned about the poor literacy statistics of American children and considers the act of caring for our children as the greatest mission one could embrace in this life.
She understands that both children and adults operate only at a fraction of their potential and she has made it her life’s work to help parents and teachers learn how to unleash their children’s greatest potential.
Meet early reading expert Randall Klein
Randall Klein, from Bozeman, Montana, completed his Montessori early childhood educator certification from Association Montessori Internationale in 1977.
He spent sixteen years teaching in multi-aged Montessori preschool classrooms and collaborating with Mary Ellen during that entire time. Randall also holds a BA in German from Carroll University.
Randall and Mary Ellen have taught children to read in every possible environment:
- From the projects in Chicago to the mansions of suburban Barrington
- From the rural mountains of Montana to the university towns in Minnesota
- From Title I programs around the country to a national preschool chain throughout the Southeast.
In 1986, Randall received the Master Teacher diploma from the Pan American Montessori Society and conducted numerous teacher training courses with his mentor, Dr. Elisabeth Caspari.
In 1993, he left the classroom to focus on developmentally appropriate early reading instruction as a reading coach, seminar leader, and tutor.
Randall has successfully taught hundreds of children from ages three to twenty how to read.
He has used this experience to formulate the techniques and methods he now delivers to educators and parents in his literacy presentations and workshops.
In 2001, Mary Ellen and Randall co-authored a book entitled Learning to Read is Child’s Play.
It is Randall’s desire to create heightened awareness of the need for systematic, explicit, and developmentally appropriate reading instruction for beginning readers.
Randall finds special joy in the many opportunities he has each year to deliver the message of children’s empowerment through early reading instruction…
and methods to public school teachers throughout the country.
He sees this as a means to dramatically increase the reading readiness of all children, and thereby drastically reduce the instances of reading failure. In 2011 Mary Ellen invited him to join her at the Age of Montessori to focus on taking their work with early reading to a new level with the development of The Royal Road to Reading.
What is Age of Montessori?
In 1980, Elisabeth Caspari and Mary Ellen Maunz launched a Montessori teacher certification program that is now the Age of Montessori (AOM). In 2011, AOM launched a blended program of online and in-person training for early childhood teacher certification. AOM received its accreditation from Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE) in 2012. In December 2013 Mary Ellen Maunz received the Wisdom of the Elders Award from MACTE for her life’s work as a leader in the Montessori community as an educator, writer and innovator.
Mary Ellen was awarded the Pan American Master Teacher credential from both Dr. Feland Meadows and Dr. Caspari in 1983. Mary Ellen and Dr. Meadows continue their commitment to train Montessori teachers from all over the world.
Age of Montessori provides online and in-person seminars and the Royal Road to Reading DVD series to help teachers, school supervisors and parents refine and perfect their skills in teaching early reading.
Along with its popular MACTE accredited online early childhood certification program*, AOM will launch an elementary certification program* in September of 2015.
* Online and in-person
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Age of Montessori holds accredited status for its Early Childhood Montessori teacher education certification course level from the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE) through the year 2019. Age of Montessori holds accredited status for its Elementary I-II teacher education certification course level from the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE) through the year 2023. MACTE.org