Coming Out in Montessori School: The Importance of Teacher Competency and Support
How do I address this with my student? How do I discuss this with the family? What will the other parents think? How will it affect the class dynamics? These are all questions that may come to mind after one of your students comes out to you and fellow students as a member of the LGBQT+ community. As prepared Montessori adults, we commit to see each person as a complete, unique individual and to teach the whole child. This means that the Montessori guide, the classroom community, and the school community has to seek ways to affirm all parts of our students and their families. Hear how Montessori students, guides, a classroom, community and a school successfully navigated through this issue in a positive and supportive way. This is a panel discussion. ~ ~ ~ Sheri is an experienced Montessori Elementary guide, holds an AMI 6-12 diploma from the Montessori Institute of Atlanta, a Masters in Montessori Elementary Education from Loyola University in Baltimore, MD and an AMI 3-6 diploma from the Montessori Institute of North Texas. Sheri serves at the AMI/USA Human Rights and Social Justice Advisor, the Anti-Bias/Anti-Racist Consultant for Montessori Institute of North Texas (MINT) and is pleased to serve on the Virginia Montessori Association Board of Directors. She is a proud mother of two sons, both who attended Montessori schools during their primary, elementary, and/or middle school careers. They were her inspiration to start a second career, pursue training to become a trained Montessori guide, and to become an ABAR/HRSJ advocate within the Montessori community.