International Community of People and Schools 

Who share a common goal to build healthy and high quality Montessori programs.. 

Lead Montessori 2019

Second International Conference for Montessori School Owners, Directors and Administrators

Prague | October 31 - November 3, 2019

Registrations for new participants will start on April 1, 2019.

Our Mission:

We connect, share and collaborate to empower each other.
We are an ecosystem.
We draw from our collective intelligence.
We generate synergy which transforms not just us and our organisations but, we hope, also the world.

Our story

Over the years, since I first established Montessori Schools Andilek in the Czech Republic and Montessori Institute Prague, I found out that being a Montessori school owner and a director of a training institute can often be a lonely job. At the same time, through the work at the Institute, I discovered that are many other people in the same role as me, feeling the same loneliness, the solitude of responsibility. Some of these people turned out to live in my own country, some live in Europe, some live in other places of the world. These people are fighting the same fight as I am, they are believing the same values, they are serving the same purpose.

I found it very encouraging, energizing and nourishing to spend time with them - talking, exchanging information, learning from each other. I realized the greatness of the value of "standing on each other’s shoulders” when we receive advice and then pass it on to others. I came to understand the value of sharing experience and practice. I experienced the power of belonging to a community of people who are “walking in the same shoes".

And just as I began to think about how to turn this realization into something that may help others, I met three amazing people who turned out to have walked this path before me and who felt called to support this venture. 

These people - experts with a deep well of knowledge and experience, people of great character and wonderful sense of humor co-created Lead Montessori. They helped to create the first conference program. They became the back bone of Lead Montessori. We together became the Lead Montessori team, each offering unique skills to the Lead Montessori work. If you want to lear more about what Lead Montessori 2018 was like, go here.

If you are interested to join us for the next conference, send me an email. We will be very glad to include you in the Lead Montessori community we have built and offer you the opportunity to participate in Lead Montessori 2019. We will nourish you. You will learn new hard and soft skills. We will help you to assume and practice your role as a Montessori leader. We will help you run your school and we will become your friends. We will support you in your work of building a strong Montessori program.

Co-founders, Speakers and Consultants

Renowned Montessori school leaders with extensive knowledge and experience. 
Upbeat and fun to be with! 
Wholehearted desire to help fellow Montessori leaders.

Kathy Minardi

Kathy is Senior Consultant with Whole School Leadership, founded to help Montessori administrators around the world to guide healthy communities of children, families and school staff. Kathy has 40 years of experience as a school leader and was the Head of School at Aidan Montessori in Washington, DC for nearly 20 years. Kathy presents for NAMTA, AMI USA, Montessori Australia Foundation, AMS and AMI.

Peter Davidson

Peter devoted his life to children and the Montessori movement, with 6 years in the classroom and 37 years in administration including 27 years as Head of School at Montessori School of Beaverton, Oregon. Peter consults, speaks on management topics and provides leadership seminars across USA and Canada and around the world, including Russia, Australia, GB, the Czech Republic, Israel and the Palestinian Territories.

Sue Pritzker

Sue has been the Head of School at Childpeace Montessori School in Portland, Oregon for 30 years and has been a teacher and administrator for over 40 years. Sue is also past President of the MAA (Montessori Administrators Association), presenter for NAMTA, AMI USA, Primary Consultant for AMI USA and founding member of the Montessori Leaders Collaborative.

Reserve a place

Registrations for new participants will start on March 1, 2019