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with Sue Pritzker and Pam Wisner

The Most Essential Partnership

The Most Essential Partnership

The relationship between the Guide and the Classroom Assistant is one of the first that a child experiences outside of the home.

Built upon humility, respect, and trust that relationship can be a model for healthy social interaction and division of labor.

What are the working assumptions, personal and professional, we need to put securely in place to assure both adults have an opportunity to grow in their roles? 

How can leadership support that developing relationship? 

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.

Pam Wisner

Over the past forty years, Pam Wisner has worked as a classroom assistant, Director of Education and Admissions, and a Primary (3-6) teacher at Marin Montessori School, an AMI school in Corte Madera, California.  She has an Associate Arts degree in Early Childhood Education, an AMI Diploma from The Montessori Institute of Atlanta, and an Inclusive Education certificate from the Montessori Institute of San Diego.  Pam’s interests include nature education, inclusive education, process art, and children’s literature.

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