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~ Uniting Our Voices for Montessori Education ~

Our mission is to encourage, support, and advocate for excellent Montessori education. We bring Montessori professionals together regardless of their training background. With a common voice we advocate for the expansion and future of Montessori education. We provide meaningful communication and networking to our members. We provide high quality continuing education events and connect members to other professional development opportunities.


The mission of the Pacific Northwest Montessori Association is to encourage, support and advocate for excellent Montessori education, as well as unite Montessori communities throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Join Us at Our Upcoming PNMA EVENT:

Pacific Northwest Montessori Association Spring Sharing Fair  
Montessori Country School on Bainbridge Island

Saturday, May 18 from 10:00 am-2:00 pm 

School Tours, Vendor Fair, Workshops & Presentations, the PNMA premiere of "Inside Montessori" and much more!  Download our event poster to see a full list of workshops and presentations.

Workshops & Presentations:

  • Starting a Parent & Infant Program
  • A Fall Salmon Study
  • Music for the Elementary Child
  • Art Curriculum for the Kindergartener
  • Conflict Resolution in Elementary 
  • The Voice of the Child
  • Capital Campaigns from Start to Finish
  • Implementing a Peace Curriculum
  • Literacy Circles in the Upper Elementary
  • The Learning Continues: Ongoing Education for the Montessori Guide

Recent PNMA Event:

Pacific Northwest Montessori Association Recently Hosted Elementary Trainer Alison Awes & Other Guest Speakers

Creating Inclusive Communities in Montessori Programs

Rescheduled for Saturday, March 16 from 8:30 am-4:00 pm (doors open at 8:00 am) at Green River Conference & Event Center

Event Description:
The PNMA 2019 Winter Event will include presentations and workshops geared to inspire teachers and staff at all levels.  Choose from two different full-day sessions that will be sure to provide you with insights, strategies, and tools for supporting all students and families in your community.  Elementary Trainer, Alison Awes, will present on Supporting the Dyslexic Child in the Montessori Environment.  Other experts in the field of early childhood special education will provide a variety of presentations geared toward Early Interventions and Navigating the System.

Track A: Supporting the Dyslexic Child in a Montessori Environment presented by Alison Awes
Dyslexic children need sequential, multi-sensory, and explicit experience with the sounds and symbols of our language to read fluently. The richly prepared environment provides a plethora of language experiences for the primary- and elementary-aged child. This workshop with Alison Awes will cover characteristics of dyslexia, recommendations of the National Reading Panel, and how to support the dyslexic child in Children’s House and through Cosmic Education.

This full-day session will be presented by Alison Awes, the director of elementary training at the Montessori Training Center of Minnesota. Ms. Awes holds AMI diplomas for primary and elementary levels, a B.A. in art history from Smith College, a M.A. in Latin American studies from Tulane University, and a M.Ed. in Montessori education from Loyola University Maryland. She has taught in both six-to-nine and nine-to-twelve classrooms.

Ms. Awes is an AMI examiner and has presented a number of workshops, including those on making books with children and supporting the dyslexic child in a Montessori environment. She has served on the boards of private and charter Montessori schools and other organizations, including the AMI Elementary Alumni Association. In addition, Ms. Awes attended Montessori schools until the age of twelve.

Track B: Early Interventions & Navigating the System presented by a variety of early childhood special education experts

This full-day session will be a series of shorter workshops presented by a variety of early childhood special education experts.  These presentations will equip you with insights, tools and strategies to provide all of the students in your programs with the support they need.

Workshop Presentations:

  • Language Development in the 1st Plane - Laurel Swol
  • Advocating for the Child; Tools for Navigating the System - Kris Jones
  • Speech Development - Carrie Fischer
  • Assessment Tools - Andrea Mosko

Morning refreshments & lunch included with your registration!  

MERIT/STARS Credits & WA Clock Hours available.

Online Registration

Alison Awes 
Elementary Director of Training
Montessori Training Center
of Minnesota


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