Montessori Florida Coalition is holding the
2018 Montessori Teacher – Parent Education Days at
11300 NE 2nd Ave, Miami Shores, FL 33161
Saturday, January 20th, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Keynote Speaker: Judy Dempsey
” Reflections and Projections”
Excerpt from the MFC Website
January 20, 2018
“Reflections and Projections”
Judy Dempsey, a passionate Montessorian for 41 years, joins us to share her reflections on her life’s journey on the Montessori path. She will share her thoughts on how this path is so much more than just the presentation of Montessori materials to our children. This is a journey that can be life-changing, not only for the children in our care, but for our co-workers, families, our communities and the world. Living this beautiful philosophy will lead all of us to the dream so close to Dr. Montessori’s heart – creating an amazing, more compassionate, understanding, and peaceful world.
The Montessori Movement encompasses a holistic view of the development of the person – we are not separate entities – we are all cosmically connected and need to grow in all areas: intellectually, emotionally, socially, and spiritually. You will walk away inspired to elevate yourself, your students, and everyone else in your life, by recommitting and honoring the foundational principles in the Montessori Movement: respect for self, others, and the environment; a love for learning and the immense human potential within each and everyone of us; and a genuine drive to make the world a better place. Ms. Dempsey will shine a light on how so many involved in the Montessori movement have already impacted the world in unimaginable ways and will continue to do so.
Judy Dempsey will ask us to embrace the philosophy in ways that will bring our Montessori Method into other possible realms in the future: work with the elderly, with special needs students, and a possible spiritual Montessori movement. Join us in hearing how we can continue our love of Montessori in many other aspects of life.
About Judy Dempsey
Judy Dempsey has been a Montessori educator for 41 years. She has owned and operated Summit-Questa Montessori School in Davie, Florida for the past 26 years. The school serves children from the ages of 18 months through 8th grade. The beautiful 10-acre campus has native habitats, numerous gardens, a wetland preserve, a mini-barnyard, outdoor fields, a gymnasium and two pools. The school is also the site of Summit Montessori Teacher Training Institute, an accredited teacher training center affiliated with the American Montessori Society. Judy is co-director of this training center and has been instrumental in training hundreds of Montessori teachers in the state of Florida since 2003.
As an innovative educator, Judy has served on numerous educational boards in Florida. She held the position of 1st Vice President and Director of Accreditation for five years on the board of the Association of Independent Schools of Florida, a Florida state organization that accredits private schools and recognizes prominent educators. Judy was awarded the 2016-2017 Richard and Dorothy Lear Distinguished Educator of the Year- the highest honor given by the Association of Independent Schools of Florida. This award, named for the founders of the Lear School in Miami, recognizes the distinguished career of Judy Dempsey and her continuous efforts to provide a quality education to the children of South Florida.
Judy is the author of Turning Education Inside Out: Confessions of a Montessori Principal, which is now available world-wide through traditional book retailers. It was an educational bestseller on Amazon. In her informative and engaging bestseller, she details her over 40 years of experience with the Montessori philosophy as a Montessori educator, administrator, school owner, and teacher trainer. She shows the impact that the Montessori experience has on the developing child, clears up misconceptions about exactly what Montessori is, and helps prospective parents determine if Montessori is right for their child.