Olivia Christensen

Assistant Professor



Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, Elementary Education
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 2018

Master of Education
Loyola College, Baltimore, MD, 2008

AMI Primary Montessori Certification
Montessori Training Center of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN, 2007

Bachelor of Arts, Studio Art
Lewis and Clark College, Portland, OR, 2005

Mounds Park Academy’s Alumni Grant Recipient (2016).

Priscilla Hawn Fellowship for Early Childhood and Elementary Education, University of Minnesota (2014).

Assistant Professor, Advanced Montessori Programs, St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN, 2017–Present

Sister Ann Harvey Visiting Professor, Advanced Montessori Programs, St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN, 2016–2017

Administrative Fellow, Educator Preparation and Policy Council, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 2016–2017

Christensen, O. (2016). Proving Montessori: Identity and dilemmas in a Montessori teacher’s lived experience. Journal of Montessori Research, 2(2), 35-48.

Christensen, O. & Gast, K. (2015). Addressing classism in early childhood education: How social-class sensitive pedagogy and the Montessori method can work together. Advances in Early Education and Day Care, 19, 113-135.

Peer-Reviewed Presentations

Branch, J. & Christensen, O. (2018). Enhancing the Observation Skills of Adult Learners. American Montessori Society Annual Conference, Denver, CO.

Christensen, O. (2017). Becoming a Social Class-Sensitive Montessori Teacher. Celebrating our Montessori Children, University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse, WI.

Christensen, O. (2016). Addressing Classism in Early Childhood Education. Montessori for Social Justice Conference, Cambridge, MA.

Christensen, O. (2015). Theorizing Planes of Development in Early Childhood Education. Eleventh International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry (ICQI), Champaign-Urbana, IL.

Vagle, M.D., Gast, K., & Christensen, O. (2015). Continuing to trouble stage developmentalism. American Educational Research Association (AERA), Chicago, IL.