February 02, 2017

National leader to keynote St. Catherine Montessori Education Week celebration

Nicole Evans, principal of City Garden Montessori School, St. Louis, MO. Photo supplied.

The St. Catherine Montessori community will celebrate Montessori Education Week with two inspiring keynote speakers, tours and opportunities for networking.

The event features two keynote speakers who will share their expertise in growing intentional Montessori communities by engaging children, families and supporters.

Nicole Evans, principal, City Garden Montessori, St. Louis, MO

Dr. Nicole Evans is principal of City Garden, a public charter school serving children in pre K – 6 grade that is a national model of intentional community building and inclusion. Practicing “radical hospitality,” staff and teachers have created a school accessible to children of all incomes, races, family backgrounds and abilities. In addition, City Garden collaborates with the business community in St. Louis in hosting “Colorbrave Conversations” for parents and community members to discuss ways to dismantle racism and systemic inequities.

Pat Schaefer, co-founder of Lake Country School, MInneapolis

Pat Schaefer ‘58 is co-founder of Lake Country School in Minneapolis and author of Creating a Real School: Lake Country School Montessori Environments 1976-1996. She will share how Lake Country, which is celebrating its 40th year, combines annual rituals and celebrations, field trips and theatrical performances, student projects and parent associations to weave a rich and vibrant community of children and families.

Sunday, February 26, noon – 5 p.m., schedule of events:

Open House: noon – 1 p.m.

  • Tour the Advanced Montessori Programs model classrooms – cameras are welcome.
  • St. Catherine University, Our Lady of Victory Chapel, Lower Level, Room 17

Social Hour and Wellness Walkabout: noon – 2 p.m.

  • Connect with friends, enjoy light snacks or a soft drink and explore wellness strategies for teachers hosted by the Minnesota Montessori Network.

Tea: 2 – 2:30 p.m.

  • Enjoy a delicious tea with your Montessori friends – consider reserving a table for your school. Vegetarian and gluten free options are available.

Keynote Speakers: 2:30 – 4 p.m.

  • Schaefer and Evans will share insights from their experiences in creating inclusive communities.

Desserts and Book Signing: 4 – 5 p.m.

  • Mingle and discuss the keynote with your Montessori friends, enjoy bite-sized desserts and purchase a copy of Pat’s book, Creating a Real School.

Event details

Social Hour, tea and keynote speaker: Rauenhorst Ballroom, Coeur de Catherine, St. Catherine University, 2004 Randolph Ave., St. Paul, Minn. 55105

Tickets: $15 per person; table of eight – $100

Purchase tickets online by Sunday, February 19