Join us to explore the Montessori approach to children from birth to age 3 years. Learn about the school and community environments for babies and toddlers as well as how environments can support healthy development. Presenters Jennifer Shields and Mamatha Chiruvella will also explore how to support children as they transition from an infant community/toddler class into a primary class.


  • This is approved by Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning. Conference code C-BFTS-5037.

  • Participants will receive three (3) clock hours for Bright from the Start Professional Development.

  • This event will be held at Arbor Montessori (La Vista campus at 2998 Lavista Road, Decatur, GA 30033).

About Jennifer ShieldsAMI primary trainer
Jennifer Shields is a primary trainer for the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI). She holds both the AMI Primary and Assistants to Infancy diplomas. Jennifer earned a B.A. in English Literature from Georgetown University and an M.Ed. from Cleveland State University. She worked for over fifteen years in Montessori schools as a teacher, assistant, and administrator. She is an examiner and consultant for AMI and presents at workshops and conferences locally and worldwide. Jennifer loves observing in classrooms, coaching teachers and teacher trainees, and spreading the insights made by Dr. Montessori.

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About Mamatha ChiruvellaAMI primary and 0-3 trained guide
Mamatha Chiruvella is trained at both the AMI primary and 0-3 levels. She is currently the lead toddler teacher at Arbor Montessori School. She received her B.A. in Early Education from Mahatma Gandhi Memorial College in India and Youngstown State University.

She shares, “I learnt about Montessori Education when we were looking for “the best education“ for my daughter, Megha. She was about 2 years old and attended daycare. She was interested in a Kindergarten class there and was able to academically fit in. The director of the preschool asked me to check the Montessori school and we did. My husband and I loved the program and Megha enjoyed going to school. I volunteered at the school in the beginning and worked as an after-school teacher for an year. Then became the primary classroom assistant before taking the Primary training.”