Recording of Feb. 22 Info Session

About the Panelists

Hawley Hoggard began her fascination with the Montessori approach in 1985 when she visited a Montessori classroom while searching for a school for her young son. When Washington Montessori Institute decided to try the concept of a summer primary training course with Liz Hall as the trainer, Hawley jumped at the chance to enroll. In 1988 she received her AMI diploma from WMI.

Since then, Hawley has taught in primary classrooms for over 30 years, primarily in Charlotte, North Carolina. In 2013, Hawley co-founded Keystone Montessori School where she has served as primary teacher and Head of School. Besides an AMI diploma, Hawley also earned a B.A in botany from UNC-Chapel Hill. Hawley is planning to retire at the end of the 2023-24 school year from her position as Head of School and hopes to do a lot of fishing.

Sailini founded Fiore Montessori along with her husband, Sandeep Lohia, in 2010. The school became accredited by the AMI USA (Association of Montessori Internationale) as a committed practitioner of the authentic Montessori accreditation standards. She is trained as an AMI Montessori Primary Guide and has over 8 years of experience working with children ages 3 – 6. Sailini holds a M.B.A. in Finance and B.S. in Commerce. In a previous life, Sailini worked as a Business Director for Capital One. She and her husband have two sons, ages 10 and 12, and live in Vienna, VA. She is a committed Iyengar Yoga student and enjoys playing Bridge.

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.

Naoko is an experienced and innovative AMI primary trainer. She grew up in Tokyo, Japan and received her B.A. in childhood education from Tokyo Gakugei University and an M.Ed. from Loyola University Maryland. Since 2009, Naoko has trained adults in the Philippines, Japan, China, and the U.S. on assistant, foundation, and primary courses. Naoko is also an AMI/USA consultant. She lives in Baltimore with her husband, Frank.