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About Dr. Montessori

Dr. Maria Montessori, the founder of Montessori education in the early 1900s, was one of the greatest reformers of early childhood education in the history of education. By the early half of the 20th century, her philosophy and methods of educating youth were widely practiced throughout the world from Europe (e.g., Italy, England, France, Austria) to Asia (e.g., India, China, Korea, and Japan), and in the US. Today many ideas, techniques, and concepts in early childhood education trace their roots to Dr. Montessori’s work, including “sensitive periods,” prepared environment, child-centered education, and freedom from rewards or punishment. Because her philosophy focuses on the development of the inner child, allowing a child to achieve his/her full potential, Dr. Montessori’s methods have timeless value.

Based on such profound philosophies and methods, we, at Montessori Plus School, strive to create a learning and stimulating environment for our children in which they are encouraged by our well-trained teachers and interns. Montessori Plus Schools’ ultimate goal is to see that our children meet their need for self-construction and development as a “whole” child. The Montessori philosophy of education also integrates the Christian view of the child and the world based on Dr. Montessori’s own Christian world view. With this perspective as the core of our philosophy, the “Plus” in our name refers to the Christian approach to the Montessori way of learning.


Meet Our Staff

Sharlet McClurkin, Co-Director & Trainer, MTP of WA

Mrs. McClurkin holds a B.A. in Biological Science from Sterling College and an M.A. in American History from Florida State University where she was in a Ph.D. program in Humanities as an NDEA scholar. Having taught history on the college level, she took her MIA Montessori training in Kansas City in 1971. Mrs. McClurkin has directed MPS since 1971 and teacher preparation courses since 1973. In 1997-98 Mrs. McClurkin took the AMS Birth-Three courses in Seattle, WA. Mrs. McClurkin is a former Montessori Institute of America (MIA) president.
“The main goal for my life,” as Mrs. McClurkin says, “is to assist children and teachers to become independent self-confident human beings. This goal has kept me working for children for more than forty years, whether in Washington State or other countries of the world.”

Donald McClurkin, Administrator & Trainer, MTP of WA

Mr. McClurkin holds a B.S. in Science from Pepperdine University, a B.D. from Reformed Presbyterian Seminary, and an M.Th. in Christian Education from Columbia Theological Seminary. He took his MIA Montessori training in Seattle in 1981 and his AMS elementary training in 1984. He is also a certified PET, TET and LET instructor. Mr. McClurkin pastored churches for eighteen years and is now a trainer and administrator at MTP of WA.
Mr. McClurkin is inspired to teach adults in Montessori education, particularly in making math easy and exciting for children. He also loves teaching geography, history, and science subjects.

Sharron Reece, C0-Director & Trainer, MTP of WA
Program Director, Montessori Plus School

Mrs. Sharron Reece directed and taught at the Renton school for more than 10 years. Mrs. Reece holds a BA in art from Washburn University. She is a teacher trainer for MTP of WA and the Program Director at The East Hill Kent School.
Mrs. Reece recalls, “Twenty years ago, I came into Montessori education through my own daughter when she was only a toddler. I watched her learn and develop toward her potential through the elementary Montessori years. Now I truly enjoy training adults from all over the world in the practical life and language materials. Having my BA in art, I enjoy helping new teachers learn of the joy of abstract art.”

Beth Camp, Director, Montessori Plus School

Mrs. Camp has directed MPS and administered MTP of WA offices for the past seventeen years. In 2011 she took the summer intensive course for her Montessori certification. “I was a Montessori child from age 3 to 6 years. Both of my sons began Montessori as toddlers and continued through the elementary level. During these years I’ve worked at MPS and MTP of WA, I have enjoyed meeting parents and new teachers for training, assisting children help themselves, and supervising all of our programs,” shares Mrs. Camp.

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