Magazine article Montessori Life

A Brand New Cap

Magazine article Montessori Life

A Brand New Cap

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There is a favorite children's book of mine, Caps for Sale, by Esphyr Slobodkina, that I think about as I sit at my desk at 281 Park Avenue South. It is the story of a peddler in a small country town who travels through the countryside, selling caps of many colors to the villagers. The peddler carries his wares piled atop his head: ". . .firs this own checkered cap, then a bunch of grey caps, then brown caps, then blue caps, and on the very top, a bunch of red caps."

I feel like that peddler in a way, because I have been "selling" Montessori education for most of my life, "piling up my caps" as I've gone along: first as a teacher, followed by my work as a school administrator, and with AMS as board member, board president, commission member, annual-giving chair, Centennial Fund chair, Founders Fund chair, and Archives Committee chair.

Suddenly, I am wearing a brand new cap, that of interim executive director of the American Montessori Society. How does it feel? How is it the same? How is it different? Well, first, it is much the same as before: I am still selling Montessori education and the American Montessori Society with total enthusiasm-and I am awed by the way we have grown. (When I brought my daughter, Annette to her first Montessori preschool experience, there was only one choice: a half-day, three-hour session. …

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