Magazine article Montessori Life

2018 LIVING LEGACIES D'Neil and Michael Duffy

Magazine article Montessori Life

2018 LIVING LEGACIES D'Neil and Michael Duffy

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The AMS 2018 Living Legacies are D'Neil and Michael Duffy. D'Neil and Michael Duffy have been involved in Montessori education for more than 40 years, ever since their daughter, Mignon, entered a Montessori program at age 2tø, followed by their younger son, Brett.

D'Neil, who had been a teacher in traditional public and private schools, fell in love with the Montessori Method and philosophy and went on to take AMI Primary-level training (she later received her AMS Elementary I-II credential from the Center for Montessori Teacher Education | New York). In 1979, she founded Blackstock Montessori School, in Villa Rica, GA, where she taught and served as administrator for 21 years. D'Neil served one term on the AMS Board, helping to promote the organization's public policy agenda.

Michael, a journalist by training, received his AMS Elementary I-II credential at CMTE | NY. In 1989, he joined Blackstock Montessori School, teaching in Lower Elementary and then Upper Elementary.

Later, the Duffys both served as trainers in CMTE | NY's Elementary teacher training program. They also assisted in the establishment of a MACTE-approved Elementary training course for public school teachers in Puerto Rico-Instituto Nueva Escuela (INE). …

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