Professor Luz Casquejo Johnston Elected to American Montessori Society Board

Professor Luz Casquejo JohnstonAssistant Professor in the Kalmanovitz School of Education Luz Casquejo Johnston has been elected to the American Montessori Society (AMS) Board as a professional director. Casquejo Johnston is the program director for the Master’s of Arts in Education.

“I want to give back to a community that has shaped the trajectory of my life,” said Casquejo Johnston. “As a former charter school lower elementary teacher and principal, I understand the value of Montessori in the public sector and the challenges. I want to make sure that we as a community understand and strive to support those who are bringing Montessori to families and children who might not otherwise have the opportunity.”

Casquejo Johnston’s current research focuses on human motivation and self-determination supports in Montessori learning environments. She has published in the Journal of Montessori Research and just attended her first board meeting in July in Nashville, Tenn.

“It was invigorating to see the work that AMS is doing to bring to life their mission and vision, which includes a focus on increasing access to Montessori education.”

Montessori is an education philosophy that fosters rigorous, self-motivated grown for children and adolescents in all areas of their development, with a goal of nurturing each child’s natural desire for knowledge, understanding, and respect.

Previous to her move to Saint Mary’s, Casquejo Johnston taught lower elementary grades, was a founding faculty member of two charter Montessori schools, and served as a principal of two learning centers for a large independent study charter school in Riverside County for seven years, which included a Montessori academy. She has been involved with Montessori education in every capacity starting as a preschool student and continuing on to parent, teacher, board member, principal, and educator in the Montessori Teacher Education Program.

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