At a certain point, however, the desire for a new challenge begins to take hold of us. We realize that in addition to our duty to students, parents and schools, we have a responsibility to contribute to the larger Montessori community around us. This often occurs after you have been comfortably settled at a school for a number of years. Your classroom runs smoothly year after year. Your own children have grown up and moved away. You have more control over your spare time and you have acquired a level of wisdom and skill that only time and experience can provide.
After I had been teaching for about 20 years, I found myself yearning for a bigger Montessori connection and challenge. I wrote a book for new teachers, I helped organize professional development programmes, I began to present workshops and attended Montessori conferences whenever I could. I found myself increasingly drawn to the big picture of Montessori. After years of teaching and learning, it was time to give back.
How can we support new teachers? Can training be improved? How can we advocate for Montessori education so that it can become accessible to more children? The torch is passed from the hands of those who once led the way to our own hands. If Montessori education is to move forward, transform more children and gain the recognition it deserves, we must not hesitate to take up the torch and run with it. We can offer no less to the world of tomorrow, to the children of tomorrow and to ourselves. At some point, education for Peace requires each of us to focus on the “Big Picture” and give the best of ourselves back to Montessori.