“Education reform is huge and necessary… Yet, it feels like a somewhat futile adventure, doesn’t it?
We felt the same way and realized that MORE THAN advocacy and education about the issues were going to be needed to make the type of IMPACT where we could literally SEE A Desired DIFFERENCE happening.
And, it could be seen in a way that was more than hopeful, but in a way that was recognizable, ideally, inspirational and exciting with verifiable advanced learning outcomes evident.
Did we have the skills, experience and verve to offer something that would translate into impact or not? Frankly, we wrestled with this question.
We knew we had experience + passion driven by a heart of ethics + insights + certain savvy with an enjoyment of listening to the beat of a different drummer – all of which are required to bring a new dynamic into operational functionality for a notable change.
We decided to commit our vision of an educational end result, so clear in our minds we could “taste it”, into curricula.
Sharon possesses a gift of rapport – she can enter a class or group of kids, esp. pre-k to age 8 and “magic” happens. Could this gift be analyzed and taught to others ?… Dennis and Tina were sure of it.
We decided if we could commit our vision of an educational end result, so clear in our minds we could “taste it”, into curricula, then we had an obligation to offer it to a world hungry for such knowledge of how-to do it.
Besides, we were motivate to end the suffering of children bored by rote and turning to criminality for the challenges it offered! And, so our deliberations and intention merged into formulated curricula to pass on the skills of rapport driven classrooms.
It was exciting to watch our ideas take form!
In a nutshell, we arrived at taking a parallel approach by training new breed of teachers to open public charter schools as pilot models demonstrating the new curriculum in action – much the same way Montessori came into recognition as a superior methodology. Let us grow together and heal our society one classroom at a time, joined in collaboration as a system benefiting as many people as we can interest in being the change!
We can most definitely can do it, we simply have to start the process.”
The Creative Intuitive
Educational Experience and Training
Public speaking, volunteerism, headline editor, and worked on a cookbook publication.
The Steady Beat of a Mother’s Heart & Wisdom
Tina brings her B. Ed, Progressive Montessori, and Nursery School Administration Certification to the Antakarana foundation.
Her many years teaching in foreign countries and the United States enriches her cultural openness which she brings as a valuable asset to our evolving work. Tina’s strong base of ethics and honesty in relating underscores the Principles and motives which generated our unique curriculum insights and formulation. Her keen interests are in advancing the social sciences and superior education that elicits the inner nature of a child to find their gifts and learn how to translate them into practical skills.
Tina and Sharon co- founded the Antakarana Montessori Method Association (AMMA), and together they formulated a curriculum training pre-k through grade 2 teachers in an advanced Montessori Method, reincorporating aspects that foster human spirit development, which, according to Dr. Elizabeth Caspari, were near and dear to Maria Montessori, yet often excluded from the schools and training organizations as either, not “popular or modern.”
Tina joined the As Buds Blossom research project validating the methodology and curriculum AKRNA will be advancing, including classroom teaching and school administration.
The Man, The Force of Nature :), & Voice of Reason
Graduate of United State’s AIR University, Maxwell Air Force Base
Central College of Texas, Killeen, Texas
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* ISB is about building curricula and validating them by testing the inherent hypothesis
Dennis brings his deep thought, love of nurturing children, love of learning, creative open mind, and grant writing skills to A.K.R.N.A projects.
We are blessed by someone of his caliber of giving and intelligence being integral to our founding.
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