|The Miracle Worker...of Education and Parenting
This name was given to me several years ago because I have mastered the Power of Respect. Therefore, my results with kids can
In 1973 my now ex-husband and I started a Montessori pre-school. Four years before this, in 1969, I went to India. My ex-husband
and I enrolled in Montessori Training. The Montessori Course was being given in Hyderabad in South India .
The trainer was Mr. A.M. Joosten. Since the age of 14 he actually lived with Dr. Maria Montessori, the originator of Montessori
Education. He had been training students in India in the Montessori Method since Dr. Montessori called him from Holland to take
over what she had started in India.
I graduated in the top few students in my class. Although I already had my B.A. in Anthropology, it was here, in the Montessori
Course, that I learned the important functions of childhood, worthy of great respect.
We were asked by Mr. A. M. Joosten to stay on the next year as assistants to the course. We helped with everything except
lecturing. We assisted in the practical classes, graded papers, tests, and sat as examiners for the final examination. On our own we
formed study groups with interested students to give them one-on-one attention.
After the Training Center moved, we decided that it was time to return to the United States to start our own Montessori school. In
1973 we ended up in the mountains of Northern California where the community invited us to start our pre-school which we called
Children's House. We started in the town of Garberville.
During this time we decided to incorporate, and Beginnings’ Incorporated, was formed.
Soon after this, a friend sent us a notice that the State of California was looking to fund programs such as ours.
I applied for the funding and our program was funded. That funding continues to this day.
I remained as head teacher at Children’s House for 15 years. I realized that I needed to share what I learned about being
respectful to children with the community.
I began writing what turned into my first book, Friendly Families and the Power of Respect. This eventually became Parenting for
the New Millennium. It is now taking ebook forms. The first is Teens and the Power of Respect. The latest is Good Parent Good
I gave workshops and classes, spoke on the radio, wrote for a local magazine and newspaper. I have taught adults, teens and
children how to use the Power of Respect. They can see for themselves the benefits. I once received a spontaneous standing
ovation from a classroom of elementary students.
I have been named the Miracle Worker of Education and Parenting because I have harnessed the Power of Respect and put it to
work in everything I do, in every action I take, in every choice I make. I use it to help bring out the best in every child or teen I have
worked with, interacted with or lived with.
I am here to help you do the same. I can help parents and their kids turn away from troubles and toward an enjoyable relationship.