Shelley Richardson M. Ed. has over 25 years of experience in the field of education as a College Professor, AMI Elementary Montessori Teacher and Curriculum Designer. Upon completion of her degree from the University of Toronto, Shelley acquired her AMI Elementary Montessori Teaching Diploma and became a passionate advocate for Holistic Education. She holds an M.Ed in Montessori Integrative Learning from The Institute for Educational Studies (TIES) at Endicott College, MA., USA.
Shelley holds internationally recognized teaching credentials in Casa Preparatory (2 – 6 yrs.) and Elementary (6 – 12 yrs.). She was fortunate to have Renilde Montessori – Dr. Montessori’s granddaughter - as her teacher trainer. In her graduate studies at Endicott College, she was fortunate to have as mentor Philip Snow Gang, a long time friend and colleague of Mario Montessori Sr. and Mario Montessori Jr.
In her youth, Shelley studied Classical Ballet as a professional student at the National Ballet School of Canada which, in subsequent years, led to her earliest instructional experiences and to the discovery of her love for the art of teaching.
Shelley’s sensitivity for the plight of a child’s expression, self esteem and innate curiosity in the learning environment greatly influences her personal teaching philosophy. She sees the nurturing of these elements as an essential precursor to a fulfilling adult life. Shelley carries forward these teaching values as a College Professor, and with her enthusiastic, dynamic teaching approach, fosters these same elements in her adult students providing a stress free learning environment in order to allow optimal learning to unfold.
Inspired by Montessori's vision of Cosmic Education and recent discoveries in cosmology and systems science, Shelley recognizes the integrative role The Story of the Universe plays in the teaching - learning process and incorporates it as a centralizing theme in her work with both adults and children. Shelley is developing an expanded vision for education which she titles a "Pedagogy of Cosmic Place". Her intention is to apply this vision in a model school in Ontario, Canada for elementary - High school students in 2016 - 2017.
Shelley Richardson M. Ed, is the author of the children's books SOPHIE and the Magic of Dance and Big Boomerang, and the inspirational book for adults RIVER: We Are Ever The Masterpiece. She is author of the work: Pedagogy of Cosmic Place: Discovering Universality with Montessori and the Natural World.
Shelley Richardson M. Ed. is active in the field of education as a speaker on the subject of Integrative Learning from an eco-cosmological perspective, as a Curriculum Designer and teacher. She is a contributor to the vision and curriculum for the Traverse Greenspire Middle School (TGS) - a Chartered alternative school in Michigan, USA. TGS is a Montessori inspired program that allows for student initiated learning through an Environmental Project-Research approach. Shelley is a contributing member to Jennifer Morgan's the Deep Time Journey Network.
“Homeschooling in the Forest”
Shelley is presently writing: Pedagogy of COSMIC PLACE, and looking forward to its publication in 2016.
"My greatest hope for humanity is that we one day find ourselves nurturers rather than ravagers of Beloved Mother Earth and that in honouring the diversity among us, we come to recognize the thread of commonality that weaves our hearts together" [Richardson 2010]