I am the Founder and Directress of Ananda Montessori, and I chose the word Ananda because it means great joy or bliss, which to me expresses the natural state of the young child.

I am a mother of two grown sons, a Montessori guide and consultant, and a birth doula and childbirth educator. Both of my sons attended Montessori school, so I have the wonderful experience of being a Montessori parent as well as a teacher.

I have taught children and families for over 30 years, and during that time also served as Head of School in a private Montessori program for children from toddler through the eighth grade. I also facilitated monthly parent education programs, and discovered how much I love supporting and mentoring families on their own Montessori parenting journeys.

My first introduction to Montessori occurred in 1981 during a visit to a Montessori school as part of my college Theory of Education class. This experience transformed my ideas and concepts of education.  I left that tour with an awakened desire to know more about Maria Montessori, her life, philosophy, and especially about the child's natural way of learning through self-discovery and mastery.

After graduation, I taught in a different Montessori School, and a number of years later I returned to the Children’s House I had visited in college, where I served as teacher and Head of School for twenty years. This was also the school that my own children attended. During this time I also achieved my Montessori certification for teaching children from preschool through eighth grade, as well as my Pennsylvania Private Academic School Teacher certification from Nursery through Kindergarten.

In 1990, I began attending births as a birth doula and teaching childbirth education classes, and today I continue to be inspired by the families that I have the opportunity to support and serve.

In 2013, I left the classroom to begin graduate studies in Montessori, including the Montessori philosophy as it applies to pregnancy and birth, and the young child up through age three. To further my studies, I trained as a Montessori Parent-Infant Facilitator and I now offer this rich, fun, and empowering parent education experience to children and families.


As well as my work in Montessori, I am a Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator, and offer workshops and groups for parents and caregivers. In the process of this approach to parenting, you discover  non-punitive tools for responding to your child, which brings about connection, empowerment, and encouragement for the whole family.

Here is a recent interview with The Baan Dek Montessori about me, my initiation into Montessori, and much more!

http://baandek.org/posts/spotlight-ananda-montessori/

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"Pamela Green is the personification of the Montessori philosophy. 
Her gentle way with children is a model of respect and peace practice. I've seen her guide students in a creative way without them feeling criticized and always feeling valued. I consider myself fortunate to know her and have worked with her on many occasions over the last decade. 
She brings a wealth of experience with children and child development and is a great asset to any school or organization, making the world a better place." 
In peace, Jim Scott Musician, composer, educator 
Jim@Jimscottmusic.com