Michael and D’Neil Duffy have been involved in Montessori Education for more than 35 years, since their daughter entered a New York Montessori School at age 2 1/2. D’Neil, who had been a teacher in the traditional public and private schools for 12 years, fell in love with the Montessori method and philosophy. She took her AMI primary level training in Atlanta. After teaching in other schools for several years, she founded the Blackstock Montessori School in Villa Rica, GA., in 1979 and went on to take her 6-12 elementary training at the Center for Montessori Teacher Education in New York. D’Neil has taught at every level except toddler and was the administrator of Blackstock Montessori for 21 years. Michael, who had been a journalist by profession, took the 6-12 elementary training at CMTE/NY and joined the Blackstock Montessori School in 1989, teaching in the lower, then upper elementary classes. Both became trainers in the teacher training program at CMTE/NY, an American Montessori Society-affiliated program, and they have trained teachers in New York, Phoenix, Boston, Toronto, Vancouver, and Puerto Rico with CMTE/NY and other training centers. The Duffys have also given workshops at national and international Montessori conferences and their work has been published in Montessori magazines. They have authored three books on Montessori education: “Children of the Universe: Cosmic Education in the Montessori Elementary Classroom,” “Math Works: Montessori Math and the Developing Brain,” and, most recently, “Love of Learning: Supporting Intrinsic Motivation in Montessori Students,” all published through Parent Child Press. In addition to their Montessori credentials, both have masters degrees in education, D’Neil with a specialty in Guidance and Counseling, and Michael with a specialty in Media Education. They retired from Blackstock in 2001 to devote more of their time to teacher training, writing and educational consulting, and they have moved to the mountains of Virginia to be within a day’s drive of all four of their grand-children.

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