Please watch the registration video before you register.  This is very important if you are needing an invoice.

Schools can pay for staff with one check and a copy of  the participants invoice.  All people who register will receive a receipt or an invoice emailed back to the person registering.  Please have copies of invoices with your check.

Checks can be mailed to

PO Box 10101
Rock Hill, SC 29731

South Carolina Montessori Alliance 2014 Conference

October 24-25, 2014, Columbia, SC

2014 SCMA Conference Schedule

Friday, October 24, 2014

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Registration and Exhibitors Open

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Session 1:  A, B (Limit 50), C

5:45   pm – 6:45 pm Session 2:  A, B (Limit 50), C

                   6:45 pm Potato and Salad Bar

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Celebrating What Is Right With The World

Saturday, October 25, 2014

7:30 am –   8:00 am Registration and Exhibitors Open

8:00 am –   9:15 am Session 1: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H

9:30 am – 10:45 am Session 2: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H

11:00 am – 12:15 pm Keynote Speaker: Sarah Werner Andrews

     Joyful Engagement: Montessori’s “Uncommon Core”

12:15 pm –   1:15 pm Lunch

1:15 pm –   2:30 pm  Session 3: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H

2:45 pm – 4:00 pm Session 4: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H

4:00 pm- 5:00 pm Dismissal, Networking & Visit Exhibitors

Keynote Presenter, Sarah Werner Andrews

Sarah Werner Andrews is an AMI Trainer, consultant, examiner, and presenter at local, national, and international conferences. She is currently Primary Director of Training for Montessori Northwest in Portland, OR. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance, a M.Ed. from Loyola University, AMI Primary and Elementary diplomas and is an Oregon Registry Master Trainer. Sarah began her work in Montessori education in 1987, with many years teaching experience at both the primary and elementary levels, as well as experience in administration. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Oregon Montessori Association and Montessori Northwest, and is a recipient of the Susie Huston Memorial Award for Outstanding Teaching. She and her husband, Dave, have lived in Portland since 1991, and have two teenage sons, Julian and Evan, who are great reminders to listen, keep learning, and not take life too seriously. Sarah enjoys botany, music, croissants, a great book, historical documentaries, and the AMAZING story of the Bretz Floods.

Featured Speaker, Frank Leto

Frank Leto is an early childhood educator, a musician, a composer and a Montessori teacher who has been working in Montessori schools throughout the country for over 30 years. He is also a professional musician, Orff music teacher and steel band director. He brilliantly combines his skills as both teacher and musician to create a sound that children love! In 1975 Frank Leto became Montessori certified. He has taught at Montessori schools in Michigan, St. Thomas, San Francisco Bay Area, Hawaii and New Mexico. Dr. Maria Montessori’s philosophy on education inspired Frank to develop a similar approach in music education. He travels the nation extensively, presenting keynote speeches and workshops at many educational conferences, including the American Montessori Society. Frank promotes his own approach to imparting the love of music on to children. His interactive workshops for teachers are designed for non-musicians. In the course of a single workshop, attendees are singing, dancing and playing instruments with a new sense of confidence. With newly learned skills they enthusiastically return to the classroom and enrich the children’s musical environment.

A Joyful Engagement: 2014 SCMA Brochure

“The child is truly a miraculous being, and this should be felt deeply by the educator.”

—Maria Montessori