Traveling Speaker Bureau

OMA is pleased to offer the Traveling Speakers Bureau!  Here, you will find information about topics and biographies of speakers who are willing to travel to more distant member schools and present talks to staff and/or parents.  OMA posts speakers and their bios as soon as they are shared with us.

If you would like to participate in the program and become a speaker, contact us.  We welcome your participation in the broader community.  Learn more by downloading this form:

Traveling Speaker Program Application and Policies

Traveling Speaker Biographies and Titles of Talks

Mercedes Castl
e is an AMS Toddler Guide and Pedagogical Director at Portland Montessori Collaborative.  She has over ten years of experience and is the founder of All Roads Learning Community.  Mercedes is available to talk to School Staff about Observation/Classroom Management, Language, Toddler Curriculum and the Outdoor Environment.  She can present to parents about Montessori in the Home, Toilet Teaching, Weaning, and Sleep.  Mercedes is currently serving as a co-chair for the Oregon Montessori Advocacy Partnership.

Catherine Dorner is an AMI Primary trained guide, since 1990, and started the Intergenerational program at Childpeace Montessori School in Portland, OR, in an assisted-living facility.  She is available to talk about how this program began, its strengths and purposes, and share poignant stories of the children and residents.   She serves on the OMA Board and is available to travel to your town to offer this talk.

Amy Eshelby is an AMI Elementary trained guide with 15 years of experience, and she is a parent of an elementary-aged child.  Amy is available to speak with staff, the public, or parents in your school community about the second plane child and creating a supportive Montessori home for this age group.  She can present “Montessori Elementary” (basics, “101” for the public), using nature journals & the virtues project with elementary children (staff presentation), or Supporting your Montessori elementary child at home (parents).  Contact OMA to be in touch with Amy and schedule a talk!

Amy Gard is an AMS Lower Elementary trained guide with 6+ years of experience.  She is currently the director of Concordia Montessori in NE Portland.  Amy is able to speak with your school community and the public about Disaster Resiliency, Earthquake Precaution and Preparation, and Neighborhood Emergency Teams.

Antoinette Nattar is the Director and Teacher at Milwaukie Montessori and Daycare in Milwaukie, OR.  She has over 30 years of experience working in the field of Montessori education and holds an AMI diploma.

Cathy Newman is Head of School at Sunstone Montessori School in Portland, OR.  She has 15 years experience as Head of School and 10+ years in the classroom as an AMI Elementary Guide.  Her presentations for Teacher/Staff are on the topics of All Year Montessori and Going Out.  She also presents to Parents about Elementary Montessori education and Going Out.

Priscilla Spears  supports Montessori guides with current science information.  She has created learning materials for about 20 years, and she works as a consultant with InPrint for Children and other companies.  Her goal is to aid Montessorians with the information they need to guide children’s science explorations and connect children with the greater academic world.  Her work is primarily for Elementary and Middle School levels.

Tamara Ulrich is AMI trained with over 30 years of experience and is the former owner and founder of Child’s View Montessori School in SW Portland.  Tamara is available to speak about Nature & Gardening, Positive Discipline, Communication with Kids, Assistant Training and Montessori 101 (the basics of Montessori education).