AMS 2013 Living Legacy: Joyce Pickering
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Dr. Joyce S. Pickering is a 40-year Montessorian, speech and hearing pathologist, and learning disabilities specialist who has devoted her life to addressing the needs of students with learning differences.
Currently, Joyce is executive director emerita of Shelton School & Evaluation Center in Dallas, Texas, the world’s largest private school for children with learning differences.
Under her tenure as executive director (1990 – 2010), Shelton saw significant growth and development, including an expansion of the application of the Montessori philosophy and practice and, in 2009, the launching of the Shelton Montessori Teacher Education Center. Joyce also oversaw the creation of an outreach center that annually responds to more than 27,000 requests for information and resources, and the development of a unique collaboration between Shelton, the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, the University of Texas, and Dallas’s Center for Brain Health.
Joyce is an adjunct professor at Dallas Baptist University, a clinical assistant professor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and vice-president for accreditation of the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council—as well as vice-president of AMS and an active member of several AMS committees. In her “spare time,” Joyce travels the world to present classes about Montessori education and how to meet the needs of learning-different students.
Gracious and soft spoken, Joyce is loved by everyone in her wide circle of colleagues, friends, and family, which includes husband Robert Pickering, a former AMS president; 5 children; and 12 grandchildren.