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Opening Ceremony & Living Legacy Address

Thursday, March 9 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Please arrive by 6:45 for the best seating.


We'll jumpstart this Annual Conference with a heart-warming Opening Ceremony, featuring musical presentations by students from local Montessori schools. Next, our 2017 Living Legacy, Alice Renton, will give her Living Legacy Address. The evening will culminate in a festive reception in celebration of Alice’s career, character, and achievements.

Alice RentonAbout Alice Renton


A highly esteemed member of the Montessori community in both the United States and Latin America, Alice Renton is an internationally recognized consultant and specialist in language development and second-language acquisition.


Born and raised in Mexico City, it was there that, after settling into life as a young married woman and new mother, Alice read E.M. Standing's Maria Montessori: Her Life and Work—and was transfixed. Says Alice: “I immediately phoned Don [her husband] and said, ‘This is the kind of school we want for our children! Let's find out if there are any in Mexico; if not we'll have to start one!’”


Several months later, the couple traveled to Chihuahua, in northern Mexico, to the only Montessori school in the country, where they saw their first prepared environment. They were enthralled. Don was offered a job if he got training, so off they went to Van Nuys, CA, where he enrolled in an AMS training course; subsequently, Alice pursued her own training at Midwest Montessori Teacher Training Center in Chicago, IL. She did her internship at a school started by parents in Monterrey, Mexico.


Says Alice: “Our 2 older children were in our class—our dream fulfilled!”


Her professional Montessori career launched in 1965, when she started teaching at Escuela Montessori de la Ciudad de México, in Mexico City; 7 years later she and her husband cofounded the Casa de los Niños, also in Mexico City.


In 1977, Alice and her family moved to Colorado, where she became a specialist in bilingual/multi-cultural approaches to Montessori education, participating in and consulting with a variety of cross-cultural programs and initiatives, including Head Start, migrant education in California, and dual-language Montessori.


Alice has worked as a Montessori instructor, field consultant, and guest lecturer in the U.S. and South and Central America, where she developed a reputation as a specialist in the areas of Sensorial education, Cosmic education, and Montessori philosophy. She has served as lecturer in Early Childhood education at Boulder's Naropa University and at various Montessori training centers.


An avid writer, Alice has been published in Montessori Life, the NAMTA Journal, and Public School Montessorian (among others) and translated Montessori books by Aline Wolf, AMS 2006 Living Legacy, and Celma Perry, AMS 2005 Living Legacy, into Spanish. She has presented at numerous conferences, including AMS's and NAEYC's.


Alice is much loved, honored, and respected. She has inspired hundreds of adult learners with a greater appreciation of Montessori's ideas about Cosmic education and education for peace, and she has informed and promoted multicultural consciousness throughout the Montessori community.

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