Local Educator Dr. Joyce Pickering Receives Major Tribute by National Organization

Local Educator Dr. Joyce Pickering Receives Major Tribute by National Organization

For Immediate Release

Contact: Marcy K. Krever, Chief Communications Officer
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American Montessori Society
116 East 16th Street, New York, NY 10003-2163

January 8, 2013

Joyce PickeringThe American Montessori Society (AMS) is thrilled to be honoring a Dallas local, Dr. Joyce Pickering, as its 2013 Living Legacy. The award culminates a career Pickering has spent as an advocate of the Montessori approach, coupled with much service to AMS—including as current AMS vice president.

To the thousands of families whose children have attended this Dallas’s Shelton School & Evaluation Center in the past 3 decades, Dr. Pickering’s is a well-known name. For 20 years she was Shelton’s executive director; currently she is executive director emerita.

Under Pickering’s tenure, Shelton saw significant growth and development, including an expansion of the application of the Montessori philosophy and practice and the launching of the Shelton Montessori Teacher Education Center. Montessori is a holistic, child-centered approach to learning that is based on scientific observations of children from birth to adulthood.

Pickering also oversaw the creation of an outreach center that every year 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.

In addition to being a Montessori educator and school administrator, Joyce Pickering is a speech and hearing pathologist, a learning differences specialist, an adjunct professor at Dallas Baptist University, and a clinical assistant professor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. She is also vice-president for accreditation of the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council.

A presenter of international renown, Pickering has delivered addresses in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, the Netherlands, Spain, and Sweden. This fall, she was a keynote presenter at the annual conference of The Institute for Montessori Education in Houston.

Dr. Pickering is the 21st person in the history of the American Montessori Society to be honored as a Living Legacy.

When asked how she feels about receiving the 2013 American Montessori Society AMS Living Legacy tribute, Dr. Pickering responds: “Surprised is too mild a word! When your peers honor you, there is nothing more meaningful.”

Says AMS executive director Richard A. Ungerer: “The Living Legacy program plays an important role for AMS. Not only does it allow us to honor exemplary members of our community, but through the program we raise monies, in the name of the Living Legacy, for education scholarships. Donations in Joyce’s name will help prospective Montessori teachers fund their studies—providing vital support in these tough economic times.”

Over the coming months, special events in Dallas and beyond will provide educators and parents with opportunities to meet Pickering in new venues, and to benefit from her wisdom. Shelton School sponsored a "Jeans Day for Joyce" on January 18. Students and employees paid $5 to wear jeans to school, with proceeds benefitting AMS scholarships for teacher education.

On March 14, Joyce will present a keynote address, “To Touch a Child's Heart and Mind: The Gifts of Montessori for Students with Learning Differences, at the American Montessori Society Annual Conference in Orlando.

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