Parent Discussion Panel

Education, government and parent leaders, discuss their perspectives of how Montessori education is preparing students for the global economy and essential 21st century skills, broadly defined as literacy skills, learning skills and life skills. No longer is the educational paradigm focused around knowledge for its own sake. Gain a deeper understanding of what 21st Century education is all about as the panel delves further into what makes up these essential skills and how the Montessori pedagogy, philosophy and environment work successfully towards these goals.

Montessorians teach tolerance, communication, collaboration, independence, time management, use of inquiry, development of research skills, creative application of ideas, and process of creation, revision, finalization of ideas, and coming full circle by presenting/sharing with their communities.

How can parents better support us as we prepare the child for the path and not the path for the child?

Tim Seldin, president of the Montessori Foundation, Adam Broomfield, IMS Stanley Campus Principal, Arthur Yuen, Deputy Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority & IMS parent, and Lorna McGrath, Director of both the IMC’s School Accreditation programme and Family Resources at the Montessori Foundation will discuss about Montessori education in the 21st century. Anne Sawyer, IMS Co-Founder will moderate the discussion panel.

The discussion will be followed by a Q&A section where parents will be able to share some of their most pressing questions on the subject. 

About the Speakers 

tim-photo-canberra-0408-dsc0014Tim Seldin

Is the President of the Montessori Foundation and Chair of the International Montessori Council. His almost forty years of experience in Montessori education includes twenty-two years as Headmaster of the Barrie School in Silver Spring, MD, his own alma mater (age two through high school graduation). He has also served as the Director of the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies and as Head of the New Gate School in Sarasota, Florida.  He earned a B.A. in History and Philosophy from Georgetown University, an M.Ed. in Educational Administration and Supervision from The American University, and his Montessori certification from the American Montessori Society. Tim Seldin is the author of several books on Montessori Education, including his latest, How to Raise An Amazing Child, The Montessori Way with Dr. Paul Epstein, Building a World-class Montessori School, Finding the Perfect Match – Recruit and Retain Your Ideal Enrollment, Master Teachers – Model Programs, Starting a New Montessori School, Celebrations of Life, and The World in the Palm of Her Hand.

Tim is the father of three former Montessori students (Marc, Michelle and Caitlin), stepfather to two more former Montessori students (Robin and Chelsea), and the grandfather of a present Montessori student (Hollis). He lives on a small vineyard north of Sarasota, Florida with his wife, Joyce St. Giermaine, their four horses, fourteen dogs, and four Sphinx cats.

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is in charge of the full range of banking policy, development and supervisory issues at the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA). He joined the HKMA in 1996 as Head of Administration and has since taken up different responsibilities including research and liaison on China economic and market development issues before being appointed Head of Banking Supervision in 2000. He took up the position as Executive Director (Banking Development) in July 2004, Executive Director (Banking Supervision) in June 2005 and Executive Director (External) in July 2008. He was appointed to his present position on 1 January 2010.

Before joining the HKMA, Mr Yuen worked in the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission for two years after having served as an Administrative Officer in the Hong Kong Government for over eight years. 

Arthur is also an IMS parent. 



Adam Broomfield

Mr. Adam Broomfield, joined IMS in 2014 as the Acting Principal of the Stanley Campus.

Originally from Australia, Adam has 18 years of teaching and educational experience, the last six of which was spent in IB Programs in China. With a big commitment to Special Education and Restorative Practices he has seated on the board of Victorian Association for Restorative Justice. He is also founding member of Restorative Practices International. 


Lorna McGrath

Lorna is Director of both the IMC’s School Accreditation program and Family Resources at the Montessori Foundation. She also served as Associate Head of NewGate School before retiring from that position this past year. Lorna has 41 years of experience in the field of education, teaching children from 18 months through 6 years old and from 12 through 18 years old in both public schools and independent Montessori schools.
She received her Masters Degree in Education with a concentration in Family Counseling from the University of Georgia, and her Montessori certification from the American Montessori Society.

Lorna is a Montessori teacher educator, conference presenter, and school consultant. Lorna has used her many years of experience, working with families in the educational setting, to develop programs for parents as well as teachers and children. She has spent many years as a certified instructor for the International Network for Children & Families, teaching classes in Redirecting Children’s Behavior, Redirecting for a Cooperative Classroom, Common Ground for Parents and Teens, and Parenting Instructor Network Training.

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Is IMS’ Co-Founder and School Supervisor. She has almost 15 years of Montessori school operations and education experience.  During her childhood, Anne attended thirteen different schools in the US, and Europe, including a Montessori elementary program in Germany.  It was this Montessori experience that in retrospect changed the way she thought and learned.

Prior to establishing IMS, Anne worked for a multinational Fortune 500 company in the U.S. and Asia.  She was responsible for developing and expanding the business in Asia through the acquisition of new, Asian produced raw materials.  Anne was then promoted to establish the e-Business for the entire company in the United States, however missed Asia, and returned to Hong Kong.

Anne holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Chemistry, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Case Western Reserve University. She is also Visiting Faculty for Wellesley College, and the Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute of Global Affairs.