Jonathan is a senior Montessori school consultant and leadership educator with the Montessori Foundation. He is also the Founder and Director of Learning for Life and Montessori Leadership. Jonathan is a Montessori teacher trainer, speaker and author who infuses his work in leadership development with 30 years experience as an educator and administrator. Through the Montessori Foundation and Learning for Life, Jonathan provides retreats, workshops, consultations and coaching for parents, educators, leaders, Boards of Directors, community organizations and learning communities around the globe.
The best-practice leadership retreats and workshops he leads facilitate community building, strategic planning and improved organizational effectiveness. After earning his B.A. degree in Secondary Education from Temple University, Jonathan began teaching at-risk youth in Philadelphia. Early in his career, he read several books on the Montessori philosophy and quickly recognized the power her work in human development had to effect transformation not only within the young child, but within adults as well. He went on to study with Mother Isabelle Eugenie, one of Dr. Montessori’s first students, earned his Early Childhood Credential through the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI), and began his career as a Montessori educator at one of the first Head Start Montessori Centers in the United States. Jonathan’s incisive ability to apply Dr. Montessori’s educational constructs to training adults led him to positions as a teacher trainer, as the director of education and training for various education and business organizations, and as the administrator for several nationally recognized schools.
Thirty years in the field have provided him with solid first-hand experience in leading and managing rapidly growing for-profit and not-for- profit schools, education institutions and business organizations. Today, the primary focus of his consulting practice is on leadership development – designing best practices and writing books and articles that enhance individual and organizational performance. His creative, interactive programs, his humorous and inspiring teaching style, and his deep insight into the needs of people and organizations are in demand by organizations around the world.