About

The Montessori Company is the brainchild of Michelle Rugel, an AMI-trained guide and the Head of School at Hiatt Farms Montessori. Michelle received her M.Ed. from Loyola University and was trained as an elementary guide by Kay Baker at the Washington Montessori Institute. She taught in an elementary classroom in Chicago and helped to organize a new Montessori environment in Switzerland before moving to Puebla, Mexico for her AMI primary training under Coral Ruiz. From 2014-2016 she served as a primary guide at the Montessori Academy Bangkok International School in Thailand before moving to Denver, CO where she is studying with Judi Orion in the AMI Assistants to Infancy program for the summer. Her primary school at Hiatt Farms is scheduled to open in 2018.

While in Thailand Michelle joined forces with the amazing illustrator Erik Rempen (a former Montessori student) and the talented internet aficionado Jan Klimo in an effort to bring beautiful Montessori materials into the homes and classrooms of Montessorians around the world. The Montessori Company is dedicated to ensuring the beauty and philosophical consistency of Montessori environments everywhere, making it easy for parents and guides to buy hand-crafted products designed to follow Maria Montessori's philosophy.

The Montessori Company has also partnered with AMI to provide an easy way for Montessorians around the world to connect on The Montessori Directory and to discuss conference topics before and after Montessori conferences like IMC Prague 2017.

We hope that you enjoy our little corner of the internet! If you need help navigating the website or have suggestions for materials we should create, please don't hesitate to reach out directly to michelle@themontessoricompany.com.