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Dear Friend of Montessori,

            My name is Rebecca Keith.  I have been a Montessori guide for almost 40 years.  I am currently Head of School at One World Montessori School and Head of The Maria Montessori Teacher Training Center, a MACTE accredited teacher training center in San Jose, California.  I am currently doing research for my doctoral degree in Educational Leadership at Saint Mary’s College of California, and I would greatly appreciate your assistance in recruiting potential participants for my study. 

I am interested in exploring the epistemological development of former Montessori students who were co-creators of themselves in a Montessori prepared environment for a minimum of six years, as they complete their first year of college.  The participants in this study would be initially asked to complete a survey called the Learning Environment Preference (LEP) on line.   Some of them would also be asked to participate in an interview, either face to face or on Skype.

The data collected for this study could add to our understanding of how the Montessori Method, with its developmentally appropriate prepared environment and approach, supports and nurtures epistemological development.

If you know of any former Montessori students who meet these criteria, could you please have them contact me at:  I would appreciate it if you could pass this request on to anyone else who might be able to help me identify qualified participants, and would encourage any former students you are able to contact to inform the former classmates about this study.  The LEP survey is now on line and can be accessed as follows: click on  or copy it and paste it in the browser window.

Thank you so much for considering my request.  With your assistance, I will have the opportunity to expand our understanding of the potential benefits of a Montessori education.


Rebecca Keith

Head of School, One World Montessori School
Director of Training, Maria Montessori Teacher Training Center

1170 Foxworthy Ave., San Jose, CA 95118

(408) 723-5140