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Parenting Influencer @joymarilie


Joy Marilie Jackson is a native New Yorker with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education, a Master’s Degree in Early Education and nearly 20 years of experience in Arts education and leadership. Joy has fourteen years of teaching experience in NYC pre-schools, elementary schools, and mommy and me classes in a variety of settings. She moved into administration when she began managing the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and continued in leadership positions from that point forward. 


Joy is now working part time as an Arts Education and enrichment consultant, for several NYC schools and arts organizations. Simultaneously, she shares her Montessori inspired, and gentle -parenting journey as a social media influencer. 

Montessori Inspired

As a former student, teacher, and eventually leader and consultant, that supported and coached new and experienced teachers in urban traditional schools, I thought I had education “figured out”. That is until I had my own child. In this talk, I will share my journey from my traditional school mindsets to embracing the Montessori philosophy as a lifestyle. Learning about this philosophy over a decade after completing my second education degree, made me aware of systemic issues that prevent this philosophy from becoming more widely known and adopted in working class and poor communities. I will share how it  has completely taken over all aspects of my parenting choices but also influences the work that I continue to do in traditional school settings. 

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