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VP of Prepared Environment, Higher Ground Education

In his role as Vice President of Prepared Environment at Higher Ground, Steven's team created over a thousand Montessori environments in schools and homes around the world. To curate the best materials and orchestrate their setup, Steven led the development of Sherpa, a platform designed by Montessorians to produce beautiful Montessori spaces.

Prior to joining Higher Ground Education, He joined Reasoning Mind in 2004 as a curriculum developer and ran one of the organization’s first pilots using the curriculum he helped develop. In 2007, Gaudino became Reasoning Mind’s first Director of Implementation, founding the department to support enrolment growth from 1,500 to 22,000 students in its first four years.

He continued to oversee Implementation while organizing and directing Reasoning Mind’s sales from 2011 to 2013 and then became Reasoning Mind’s Vice President of Program to focus on the scalability of Implementation, Professional Development, and Tutoring. In a joint appointment that added Vice President of Product Development to his responsibilities, Gaudino also led product management, project management, and systems analysis for five educational product lines.

Steven Gaudino earned a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Chicago.


Why creating a Montessori space is unreasonably difficult 

(and how we do it hundreds of times per year) 


Key to the Montessori approach is the arrangement of the space, the quality of the materials, and the methodical maintenance of the two. Montessori herself wrote, “The teacher’s first duty is to watch over the environment, and this takes precedence over all the rest. Its influence is indirect, but unless it is well done there will be no effective and permanent results of any kind; physical, intellectual or spiritual.” Unfortunately, this most critical aspect is prohibitively difficult to achieve for many and a struggle to attain for the rest. 


In this session, we will cover the obstacles and pitfalls of creating a Montessori space and what we have done to reliably overcome them. We will also, for the first time, make the platform we developed for this purpose available for participants to pilot in their own schools and homes. 

Why Creating a Montessori Space is Unreasonably Difficult

(And How We Do It Hundreds of Times Per Year)

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