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Patricia Craft-Heuer holds an AMI diploma at the Primary level.  She has a Bachelor’s in Sociology/Anthropology and a Master’s degree in Sociology specializing in Marriage and Family Counseling.  She has worked for over 25 years in the classroom and in school leadership, including opening a school in 1994 which is still thriving today. She is also Catechesis Level 1 trained.  Today, Patricia serves as a Director of Education where she is happy to be involved in the classrooms with children and in a role guiding and educating parents.   She lives in Atlanta, Georgia and enjoys gardening and cooking in her spare time.

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Dagmar Hoebertz has a Master’s of Education from the University of Cologne, Germany, and worked as an elementary teacher before she relocated to Minnesota with her family in 2003. She discovered her passion for Montessori education through her three sons who attended a Montessori school in the Twin Cities for nine years.

Dagmar took the AMI primary training at the Montessori Center of Minnesota in 2007. She opened the first Children’s House at Cornerstone Montessori School, the school that is affiliated with the Minnesota Training Center. Dagmar is now in her 9th year as a primary guide. Two years of substituting in a variety of roles at Montessori schools around the Twin Cities allowed her to gain insights beyond the primary level.

Currently Dagmar works as a primary guide at Mayflower Early Childhood Center, an AMI recognized school in Minneapolis.

Dagmar enjoys traveling, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.

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Maryse L Postlewaite completed her AMI Montessori Elementary training in Bergamo, Italy in 1979. Her Bachelor’s degree from Loyola University is in Elementary and Special Education. Maryse has taught at the lower and upper elementary levels for almost 40 years. During this time, Maryse was a founding and charter board member of AMI-EAA serving as the publication editor. During her tenure as an elementary guide, Maryse has been a presenter at numerous Montessori national conferences where she has addressed classroom management, team building, and conflict resolution.


Gabriela Velázquez Sánchez holds an AMI diploma at the Assistant to Infancy level (Instituto Montessori de México). She has a Degree in Early Child Education.

Her Montessori journey started when she was a child. Gabriela has more than 20 years of experience working in Montessori schools in Mexico City, Cancun, and Denver. She is also part of the Assistant to Infancy Training of Trainers program.

Gabriela is also qualified as an AMI National Examiner at the Assistant to Infancy level and is working as a Course Assistant in the First AMI Assistant to Infancy in Taipei, Taiwan to conclude this fall.