Elizabeth Gardner Hall of Denver, Colorado, a longtime trainer of teachers at the primary and assistants to infancy level, died after a brief illness on May 19, 2018. Ms. Hall, 83, was a staple in the Montessori community in Denver and around the globe.
Ms. Hall was trained by the Association Montessori International from birth to three years (Dr. Silvana Montanaro), three to six (Margaret Elizabeth Stephenson) and six to twelve (Camillo Grazzini).
Her Montessori legacy is The Montessori Institute which she founded with Judith Orion in Denver, Colorado in 1989. Ms. Hall was a piano teacher prior to discovering Montessori. She began her Montessori career as a teacher in 1964. She co-founded several Montessori schools and was a leading figure in Montessori school administration. After teaching for about 10 years, she began her teacher training career in the Washington, DC area at The Washington Montessori Institute. Over her lifetime she also trained in the Philippines, Australia, and Denver, Colorado. Additionally, Ms. Hall was an examiner and consultant nationally as well as internationally at the 0-3 and 3-6 levels.
Outside of her life as an educator, Ms. Hall followed her passion for music. She attended Westminster Choir College and earned a degree in music. She regularly participated in concerts as a contralto and was a member of the Sweet Adelines, her church choir and the Windcrest chorus. Ms. Hall especially enjoyed singing with the Colorado Symphony in the holiday performance “Too Hot to Handel,” conducted by Marin Alsop, for several seasons.
A memorial is scheduled for June 23, 2018 at The Montessori Institute from 4:00-5:00. Donations can be made to The Montessori Institute or the Sweet Adelines International.