Helen DeVere has been director of the Orlando Montessori Teacher Education Institute for early childhood studies in Celebration, Florida, since 1990. She has a degree in elementary education from the University of Connecticut and a Masters in early childhood/elementary education from Antioch New England Graduate School. Helen completed her AMS early childhood training in Boston with Ann Neubert in 1982, and her AMS lower elementary training with Seacoast Center for Education, NH, in 2006. She has been a classroom teacher at both levels.
Helen is founder (1985) and former director of Heritage Montessori School in Ridgecrest, CA, and co-founder (1998) and former director/classroom teacher at thee Montessori School of Celebration (FL). She was also on the Board of Directors of the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE) for 3 terms.
Since retiring from her school, she is spending her time directing and teaching in OMTEI, teaching for other teacher education programs in the US and China, giving workshops and seminars, doing accreditation visits for MACTE and seeing as much as possible of her grandchildren, who are 4, 2 ½ years and almost 2 years old.