Julia Volkman has been teaching children and mentoring teachers in private and public schools since 1997. She is a researcher at Harvard University, a Montessori mentor, and the founder and president of Maitri Learning. She has worked as a consultant for the National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector (NCMPS), is a recurrent Teaching Assistant for Harvard University’s Neuroscience of Learning/Mind, Brain, Health, and Education course (Extension School), is a former columnist and current contributor to the Public School Montessorian (now Montessori Public), and was the teacher’s representative on the Advisory Panel for the Annenberg Foundation’s course Neuroscience & the Classroom (developed in conjunction with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics). Ms. Volkman earned her AMI 3 to 6+ diploma from the Montreal Montessori Training Centre, a bilingual program.
Ms. Volkman regularly speaks at Montessori events in the US and Europe including AMI’s Scientific Pedagogy Group, the Spanish AMI Centennary conference, AMS annual conferences, Seton Montessori Institute, the Montessori Foundation, and the South Carolina Montessori Alliance (keynote) among others.
Before coming to Montessori, Ms. Volkman worked as an instructional designer, medical writer, and educational consultant (developing educational programs for physicians and business professionals). Ms. Volkman is the mother of two and the primary caretaker for a rather large menagerie of pets.