Diploma, AMI Assistance to Infancy (0-3), The Montessori Institute of Denver, CO
Diploma, AMI Primary Training (3-6), Washington Montessori Institute
In 1999, Iris started teaching Toddlers at Aidan, taking a pause from 2001-2009 to care for her own child before resuming her role in 2009. Her road to becoming a Montessori teacher was serendipitous. After seven years of working at Mercedes Benz in Bremen, Germany, Iris decided to take the opportunity to move to Alexandria, Virginia, to care for two children who were attending a Montessori School and to learn to speak English as well as possible. After observing in the Montessori School of Alexandria, she was so in awe of the way of relating to children and of teaching that she was inspired to earn her Primary training in 1988. After working with 3-6 year-olds for five years, she earned her AMI Assistants to Infancy (or Infant/Toddler) training in 1993. Aidan Montessori School was Iris's unofficial practicum as she worked as an occasional substitute in Primary and Toddler.
Iris's family has been immersed in the "Montessori way of life," as Iris calls it, for decades. Her husband, Bob Williams, was a Montessori Primary, Lower, and Upper Elementary teacher and an AMS Montessori Trainer for math and geometry. Their son, James (now a teenager), was a Montessori child from Primary through Middle School - and is now attending Duke Ellington School of the Arts in DC in part because of the deep love of music imparted by his father and years of Montessori education. Iris has been deeply moved by Dr. Montessori's dedication to children, which has inspired her to keep learning and working with children. Besides her love for all matters Montessori, she has been part of the Institute for Advancement of Service in Alexandria, Virginia, where she has studied, practiced, and taught leadership courses and cooperative work groups. She also enjoys reading, spending time in nature, cooking, meditation, and spending time with family and friends.