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Leonor Esnard, OP, PhD

Sister Leonor J Esnard, OP, PhD, is the Exeutive Director of ADMTEI and is also the Internship Coordinator for the program. Sister Leonor received her doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction with concentration in Early Childhood Education from the University of Toledo; her Master's degree in Elementary Education from Siena…

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Vicky Skampo

Vicky Skampo is Administrative Assistant at ADMTEI. She handles incoming requests for information, processes applications, tracks tuition payments and assists faculty with class materials.

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Debra Gorman Cagle

Debra Gorman Cagle

Debra Gorman Cagle teaches the everyday living, mathematics, classroom leadership and observation courses for the Adrian Dominican Montessori Teacher Education Institute. Debra is also the lead Montessori primary teacher at Felician Children’s Center in Jackson, Michigan. Debra has been a Montessori teacher for over 35 years, beginning in Montessori in…

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Pamela Esterline

Pamela Esterline holds an MA in Early Childhood Education from Siena Heights University and a BS in General Science from Eastern Michigan University. As part of her Master’s thesis, she designed an early childhood science curriculum. She taught math and science in the public schools with a Michigan Secondary Teaching…

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Theresa Weber

Theresa holds a BS in Elementary Education from the College of Mount St. Joseph (now Mount St. Joseph University). Theresa is a 1995 graduate of the Adrian Dominican Montessori Teacher Education Institute. Theresa taught Montessori pre-primary aged children at the Brighton Montessori School in Brighton, Michigan where she was the…

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Hannah Cousino

Hannah Cousino received a BA in anthropology from the University of Notre Dame in 2002 and her AMS Early Childhood Credential from ADMTEI in 2011. She had learned about (and loved!) Montessori before being certified, and self-taught herself enough to homeschool her three young children using Montessori methods for four…

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Mikie Laughlin

Michelle “Mikie” Laughlin

Mikie first became passionate about the Montessori philosophy when she attended a workshop given by Sister Anthonita Porta, founder of ADMTEI. The ideas of respect for the children and nurturing self-discipline, independence, and motivation resonated with her and set her on the life-changing journey of being a Montessori teacher. Mikie…

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Sherry Doughty

Sherry Doughty

With over twenty years of experience as a Montessori teacher, Sherry has owned and operated the very successful Doughty Montessori School in Ann Arbor, Michigan since 1995. Partnering with ADMTEI, Sherry has mentored countless Montessori teacher education students as they work towards completing their practicum requirement in a safe, loving,…

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Erin Compton, Instructor

Erin Compton

Erin Compton received a BS in Early Childhood Education from Michigan State University in 1999, with an emphasis in Psychology and Child Development. Erin is a 2000 graduate of the Adrian Dominican Montessori Teacher Education Institute. Erin worked at Stepping Stones Montessori School in East Lansing from 1996 to 2016,…

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Anita Adhikary

Anita graduated from Tribhuvan University in her native country of Nepal with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology. She lives in Ann Arbor where she is an author of children’s books and a certified yoga instructor. Anita is also an AMS-credentialed Montessori teacher. Anita has been a guest lecturer for…

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Annie Howard

Annie Howard is a visual art instructor. She received her BA in Art Education from Adrian College in Adrian, Michigan and her MA in Education from Marygrove College in Detroit, Michigan. Annie resides and teaches in Lenawee County. She is an art teacher in Adrian Public Schools and serves as…

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View the list of our current Board of Directors on our History Page.

We Believe:

…education involves the whole person; spiritual, emotional, social, intellectual and physical.
…positive self esteem is basic to learning.
…a prepared environment positively affects learning.
…in a God-centered, ethical and moral framework of education.
…in and respect the interdependancy of all creation.
…we are co-creators of God’s justice and peace.
…in the worth and dignity of each individual.
…adult learners learn more effectively in an environment of collaboration and cooperation.
…in the uniqueness of each person.
…education is a developmental process based on life experiences and reflection.
…in academic excellence.

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