Martha Torrence Is The New President of Montessori Schools of Massachusetts
Summit Montessori Head of School, Martha Torrence, has assumed the top leadership role in the Montessori Schools of Massachusetts. An MSM Board member since 2012, and Board Vice President since 2014, Torrence has now assumed the role of Board President.
Currently in her fifth year as Head of School at Summit Montessori in Framingham, Martha Torrence is a visionary leader with 35 years of administrative and teaching experience in Montessori education. Her credentials include:
- Toddler/Primary Director of Cambridge Montessori School
- Co-founder and Head of School at Our Children’s Center in State College, PA
- Lab School Principal and Lead Teacher at the Xavier University Montessori Lab School
- Teacher trainer at the Center for Montessori Teacher Education (New York), Xavier University Montessori Teacher Education Program (Cincinnati, OH), and the Montessori Elementary Teacher Training Collaborative (Lexington, MA)
- Consultant and workshop presenter, locally and nationally
- Served for 11 years on the board of the American Montessori Society; 3 years on Executive Committee and 1 year as Board Chair
- Award winning author on the subject of play
The Montessori Schools of Massachusetts was founded in 1986 with the purpose of creating a network for connection and professional development for Montessori educators throughout the state. The mission of the Montessori Schools of Massachusetts is to promote knowledge and understanding of the Montessori methods of education in Massachusetts and to provide a framework for communication and cooperation among Montessori schools within Massachusetts and other New England states, and between these schools and other private and public schools, government agencies and organizations concerned with education.
Montessori Schools of Massachusetts members include 93 independent and public programs ranging in size from 25 to 320 students.
Major activities of the organization include:
- Yearly conference, held at Dean College, generally attended by 400 + Montessori educators from throughout the state
- Retreats and workshops for school administrators and teachers
- Offering scholarships to candidates for Montessori teacher training
- Promoting Montessori education through marketing and networking efforts
- Policy advocacy with state agencies
- Connection with national and other state Montessori organizations
“The work of the MSM board is highly important in creating a visible face for Montessori education throughout the state and for providing a supportive network for Massachusetts Montessori schools and educators. I am truly honored to serve in this capacity.”