Dr. Laura Flores Shaw

White Paper Press


Dr. Laura Flores Shaw is the lead editor, writer, and founder of White Paper Press. An education researcher with a doctorate from Johns Hopkins University School of Education, Dr. Shaw specializes in mind, brain, and teaching. Previously, Dr. Shaw briefly worked as a family systems therapist in the public school system where she realized her desire to work on the prevention rather than intervention side of mental health. That led her to revive a failing Montessori school where she created environments that allow children to flourish. In 2013, she left school administration to focus on increasing educators' and parents' scientific knowledge of learning and development to improve the lives of children and their families. Dr. Shaw's current research focuses on exploration of normalization in practice and how Montessori teachers' knowledge of normalization influences their teacher efficacy beliefs and behaviors with students. She also seeks to align the field of education with the research on sensorimotor development as it is intertwined with the development of cognition. Dr. Shaw also writes, speaks, and consults internationally on education, brain development, and parenting



Science Advisory Editors

Dr. Deborah Ely Budding

Clinical NeuropsychologistDeb


Dr. Deborah Budding is a board certified neuropsychologist who works with children, adolescents, and adults in the Los Angeles area. She is co-author of “Subcortical Structures and Cognition: Implications for Neuropsychological Assessment,” which was published in 2008, as well as peer-reviewed articles related to subcortical contributions to cognitive and emotional function. Dr. Budding is a supervising faculty member at Harbor-UCLA’s neuropsychology training program and is increasingly involved in research involving transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS). She has particular interest in the cerebellum’s contributions to non-motor function, in brain-behavior relationships in neurodevelopmental disorders, and in finding ways to amplify the voices of women and people of color in science education.


Dr. Jayme Jones

Pediatric Neuropsychologist


Dr. Jayme Jones received her BA in psychology from UCI and her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Kansas. She then completed additional training at both LAC-USC and Harbor-UCLA Medical Centers. Currently, Dr. Jones provides neuropsychological evaluation, individual and family consultation and psychodynamically oriented psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and adults. She has an extensive background in the assessment and treatment of pre-school and early school-aged children who have a variety of neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders such as Autism, Asperger's, ADHD, learning disorders, mood disorders, and anxiety disorders. Dr. Jones has a particular interest in the impact of trauma on development and is also an expert in the treatment of traumatic crises and loss in both adults and children. Dr. Jones also assesses children with regard to the effects of mild to moderate traumatic brain injuries, seizures, and endocrine and metabolic disorders.


Pedagogical Advisory Editors


Dr. Kay M. Baker

Director of Training, Elementary Course
Montessori Institute of San Diego


Dr. Kay M. Baker is currently the Director of Training for the AMI Elementary Course for children ages 6-12 at the Montessori Institute of San Diego. Her academic qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, a master’s and Ph.D. in mathematics education and AMI diplomas for children ages 3-6 and 6-12. Dr. Baker is also an AMI consultant for primary and elementary classes. She has given many talks and workshops nationally and internationally on topics ranging from the four planes of development to suitable classroom practices. Dr. Baker is particularly interested in children’s thinking, having investigated children’s solution strategies for multiplication word problems for her doctoral dissertation. She has spent her career considering the necessity for adults to continue to learn in order to aid the life of the child throughout development.


Dr. Jacqueline Cossentino

Senior Associate and Director of Research
National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector


Dr. Jacqueline Cossentino is Senior Associate and Director Research at the National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector. An ethnographer by training, since 2001 she has drawn from her direct experience as head of an independent Montessori school and principal of a large, urban public Montessori school to produce an internationally recognized body of scholarship on Montessori education. Currently Jackie has been a Lecturer in Loyola Maryland’s Montessori Studies program and serves on the board of Montessori Northwest. She received a B.A. in History from Smith College and an M.Ed. and Ed.D. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education..


In Memorium - Dr. Annette Haines

Director of Training
The Montessori Training Center of St. Louis


We would like to thank Dr. Annette Haines for her support of and contributions to our work as one of our advisory editors.

Dr. Haines was an internationally recognized lecturer, examiner, consultant and trainer of the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI). She was involved in the field of Montessori education since 1972 and had extensive experience in the Children’s House classroom. Dr. Haines held both AMI Primary and Elementary Diplomas. Additionally, she held a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature from Washington University, a Masters Degree in Education from Cleveland State University, and a Doctorate in Education from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville with research focused on concentration and normalization within the Montessori Prepared Environment. Dr. Haines was the chair of the Scientific Pedagogy Group and the Material Committee of the AMI. She was also a member of the AMI Global Research Committee and chaired the recently formed Stewarding Council for AMI in the United States. Her articles have been published in the AMI Communications, the NAMTA Journal, Montessori Talks to Parents, and elsewhere around the globe.


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