Laura Flores Shaw
White Paper Press
Laura is the lead editor, writer, and founder of White Paper Press. She holds bachelors and masters degrees in psychology and is currently working towards a doctorate in education with a specialization in mind, brain, and teaching at Johns Hopkins University School of Education. Laura previously worked as a family 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 reviving a failing Montessori school where she became passionate about creating environments that allow children to thrive in every way. In 2014, she retired from school administration to focus on advocating at a broader level for frameworks that can improve the lives of children and their families. She currently writes, speaks, and consults internationally on education, brain development, and parenting.
For its first publication The Montessori White Papers, White Paper Press seeks to engage with Montessorians from all training backgrounds. If you are interested in becoming an advisory editor or writing an article, please contact us:
Dr. Kay M. Baker
Director of Training, Elementary Course
Montessori Institute of San Diego
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. Deborah Ely Budding
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. Jacqueline Cossentino
Senior Associate and Director of Research
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..
Dr. Annette Haines
Director of Training
Dr. Haines is an internationally recognized lecturer, examiner, consultant and trainer of the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI). She has been involved in the field of Montessori education since 1972 and has extensive background in the Children’s House classroom. Dr. Haines holds both AMI Primary and Elementary Diplomas. Additionally, she has 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. Annette is the chair of the Scientific Pedagogy Group and the Material Committee of the AMI. She is also a member of the AMI Global Research Committee and currently chairs 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.
Dr. Jayme Jones
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.