Welcome to Trillium Montessori!
Hello, I'm Seemi!
Thank you for visiting Trillium. This site is the home for all my Montessori experiments and collections. I hope you enjoy using the resources here as much as I have enjoyed creating and curating them!
I fell into the world of Montessori in 1998, right after grad school, on my way to a "real job". Little did I know that that little assistant position at the Montessori School of Syracuse would shape the rest of my career. I earned my AMS Early Childhood credential in 2000, and moved to North Carolina in 2009 to open my own small school, Trillium Montessori. In 2018 I closed the school to live a slower life and focus on smaller projects.
Check out these links to get a sense of the ethos and history here at Trillium:
- The history of the Trillium blog: What we've been up to since 2013
- 2022: A Look Behind the Scenes: A thank you to the team that makes Trillium possible
- Behind the Scenes at Trillium: It Finally Happened: When I made the hard decision not to shut Trillium down
- Peace and Diversity webinar: Our thoughts about diversity and equity
- Why we opted NOT to make the P2P Summit free : Our thoughts about equitable pay
Meet the Trillium Team
The Content Team
Our content team takes care of the mountain of writing that happens behind the scenes. Between multiple newsletters, podcasts, blog articles, social media posts, course details and more, they handle it all!
and Content Lead
Charlotte is a certified Montessori and Positive Discipline educator who helps parents, caregivers, and teachers implement respectful caregiving practices with young children. With a BS in Early Childhood Education and IMC certification for ages 3-6, she has over 12 years of experience working in non-profit youth organizations, public and private education, and Dual Language Montessori programs in the U.S. and Mexico. Charlotte is currently based in Mexico and social justice and equity in education is central to her work with children, families, and communities.
Tammy Oesting has spent the last 25+ years delivering professional development workshops, consulting schools, and educating new Montessori teachers. Her passions include issues of social justice, educating support staff, life sciences, neuroscience as applied to educational practices, and exploring the magnificence of the world. She serves Montessori globally through her company ClassrooMechanics and partnership in Principles to Practice.
Podcast Host and
Elementary Content Lead
Letty Rising is an accomplished Montessori innovator and thought leader who brings creative ideas to Montessori spaces. She offers expert consulting services to a diverse range of educators and entrepreneurs globally, playing a crucial role in designing and implementing Montessori programs and initiatives. As the Lead Elementary Content Creator for Trillium, she leverages her extensive experience and knowledge to support educators in reaching their full potential. With an AMI elementary diploma for ages 6-12 and an M.Ed. from Loyola University, Letty's broad background as a Montessori educator and school leader in public, private, and charter schools gives her a unique perspective and unparalleled understanding of the Montessori approach.
Madeline has been a Montessori educator for 15 years, with experience in both Children's House and Elementary levels. Her favorite Montessori lessons to give are the Grammar lessons. Madeline lives in Virginia and loves to travel with her family and trying out new recipes at home!
Primary & Leadership
After eight years in the classroom and another 2.5 as a center director, Holly transitioned from full-time campus life to focus on supporting Montessori educators and caring for family. She is AMS-credentialed at the primary level, and enjoys coaching Montessori guides, creating Montessori training materials, and presenting at Montessori conferences. In her free time, she is an avid home cook, and loves spending time with her husband, their two young children, and two dogs.
Gabrielle Kotkov is an AMI-trained 3-6 Montessorian and educational consulat. She has a Masters in Child Studies and is certified in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). She is particularly interested in the intersection between Montessori education and multilingualism, which led her to create the Multilingual Montessori website, Instagram and podcast. Gabrielle has taught in schools in NYC, Catania (Sicily), London, and Austin, Texas, and now lives in Brooklyn, NY.
The Operations Team
Our operations team handles all the customer service queries that come in and make sure that all our tech and systems are running smoothly.
Meet Candace, a wife, mother of two, and animal lover with three dogs and three cats at home. When she's not working or spending time with her family and pets, Candace enjoys reading and trying out new recipes in her kitchen. She is tech-savvy and loves efficiency, with her instant pot monopolizing her kitchen!
Candace joined Trillium in May 2021, starting in customer service and over time has become well-versed in the company's back-end systems. She's a dedicated team member of Trillium, always looking for ways to streamline processes and provide excellent customer service.
Brooke joins us from VirtualAssistUSA. She graduated with honors from Auburn University in Alabama. Her expertise lies in administrative assistance, project management, sales and marketing, scheduling, and client relations.
When she's not working, she dedicates her time to St. Jude's Children's Hospital and Meals on Wheels. She loves to travel and makes sure to collect a coffee mug from each place she goes!
Bianca, originally from Australia, now calls Kansas City home. With a background of global travel and a business degree, she brings a diverse perspective to her natural talent for connecting with others. A devoted parent, she actively supports her children in their athletic pursuits, frequently seen cheering them on in basketball and volleyball games.
and Systems VA
Megan joins us from VirtualAssistUSA. Megan studied Accounting at Pasco Hernando State College in Florida. Her expertise lies in administrative assistance and client relations.
When she's not working, Megan enjoys crocheting. She is also passionate about improving access to education for children all around the world.