New Course for Elementary Montessori Educators


(Helping Everyone Learn Positive Behavior)

New Course for Elementary Montessori Educators


An Important New Course

Audience: Elementary Montessori Teachers, Assistants and School Administrators

More and more schools are experiencing an increase in enrollment of Special Needs Students.

The Montessori Method is wonderfully suited for children with exceptionalities, but many Montessori guides struggle to understand and meet the needs of challenging children while peacefully including these children in a normalized classroom.

Working with The Montessori Foundation, Montessori Guide and Special Educator, Maria Eva Chaffin, M.Ed.; and Behavior Analyst, Brynn Rangel, M.B.A. have joined together to deliver comprehensive and unique insight and guidance on addressing children with challenging behavior.

Brynn Rangel brings her insight as a Behavior Analyst in the Montessori classroom to better understand and identify patterns and strategies for children with varying exceptionalities.


Maria Eva Chaffin offers extensive Montessori and Special Needs teaching and classroom experience to leverage the Montessori Method to interpret and apply behavioral strategies in the classroom to normalize struggling children.

Experience video examples of Real, Practical and Applicable strategies being applied in a Montessori classroom to actual students with challenging behavior.

Schedule: Each week we will meet for a 90-minute live video workshop led by Maria Eva Chaffin, Brynn Rangel, and Tim Seldin.

There will also be an mp3 audio version of the live session and a workbook in PDF form for you to print out.

Each suggests a week-long process of thought and consideration. 

We will upload the video and audio files shortly after each live session.

Participants will have ongoing access to the course.


• Summarize how the Montessori method applies to Special Needs Students, the accommodations and modifications required.

• Identify what is required from the teachers to support a classroom with children with challenging behavior.

• Identify strategies that will decrease challenging behavior and improve the quality of life for all children in the Montessori environment.

Cost: $175 - Ongoing Access

Course curriculum

  • 01

    Week 1 Introduction and Overview

    Show Content
    • Welcome!!!
    • Overview
    • Conversation and Stories
    • PDF of Slides From Webinar Addressing Challenging Behaviors in the Montessori Classroom
    • Introductory Montessori Leadership Webcast - Addressing Challenging Behaviors in the Montessori Classroom
    • Pre- Assignment
    • Overview of Montessori in Special Education
    • Video recording of week 1 live session
    • Social Environment
    • Adaptations for the Inside Environment:Elementary
    • Strategies for Building Relationship:Elementary
    • Assignment Week 1 Elementary
    • Audio recording of week 1
  • 02

    Week 2 • Behavior and Interventions in the Elementary setting

    Show Content
    • Welcome to week 2!!!
    • Conversation and Stories
    • Handout week 2
    • Video of the 2nd Week's Live Session
    • Assignment week 2
    • Audio recording - Week 2
  • 03

    Week 3: Strategies for Special Needs

    Show Content
    • Conversation and Stories
    • Video of 3rd week's live session
    • Chat live session week 3
    • At a GlanceClassroom Accommodations for Sensory Processing Issues
    • ABC Analysis Sheet DATASHEETS
    • FAST
    • The Importance of Teacher Self-Awareness in Working With Students With Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
    • Autism
    • Audio recording of Week 3 Live Session
  • 04

    Week 4: Elementary goal setting- Parent collaboration- Administration support

    Show Content
    • Log In Instructions for the Live Sessions
    • Video recording Week 4 Live Session
    • Conversation and Stories
    • Audio recording of Week 4 Live Session

10 Hours of Professional Development


Maria Eva Chaffin is originally from Venezuela. She is married with three boys and two dogs. She is in the process of completing her Doctoral Dissertation in Organizational Leadership. She holds a Master of Science in Exceptional Student Education, a Master’s Degree in Business Education, a Bachelor’s in Special Education, as well as a Montessori Teacher Certification in early childhood. Maria Eva is the founder of Challenging Children and Montessori, a consultant for the Montessori Foundation, and a Faculty member of Sarasota University, where she is a professor in the Montessori Master Program. She has over 20 years of teaching experience and has been in the Montessori field for over 10 years. It is her great passion to work with children with special needs and since completing her Montessori training she has fallen in love with the method. With her background and experience, she is convinced that the Montessori method is the best way for children to learn. Because the Montessori method is so well suited for children with special needs, Maria Eva founded Challenging Children and Montessori with the intention to help school leaders and administrators better support teachers and parents with the challenges associated with these children.

Maria Eva Chaffin

Montessori Foundation Consultant

Maria Eva  Chaffin