So you don't have to have a traditional degree like other teachers in the ps system do? Sorry I am bringing this back from the dead. I couldn't help but be intrigued and also a little upset that there are others who think their way is the best and only way for everyone. I'd have to take Viola's and Grammy's side on this one. I don't dislike Montessori, actually I am rather intrigued by it, but there are so many ways to teach children and so many molds of children that I don't think it's fair to say there is only "one best way". We are not a cookie cutter society. We all run our classrooms a certain way for a reason, it's what is best for the teacher and the students involved, and because we feel passionate about how we do our job. I'm not a Montessori classroom, but it doesn't make me any less of a good teacher, less passionate of a teacher, my kids less smart, or my kids less well-behaved. And it certainly doesn't mean I am giving my kids any less of an education.