Benedictine College Offers 3-Day Montessori Conference

Published: Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Benedictine College is offering a three-day education conference highlighting the Montessori Method. The conference, “The Child Among Us: Maria Montessori’s Catholic Insights on the Human Person,” is set for May 18 to 20, 2018, on the college’s Atchison campus. The cost to attend is $150 and includes lunch all three days. The featured speaker at the conference is Maggie Radzik, Montessorian and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Catechist, who will explore the Montessori philosophy and its application in the classroom and home. Anyone interested can get more information and register online.

“With the obvious conviction that many don’t know or have forgotten the magnitude of Montessori’s achievements, Maggie Radzik shares a zeal that is irresistible to those whose concern is the welfare of children,” said Catherine Sienkiewicz, mother of five who first met Radzik nearly a decade ago. “To my knowledge, she is truly a pioneer in bringing a renewal of Montessori’s discoveries on child development to the Catholic culture of our time.”

Radzik graduated from Christendom College and began teaching high school history and geography. While pursuing her Master’s Degree in Education, she discovered the Montessori approach of assisting human development and earned three Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) diplomas. She also completed training in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) levels I-III. She is currently a Level I Formation Leader with CGS and is earning her Level II Leader credentials. Radzik has taught at all levels of Montessori – toddler through high school – and is currently working with Montessori Catechetical and Cultural Institute (MCCI) to spread the beauty of Dr. Montessori’s discoveries within the Catholic Church.

“From the time I first listened to her Montessori lectures, I knew that what Maggie cared most about was that people would come to realize the truth about childhood,” said Sienkiewicz. “She wants us to know what Maria Montessori discovered—that childhood isn’t just a stop on the path to adulthood. It is a way of human existence in its own right, with its own universal needs and laws, and carrying within it priceless treasures for the benefit of the whole world.”

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas. The school is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide. It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging. It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.