About Us

Two Montessorians dedicated to continuing the conversation

A space centered around bringing Montessori education into the forefront. Our podcast focuses on talking about all elements of Montessori. Whether you're a teacher, a parent, or someone who is curious to know more about Montessori, we cover everything.  

The goal of early childhood education should be to activate the child's own natural desire to learn. 

- Maria Montessori

Jamie Rue

Jamie is a trainer, examiner, and consultant at the elementary level, Association Montessori Internationale (AMI). Her career in Montessori education is now in its third decade, and includes 10 years as a teacher in a school classroom and 10 years as a trainer of teachers. Jamie has presented at conferences throughout the United States, as well as in New Zealand, Australia, and Canada. She has coached teachers and advised administrators at schools around the world. Jamie holds an AMI 6-12 diploma from Washington Montessori Institute, and an AMI 3-6 diploma from Montessori Training Center Northeast. Born and raised on an island in the Pacific Northwest, she has an M.Ed. from Loyola University Maryland, and a B.A. in English and Religion from Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She loves to read, cook, and travel with her family in her spare time.

Rachel Merle-Smith

Rachel has been working with children for over ten years. She began this journey by nannying in Italy and New York City for children under the age of 3. She fell in love with Montessori 5 years ago and trained at WMI where she met Jamie. She taught in a 6-12 elementary classroom for three years and is now working in administration as a Communications & Marketing Manager. She holds a bachelor's degree in Communications from Virginia Tech and a Masters in Education from Loyola as well as her AMI Elementary Certificate from the Washington Montessori Institute. She is an avid traveler and musician, and enjoys cooking, yoga, and hanging out with her husband and golden retriever, Gobi.