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Women Are: Fort Wayne

Jul 15, 2019

This week, Vyju Kadambi of Southwest Montessori Academy shares her insights around raising and educating children with confidence, empathy, compassion, and respect. We discuss mindfulness and positive discipline as they apply to Montessori education, how she came to teach Montessori, where she sees her school heading, and some of the ways Montessori education can lead to more productive workplaces.

We start out by chatting a bit about an article from Forbes Magazine (Montessori Schools Offer Big Lessons For 'Managers'), which talks about some of the ways the Montessori applys outside the classroom. Vyju talks about what makes the Montessori approach unique and incredibly effective for giving children confidence, about the magic of allowing children to follow their intrinsic motivation to guide their studies, and the value of collaboration over cooperation. She also walks us through what a day in the life of a Montessori student at her school looks like. We talk about several books on Positive Discipline, and she shares information about Positive Discipline classes her school offers to parents of young children.

Check out Southwest Montessori Academy on Facebook and Instagram, or visit their website at

To find information on Montessori schools in your city, check out American Montessori Society, Association Montessori Internationale, and Montessori Foundation.

Our song today is My Sunshine by Cobalt Folk singer Grace Minnick. You can find her on Facebook, Instagram, and Spotify. Her music is delightful and absolutely charming!

VERY special thanks to our sponsors, Steve Tyler and Radiance of Silverbirch Studios for giving us a space to record and helping us sound amazing. Thank you also to Rosalind & the Way for our gorgeous intro music, to Traci Henning-Kolberg and Adam Blackburn for editing out our mistakes and making us sound fantastic. And to YOU for listening and supporting our project!

See you next week! <3

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