This is where I get stuck. I know what I want. I just don't know how to get there. I have been thinking all week about this.
I tried to create a to do list. This is what I came up with.
Create a budget
Tuition (I don’t want but may be necessary)(for those who do not wish to volunteer)
Under local school district?
Crafts? By the students?
If doing farm selling produce?
Trained teachers 1/age group and Class
Special education specialist
Aids-3-5 per class and age group
Treasurer or financial officer
Find a place
I have a good list in a book.
A Mind at a Time
Montessori School for Autism
This is just a brain storm list. After looking at the NAMTA website they have a step by step procedure for opening a school. My main problem is training. I don't have it. Montessori teachers are in high demand. I might be able to hire someone if I had the funds.
Where do I start? This is where I get frustrated and seem to run into a wall. NAMTA says to do a study group. Where does the group come from?
Next they say to have a Parent Advisory Board. Once again, from where?
Incorporate - That I think I can do. I want it to be an NPO.
Okay, I have a step I can look into. Whew.
Another step I am looking into is training. Do I use the distance learning at North America Montessori Center, Montessori Teacher Preparation of Washington, or do I enroll in the local Montessori teacher training course? Where do I do my internship, or do I do an internship? I have spent several years assisting in a Montessori classroom, but that was a while ago.
Do I start with Montessori training, or do I work toward a Bachelor's degree first?
This is truly where my frustration begins.
Over the last week, as I have contemplated these things, I have done a lot of googling. I've checked the Montessori training, I've checked out local schools to maybe intern in, I've looked for on-line degrees and contemplated what degree I would try for. The obvious is education or special education. But at the same time I love music, so I am also contemplating music education and/or music therapy.
Decisions, decisions. This is probably why I have had a migraine the last 2 days.
So, what do I do? I haven't decided yet. I did contact one, somewhat local Montessori school about possible interning there. We will see where that leads.