Tools For Schools


  • Classroom management workshops and trainings (virtual and in person).
  • Assistant trainings and development.
  • Curriculum and program training and development.
  • Leadership trainings (many of them; designed to accommodate individual school and culture needs).
  • Positive Discipline certification training for whole school — two day or weekly for six weeks (each day two hour sessions).
  • Positive Discipline parenting training for whole school (educators become certified to teach parenting classes within their schools).
  • On-going, customized parent training and coaching for parents within the school community.


  • Private coaching for teachers and school leaders.


  • Customized, on-going mentoring for teachers departments and/or school leaders.


  • Whole school, on-site visits and overall consultation services.
  • Individual department site visits and consultations

Starting a Montessori School (In Two Months!) Parenting Leading and Teaching With Emotional Intelligence and Love

Montessori Monday with ToolHows! Join me and Kathleen Olinger as she shares her journey into the world of Montessori and…in two years…launching her own school! Kathleen decided in June of 2022 that starting her own school in Lynchburg Virginia was what she really wanted to do. She found a site, raised some money, rennovated the site, launched a website, collected enrollment fees and opened her school on September 6, 2023…two short months after her vision emerged! Listen and learn more! — Send in a voice message:
  1. Starting a Montessori School (In Two Months!)
  2. Learning and Growing With ToolHows Tools
  3. What Montessori is and What it is Not!
  4. There are 12 myths about the Montessori education model.
  5. Walkabouts…Using Movement to Enhance Learning!

I worked with Shawn as a fellow HOS in a network of charter schools, and she is extremely well versed in all of the areas above. She is AMI trained at the elementary level with years of classroom and school leadership experience. She was able to pivot during the pandemic and became one of the distance learning mentors for the organization, and created an online curriculum that was offered through Trillium Montessori.  I am a seasoned school leader myself, but sill, Shawn has offered me insights and new perspectives that I hadn’t before considered that has added to my own growth and professional development. She’s especially talented in organizing teams to get things done, positive discipline, and mentoring teachers, school leaders, and parents.  She presents very well, and has a wealth of knowledge to offer. I highly recommend her for any kind of teacher or school leader mentor or training position, as this is where she shines.

Letty Rising

Shawn Edwards was the best Montessori leader I have worked with in 20 years. Her leadership and skills enable teachers and administrators to push past their comfort zones and become the best they can be.  Shawn’s work ethic is an inspiration to all.

Sandra Marlor

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