In 1969, Lee Havis began to study Montessori, first as a classroom teacher and then later by directing teacher education in the field.
is organized as a non-profit corporation directed by Lee Havis
, with main offices in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Lee Havis, Director
International Montessori Society
Lee Havis began teaching in the Peace Corps in 1967, as an assistant professor in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Panama.
Returning to the United States, Lee
began teaching young children in 1969, and continued in this classroom itedteaching in different situations for five years.
In the 1970's, he
completed graduate study in early childhood education at the University of Maryland
and a JD in law at Catholic University of America
In 1976, Lee completed a Montessori diploma course with internship (primary level, 2-6) and conducted Montessori teacher education in the new organization National Center for Montessori Education he helped to establish.
About this time, he
initiated a tutoring program to provide one-to-one instruction to children in all subjects and ages in their home it is now operating as Trust Tutoring
In 1979, he formed International Montessori Society (IMS), assuming the duties of its executive director and editor of its periodicals, Montessori Observer and Montessori News.
Since 1986, he
has conducted workshops and consultation to help improve Montessori teaching.
In 2003, Lee
discovered and consolidated a technology for the practice of true natural Montessori teaching which he
discovered in 1979.
In 1994, he organized the basic operating documents for the new accrediting agency, International Montessori Accreditation Council (IMAC), becoming its director and now serving as well on its generic review committee.
provides accreditation for Montessori teacher education, based on broad, inclusive standards to encourage the participation of all interested parties.
has contributed to a number of Montessori texts, including introduction to Maria Montessori: Her Life and Work, by E.M. Standing (publ. 1998); Foreword to The Essential Montessori by Elizabeth Hainstock (publ. 1995); Foreword to Teaching Montessori in the Home - preschool years; Foreword to Why Montessori? by Aisha Abdullah (publ. 2001).