“We shall walk together on this path of life, for all things are part of the universe and are connected with each other to form one whole unity.”

Maria Montessori

Positive Discipline
for pre-kindergarten children

THURSDAY, APRIL 29 at 8 p.m.

As your little one gains confidence and independence, he or she is bound to test your limits in new and exciting ways! In this workshop, our child development experts will discuss how to meet this challenge with warmth while maintaining control of the situation using real life scenarios and coping strategies. When properly implemented, positive discipline is the most effective way to instill a sense of accountability in your child, helping him or her understand the natural cause and effect of their actions in a gentle, nurturing way. Attendees can also share specific scenarios with our panelists that we will spend time troubleshooting during the session. Recommended for caregivers of children ages 2 to 6 years old.



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Jemma Lloyd-Helliker

Jemma Lloyd-Helliker

Elementary Lead Teacher, Elementary Department Coordinator
Jemma taught in public and charter schools for five years before the birth of her daughter. She knew teaching was her passion, but the traditional teaching model was not meeting the needs of the children in her classes. She discovered Montessori as a new mother and has not looked back. Jemma believes, "Learning in a Montessori environment is joyful and inspiring because the philosophy begins and ends with the natural development of our children. In this environment, it is a joy to guide the children to new learning and experiences." Jemma enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, camping and canoeing with her family. When indoors, she loves to knit, write, draw and read. She tries to practice yoga daily and swim whenever she can.



Elizabeth Palazzi

Elizabeth Palazzi

Toddler Lead Teacher, Parent-Toddler Instructor

Elizabeth grew up in New Jersey and always knew she wanted to teach young children. Elizabeth taught kindergarten in Maryland before staying home to raise her three sons. She joined Gladwyne Montessori as a parent and has worked as the assistant in the Parent/Toddler program since 2016. She is currently working towards her Infant Toddler credential at the Princeton Center for Teacher Education. In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys being active outside, especially hiking, playing baseball, and bike riding with her family.



Gwen Shangle

Gwen Shangle

Director of Montessori

Gwen brings 25 years of experience to Gladwyne from teaching in Montessori classrooms, mentoring teachers, guiding families, working on curriculum and program designs, and directing a teacher training center. She was drawn to the dynamic and positive culture and community of Gladwyne Montessori as well as the stimulating and dedicated faculty. Gwen enjoys presenting to parents and teachers and sharing her passion of Montessori as a way of life. Gwen also has raised a "Montessori child", now in college, and is excited to dedicate her empty nest time to Gladwyne's community. When not at school, Gwen enjoys the outdoors, hiking, kayaking, and spending time with her pets and family, as well as volunteering for arts groups. Gwen also serves on the Board of the Deep Time Journey Network, which promotes the principles of cosmic education, a key aspect of Montessori education.