Learning Together Education was founded in 1999 by
Susan Tracy McDaniel, M.Ed., (Northwestern University, Loyola of Baltimore, certified EFT practitioner, Montessori certified AMS and AMI) as a local Montessori outreach to parents of all income levels. Susan now leads workshops internationally and provides parent coaching and Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) by telephone or Skype with an international clientele. A Montessori teacher educator since 1993, Susan has been an instructor in ten Infant Toddler courses, first at Seton Montessori Institute, and at courses in the US, Slovenia, China, and Russia. She directs Learning Together, assisted by teachers, interns, volunteers, and advisors.
Dr. Darla Ferris Miller is author of Positive Child Guidance, an award-winning
birth to twelve textbook, currently in its eighth edition. This foundational text is used in numerous college
courses in the United States and internationally.
She has fostered exemplary Montessori Infant
and Toddler care and education in the United States, Canada, China, Taiwan, Vietnam,
South Korea, and Russia.
Her BA degree is from Baylor University, and her
Ph.D. and M.A. are from The University of Houston.
She holds American Montessori Society credentials at both the Infant and
Toddler and Early Childhood Levels. She provides Infant Toddler online course content for Learning Together Education.
Merrie King, Ph.D., is the beloved Executive Director Emeritus of the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies. She was previously Montessori Program Director at Belmont University. Merrie founded and directed two schools in the US, and also helped establish a Montessori school in Nepal. Her Ph.D. is from Peabody at Vanderbilt University, and her Master's from Georgetown University. She has Montessori certifications at three levels including 0-3 AMI, Early Childhood AMI and lower elementary AMS. Merrie has been granted numerous awards and honors. She currently provides outreach for Learning Together's Parent-Infant Facilitator Training.
Candace Goodwin, Ed.D./MBA, former President of DeVry University Chicago, has over 20 years of experience in strategic planning, budgeting, fiscal responsibility, human resource management, compliance, student services, accreditation, and academic quality. who has effectively managed multi-million dollar budgets and understands key metrics that drive organizational effectiveness. Candace has been a valuable advisor to Learning Together for many years.
Jeff Keiser, M.Ed.,
is currently an Adjunct Professor of Education in several institutions including the Erickson Institute. He holds a B.S. in Sociology from Arizona State University, a Master's degree in Education from Concordia University Chicago, and an early childhood Montessori teaching credential through the American Montessori Society. He lectures and consults with schools, churches, and ministries. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Elizabeth Houghtaling is Montessori-credentialed at the Infant-Toddler and Early Childhood levels and teaches at The Country School on Bainbridge Island, Washington. She also started a Parent-Infant program serving the Suquamish tribe and at-risk families in her community. She was honored to participate in the first cohort of the Emerging Leader Fellowship with the American Montessori Society.
Laurie Heyl, MSW, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker with a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago. For the past 25 years, she has provided individual, family, and group therapy for children, adolescents, and adults. With experience in inpatient, outpatient community mental health settings, she established a private practice located in Bannockburn IL in 1999. She currently offers EFT Emotional Freedom Techniques, Life Coaching, Biofeedback training, Neurofeedback training, HeartMath, and parent education at her office in Bannockburn, IL.