E24: Concentration and Character Development: A conversation with Rebecca Girn

Written by Dr. Matt Bateman on May 30, 2022

Join us for a discussion with Rebecca Girn, Chief Programs Officer of Higher Ground Education, about the process Montessori called “normalization”: centering one’s developing self with concentration and work.

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Rebecca Girn is an attorney with an undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago and a law degree from UCLA, with dual specializations in business law and philosophy of law. She also holds an AMI Montessori teaching diploma from the Montessori Institute of San Diego, specializing in 0 to 3-year-olds.

In 2016, Rebecca became a founding member of Higher Ground, providing oversight and guidance for the organization with regards to the law, human resources, marketing, and infant and toddler pedagogy. She currently serves as the company’s Chief Programs Officer.

Higher Ground Education is dedicated to mainstreaming and modernizing Montessori education, and is the parent company of the Academy of Thought and Industry, Guidepost Montessori, Montessorium, and The Prepared Montessorian.

Dr. Matt Bateman

Dr. Matt Bateman earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy in 2012 from the University of Pennsylvania. He taught and continued his research at Franklin and Marshall College in the Department of Psychology, on topics ranging from neuroscience to evolutionary theory to philosophy, before joining the LePort Schools as Director of Curriculum and Pedagogy in 2014.

In 2016, Dr. Matt Bateman became a founding member of Higher Ground Education. He is now Vice President of Pedagogy for Higher Ground and the Executive Director of Montessorium.