dbgDonna Bryant Goertz founded Austin Montessori School in Austin, Texas, in 1967. She directed the school and taught there for thirty-four years. While continuing a co-directorship of the school with Donald C. Goertz, Ph.D., Donna now leads parent education, staff development, and new programs initiation. Educators, professors, and students from all over the world have studied Austin Montessori School’s continuum of service to families of children from 18 months through 16 years to learn more about the philosophy of Montessori education and the particular school culture. Donna received her Montessori Elementary diploma from the Fondazione Centro Internazionale Studi Montessoriani in Bergamo, Italy, and her Assistants to Infancy diploma from The Montessori Institute of Denver, Colorado. She is a founding member of Educateurs sans Frontiers, a select group of Montessorians from more than a dozen countries dedicated to applying Montessori principles beyond the school walls. She has been published in several well known educational journals and has spoken at conferences throughout both North America and the world. Donna and her husband, Don, are the parents of seven children and grandparents of sixteen, all of whom have spent countless years in Montessori schools.