Wendy Agnew

Guest Lecturer


Wendy Agnew is a graduate of University of Toronto’s Ph.D. program in Holistic Learning, has a M.A. in Global Education, and a B.A. in English from York University.

She also holds Elementary (MACTE), Primary (AMI), and Training of Trainers Montessori Teaching Diplomas from Toronto Montessori Institute as well as the Orientation to Adolescent Studies Certificate based at the Hershey Farm School (NAMTA/AMI).

Wendy has spent over 30 years serving as a mentor and arts advisor. Her experiences range from mounting permanent installations of her students’ nature-themed murals at the University of Toronto and the Montessori Academy in Maputo, Mozambique; spearheading a national program to bring Montessori’s vision to 360 Teachers in Iran; sitting on the advisory board for the founding of The Equinox School, a coalition involving alternative disciplines and the Toronto District School Board; and helping bring Montessori into the public system in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. Wendy is cofounder and consultant for internationally renowned Sustainability Frontiers and facilitates Arts and Nature integration for elementary and junior high at The Sunshine Montessori School in Kitchener, Ontario. Her publications feature a dynamic blend of systems theory, student innovation and eclectic prose. 

Wendy’s passion is Cosmic Creativity in curriculum exploration and development. Her doctorate details experiences with early childhood, elementary and high school students and the soul-stretching surprises inherent in “following the child”.  She co-founded the first Montessori school in Iran. She is indebted to Audrey Sillick, her first trainer for helping to reveal the potency of nature as a mentor, and to Paula Glasgow, founder, and Dean of Montessori Teachers College, for her enduring collegial inspiration.