Claire is the principal consultant at C. J. Consulting and Services. She is a trainer, speaker, facilitator, mediator and coach. Claire has been a leader in the field of education for over forty years. She was the founder and Head of Free State Montessori School and has taught at every level of development from toddlers through graduate school. She is the previous Director of the Montessori Education Program at Delaware State University and has been a faculty member at numerous Montessori teacher training centers. Most recently, she was an instructor at Loyola University in the Montessori graduate program. She has been an adjunct and associate professor at Goucher College, Chestnut Hill College, Delaware State University, and a visiting lecturer at UMBC. Most recently she was Curriculum Director for the International Montessori School in Hong Kong and Principal for Gateway International Montessori School in Egypt.
Claire is currently a professional ADR specialist and educational consultant. In her role as professional mediator and Circle facilitator she was also Director of Mediation and Education Programs at the North Baltimore Center of Mosaic Community Services, an affiliate of Sheppard Pratt. She has mediated and served on the board of two U.S. community mediation centers.
Claire holds a Master of Science in Emotional Disturbances from Johns Hopkins University, was State certified in Special Education and is Montessori (AMS) certified for 3-6, 6-9 and 9-12 year olds. Claire has also earned 30 beyond in School Psychology and earned over a hundred hours of training in mediation, Circle facilitation, and Conflict Coaching. As the founder and principal consultant of C.J. Consulting and Services, Claire has consulted both nationally and internationally, most recently in Egypt and Russia.
Claire has written and developed curriculum in Montessori education, mediation and peace education. She has published numerous articles on a variety of topics including peace education, Montessori practice, parenting, mediation and conflict resolution. She has trained extensive faculties and students in Montessori philosophy and practice, peer mediation and conflict resolution. Claire has presented at numerous Montessori conferences and other professional organizations nationally and internationally on a number of topics. She serves as a Member of the accreditation commission and serves on the Board of several Montessori organizations and the Circle of Restorative Initiatives (CRI).
Today the central focus of Claire's work revolves around consulting with schools, organizations and school leaders, training and running workshops for faculties, parents and staff, facilitating retreats, and offering a variety of processes to resolve conflict and improve relationships.