Donyan Shadions


Donyan Shadions received her AMS certification from CMTE in 2002. She taught at the Primary Level for 2 years before being asked to start a Montessori school in EACMSI’s founder Andrea’s honor in the Caraballo Haitian Batey of the Dominican Republic. This entailed learning Spanish while living among the Dominican and Haitian people in this rural village without modern amenities such as running water and electricity. She was responsible for creating a functioning Montessori classroom using material she had brought with her, as well as hiring and training local women to assist her. Donyan trained her assistants and prepared them to run the program in her absence. The lives of the village women and children were transformed as Donyan shared the Montessori Method with them. In 2006, Donyan returned to her native state of Ohio where she worked as an Activities Director in a Residential Care Facility. She took the opportunity to implement the Montessori Method with patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s to support independence and improve working memory. In addition to this work, Donyan also volunteered as a bi-lingual parent educator at Women’s Network. Donyan returned to EACMSI in 2008 to teach at the Primary Level. She is interested in movement as a vehicle for learning as well as individual learning styles. Donyan attained certification in Thai Yoga Therapy in 2012 and utilizes this expertise to support children and their sensory needs. Donyan offers parent education workshops to provide parents with a fuller understanding of the Montessori Method. Donyan lives with her daughter Zairra, a student at EACMSI. Among her many passions are empowering girls to have a positive body image. She loves yoga, Spanish and German language practice and the Montessori lifestyle.