A misbehaving child is a discouraged child.

About Chip DeLorenzo, M.Ed.

Chip DeLorenzo has been a Montessori educator since 1995.  Chip is the co-author, with Jane Nelsen, of Positive Discipline in the Montessori Classroom.  As a teacher trainer and school consultant, Chip has worked with thousands of Montessori teachers and parents in teaching the principles and practices of Positive Discipline through various workshops and lectures. He is the former Head of School of the Damariscotta Montessori School, where he spent 20 years as a school leader and teacher.  Chip holds Early Childhood, Lower and Upper Elementary AMS certifications, and has worked extensively with Montessori Adolescent students. He is the father of five Montessori children, and he and his wife, Kathy, live in Loveland, Ohio.

Chip DeLorenzo

About Positive Discipline

Positive Discipline is used as a foundational approach to classroom and school discipline in many Montessori schools throughout the United States because of its continuity with the Montessori principles of respect and independence.

Positive Discipline is based on the work of Alfred Adler and Rudolph Dreikurs, contemporaries of Maria Montessori. The primary goal of the approach is to help create a social/emotional environment where children are given the tools to to succeed in becoming responsible, respectful and capable members of their communities and families. Based on the best-selling books of Jane Nelsen, PhD, Positive Discipline teaches important life and social skills in a manner that is deeply respectful of both children and adults.

“Chip and Jane have captured the essence of teachers facilitating student agency.  Their book frames Positive Discipline from a Montessori perspective and offers real, relatable classroom examples.  Every Montessori school and teacher education program should have this book as their reference.”  ~ Betsy Coe, Principal, School of the Woods, Middle & High School, Executive Director, Houston Montessori Center



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