Lifetime of Creative Learning


Claire J. Salkowski | Principal

Claire J. Salkowski | Principal
Principal Biography

Ms. Salkowski has been a leader in the field of education for over thirty five 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 programs.  She has been an adjunct and associate professor at Goucher College, Delaware State University, Chestnut Hill College, and a visiting lecturer at UMBC.  Most recently she was Curriculum Director for the International Montessori School in Hong Kong.

Ms. Salkowski 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.

Ms. Salkowski 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. Ms Salkowski has also earned 30 beyond in School Psychology and earned over a hundred hours of training in mediation, Circle facilitation, and Conflict Coaching.

Ms. Salkowski 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. Ms. Salkowski has presented at numerous Montessori conferences and other professional organizations nationally and internationally on a number of topics. She is currently Co-Chair of the School Accreditation Commission and serves on the Board of the Montessori International Council and the Oneness Family School.

Principal Words

Welcome to Gateway International Montessori School! We are delighted that you are interested in our school and hope that you find the following information both useful and inspiring.

At Gateway, we seek to provide all of our students with a solid academic and affective foundation that prepares them for life! Our goal is to nurture and challenge our children to become all that they can be as self-reliant problem solvers, inquisitive learners with a global perspective, and those who celebrate their own unique cultural heritage rooted in a strong set of core values and ethics. Our vision is to create global citizens who can collaborate with others to face the challenges and opportunities of creating a better world for all.

We are committed to the educational process by creating a whole school community. In partnership with parents, we seek to assist children in the process of becoming well-educated, self-actualized individuals who are committed and capable of contributing to the good of all.  As co-learners in this process, we honor the inestimable worth and universal right of every child to discover their own personal excellence in every facet of their lives, among loving and mutually respectful relationships. We recognize the natural tendencies of children and believe that every child is gifted with an innate love of learning, which can be nurtured and sustained for a lifetime through positive, challenging expectations, self-reflection, and purposeful engagement in the world. Our mission is to create the conditions, which allow for such a process to unfold.

As The First Montessori school in Egypt, we are excited about the opportunities that await us and hope that you will be moved to join us in this important work. We look forward to hearing from you and encourage you to see for yourself how your child can benefit from a truly exceptional educational experience here at Gateway International Montessori School.