Michelle Lane-Barmapov was the founder of the Lane Montessori School for Autism (previously known as the Toronto Montessori School for Autism) in Toronto, Canada. This not for profit school was the first of its kind to combine Applied Behavior Analysis with the Montessori curriculum in the world.
In 2005, Michelle was awarded The Premier’s Award in recognition of her outstanding work in special education and Montessori. In the fall of 2010 the school had to close due to a lack of funds. Michelle, who attended Montessori as a child, currently works as a Professor for the Faculty of Applied Health and Community at Sheridan College as well as lecturer on the Montessori ABA (Applied Behaviour Analysis) blend that she designed.
Michelle’s educational background is a bilingual (French and English) B.A. in psychology and sociology which she obtained at the age of nineteen. She later went on to do a year of social work before leaving the field to become a Montessori teacher. Lane received a scholar’s award for her post graduate Montessori teacher training at Sheridan College (2001) and has an A.M.S. (Early Childhood) credential and is a certified elementary (6-9) Montessori teacher. In 2016, Michelle graduated with a Master of Health Studies. Her thesis research titled Montessori and Autism: An Interpretive Description Study can be found through the Athabasca University Digital Thesis Portal at http://hdl.handle.net/10791/211
Michelle wrote a book called Autism: A Montessori Approach in 2009, has 5 program tracking manuals for implementing the approach (these can be purchased through this website under books), has several published articles and did a webinar on her blended method for the American Montessori Society called Montessori & Autism in 2014.
Michelle is married to Oren Barmapov. They live in Toronto and share three children, Alliyah, Amos (pronounced Ahhmose) and Jaguan .
To learn more about Montessori please have a look at a new documentary on Montessori called "Building the Pink Tower". http://www.buildingthepinktower.org