Gaetano Calise

Guy Calise graduated from Illinois State University in 1988 with a degree in biology and a Masters Degree of Middle School Science from DePaul. He holds an AMI Elementary certificate earned in 1990 at the Washington Montessori Institute and took the NAMTA Adolescent Orientation in 2012. He taught a 6-12 class for 16 years at Countryside Montessori in Northbrook, IL. The class has had varied enrollment sizes from as few as twelve children to as many as forty-eight, and everything in between. He has worked with and without an assistant. As a result of these circumstances, he has had to explore in depth many different approaches to classroom management which has uniquely prepared him to address a myriad to topics. Guy is a school consultant and presenter in the US and abroad. In 2017 he presented at the national conference for the Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators in Toronto. In 2011, he also presented for two days on Elementary Class Management at Montessori Aotearoa New Zealand, MANZ. He also serves as a mentor and consultant to Montessori elementary teachers. Guy has received guidance and consultation beyond that required for AMI school recognition. He received ten weeks of instruction from Sanford Jones on how to teach music in the classroom.

In addition to his classroom work, he has instructed elementary aged children in physical education as well. Part of his work in physical education has included the development of a curriculum that helps children develop the fundamental skills for a variety of sports. Guy does not believe that children younger than 4th grade gain much benefit from organized sports. In contrast, they lose precious time during which they should be developing fundamentals and oftentimes lose interest in sports altogether. His approach to physical education emphasizes activities that develop sportsmanship, teamwork, and the ability to evaluate multiple sources of input simultaneously.

Guy took two years away from the classroom, though continued to teach physical education, during which he explored other interests. He holds a Youth Fitness Training certificate from the International Sports Science Association. He also earned a Level 1 Personal Training certificate from the Poliquin Performance Center. During this time Guy was a personal trainer and also coached youth baseball. Guy earned an Emergency Medical Technician license in 2001. Currently Guy is working full time in a 6-12 classroom at Countryside.

Currently Guy is working full time as the Director of Middle School at Countryside Montessori School and teaches math and science to 7th and 8th grade students.