Gideon Smith was a special education co-teacher at Clark Montessori, the first public Montessori high school in the US, for 12 years. He taught all subjects, but eventually landed in English 11 and 12 and found a true passion in working with adolescents in finding their cosmic task and developing their unique voice and talents. Gideon specializes in working with students with disabilities in all settings and this mission eventually led him to be a public school special education administrator, believing that all children need agency, choice, and a space to grow into themselves.
Gideon has presented at AMS conferences on inclusion, the prepared environment, and working with LGBTQ students in Montessori secondary schools.
Gideon has been a guide to Adult Learners in CMStep since 2017 for Curriculum Development, Pedagogy of Place, and Erdkinder. He also has the pleasure of being a field consultant with CMStep. He believes in the transformation of the teacher through a Montessori practice and that through that transformation, the world is a better place. He is privileged to support adult learners and adolescents in Montessori pedagogy and philosophy in any way he can.
Gideon lives with his partner, their two adolescent daughters, and their cat, rabbit, and guinea pig in Cincinnati, OH. He enjoys reading, crosswords, geeking out on German Expressionist art, and attempting to see every fine arts museum in the world.