Sri Lankan montessori teacher wins US award
Renowned Montessori teacher Mrs. Chandra Fernando has won the Living
Legacy 2012 award of the American Montessori Society (AMS). This is the
first time that an Asian has won this award.
Mrs. Fernando said that Montessori teachers are probably the "best
exports" from Sri Lanka to the United States. She said that Sri Lankan
teachers were among the pioneers in American Montessori education who
had held the torch until the US teachers were trained for this task.
She was addressing a dinner reception on June 10 hosted by Ambassador
Jaliya Wickramasuriya, Sri Lanka's envoy to USA and Mexico to felicitate
While congratulating Mrs. Fernando on this significant achievement of
being the first Asian to receive this prestigious award in the US,
Ambassador Wickramasuriya said that, "Not only does this award bring
much honour to you, but it also brings great pride to Sri Lanka.
She has proved that the Montessori teachers from Sri Lanka are very
special," he said.
Ambassador Wickramasuriya said that receiving this prestigious award
from the American Montessori Society would reflect positively on Sri
Lanka and the Montessori Movement in Sri Lanka as well.
"On behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka, I extend my heartfelt
congratulations to you on this much deserved honour", he said.
Executive Director of the AMS, Richard A. Ungerer said that the
Living Legacy Award is a special tribute to an individual whose
dedication and leadership has made a lasting impact on the American
"Humbly and selflessly, Chandra Fernando embodies the peaceful spirit
of Montessori in every aspect of her life. She is loved and deeply
admired around the globe, not least by her many friends and colleagues
at the American Montessori Society", he said.
Senior Members of the American Montessori Society, US Government
officials, leaders of the Montessori industry and members of Sri Lankan
societies were present.