Gifted, inspirational speaker and teacher, ardent child-led, Montessori and alternative educational advocate, Resa Steindel Brown passionately sounds the wake-up call to help children connect to their innate creativity, passions and brilliance. Then she shows us how.

Matthew Brown published Resa’s first book, The Call to Brilliance, an Amazon Best Seller and co-founded Passion Oriented Education™.


Resa Steindel Brown Matthew Brown

About Resa Steindel Brown:

Resa’s mission has spanned over forty years as Montessori enthusiast. teacher, director, and superintendent and homeschool innovator. She has been involved in public, alternative, homeschooling and Montessori education since 1970, and created award-winning schools in both private and public sectors. Her presentations are especially informative to Montessori administrators, educators and parents, and homeschooling parents seeking to broaden their perspective.  Her insights reinforce Maria Montessori’s concepts while showing how they best apply in our society today.

Qualifications: Resa is credentialed by the State of California through the University of California at Los Angeles. She maintains Elementary, Secondary, Community College and University level teaching credentials in multiple subject areas, including a specialized credential in Reading Remediation with an emphasis on Special Education. She has both taught and directed special education and mathematics remediation programs. Resa has also attained the special designation by the State of California as “Highly Qualified in English Language Arts, Math, General Science, Social Studies and the Visual/Performing Arts” and as well as “Master Teacher in Teacher Preparation and Training.”  Resa has a Level #1 CT/RT Certification through the William Glasser Institute and A Mind at a Time Practitioner through Dr. Mel Levine, All Kinds of Minds Training Program.  In addition to her educational accreditations, Resa received a Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts, Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts from UCLA in Art and Theater Arts with full minors in English and Psychology.

Resa is an award-winning writer, educator and creator of The Call to Brilliance Series and co-founder of Passion Oriented Education™. She has received national recognition for her Amazon best-seller, The Call to Brilliance, Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year nomination and Mom’s Choice Award winner.  Her work has been featured on ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and The Chicago Tribune.  She is endorsed by Joseph Chilton Pearson, John Taylor Gatto, William Glasser M.D., Jack Canfield and many others.

This is what the experts say about her work:

Joseph Chilton Pearce author of Crack in the Cosmic Egg and Magical Child speaks of Resa, “as we legislate for stricter learning standards, we find that it does not solve our problems; it deepens them. Most people cannot envision education any other way.  Resa came up with a better way. She has not only envisioned it, she has built it, lived it, and now she shares it with us all.”

Tobin Hart, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, University of West Georgia, & President, Child- Spirit Institute writes, “Brilliance, genius and creativity are our children’s birthright. Resa shows how these natural capacities can be welcomed and wooed from the inside out. This is a rich, subtle and important corrective to the institutionalized underestimation of student’s potential and an antidote to those practices that dull them.” 

Jack Canfield co-author, Chicken Soup for the Parent’s Soul and co-author, Chicken Soup for the Teacher’s Soul writes of The Call to Brilliance, “A moving, passionate portrayal of what limits us as children and how we can help our own children move past those limits to find their innate passion and brilliance. An empowering solution!”

 Featured Presentations:

  • ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN Special Documentary: Head of the Class
  • Brigham Young University Documentary: Schools at Work
  • CBS, Three Ways to Homeschool
  • Chicago Tribune
  • Daily News
  • ESPN
  • Financial News Network
  • INC. Magazine, Cover Story
  • Interview in ForeWord Magazine
  • LA Times
  • Moorpark News
  • Nation’s Business
  • News Chronicle
  • Personnel Journal Magazine
  • Prime Time Today Show, NBC
  • The Donahue Show
  • The Enterprise
  • The Home Show
  • The League of Women Voters    Broadcast
  • The Reason Foundation Journal
  • Ventura County Star Free Press
  • Wall Street Journal
  • Washington Post

Radio Shows and Interviews:

  • KCIS Living Christian Radio
  • KCMS Spirit FM Radio with Scott and Sam
  • KDTH Voices of the Tri-States Radio with Tom Berryman
  • KFIN The Bo Dalton Morning Radio Show also with Jack Suitor
  • KINF/KUHL Hoot & Robin Radio Show
  • KKZZ 1590 The Connection Radio with Maria Sanchez
  • KWYK Quick Morning Radio Show with Dana
  • KXLO LIVE Radio
  • KXYL Newstalk with Paul Harvey
  • Party Line WILO Radio with Elaine Lawson
  • The Donna Sebo Show
  • The “X” Zone Radio
  • WDBZ The Lincoln Ware Show Radio
  • WFLO Radio with Eliot Irving
  • WHCP Parenting 2020 Radio with Mary Addams-Shaffer
  • WMKV Grand-parenting Today with Sue Zimmerman
  • WZLX Boston Common Ground with Kimberley Jaeger

 School Awards: Resa Steindel Brown Director

  • Workshop Presentation, United Nations International Conference
  • United States Chamber of Commerce Commendation
  • League of Women Voters, Letter of Commendation,
  • Working Mother Magazine Awards
  • U.S. Senate, Washington D.C. Personal Letter of Commendation, Senator Pete Wilson
  • U.S. Department of Education, Special Commendation and Press Conference: Former


·      The Call to Brilliance

·      Mornings with Maria Montessori

·      Tea, Humor and the Mysteries of the Child, companion guided journal to Mornings with Maria Montessori

·      Educator’s Essential Guide, Montessori Children’s House

·      Educator’s Essential Guide, Elementary and Secondary Levels

·      Parent’s Essential Guide

·      Parent’s Essential Guide Companion Journals, Units I, II, III

Endorsements for The Call to Brilliance

“…nothing less than a blueprint to bring life back to our increasingly moribund educational system and to our society which has lost its way.”
—John Taylor Gatto, author of The Underground History of American Education and Dumbing Us Down.

“As soon as I read the first thirty pages, I was not only surprised, I was slightly overwhelmed. I could not put it down. Here was a book that went considerably beyond what I ever learned especially in the area of home schooling.”
William Glasser, M.D., President, the William Glasser Institute, author of Schools Without Failure and Choice Theory

“This book is a powerful critique of why many public & private schools don’t work. The author … offers a wonderfully supported hypothesis about how to fix them.”
Senator Eric Oemig, Washington State, vice chair of both the Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee

“This is quite simply the best book on education ever written. But it is much more than that. It is a fine (nonfiction) novel. It has a plot, characters, a conflict, a theme and builds towards a satisfying conclusion”
Peter Kline author of The Every Day Genius

“A must read for all parents and educators, including all the students in my graduate education classes. … It reminds us of what humans are capable of when given the opportunity to follow our unique paths from an early age.”
— Charlotte F. LeHecka, PhD. Director, Institute for Accelerative Learning, Teaching, and Research

“… .an enlightening experience, and opened my eyes to aspects of education I never was aware of. You have certainly made a difference in how we might educate our children, when the time comes. …”
—Arjang Zendehdel, Radio Talk Show Host of “A Night of Insight” on KIRN 670AM

“If I was the head of UNESCO, I would insist that The Call to Brilliance … be translated into all the major world languages and issued to every new… For if these mothers heeded the guidance and wisdom in this amazing story …  we could change the course of civilization in a single generation.”
—Laurel Airica, creator of Word Magic: An Enchanted Literary Entertainment

“You will laugh, cry, ponder and wonder along with this amazing mother and educator… will give you unflagging courage to believe in and advocate for the brilliance that is unique to your child, and will remind you of your own.”
—Victoria Kindle Hodson, co-author of Respectful ParentsRespectful Kids and Discover Your Child’s Learning Style.

Endorsements for Mornings with Maria Montessori…Tea, Humor and the Mysteries of the Child

“Love this book! Resa has captured the essence of Montessori Philosophy in such a creative and intuitive way. This is a great resource for a Staff Book Study.”
— Nancy Mehalic, Head of School/Head Teacher, Montessori School for Creative Learning

“There is not a shred of doubt in my mind that Maria Montessori has been waiting for Resa Steindel Brown’s work to emerge into the Montessori mainstream. This is phenomenal, groundbreaking work.”
–Heather McCloskey Beck: MA. PhD Candidate Depth Psychology, Author of the bestseller, Take the Leap

…you will enjoy the lively exchange between Dr. Montessori and Resa. You are there as Dr. Montessori shares her work from both pedagogical and practical perspectives. Resa translates it into language and research of the 21st century…A must read!”
–Judith Cunningham, Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Montessori Model United Nations

“I use it [Mornings with Maria Montessori] as a type of ‘bible.’”
–Paola Cabassa, Head of School, Avanti Montessori, Guatemala: 

“Was a great read to help center myself before a busy day!”
Cheryl LaCost: Head of School, Brickton Montessori

“From the first sitting with your writing I was re-energized and re-connected with the passion I felt when I first learned about Maria Montessori and her philosophy during my Montessori training in 1976… Gives me hope!”
–Nivair Khalsa: Director Khalsa Montessori