Marion Leier has taught classes of multiage (age groups: 5-7, 8-10) for 30+ years. She was one of three teachers that implemented a multiage program (based on the British Infant School) at Port Williams Elementary in 1973. This program was a pedagogical choice, not administrative convenience. The success of the program has continued and spread to other schools in the region. Because of her commitment to this instructional philosophy, she has presented workshops, full-day in-services, and has written several articles on aspects of multiage teaching/learning which have been published in PETA Newsletters, AVISO, EDUCATION TODAY, SMALL SCHOOLS Newsletter, and FREE TO LEARN.
When Marion retired from the public school system in 2005, she wrote a course titled Multiage Pedagogy and is teaching it online for Acadia University and St FX University in Nova Scotia, Canada.
Marion lives with her husband, Scott, in Port Williams, NS. Their two daughters, Kerri and Meredith, started their education in multiage programs and have continued to be self-directed learners through university. One of Marion’s greatest joys is to listen to each of her daughters sing.
Marion enjoys daily walks with Murphy, her chocolate lab. She likes to ski, sail, swim, motorbike, and dance with Scott.