Date of Award


Document Type

Action Research Project

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education



First Advisor

Amanda Perna


Montessori Early Childhood


The purpose of this action research self-study was to determine the effects of a sustainable self-care practice on the resilience of an unemployed, mid-career Montessori early childhood teacher. This 4-week intervention consisted of twenty 20-minute sessions with meditation, yoga, and/or inspirational readings. Data was measured using a pre- and post-resilience survey, a daily adjective checklist, and a daily reflective journal. An increase in resilience was demonstrated by the resilience survey and self-assessed in journal entries, suggesting that taking time each day for personal self-care can positively impact resilience. Further research should include a larger and diverse study group of full-time teachers, longer or shorter daily intervention times, and a longer intervention period to determine further sustainability of the practice. This research will inform my practice as a teacher both personally and professionally, with consistency of teacher effectiveness being the greatest professional benefit.