James Walton came to Montessori education after working from kindergarten through college in an orthodox public education environment. Coming from a family historically devoted to education patronage, James has had a wealth of exposure to the diverse and dynamic educational landscape of this country. Experiences in a variety of environments led him to question the notion of success presented by traditional models of schooling. James developed a deep appreciation for detailed observation and scientific methodology while pursuing his undergraduate engineering degree at the Colorado School of Mines. His concurrent volunteer work in educational institutions across the Denver area led him to Compass Montessori, where the remarkable academic and social culture inspired him to support and participate in the further development of secondary Montessori education. Most recently, James and his colleagues created Great Work, Inc. a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and supporting the art and science of secondary Montessori education and guiding the preparation of educators and learning environments. Back to Leadership.