Carole Wolfe Korngold (Founder and Executive Director CME|NY):
Carole is acclaimed for bringing authentic Montessori education to independent, public, and charter schools, as well to childcare centers and Montessori teacher training. Past President of the American Montessori Society, she participated in the White House Conference on Early Childhood Development and Learning and Co-Chaired the Montessori International Congress in Rome, Italy. Carole has been honored with the AMS Living Legacy Award for the year 2000 and the 2004 Arents Award from Syracuse University, the highest award an alumni may receive.
A valued, esteemed, and beloved leader of the Montessori community since 1965, Carole has touched hearts and minds for decades and continues to inspire new generations of Montessori teachers and parents. Carole has an M.A. (Manhattanville College), an AMS Early Childhood credential (Albany), and an AMS Infant and Toddler credential (CMTE/NY).
K.T. Korngold (CEO CME|NY and MCC):
K.T. brings with her a lifetime of dedication to authentic Montessori principles and practices and a long connection with the programs of CME|NY. She was instrumental in the original design of the Montessori Children’s Center at the Burke Rehabilitation Center. She wrote a column for Tomorrow’s Child Magazine entitled, “Bringing Montessori Home” and has published many articles in Montessori Life and Infants and Toddlers magazine. Her writing is featured in The Montessori Way, by Tim Seldin. In his book, How to Raise an Amazing Child the Montessori Way, he acknowledges K.T. as one of the “five finest Montessori educators he has ever met.” K.T. consulted on the design and prepared environment of the Infant room at Whitby in Greenwich CT, as well as on the original design for the Middle School at The Montessori School, in Wilton CT. Her children attended the following Montessori schools: Westside Montessori School, Southampton Montessori School, Whitby School, The Montessori School (Wilton, CT), and MCC.
K.T. has a Master’s degree from Columbia University, 12 Graduate Credits in Early Childhood Education from The College of New Rochelle, and a Bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University. She holds an AMS Administrator credential and an AMS CME|NY Infant and Toddler Montessori credential. As a child, K.T. was part of the model classroom of the first Montessori education program for Head Start teachers in the United States, a training initiated by Carole Wolfe Korngold. She is a member of the American Montessori Society.
Maria Francella, Director
Maria has a Master of Science in Educational Leadership and Administration, College of St. Rose, a CME|NY AMS Infant and Toddler Montessori Credential, a Master of Science in Early Childhood Education, College of New Rochelle, and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education for SUNY Oswego. Maria has completed Part 2 of the CME|NY Montessori Administrator training course. Prior to joining MCC, she was the Site Director of Alcott Montessori School in Scarsdale, NY from 2008-2015. She is CPR, MAT and First Aid Certified and is a member of WAEYC/NAEYC and the American Montessori Society.
Colleen Smith (Assistant to the Director)
Colleen completed the CME|NY Introduction to Montessori course and has twice attended the Pathways to a Peaceful School Conference. She is certified in American Red Cross Pediatric First Aid and CPR and NYOCFS-approved MAT certified. Her daughter Kayla Azizza attends MCC.
Infant Room 3 months-18 months
Andrea Matesic (Co Lead Teacher)
Andrea holds a CME|NY AMS Infant and Toddler Montessori credential. She has B.A. in Human Services from Pace University and she is certified in American Red Cross Pediatric First Aid and CPR.
Kayley Olson (Co Lead Teacher)
Kayley has completed her AMS Infant and Toddler Montessori training. She is certified in American Red Cross Pediatric First Aid and CPR and is a Newborn Care Specialist (Gentle Ventures Training). She has a B.A. from Marymount Manhattan College. Kayley is a member of the American Montessori Society.
Samina is currently enrolled in CME|NY Infant and Toddler training for a Montessori Credential. She will have completed 210 academic hours and 540 teacher training hours when she graduates in June 2017. Samina is a member of the American Montessori Society. She is certified in American Red Cross Pediatric First Aid and Infant CPR.
Amanda Savacchio (Asst Teacher)
Toddler Room 18 months-3 years
Michelle Rosario (Head Teacher)
Michelle Rosario (Head Teacher)
Michelle holds a CME|NY AMS Infant and Toddler Montessori credential. She has a B.A. in Business Administration from Monroe College and a CDA from the Westchester Child Care Council. Before joining MCC, she was the head teacher of a toddler classroom at Alcott Montessori for 9 years.
Andrea Angeles (Intern),
Andrea Angeles (Intern) is currently enrolled in CME|NY Infant and Toddler training for a Montessori Credential. She will have completed 210 academic hours and 540 teacher training hours when she graduates in June 2017. She has B.A. in Business Administration and is CPR certified – Child and Infant and NYOCFS-approved MAT certified. Andrea is a member of the American Montessori Society.
Melzi Nolli (Asst Teacher)
Early Childhood Room 3 years-6 years
Maha Ashraf (Co-Lead Teacher)
Maha has a diploma from Association of Montessori International in Early Childhood Education. Her degree with a major in Early Childhood Education and Psychology has the equivalency of an Associates Degree. She is certified in American Red Cross Pediatric First Aid and CPR. Before joining MCC, Maha was a Head Teacher in a Montessori Early Childhood class and was a Head Teacher in a Montessori Toddler class at The Children’s House Montessori in Bahrain. Maha is the mother of two young children. Her daughter attends MCC.
Nicole Schmidt (Co-Lead Teacher):
Nicole has completed her CME|NY AMS Early Childhood Montessori training. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Art History from SUNY Albany and is slated to graduate from The College of New Rochelle in 2017 with a Master of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education with a Concentration in Montessori. She is certified in American Red Cross Pediatric First Aid and CPR. Prior to joining MCC, she was Assistant Directress in Early Childhood at the International Montessori School in Indianapolis, IN. Nicole is a member of the American Montessori Society.
Phillis Williams (Assistant)