“A child who has become a master of his/her acts through long and repeated exercises, and who has been encouraged by the pleasant and interesting activities in which s/he has been engaged, is a child filled with health and joy and remarkable for his/her calmness and discipline.“–The Discovery of the Child
Director, K.T. Korngold
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. She had 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. recently traveled to Vietnam as keynote speaker and lead presenter for a Montessori conference for toddler teachers in Hanoi.
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.
Assistant Director, Colleen Smith
Colleen is currently attending the CME|NY Infant and Toddler Montessori training for a Credential. She has completed the CME|NY Introduction to Montessori course and has attended the Pathways to a Peaceful School Conference three times. She is certified in American Red Cross Pediatric First Aid and CPR and NYOCFS-approved MAT certified. Her daughter Kayla Azizza attended MCC. Colleen has been with MCC since 2013.
Infant Room 3 months -18 months
Head Guide, Terri-Lyn Van Aken
Teresa Grascia, Assistant
Suhey Banks, Assistant
Toddler Sky Room 18 months – 3 years
Andrea Angeles attended the CME|NY Infant and Toddler training for a Montessori Credential, with 210 academic hours and 540 intern training hours. 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. Andrea has been with MCC since 2008.
Jazmin Pineda, Assistant
Debbie Allen, Assistant
Leann Dell Uomo, Assistant
Mayra Rodriguez, Assistant
Toddler Sun Room
Jeanne Cooper, Head Toddler Guide Sun Room
Jeanne has completed her CME|NY AMS Infant and Toddler Montessori training and holds an AMS Montessori Membership.
Amanda Maglaras, Assistant
Minnie Mosley, Assistant
Diana Gonzalez, Assistant
Ariana Blakely, Assistant
Early Childhood Room 3 years – 6 years
Nicole Schmidt, Head 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 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.
Assistant and floating substitute