“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
With a lifetime of dedication to authentic Montessori principles and practices, K.T. was instrumental in the design and creation of the new location of the Montessori Children’s Center in West Harrison, NY. She is widely known from her published articles about Montessori and parenting for regional and national magazines, including Westchester Family Magazine, CT Parent Magazine, Montessori Life Magazine, Tomorrow’s Child, and Infants and Toddlers journal. Since 2011, K.T. had been the CEO of the Center for Montessori Education, a recognized leader in Montessori teacher and administrator education, which has credentialed over 3,000 Montessori teachers and school administrators. K.T. recently traveled to Vietnam as keynote speaker and lead presenter for a Montessori conference for toddler teachers in Hanoi and will be offering a teacher training program for toddler teacher in Hanoi, starting in November 2019. She presented at the AMS conference “Beyond Borders” in Denver, Colorado.
K.T. received a Certificate of Recognition for her leadership “preparing children for learning and success in school and life” by George Lattimer, Westchester County Executive. She was awarded a Certificate of Merit from New York State Assemblyman Kevin Byrne, and a certificate in recognition for her service to the community and to Westchester’s children by the Westchester County Board of Legislators. In June 2019, she was inducted into the first Early Education Hall of Hero’s, for her innovative work in early Childhood Education, with a celebratory gala dinner at Mercy College.
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 her mother, Carole Wolfe Korngold. She is a member of the American Montessori Society, and the mother of two adult daughters, both who attended Montessori schools.
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
Terri-Lyn has completed her WSMS-TEP AMS Infant and Toddler Montessori training. She has an Associate’s of Science in Child and Family Services with Minor in Early Childhood Education from SUNY Cobleskill, Bachelor of Science in Community and Family Services from SUNY Empire and her Master of Education focus on Curriculum and Instruction for Educators from American Continental University. Terri-Lyn is also in process of completing her Master of Early Childhood Education from GCU. She is certified in American Red Cross Adult and Pediatric First Aid and CPR, and NYOCFS-approved MAT certified. Terri-Lyn is a member of the American Montessori Society. Prior to joining MCC, she was Head Infant Guide at the Williamsburg Montessori School in Brooklyn, NY. Terri-Lyn is a member of the American Montessori Society.
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
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 Credential and Membership.
Teresa “Angie” Benevente, 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.
Massalla Samuel, Assistant and floating substitute
Leann Dell Uomo, Assistant