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Director, K.T. Korngold 

K.T. Korngold, Director

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.

MCC Staff

Colleen Smith, Assistant Director

Assistant Director, Colleen Smith

Colleen is currently attending the CME|NY Infant and Toddler Montessori training for a Credential. She has copmpleted 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.




Infant Room 3 months -18 months

Head Guide, Terri-Lyn Van Aken  

Amanda Savacchio, Assistant

Suhey Banks, Assistant

Amanda Savacchio (Asst Teacher)

Amanda Savacchio, Assistant







Toddler Sky Room 18 months – 3 years

Andrea Angeles, Head Toddler Guide Sky Room

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.



Jazmin Pineda, Assistant

Suhey Banks, Assistant

Bruna Lulaj, Assistant

Jazmin Pineda, Assistant

Mayra Rodriguez, Assistant


Toddler Sun Room

Jeanne Cooper, Head Toddler Guide Sun Room

Ronneasha Risper,  Assistant

Bruna Lulaj, Assistant 

Early Childhood Room 3 years – 5 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 i 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.





Janet Settos, Assistant

Diana Tabora, Assistant 

Massalla Samuel, Assistant