ONE TODDLER SPACE AVAILABLE FOR SEPTEMBER CALL TODAY TO TOUR! TWO INFANT spaces for May & JUNE 2022 (Children must be 3 - 7 months at time of enrollment).     Interested in a career in Montessori education? You've come to the right place. MCC has opportunities for teaching assistants and substitutes. Give us a call to see if you are a good fit for working with our Montessori team today!    Call 914.607.7600 today to schedule a Tuesday or Friday tour to see our beautiful new facility.

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.“–Dr. Maria Montessori, The Discovery of the Child

K.T. Korngold, Director

With a lifetime of dedication to authentic Montessori principles and practices, Ms. Korngold  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 MagazineCT Parent Magazine, Montessori Life Magazine, Tomorrow’s Child, and Infants and Toddlers journal.  Since 2011, Ms. Korngold 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. Ms. Korngold traveled to Vietnam as keynote speaker and lead presenter for a Montessori conference for toddler teachers in Hanoi and is currently offering a teacher training program for toddler teachers in Hanoi in 2021-2022.  She presented at the AMS conference “Beyond Borders” in Denver, Colorado.

Ms. Korngold 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 Heroes, for her innovative work in early Childhood Education, with a celebratory gala dinner at Mercy College. In December, 2019, she received the Wisdom of the Elders Award from MACTE (The Montessori Accreditation Council of Teacher Education).

Ms. Korngold 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. She has recently completed the “In Focus 13-hour Infant and Toddler Symposium” from the American Montessori Society (Fall 2020). She is a Zero to Three Certified trainer of the “Growing Brain” curriculum. 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, which was held at SUNY Albany, now the Professional Development Program at Rockefeller College.  She is a member of the American Montessori Society. Ms. Korngold is married and the mother of two adult daughters who attended Montessori schools.

MCC Administrative Staff

Colleen Smith, Assistant Director

Miss Colleen has been with MCC since 2013, starting as an assistant in the early childhood class and then working in administration. She completed her Montessori internship in the Infant Room. She has completed the 5-hour Foundations of Health and Safety training course from The Professional Development Program of Rockefeller College SUNY Albany. She has recently completed the “In Focus 13-hour Infant and Toddler Symposium” from the American Montessori Society (Fall 2020). Colleen is also a parent of an MCC graduate. Her daughter Kayla-Azizza attended MCC from 2014-2017. Colleen holds a CME|NY Infant and Toddler Montessori Credential from the American Montessori Society. She is NYOCFS-approved MAT certified. She is a member of the American Montessori Society. She is Red Cross certified Child-Infant CPR and Pediatric First Aid. She attended the March 2021 American Montessori Society Conference Together Again.

Minnie Mosley, Administrative Assistant, Greeter and Floater

Miss Minnie joined MCC in 2019 with a solid background of professional experience caring for young children. She has completed the 5-hour Foundations of Health and Safety training course from The Professional Development Program of Rockefeller College SUNY Albany. She has recently completed the “In Focus 13-hour Infant and Toddler Symposium” from the American Montessori Society (Fall 2020). She is Red Cross certified Child-Infant CPR and Pediatric First Aid. She attended the March 2021 American Montessori Society Conference Together Again. Miss Minnie is a member of the American Montessori Society.

Infant Cove Room

Terri-Lyn Castillo, Head Infant Guide Infant Cove Room

Miss Terri-Lyn joined MCC in February 2018. She holds an American Montessori Society Infant and Toddler Montessori Credential. She has an Associate’s of Science in Child and Family Services with a Minor in Early Childhood Education from SUNY Cobleskill, a Bachelor of Science in Community and Family Services from SUNY Empire and a Master of Education focus on Curriculum and Instruction for Educators from American Continental University.  Terri-Lyn also has a  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. She has completed the 5-hour Foundations of Health and Safety training course from The Professional Development Program of Rockefeller College SUNY Albany. She has recently completed the “In Focus 13-hour Infant and Toddler Symposium” from the American Montessori Society (Fall 2020). She attended the March 2021 American Montessori Society Conference Together Again. Miss Terri-Lyn is a member of the American Montessori Society.

Debbie Allen, Assistant Infant Cove Room

Miss Debbie joined MCC in January 2019 with a solid background of professional experience caring for young children. She has completed the 5-hour Foundations of Health and Safety training course from The Professional Development Program of Rockefeller College SUNY Albany. She has recently completed the “In Focus 13-hour Infant and Toddler Symposium” from the American Montessori Society (Fall 2020). She is Red Cross certified Child-Infant CPR and Pediatric First Aid. She attended the March 2021 American Montessori Society Conference Together Again. Miss Debbie is a member of the American Montessori Society. 

Roberta Marziliano, Assistant Infant Cove Room

Miss Roberta joined MCC in 2021 with personal experience raising two daughters along with professional experience in early education. She has completed the 5-hour Foundations of Health and Safety training course from The Professional Development Program of Rockefeller College SUNY Albany. Miss Roberta is a member of the American Montessori Society.

Infant Sea Room

Didi Tabora, Head Infant Guide Infant Sea Room

Miss Didi has an American Montessori Society Infant and Toddler Credential from CME|NY. She has completed the 5-hour  of Health and Safety training course from The Professional Development Program of Rockefeller College SUNY Albany. Ms. Didi was an assistant in the Infant Room at MCC at Burke for over six years and then returned to join MCC in January 2017. Miss Didi has worked in MCC with every age group, infants, toddlers and early childhood. Miss Didi is a member of the American Montessori Society. She is Red Cross certified Child-Infant CPR and Pediatric First Aid. She attended the March 2021 American Montessori Society Conference Together Again.

Angie Benevente, Assistant Sea Room

Ms. Benevente has been a long time member for the MCC staff, working previously in the infant room at the Burke location. She returned to join MCC in March 2021 when we opened the Infant Sea Room. She has completed the 5-hour Foundations of Health and Safety training course from The Professional Development Program of Rockefeller College SUNY Albany. Miss Benevente is a member of the American Montessori Society. She attended the March 2021 American Montessori Society Conference Together Again.

Mariah Griffin, Assistant Sea Room

Miss Mariah joined MCC in June 2021. She is currently getting her Master’s degree in psychology. She has completed the 5-hour Foundations of Health and Safety training course from The Professional Development Program of Rockefeller College SUNY Albany. Miss Mariah is a member of the American Montessori Society.

Toddler Sand Room

Jazmin Morales-Pineda Lead Toddler Guide Sand Room

Miss Jazmin is currently in training with CME|NY  for an American Montessori Society Infant and Toddler Montessori Credential. She has completed the 5-hour Foundations of Health and Safety training course from The Professional Development Program of Rockefeller College SUNY Albany. She has recently completed the “In Focus 13-hour Infant and Toddler Symposium” from the American Montessori Society (Fall 2020). Jazmin has been with MCC since 2017. Jazmin is a member of the American Montessori Society. She is Red Cross certified Child-Infant CPR and Pediatric First Aid.She attended the March 2021 American Montessori Society Conference Together Again.

Suhey Banks, Assistant Toddler Sand Room

Miss Suhey joined MCC in August 2017 with a solid background of professional experience caring for young children. She has worked in both infant and toddler rooms at MCC. She has completed the 5-hour Foundations of Health and Safety training course from The Professional Development Program of Rockefeller College SUNY Albany. She  completed the “In Focus 13-hour Infant and Toddler Symposium” from the American Montessori Society (Fall 2020). She attended the March 2021 American Montessori Society Conference Together Again. She is Red Cross certified Child-Infant CPR and Pediatric First Aid.

Massalla Samuel, Assistant Sand Room

Miss Massalla joined MCC in April 2018 with a solid background of professional experience caring for young children. She has worked in both toddler and early childhood rooms at MCC. She has completed the 5-hour Foundations of Health and Safety training course from The Professional Development Program of Rockefeller College SUNY Albany. She has recently completed the “In Focus 13-hour Infant and Toddler Symposium” from the American Montessori Society (Fall 2020).She attended the March 2021 American Montessori Society Conference Together Again. She is a member of the American Montessori Society.

Toddler Sky Room

Andrea Angeles, Head Toddler Guide Sky Room

Miss Andrea joined MCC in 2008 and has a long career with MCC starting as an assistant and becoming a Head Teacher. She holds a CME|NY Infant and Toddler American Montessori Society Credential. She has BA and is NYOCFS-approved MAT certified. She has completed the 5-hour Foundations of Health and Safety training course from The Professional Development Program of Rockefeller College SUNY Albany. She has recently completed the “In Focus 13-hour Infant and Toddler Symposium” from the American Montessori Society (Fall 2020). Andrea is a member of the American Montessori Society. She is Red Cross certified Child-Infant CPR and Pediatric First Aid. She attended the March 2021 American Montessori Society Conference Together Again.

Danaija Burton, Assistant Toddler Sky Room

Miss Danaija joined MCC in March 2020 with a solid background of professional experience caring for young children. She has completed the 5-hour Foundations of Health and Safety training course from The Professional Development Program of Rockefeller College SUNY Albany. She has recently completed the “In Focus 13-hour Infant and Toddler Symposium” from the American Montessori Society (Fall 2020). Danaija is a member of the American Montessori Society. She is Red Cross certified Child-Infant CPR and Pediatric First Aid. She attended the March 2021 American Montessori Society Conference Together Again.

Michelle Jean-Louis Assistant Toddler Sky Room and Greeter

Miss Michelle joined MCC in August 2020 with a solid background of professional experience in caring for young children. She has completed the 5-hour Foundations of Health and Safety training course from The Professional Development Program of Rockefeller College SUNY Albany. She has recently completed the “In Focus 13-hour Infant and Toddler Symposium” from the American Montessori Society (Fall 2020). Michelle has an Associates degree from Empire State College and has completed Language, Behavior and the Brain from Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is Red Cross certified Child-Infant CPR and Pediatric First Aid. She is a member of the American Montessori Society. She attended the March 2021 American Montessori Society Conference Together Again.

Toddler Sun Room

Jeanne Cooper, Head Toddler Guide Sun Room

Miss Jeanne worked as a Head Toddler Guide at MCC at the Burke location and returned to MCC as Head Guide when we opened our new location in West Harrison in July 2018. She has a CME|NY American Montessori Society Infant and Toddler Montessori Credential. She is CPR (Infant and Child) certified and NYOCFS-approved MAT certified. She has completed the 5-hour Foundations of Health and Safety training course from The Professional Development Program of Rockefeller College SUNY Albany. She has recently completed the “In Focus 13-hour Infant and Toddler Symposium” from the American Montessori Society (Fall 2020). She is Red Cross certified Child-Infant CPR and Pediatric First Aid. She is a member of the American Montessori Society. She attended the March 2021 American Montessori Society Conference Together Again.

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Teresa Grascia, Assistant Toddler Sun Room and Greeter

Miss Teresa joined MCC in December 2018 with a solid background of professional experience caring for young children. She has completed the 5-hour Foundations of Health and Safety training course from The Professional Development Program of Rockefeller College SUNY Albany. She has recently completed the “In Focus 13-hour Infant and Toddler Symposium” from the American Montessori Society (Fall 2020). She is Red Cross certified Child-Infant CPR and Pediatric First Aid. She is a member of the American Montessori Society. She attended the March 2021 American Montessori Society Conference Together Again.

Emma Hall, Assistant Toddler Sun Room

Miss Emma joined MCC in 2021 shortly before graduating from Manhattanville College. She has completed the 5-hour Foundations of Health and Safety training course from The Professional Development Program of Rockefeller College SUNY Albany. She is a member of the American Montessori Society. She attended the March 2021 American Montessori Society Conference Together Again.

Early Childhood Meadow Room

Helena Schaefer, Lead Teacher Early Childhood Meadow Room

Miss Helena has a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence with a concentration on Music and Psychology. She completed research projects on Trauma-Informed Expressive Art Therapy with Children and Understanding Music’s Role in Language Development. With previous experience in early care for the preschool age group, she has completed the 5-hour Foundations of Health and Safety training course from The Professional Development Program of Rockefeller College SUNY Albany. She has recently completed the “In Focus 13-hour Infant and Toddler Symposium” from the American Montessori Society (Fall 2020). Miss Helena is in the process of obtaining her training for a Montessori Early Childhood Credential, completing her practicum at MCC. She is a member of the American Montessori Society. She attended the March 2021 American Montessori Society Conference Together Again.

Janet Settos, Assistant Early Childhood Meadow Room

Miss Janet joined MCC in February 2011 with a solid background of professional experience caring for young children. She has completed the 5-hour Foundations of Health and Safety training course from The Professional Development Program of Rockefeller College SUNY Albany. She is Red Cross certified Child-Infant CPR and Pediatric First Aid. She is a member of the American Montessori Society. Miss Settos attended the March 2021 American Montessori Society Conference Together Again.

Christine Popovic, Assistant Early Childhood Meadow Room

Miss Christine joined MCC in August 2020 with a previous experience working as an Assistant at Children’s House, a Montessori school in West Windsor, New Jersey. Miss Christine has a Bachelor’s degree from Rider University. She has completed the 5-hour Foundations of Health and Safety training course from The Professional Development Program of Rockefeller College SUNY Albany.   She is a member of the American Montessori Society. Miss Christine attended the March 2021 American Montessori Society Conference Together Again.

Early Childhood Mountain Room

Kyra Lynch, Head Teacher Early Childhood Mountain Room

Miss Kyra joined MCC in August 2019 to open the Early Childhood Mountain Room. MIss Kyra has an American Montessori Society Early Childhood Credential and a Bachelor’s degree. She has completed the 5-hour Foundations of Health and Safety training course from The Professional Development Program of Rockefeller College SUNY Albany. Miss Kyra is a member of the American Montessori Society. She is Red Cross certified Child-Infant CPR and Pediatric First Aid. Miss Kyra attended the March 2021 American Montessori Society Conference Together Again.

Pat Garba, Assistant Early Childhood Mountain Room

Miss Pat joined MCC in the fall of 2019 and has completed her training and internship through CME|NY for her American Montessori Society Early Childhood Credential. She has completed the 5-hour Foundations of Health and Safety training course from The Professional Development Program of Rockefeller College SUNY Albany. Pat is a member of the American Montessori Society. She is Red Cross certified Child-Infant CPR and Pediatric First Aid. Miss Pat attended the March 2021 American Montessori Society Conference Together Again.