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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 offering a teacher training program for toddler teacher in Hanoi in 2021.  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 Hero’s, 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, and the mother of two adult daughters, both who attended Montessori schools.

MCC 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.

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.

Infant Room

Terri-Lyn Castillo, Head Infant Guide
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 is 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. 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). Terri-Lyn is a member of the American Montessori Society.

Didi Tabora, CME|NY Infant and Toddler Montessori Intern Infant Room

Miss Didi is in the process of completing her training for an American Montessori Society Infant and Toddler Credential. She has completed the 5-hour Foundations of Health and Safety training course from The Professional Development Program of Rockefeller College SUNY Albany. 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. Didi is a member of the American Montessori Society. She is Red Cross certified Child-Infant CPR and Pediatric First Aid.

Debbie Allen, Assistant Infant 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.

Toddler Sand Room

Jazmin Pineda Head Toddler Guide Sand Room
Miss Jazmin is currently in training with CME|NY  for an American Montessori Society Infant and Toddler Montessori Credential. She is CPR certified, Child and Infant. Jazmin is a member of the American Montessori Society. 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.

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 our infant and toddler rooms. 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.

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 the 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).

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.

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). She is Red Cross certified Child-Infant CPR and Pediatric First Aid.

Michelle Jean-Louis Assistant Toddler Sky Room

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.

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.

Teresa Grascia, Assistant

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.

Early Childhood Meadow Room

Nicole Schmidt, Head Teacher Early Childhood Meadow Room
Miss Nicole came to MCC in August 2016. She has a CME|NY American Montessori Society Early Childhood Montessori Credential. She has Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Art History from SUNY Albany. She has a Master’s degree from Mercy College. She is certified in American Red Cross Pediatric First Aid and CPR.  Nicole is a member of the American Montessori Society. She is Red Cross certified Child-Infant CPR and Pediatric First Aid.

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.

Helena Schaefer, Assistant Early Childhood Meadow Room

Miss Helena joined MCC in August 2020 with a background in education focusing on early childhood. 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). Helena has a Bachelor’s degree from Sarah Lawrence College with a concentration in early childhood education.  She has done a research project on Expressive Art Therapies with Children and Understanding the Role of Music in Language Development. She is Red Cross certified Child-Infant CPR and Pediatric First Aid.

Early Childhood Mountain Room

Kyra Lynch, Head Teacher Mountain Room

Miss Kyra joined MCC in August 2019 to open the EC Mountain Room. 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. Kyra is a member of the American Montessori Society. She is Red Cross certified Child-Infant CPR and Pediatric First Aid.

Pat Garba, Montessori Early Childhood Intern

Miss Pat joined MCC in the fall of 2019 and is in the process of completing 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.

Jacklyn McGowan, Assistant Early Childhood Mountain Room

Miss Jacklyn joined MCC in August 2020 with a background in education focusing on early childhood. 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). Jacklyn has a Bachelor’s degree from SUNY Binghamton with a concentration in Psychology and a minor in Early Childhood Education.