“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. 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.
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. In December, 2019, she received the Wisdom of the Elders Award from MACTE (The Montessori Accreditation Council of Teacher Education).
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 holds a CME|NY Infant and Toddler Montessori Credential. She is certified in American Red Cross Pediatric First Aid and CPR and NYOCFS-approved MAT certified. Colleen has been with MCC since 2013. Colleen is also a parent of an MCC graduate. Her daughter Kayla-Azizza attended MCC from 2014-2017. Colleen is a member of the American Montessori Society.
Head Infant Guide, Terri-Lyn Castillo
Terri-Lyn holds an AMS 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. Terri-Lyn is a member of the American Montessori Society.
Debbie Allen, Assistant
Toddler Sand Room
Jazmin Pineda Head Toddler Guide Sand Room
Jazmin is currently in training with CME|NY for an Infant and Toddler Montessori Credential. She is CPR certified, Child and Infant. Jazmin is a member of the American Montessori Society. Jazmin has been with MCC since 2017.
Suhey Banks, Assistant
Massalla Samuels, Assistant
Toddler Sky Room
Andrea Angeles Head Toddler Guide Sky Room
Andrea holds a CME|NY Infant and Toddler Montessori Credential. 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.
Danaija Burton, Assistant
Toddler Sun Room
Jeanne Cooper, Head Toddler Guide Sun Room
Jeanne has her CME|NY AMS Infant and Toddler Montessori Credential and holds an American Montessori Society membership. Jeanne is CPR Infant and Child certified, as well as NYOCFS-approved MAT certified.
Early Childhood Meadow Room
Nicole Schmidt, Head Teacher Meadow Room
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. She is certified in American Red Cross Pediatric First Aid and CPR. Nicole is a member of the American Montessori Society.
Janet Settos, Assistant
DiDi Tabora, Assistant
Early Childhood Mountain Room
Kyra Lynch, Head Teacher Mountain Room
Pat Garba, Assistant
Jackalynn McGowan, Assistant