Faculty training and expertise
Mountaineer Montessori School faculty and staff bring rich and varied professional and personal backgrounds, classroom experience and the highest levels of Montessori training to our school. Our teachers are dedicated to excellence in education, both for themselves and our students. In addition to Montessori certification, all lead guides have attained a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, and several faculty members have also earned master’s or higher level degrees as well. MMS lead guides have trained at programs affiliated with the American Montessori Society or the Association Montessori Internationale.
Classroom assistants and specialists have completed AMS Montessori Assistant and Positive Discipline in the Classroom training. All faculty and staff participate in ongoing professional development and specialized training throughout their tenure at MMS.
MMS Faculty Higher Education
MMS faculty earned degrees at the following institutions of higher education: University of Akron; Baldwin-Wallace University; Bethany College; Duke University; Florida International University; Hood College; University of Illinois; Institute of Technology WVU; Longy School of Music at Bard College; Loyola University of Maryland; Marietta College; Marshall University; University of Massachusetts-Amherst; Maryville College; University of Paris Sorbonne; New England Conservatory of Music ; Otterbein University; Penn State University; University of Pittsburgh; University of Vermont; West Virginia University; Westminster Choir College; WVU Parkersburg; West Virginia State University; and Wright State University.
MMS Faculty Montessori Training
MMS faculty train at programs approved by the American Montessori Society (AMS) or Association Montessori Internationale (AMI), the two most established and widely-recognized certification programs worldwide. AMS and AMI certification programs, which require extensive on-campus training and testing and ongoing in-person collaboration with expert mentors and fellow students, generally exceed the requirements of the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MATCE).
MMS faculty have trained at the following AMS and AMI approved institutions: AMI Montessori Orientation to Adolescent Studies, Huntsburg, Ohio; Center for Montessori Teaching Education, New York; Foundation for Montessori Education, Toronto; Greater Cincinnati Center for Montessori Education, Covington, Ky., Midwest Montessori Teacher Training Center, Evanston, Ill.; Montessori Education Center of the Rockies, Boulder, Colo.; Montessori Institute of Milwaukee, Milwaukee; New York Center for Montessori Education; Virginia Center for Montessori Studies, Richmond, Va.; Virginia Montessori Teacher Education Center, Chesapeake, Va.; and the Washington Montessori Institute at Loyola University, Baltimore.