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Welcome from K.T.


When my mother, Carole Wolfe Korngold, first started training Montessori teachers in the 1960's there were very few Montessori training centers in the United States. Back then, after she and a group of courageous new mothers heard NANCY RAMBUSCH first talk about Montessori, they decided to start a school for their children.  When they realized not a single Montessori teacher lived in their area, a training program was born.  From the earliest days, Carole’s training at SUNY ALBANY had a mission: to bring authentic Montessori to all children, regardless of background or circumstance.  The initial class included the first NEW YORK HEAD START cohort to train in Montessori.

Montessori spread across the country.  New schools were opened and with them, the need for more training programs.  By the 1990s, the CENTER FOR MONTESSORI TEACHER EDUCATION|NY (CMTE|NY) was one of the largest Montessori teacher training programs in the United States. At one time we had 18 satellite programs operating simultaneously!  With innovative, responsive curriculum, CMTE|NY helped chart the course for the growth of Montessori in America.  CMTE|NY was the first to offer Infant and Toddler AMS Montessori Certification, the first to create the Administrator course, and one of a few to offer Elementary training with an integrated curriculum.  In addition to a residential model, held at the College of New Rochelle in New Rochelle, NY, CMTE|NY opened locations across the country: Arizona, Hawaii, Massachusetts, North Carolina, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, as well as Toronto, Canada.

CMTE|NY has stayed close to our roots of bringing authentic Montessori education to children of all socio-economic backgrounds.  We have been honored to train teachers at some of the most renowned Montessori schools in America, such as Brooklyn Heights Montessori, Cambridge Montessori, Chaminade University in Honolulu, Gloria Dei Montessori, Lexington Montessori, Montessori School of Anderson, Penn Mont Academy, Washington Montessori, The Whitby School, Wilmington Montessori and many others.

We have been blessed by our work with underserved communities: the Foundation Center for Migrant Workers in Sacramento, CA, Hall Neighborhood House in Bridgeport, CT, St. Mary's Hospital for Severely Handicapped Children in Bayside, NY, and the Seneca Nation of Indians in Salamanca, NY.

CMTE|NY has a long, proud history of helping to initiate and support the opening of Montessori Public Schools and training their teachers.  You can see the results of our work today in Montessori public schools in Anchorage, Alaska, Buffalo, New York, Boston, Massachusetts, Jackson, Mississippi, New Haven, Connecticut, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Yonkers, New York, as well as many others.

CMTE|NY has brought the language of Montessori curriculum to childcare.  We have created leading edge programs for childcare centers, giving rise to such programs as the renowned employer subsidized Montessori center at SAS Institute, in North Carolina, and the programs at Seton Day Care Center in New York City.  In 1991, when Carole was invited to start a model center for the employees of Burke Rehabilitation Hospital in White Plains, NY, the Center for Montessori Education|NY (CME|NY) and the Montessori Children’s Center was born.

Who are we?  Our teachers are dedicated, committed, hardworking, and inspired.  The AMS Living Legacies who have served on our faculty are testimony to the influence our teachers have on Montessori in America. In addition to Carole Wolfe Korngold, we have been honored by the presence of Marie M. Dugan,  Maria Gravel, Virginia Varga, and Bretta Weiss Wolff among our faculty.

Have you attended a Montessori conference lately?  Look at the roster of presenters.  You will see a high proportion listing CME|NY.  Why is that? It is because of the nature of the people who join our faculty.

Our faculty members are INNOVATORS: they seek new methods to meet the ever-evolving challenges of today’s children.  Our faculty members are COMMUNICATORS: they look for diverse avenues to share their knowledge with others.  Our faculty members are COMPASSIONATE: they seek to spread their information and research with others.  Our faculty members are EMPATHETIC: they listen to the challenges of both new and experienced teachers and work to support them in their efforts.

Have you visited a Montessori school lately?  Ask where people had their training.  Chances are you will find a CMTE|NY grad in the group.  Perhaps it is the Director who attended a CMSM summer cohort.  She works late each night to better her school, but still finds time to lend a hand or offer a hug.  Perhaps it is the Toddler Guide, the one who is always smiling when she comes to school each morning.  Perhaps it is the Early Childhood intern, looking for new ways to reach a reluctant reader.   It might soon be a mother in the parent lounge, who has decided to begin her journey as a Montessori educator.

Do you have questions about the financial obligations? We are the only Montessori Teacher Education Program set up to receive EIP funding scholarships for New York State teachers, for our Infant and Toddler and Early Childhood Courses. Our Credential Candidates may be eligible for an AMS scholarship to assist with tuition. We also offer a Carole Wolfe Korngold Scholarship.  Our partnership program with the College of New Rochelle for a Master of Early Childhood with a Concentration in Montessori is eligible for federal student loans. Our partnership program with Charter Oak State College grants 27 credits for our Infant and Toddler Credential and puts you a path toward an Associates or Bachelors Of Science.

Please take some time to look through the website.  You will find information about our various courses, workshops, our curriculum, our schedules, and our faculty.  You can also apply online!

Give us a call to ask questions or set up a time to meet with us in person.  We’re here for you and we’re happy to help.  

1) COME to one of our Open Houses (please call to register first)

2) VISIT our Booth at the AMS Conference to say hello and enter our lottery to win a free book

3) ATTEND our Introduction to Montessori or Assistants' Workshop

We invite you to join the many who have come for training and for inspiration. 

We have a long history behind us and an exciting road ahead.  You can benefit from an authentic Montessori education. 

Join us and experience the CME|NY difference: Join the "Proud Crowd" of CME|NY!

It may change your life, just as it has ours.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Kind Regards,


K.T. Korngold 

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West Harrison, NY 10604
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