She also saw that they learn best within a social environment which supports personal development. Her “new” method of education focused on the development of the whole child in all areas of life. Children who were enrolled in her schools began to achieve and thrive within this setting. Word of her work spread rapidly. Visitors from all over the world came to her schools, to verify with their own eyes the reports of these “remarkable children,” who were learning according to this philosophy. In response, Maria Montessori began a life of world travel dedicated to establishing schools and teacher-training centers using method bearing her name. Nancy McCormick Rambusch, who founded the American Montessori Society in 1960, is credited with establishing Montessori education as an American phenomenon. Its emphasis includes parental involvement and a diversity of implementation strategies. Today in America there are both independent and public schools using Montessori method, under the direction of teachers especially trained for this task.
Mind, body, heart, soul. Teaching academic and social skills, as well as life skills, to last a lifetime is the foundation that our Montessori teacher training is based upon. Our Montessori trained teachers become specialists in the age group they work with. They become keen observers and adept facilitators, recognizing varying paces and learning styles, helping not doing, coaching not lecturing. Our Montessori trained teachers believe in unfolding a child, not molding or stuffing with data.