Montessori Assistant Training (Cathy Constantine)

Montessori Assistant Training

Cathy Constantine will offer the Primary Assistant Overview Training  at Renaissance Montessori in August.  This course is open to teacher assistants from any school.

Monday, August 3 through Friday, August 7.

9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Renaissance Montessori School in Cary, NC

The purpose of this program is to provide Montessori assistants a solid understanding of the 3-6 environment.

Students will discover

  • Maria Montessori and the Montessori Method of education
  • The developmental needs of children
  • The role of the assistant
  • Sequencing of materials-Practical Life, Sensorial, Math, Language, Cultural Studies
  • Making and recording observations

Each day will begin promptly at 9:00 am with a short discussion pertaining to development, theory and philosophy, followed by a period of presentations and, if needed, practice with the materials.

Students will be responsible for creating the Practical Life area of the classroom. Each student will be given plenty of time to create, problem solve and develop a sequence of materials that are enticing and beautiful.

Students will earn

25 attendance hours of continuing education, approved and recognized by DHHS.

Space is limited–register today!

1)    Click to download registration form

2) Email form to to reserve your spot

3)   The cost of this program is $300.00, and limited to 25 students.    Please mail checks, made payable to Cathy Constantine and postmarked by June 15, to 7032 Shady Glen Lane, Wake Forest, NC 27587.


Please note

  • Reservations will be on a first come, first served basis, and is limited to the first 25 registered students.
  • Registration closes June 15, 2015.
  • Please wear comfortable clothing, bring your own snacks/lunch and drinks and lawn chair. Students will will have a 45-minute lunch break each day.


About Cathy

Cathy Constantine has been in the Montessori field for over thirty years. She began teaching in a primary classroom in 1987 and continued to grow professionally throughout the course of her career. Cathy loves children and truly believes in the Montessori philosophy.

Cathy graduated from Lesley University with a Major in Human Development and a Minor in Early Intervention. She obtained her 3-6 Montessori credential in 1987 from Northeast Montessori Institute and her 6-12 credential from Seacoast Center of Education in 2006.

Cathy has taught children from ages 3-12 for many years in private schools and charter schools. She was the co-owner of Casa Dei Bambini, a small school which has grown to be a modified Montessori program for children with learning differences. She is also a teacher trainer for Seacoast Center for Education and teaches primary and elementary programs. Cathy is also Orton Gillingham trained.

Cathy was born and raised in Southern New Hampshire. Having moved to North Carolina eight years ago, she is happy to be away from the cold weather. She and her husband now reside in Wake Forest.

Global Citizenship in the 21st Century – Grace, Courtesy and Civility / Home and School in Partnership

We are quite excited to be offering a program for our parents “Global Citizenship in the 21st Century – Grace, Courtesy and Civility / Home and School in Partnership” on Friday evening, February 6th from 7-8:30pm at the Montessori School of Raleigh.  As noted on the attached flyer, our speaker, Pat Ludick, is a sought after Montessori speaker.  This is an opportunity for your parents to join together, learn more about Montessori, and to work together in partnership with you in your school!  We look at this as a great opportunity for your parents – one that they will not want to miss!

In e-mailing your parents with the attached flyer, “cordially invite” your parents to attend. Having you personally inviting your parents will be much more effective than an invitation from me.   Include in your e-mail the RSVP link for sign up as occasionally “links” can be a challenge.

Dave Carman Music Scholarship Deadline Extended 1/16

Dear Heads of Schools,

With this reminder of the Dave Carman Music Scholarship Application, I am extending the deadline until end of day, Fri, Jan 16th.

Please encourage your teachers to consider this opportunity.  We were enthralled at the Fall Symposium with Bridgette’s Dickerson’s use of this award and how it impacted the entire curriculum both globally and in her classroom!

The details are in the application. (attached)  If you do have further questions, please e-mail or call Betsy.


TMSA Meeting Wed, Jan 21st

TMSA MEETING: Wed, Jan 21st / 1:15pm / SAS Campus – Bldg GX Room 002


1.)  REMINDER:   Please respond ATTEND or NOT ATTEND!   Use the TMSA email. With your response,  please let me know in a few words what your most pressing need is at this time! (Aside from needing more time! )

TMSA MEETING: Wednesday, January 21st / 1:15pm / SAS Campus – Bldg GX Room 002

We look forward to your input at this meeting.  We will be finalizing our last details for our 2015 Winter Symposium, the latest report from MANC (Kateri and Marc), an update from TMSA Website (Larrin), and school concerns and needs.




Wake Forest Montessori to head Goodwill Trip to Dominican Montessori School

Kristen Marrisett, head of school at Wake Forest Montessori and Larrin Devereaux Marrisett will lead a goodwill trip to 3 Mariposas Montessori School in Cabarete, Dominican Republic in October.  With generous donations from Wake Forest Montessori, Follow the Child Montessori and Montessori Children’s House of Wake Forest, 3 Mariposas is set to receive Montessori materials, childrens clothing, school supplies and vitamins.  During the trip founder and head of school, Sarah Ross will invite Kristen to lead a teaching exchange in which teachers share teaching strategies, successes and challenges. Donated materials will be given to the school in an effort to continue with their mission in providing low cost to free pre Kindergarten education to one of the Dominican Republic’s most academically disadvantaged areas.

About 3 Mariposas

Located in one of Cabarete, Dominican Republic’s poorest communities, 3MM makes early childhood education accessible to families who are ready for change. 7 out of 10 students live in poverty and attend 3MM on full scholarship; however, the entire student population is composed of children from various cultures, nationalities and socioeconomic backgrounds. We are proud of our diversity, which reflects the community in which we live!

By using the Montessori method, supporting and collaborating with parents and training local teachers, 3MM has created a model for early childhood education that makes a difference.