EVENT: Why Montessori Learning Is Good For Kids’ Brains

A special presentation facilitated by Dr. Patricia Leigh of Leigh Brain and Spine

Join Pinewoods Montessori and Dr. Leigh to learn about different types of learners and how each type’s brain is functioning including: ADHD, gifted learners, children with learning challenges, and those with anxiety and anxiousness behaviors.

November 17, 2015

6:30 – 7:30pm

Pinewoods Montessori School

109 Millstone Dr.

Hillsborough, NC 27278
Montessori learning principles will be highlighted and shown how each helps children’s brains develop ideally, including: classroom approach and design, learning materials, teacher guidance, multi-age groupings, and more.

Dr. Leigh will share brain-based techniques and strategies for immediate implementation in your current practices to help students reach their fullest potential

Attendees will be entered into a raffle for a free brain scan for a child from Dr. leigh and her staff.


* Registration is free but required

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The Montessori School of Raleigh Expands with New Upper School

MSR Upper School site plan

The Montessori School of Raleigh plans to expand its program offering through twelfth grade with the addition of an upper school. MSR’s future Upper School will be located on the Brier Creek campus, nestled on 40 acres of forest, streams and wildlife in southern Durham County, which currently houses the Middle School. This campus will provide students the care, support, and freedom to be themselves. It means more space, more masterful teachers, more experiential learning, and more opportunities to collaborate across grade levels.

MSR will offer green learning “collaboratories” and environmentally unobtrusive learning stations throughout the 40 acre campus to allow students to benefit from both indoor classroom and outdoor learning opportunities through environmental awareness, scientific field studies, community service, and other forms of outdoor education.

The Upper School will emphasize the deep integration of academic subject matter, student-directed and student-paced learning, practical life skills, social and emotional intelligence, and other real-life learning by providing:

  • A highly regarded two-year IB Diploma Programme as an option for grades 11 and 12 that will highlight critical thinking, rigorous research and exams, thesis writing, a “Theory of Knowledge” course, and other advanced college preparation.
  • A college counseling program that intentionally prepares students for application and admission to a range of best-fit colleges and universities.
  • Extraordinary opportunities for collaborations and real-world internships.
  • Hands-on experience and exposure to a diverse range of art and music forms and materials.
  • A robust, competitive athletics program, with plans to add new teams to our lineup, including boys’ and girls’ lacrosse and tennis and girls’ field hockey.

To learn more about the new Upper School, visit msr.org or schedule a visit today!

Tour and Information Sessions for grades 7–9

October 13, 2015
November 10, 2015
December 8, 2015

Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: 408 Andrews Chapel Road, Durham NC 27703

TMSA 2015 Fall Symposium 10/17/15


We are excited to gather for another wonderful fall symposium, enjoying valuable time with friends and colleagues, sharing ideas, and learning about ways to improve our classrooms and our schools.

Plan to participate in our raffle and donations for TMSA sponsored 3rd Annual Dave Carman Music Scholarship.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Sterling Montessori Academy and Charter School

The Program

8:00AM Check-in and Registration
8:40AM TMSA General Meeting and Welcome
9:00AM – 12:00PM Workshops
12:00PM – 12:45PM Vendor Presentations and School Tour. View the Presentations Here.

Registration: September 21 – October 12

Sign up each attendee individually along with their school’s name.

Cost: $25  Sign Up Now

Checks payable to “Triangle Montessori Schools Association” / (TMSA). Registering for the Symposium obligates you to the registration fee.  If an attendee is registered, but does not attend, the registration fee is still due.  Swapping during the registration period is permitted.  Fees are payable via check or cash at the Symposium.

Credit: 3.0 hours

DHHS In-Service and Elementary credit. See Presentataions

Questions: Besty Lovejoy or Sign Up Now

blovejoy@nc.rr.com or 919-608-2028

 2015 Symposium Vendors

Trillium Montessori Printables

CGMS Teacher Training

My Friend Teresa School and Family Photography

Dragonfly Nature Enrichment Programs

Trillium en Español Spanish Printables

Hens for Hire Nature Program


DATE: 10/17/2015 ( Sat 8:00AM – 12:45PM EDT )

LOCATION: Sterling Montessori Academy & Charter School, 202 Treybrooke Dr, Morrisville, NC 27560



Triangle Montessori Schools Association Meeting 9-16-15


Today’s Triangle Montessori Meeting was held at HQ Raleigh in beautiful downtown Raleigh.  Today’s meeting consisted of topics including an introduction to RelyMD, introduction of Cathy Constantine as the new head of TMSA, the Fall Symposium(10/17/15) to be held at Sterling Montessori Charter Academy, Renaissance Montessori’s Fall Preschool Expo (9/26/15) and the next meeting.   Please check the calendar for details regarding next month’s meeting on November 18th.

South Carolina to Host Summit for Montessori Education



As North Carolinians continue to find a path towards better integration with the Montessori curriculum and government policies, our neighbors to the south are fast approaching an understanding concerning the same issues.

State Superintendent of Education and Lander University graduate Molly Spearman will headline a summit on Montessori education in South Carolina’s public schools at Lander University on Friday, Sept. 11. Spearman will be joined by a team of nationally recognized experts of the Montessori experience.

Barbara Ervin, director of Lander’s Montessori Education program, said, “If you are interested in starting or enhancing a Montessori program, Lander is the place to be on Sept. 11. We’ve assembled a panel of leading experts in public Montessori education.

While the material discussed will be primarily for school administrators, anyone with an interest in Montessori education is welcome to attend. Whether you’re a parent interested in the benefits of a Montessori education for your child, a teacher wanting to know about the latest data-supported trends in the field, or an educator interested in organizing a Montessori program, we would love for you to join us for this summit,” she said.

Sponsored by Lander’s Montessori and Teacher Education programs, the summit will be held in Lander’s Josephine B. Abney Cultural Center Auditorium from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is open to anyone with an interest in Montessori. Registration is $50 before Sept. 4; $60 the day of the event. Online registration can be made atwww.lumontessori.weebly.com. Morning coffee and lunch will be provided and are included in the registration fee.

Full Article on GWD Today

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 cathywithac123@gmail.com 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.