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 Morning coffee and lunch will be provided and are included in the registration fee.

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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.

Prepared for Life

In this video series from The Montessori School of Raleigh, they highlight the real world skills students learn every day with a Montessori education. You will meet professionals from the worlds of business and academia who regularly hire employees and work with students. Find out what they look for in order to distinguish the ordinary candidate from the extraordinary new hire or student. The first video was an interview with Jenny Rasch, the Coordinator of Advising with the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at North Carolina State University. The second video features Keith Shepherd and Natalia Luckyanova, the co-founders of Imangi Studios, who developed the popular mobile game app Temple Run.

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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.