OUR MISSION

NCMPS transforms lives by cultivating equitable, accessible, sustainable, and humanizing public education through Montessori.

Our Vision

NCMPS envisions a world where every community has equitable access to sustainable, just, and humanizing public education that empowers families, students, and teachers to flourish.

We join others working towards this vision by leveraging our particular expertise in building, promoting, and supporting public Montessori.

Our Vision - NCMPS
Guiding Principles - NCMPS

Guiding Principles

We believe equitable, accessible, sustainable public Montessori programs have the power to disrupt racism, poverty, and structural inequality and transform lives and societies for peace and justice.

  • Center equity, access, and sustainability in building strong schools
  • Honor agency and empowerment in children and adults
  • Work for Montessori to be a lever of change for a just
    society
  • Ground our work in academic, community, and field-based
    research
  • Meet partners where they are and work side-by-side with
    them to build capacity
  • Approach our work with optimism and hope for the future
  • Honor and celebrate the strength and joy in each individual’s full humanity

Strategy

We achieve our mission and bring our vision to life using three principal strategic levers:

  • Build, promote, and support a robust national ecosystem of public Montessori
  • Promote and support the development of new public Montessori schools and programs.
  • Deliver tools, training, and technical assistance to support strong, equitable, and sustainable public Montessori schools and programs

Equity

The National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector recognizes structural racism, inequality, and violence inherent in American social and political life, and stands in solidarity with all those who are working for change. 

We hold the vision of an education system committed to human flourishing for all children. We focus on equitable access to just and sustainable Montessori education because schools are powerful levers of change, and Montessori schools can be powerful levers of change for a just society.

How We Do It

We put equity commitments into action in each of our three strategic levers:

Build, promote, and support a robust national ecosystem of public Montessori

The Montessori Census is a free resource increasing access to public Montessori schools.

Teach Montessori highlights and promotes public Montessori jobs, bringing more teachers into more equitable schools.

MontessoriPublic convenes community and raises and amplifies unheard voices.

Promote and support the development of new public Montessori schools and programs.

Montessori education, with its emphasis on agency and interdependency, can be a powerful tool for dismantling inequity. Every new public Montessori school has the potential to extend this approach beyond families able to pay tuition.

Deliver tools, training, and technical assistance to support strong, equitable, and sustainable public Montessori schools and programs

Tools: We continuously review and revise our tools for implicit bias and cultural responsiveness, based on feedback from the field.

Training: The Montessori Teacher Residency supports equity and access by design, in terms of cost, location, content, and academic approach.

Professional learning: We offer professional development designed specifically to support equitable classroom practice.

School support: We include equity, access, and sustainability in every school review and support plan.

Equity Resources

Below, we have collected links to articles, books, websites, and other resources we are finding helpful in our continuous learning and growth.

Our Team

Sandra Wyner Andrew

Montessori Teacher Residency Specialist • Instructor

Sandra supports online learning and the Montessori Teacher Residency.

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Dave Ayer

Communications Director

David oversees communications and network development, including MontessoriPublic, the Montessori Census, and Teach Montessori.

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Katie Brown

Director of Research and Professional Learning • Instructor

Katie oversees professional learning offerings and manages select research projects.

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Maria Carvajal

Student Support Specialist • Instructor • Coach

Maria supports schools, organizations, and the Montessori Teacher Residency.

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Candace Fletcher

Candace Fletcher

MTR Practicum Coordinator • Instructor • Coach

Laure Fleming

Director of Montessori Teacher Residencies • Instructor • Coach

Laure manages NCMPS’s Montessori Teacher Residency program and supports public Montessori schools in the Mid-Atlantic Region and beyond.

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Katy-Mattis

Director of Tools and Assets • Curriculum Standards Specialist • Instructor

Katy coordinates the creation, dissemination and editing of NCMPS tools, and supports DERS training and implementation.

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Katie Mosquera

Katie Mosquera

MTR Elementary Coordinator • Montessori Instructor • Coach

Karen Simon, Bilingual Montessori Specialist

Bilingual Montessori Specialist • Instructor

Karen supports Spanish-speaking teachers and leaders in public Montessori schools and in the Montessori Teacher Residency.

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Sara Suchman

Executive Director

Sara leads NCMPS in cultivating equitable, accessible, sustainable, and developmentally appropriate public education through Montessori.

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Jasmine Williams

Race and Equity Specialist • Instructor • Coach

Jasmine supports the Montessori Teacher Residency and serves as an NCMPS Coach.

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Seth-Webb-NCMPS

Director of School Services • Instructor • Coach

Seth supports schools and organizations in the Rocky Mountain region through program development and coaching.

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Keith Whitescarver

Director of Entrepreneurial Initiatives

Keith brings internally developed tools to scale with partners and schools within and beyond Montessori.

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Partners and Associates

David C. Bagnoli, AIA

David C. Bagnoli, AIA

Consulting Architect

Phil Dosmann

Phil Dosmann

Senior Associate

John Freeman

John Freeman

Senior Associate

Iheoma U. Iruka

Iheoma U. Iruka

Senior Research Associate

Projects

Teach Montessori is an invitation to learn more about Montessori teacher jobs, Montessori training, Why choose Montessori and more…
MontessoriPublic is a digital and print communications & advocacy platform bringing Montessori into the public conversation.
The Montessori Census collects data about Montessori schools (public and private) in the U.S. and around the world. The Census currently has information for 500+ public programs and 2,000+ private schools in the U.S.
Breakthrough Montessori offers free, high quality Montessori education to families in Washington, DC.
The University of Delaware Montessori Teacher Residency is a MACTE applicant in good standing Montessori teacher training program including an embedded teacher residency, launching in July 2020.

Our Funders & Supporters

We are grateful to key funders who have supported NCMPS’s growth and impact over the years.

Trust for Learning

Our Board

Ebony Bridwell-Mitchell

Ebony Bridwell-Mitchell

Associate Professor of Education at Harvard University, school organizations expert, and former Montessori student
Jennifer Davidson

Jennifer Davidson

Trustee for AMI Global, former Executive Director of Montessori Northwest, Head of School of Montessori in the Redlands
Jared Joiner, Board NCMPS

Jared Joiner

Director, Educational Practice, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and former Montessori student
Jeff-Kutash

Jeff Kutash

Founder and Managing Partner of Boldly Go Philanthropy. Former Executive Director of Peter Kiewit Foundation, former head of FSG’s National Education and Youth Practice, Montessori parent.
Marianna McCall

Marianna McCall

Founding Partner, Trust for Learning, Montessori parent and expert, philanthropist
Richard Ungerer

Richard Ungerer

Executive Director Emeritus of the American Montessori Society, independent Montessori consultant