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
  • Ground our work in academic, community, and field-based
  • 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


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


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.

In this groundbreaking work, Menakem examines the damage caused by racism in America from the perspective of body-centered psychology.

A powerful and practical guide to help you navigate racism, challenge privilege, manage stress and trauma, and begin to heal.

“An important addition to any conversation about the future of public schools and those they were designed to serve.” —Ta-Nehisi Coates

James Anderson critically reinterprets the history of southern black education from Reconstruction to the Great Depression.

A timely and groundbreaking argument that all Americans must grapple with Latinos’ dynamic racial identity.

Our Team

Montessori Teacher Residency Specialist • Instructor

Dave Ayer

Director of Communications

Katie Brown

Director of Research and Professional Learning • Instructor

Maria Carvajal

Student Support Specialist • Instructor • Coach

Candace Fletcher

MTR Practicum Coordinator • Instructor • Coach

Laure Fleming

Director of Montessori Teacher Residencies • Instructor • Coach


DERS & Professional Learning Coordinator


Director of Tools and Assets • Curriculum Standards Specialist • Instructor


MTR Elementary Coordinator • Montessori Instructor • Coach

Hillary Murphy, NCMPS

Marketing • Communications Specialist

Karen Simon, Bilingual Montessori Specialist

Bilingual Montessori Specialist • Instructor

Sara Suchman

Executive Director


Director of School Services • Instructor • Coach

Keith Whitescarver

Director of Entrepreneurial Initiatives

Jasmine Williams

Race and Equity Specialist • Instructor • Coach

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

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

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
Monique O'Grady

Monique O'Grady

Senior Manager at The Pew Charitable Trusts, Co-founder of the Arlington Montessori Action Committee, Former Arlington Public School Board Chair, and parent of three former Virginia public Montessori students

Richard Ungerer

Richard Ungerer

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

Our Funders & Supporters

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

Trust for Learning