About Us

Our mission is to help public schools deliver high-quality, personalized education through Montessori.

NCMPS grows and sustains Montessori in the public sector with a focus on equity and access. More and better public Montessori schools will give children hit hardest by racism, poverty, and structural inequality access to this transformational model.

Nationally, NCMPS builds a public Montessori network—an inclusive community of teachers, coaches, leaders, policy-makers, and researchers committed to child-centered developmental education and the life-changing transformations that result.

Locally, NCMPS partners with communities and schools to build equity, quality, and sustainability through direct school support including start-up, training, assessment, and coaching. We work directly with dozens of schools, supporting hundreds of teachers, and impacting the lives of tens of thousands of children in public Montessori programs throughout the U.S.

NCMPS was launched by the American Montessori Society (AMS) in 2012, and incorporated independently in 2015.

NCMPS co-founder and visionary inspiration Jackie Cossentino passed away in December, 2019. You can read more about her and access her published work here: Remembering Jackie Cossentino

Advancing Montessori education in the public sector

A robust network of practitioners, researchers, parents, and leaders

NCMPS 131 Public Schools Supported


Public Schools Supported

NCMPS 1,023 Teachers Served


Teachers, Coaches, and Leaders Supported

NCMPS 368 Coaches Trained


Tools Published

Total Reach

5,000+ adults • 500+ schools and organizations • 50,000+ children

Our Team

Sandra Wyner AndrewSandra Wyner Andrew

Montessori Teacher Residency Specialist


Sandra supports online learning and the Montessori Teacher Residency.

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David Ayer, Communications DirectorDavid Ayer

Communications Director


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

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Katie BrownKatie Brown

Director of Professional Learning


Katie oversees professional learning offerings and manages select research projects.

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Maria CarvajalMaría Carvajal

Program Manager and Coach


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

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Laure FlemingLaure Fleming

Program Manager and Coach, Mid-Atlantic Region


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

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Allison JonesAllison Jones

Senior Associate


Allison supports the Montessori Teacher Residency and special projects.

Katy MattisKaty Mattis

Director of Assets and Tools


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

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Karen SimonKaren Simon

Bilingual Montessori Specialist


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

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Sara SuchmanSara Suchman

Executive Director


Sara leads the NCMPS team in strategy, programs and operations.

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Maati WaffordMaati Wafford

Race and Equity Specialist


Maati advises NCMPS on race and equity, and develops and implements equity-oriented courses.

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Jasmine WilliamsJasmine Williams

Race and Equity Specialist •
Montessori Teacher
Residency Instructor •  Coach


Jasmine advises NCMPS on race and equity, and serves as an NCMPS instructor and coach.

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Seth D. Webb

Program Manager and Coach, Rocky Mountain Region


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

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Keith Whitescarver, Executive DirectorKeith 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 Advisors

David C. Bagnoli, AIADavid C. Bagnoli, AIA

Facilities Design and Architecture


Phil DosmannPhil Dosmann

Montessori School Leadership


John FreemanJohn Freeman

Montessori School Leadership


Iheoma U. Iruka




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.

The DC Montessori Teacher Residency promoting teacher success in high-need, urban schools striving for fully implemented Montessori in the public sector.

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
Harold Simmons Foundation
CityBridge Education
American Montessori Society
McCall Kulak Family Foundation
Moving Kids Forward (MKF)

Our Board

NCMPS is governed by a Board of Trustees which includes leaders from both the Association Montessori International and the American Montessori Society, as well as funders and strategy experts with experience in the education reform world.

Ebony Bridwell-MitchellEbony Bridwell-Mitchell

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

Bob Burakoff

Independent consultant, Former Executive Director of Harvard Business School’s Social Enterprise Initiative

Jennifer DavidsonJennifer Davidson


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

Jeff KutashJeff Kutash


Former Executive Director of Peter Kiewit Foundation, Montessori parent, former management consultant

Marianna McCallMarianna McCall


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

Richard UngererRichard Ungerer

Vice Chair

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