About Us

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

The National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector is an independent non-profit organization supporting the growth of public Montessori with tools and resources, training and orientation, and direct school services.

We cultivate a robust network of teachers, coaches, leaders, policy-makers, and researchers who share a commitment to child-centered developmental education—and the life-changing transformations that result.

Founded initially by the American Montessori Society in 2012 and incorporated independently in 2015, NCMPS has grown to national stature, working 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 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

146

Public Schools Supported

NCMPS 1,023 Teachers Served

1,294

Teachers, Coaches, and Leaders Supported

NCMPS 368 Coaches Trained

45

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.wyner@public-montessori.org

Sandra supports online learning and the Montessori Teacher Residency.

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David Ayer, Communications DirectorDavid Ayer

Communications Director

david.ayer@public-montessori.org

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.brown@public-montessori.org

Katie oversees professional learning offerings and manages select research projects.

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Maria CarvajalMaría Carvajal

Program Manager and Coach

maria.carvajal@public-montessori.org

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

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Laure FlemingLaure Fleming

Program Manager and Coach, Mid-Atlantic Region

laure.fleming@public-montessori.org

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.jones@public-montessori.org

Allison supports the Montessori Teacher Residency and special projects.

Katy MattisKaty Mattis

Director of Assets and Tools

katy.mattis@public-montessori.org

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.simon@public-montessori.org

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

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Sara SuchmanSara Suchman

Acting Executive Director

sara.suchman@public-montessori.org

Sara oversees administration, programs and strategic plan implementation.

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Maati WaffordMaati Wafford

Race and Equity Specialist

maati.wafford@public-montessori.org

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

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Jasmine WilliamsJasmine Williams

Montessori Teacher Residency Instructor and Coach

jasmine.williams@public-montessori.org

Supports the Montessori Teacher Residency.

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Seth D. Webb

Program Manager and Coach, Rocky Mountain Region

seth.webb@public-montessori.org

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.whitescarver@public-montessori.org

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, AIADavid C. Bagnoli, AIA

Consulting Architect

info@studiombdc.com

Phil DosmannPhil Dosmann

Senior Associate

phil.dossman@public-montessori.org

John FreemanJohn Freeman

Senior Associate

john.freeman@public-montessori.org

Iheoma U. Iruka

Senior Research Associate

IIruka@highscope.org

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.

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 Internationale (AMI) and the American Montessori Society (AMS), as well as funders and strategy experts with experience in the education reform world.

Bob Burakoff

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

Jennifer DavidsonJennifer Davidson

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

Jeff KutashJeff Kutash

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

Marianna McCallMarianna McCall

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

Richard UngererRichard Ungerer

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