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This Satellite Course will be held at Keystone Montessori School in Charlotte, NC

Jennifer Shields is a primary trainer for the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI). She holds both the AMI Primary and Assistants to Infancy diplomas. Jennifer earned a B.A. in English Literature from Georgetown University and an M.Ed. from Cleveland State University. She worked for over fifteen years in Montessori schools as a teacher, assistant, and administrator. She is an examiner and consultant for AMI and presents at workshops and conferences locally and worldwide. Jennifer loves observing in classrooms, coaching teachers and teacher trainees, and spreading the insights made by Dr. Montessori.

Jennifer recently shared her insights about “Transitions into the Casa” in AMI’s Voices of Training series. Read the article here.

Rhonda began her Montessori journey as a parent and later decided to take the training to become a Montessori guide. She did her Primary (2006) and Elementary (2004) training at the Washington Montessori Institute Loyola University in Maryland, obtaining her master’s degree in Education. She took the AMI Assistants to Infancy (2007) training at The Montessori Institute in Denver and the AMI Orientation to Adolescence (2014) at the Hershey Farm School in Ohio. She is an AMI 3-6 Auxiliary Primary Trainer.

Over the course of her career, she worked as an Elementary guide, a Primary guide, and currently an Assistants to Infancy guide. She is also trained in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd at the 3-6 level. Rhonda is the co-founder of a public charter Montessori school in Washington, DC where she served as the principal for three years. She is also a founding partner at Nsoroma Montessori Consulting, providing coaching, classes and workshops for parents and Montessori professionals as well as pioneering a Montessori Kindezi (babysitting) class for teenagers and young adults. As a mother of five, Rhonda brings her passion for children and commitment to authentic Montessori practice and the spiritual development of the child to her mission of helping Montessori become a household name around the world. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, reading, cooking, and doing arts and crafts.

Tuition: $13,000
A $500 non-refundable tuition deposit is due upon enrollment and will be applied to total tuition.

Early Bird Discount: An early bird discount of $300 is available to those who submit a completed application by March 1, 2024.
Your interview and formal acceptance must be completed by March 1, 2024 in order to qualify. The early bird discount will be deducted from your final tuition payment.

Payment: Please select from one of the payment plan options below.
All payment options exclude the $500 tuition deposit.

View Payment Plan schedule and details here.

Virtual information sessions will be held on the following dates. Please register and join us to learn more about this Primary Course in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Student housing at Queens University of Charlotte is available for those wishing to take advantage of this option while attending the in-person sessions of this course at Keystone Montessori School. Queens University is about a ten minute drive from Keystone (2830 Dorchester Pl, Charlotte, NC 28209).

Students will be housed at Hayes Residence Hall. The cost is $30 per person, per night. Parking is available on campus. Please email info@wmi-montessori.org with any questions or to be added to the housing list.

50% can be done in the trainee’s own primary classroom if trainee is a guide or assistant, subject to trainer’s approval.
To be completed between Summer 2024 and 2025.

Oral examinations are scheduled in conjunction with the Association Montessori Internationale. It is not possible to publish exact dates at this time. Oral examinations will be scheduled during the Summer 2025 Session. Students will be informed as soon as dates are confirmed. All students must be in residence through the last day of the oral examination period, no matter when their individual examination is scheduled. Oral examinations may be scheduled on a Saturday.

WMI is a Candidate in Good Standing with the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education. Candidate in Good Standing status in no way determines the outcome of the accreditation decisions by MACTE.

Applicants who are international students or non-native English speakers must provide scores from one of the following tests:

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