Though many Montessori programs focus on the materials and the environment, these elements are minor compared to the importance of the teacher. It is through the loving relationship of the teacher that the child first makes contact with the environment and then is given the confidence and support to explore.
Teachers are chosen based on following principles:
Kristin McAlister graduated from Brown University with a BA in Developmental Psychology and Biomedical Ethics. She has a Masters in Urban Education from Kings College, University of London and an AMI primary (3-6 yrs. old) diploma from the Maria Montessori Institute in the UK. She was Montessori raised from birth and attended Horizon Montessori School under Diane Roberto and Ruffing Montessori School (until age 12) under David Kahn (Cleveland Hts., OH). She is also a NYC Board of Education certified secondary school teacher.
All full time, part time and on call staff have completed criminal record searches, provided letters of reference, medical referrals and have had personal interviews.