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A Word from Our Adult Learners: Their Transformation Stories



Our Commitment:

The Transformation process embodies the educational experience at MTEI. It reflects the change each Adult Learner experiences as they grow into educators who understand and uphold the Montessori principles and values, fostering a life long love of learning for each child. 

"One of the great joys of being an institute instructor is watching the transformation occur over the year with the adult learners. This process occurs at different times for each adult learner and at their own pace. This transformation affects not only how they interact with their students, but also how they interact in class, at home, and in their community."

- Marj Horton, Early Childhood Instructor


"After being an educator in the traditional sense for many years, I've finally found what was missing.  The Institute has helped me learn to not just impart knowledge, but teach the whole child."

- Lourdes Dumke, Early Childhood Adult Learner

"I have gained a significant amount of knowledge of child development connected with Maria Montessori’s educational approach.

We learned the importance: of observation, classroom design, materials, community and partnership. It's amazing to see your classroom change for the better, right before your own eyes. Attending the Infant-Toddler training program has been life changing: I will be able to practice what I learned in my classroom as a guide and one day be able practice what I learned at home as a Mother.

I look truly forward to growing as a Montessorian."

-Brittany Lamb, Infant-Toddler Adult Learner

"The training has helped me to make my teaching motto a reality; “Touching one child’s life at a time”.  Montessori teachers are encouraged to teach the individual child and to help them to gain the experience of exploring themselves.  Children design their own learning experience and we follow their lead.  With this training, I have enjoyed watching my students become happy, independent learners."

- Patrick Hawkins, Early Childhood Adult Learner

"An ordinary teacher cannot be transformed into a Montessori teacher, but must be created anew, having rid herself of pedagogical prejudices. The first step is self-preparation of the imagination, for the Montessori teacher has to visualize a child who is not yet there, materially speaking, and must have faith in the child who will reveal himself through work. The different types of deviated children do not shake the faith of this teacher, who sees a different type of child in the spiritual field, and looks confidently for this self to show when attracted by work that interests. She waits for the children to show signs of concentration."

- Dr. Maria Montessori - 
'Education for a New World', Clio Press Ltd, 67