Teaching Training: Beginning July 9, 2012 Weinacker’s Montessori School will be hosting American Montessori Society (AMS) training for teachers of children at the 3-6 year-old level. We have listed some questions and answers below to provide insight into the scope and purpose of the training. If you or someone you know is interested in a demanding, thought-provoking, intensive study of the Montessori Method and philosophy of learning please contact our Montessori training coordinator, Maryann Byrne. She can be reached by email at :firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com or by telephone at 251-344-8755.
Who is in charge of the training?
Weinacker’s Montessori School is sponsoring the training and Maryann Byrne is the site coordinator for the AMS training. The training will be held for two levels. One will be for teachers of children ages three to six years old. The other will be for teachers of infants and toddlers ages birth to three years. For more information on the schedule and cost of the training please go to our home page and click on the “About Us” button. Then scroll down to “Career Opportunities” and click. There you will find a flyer with more detailed information about the training.
Is this restricted to teachers who are current Montessori employees?
No. It is open to the public. We will have a number of our own teachers attending as well.
How long has Weinacker’s hosted the training?
We hosted AMS 3-6 training in 2003. But, other than this, we have mostly sent our teachers to other cities to do their Montessori training. So, we are very excited to be able to offer our teachers the opportunity to stay in Mobile to do their training. And, of course, anyone is welcome to join us. The first week of the AMS 3-6 year-old teacher training will occur July 9-13. Seven other weeks will be scheduled throughout the rest of summer and the school year.
We will also be offering AMS Montessori teacher training for teachers of children ages birth to three years old. This will consist of six weeks of training and is scheduled to begin in September and run through the school year.
What is the purpose/benefit of the training?
This is a great opportunity for Mobile as, with one or two exceptions, people interested in teaching using the Montessori Method have had to travel away, usually outside the state, to do their training and gain their certification. We currently have two teachers who have been going to Chicago for their 3-6 year-old training. So, to be able to offer this training in Mobile speaks volumes about the growth of Montessori in our area and to the commitment of those who want to learn more about this hands-on, child-centered approach to learning.