About Us

The Institute

Montessori Training Institute was established in order to develop Montessori Education in Mainland China & Hong-Kong thanks to its cooperation & support with Association Montessori Internationale (AMI). At the same time, we set up a Montessori demonstration base for observation: Peninsula Montessori Kindergarten.

In order to support Montessori education, a local & international team has been appointed to manage the institute including full service to its community.

The Center worked with the AMI team to develop a detailed development plan and strategy for the future of Montessori Education in China. We will have a significant impact on children and their families, their caregivers and guardians, educators and researchers. The future of society must rely on successful early childhood education. We believe that through the joint efforts and cooperation of you and me, the goal of “building a better future” will be achieved. The future development of our center will need the help and cooperation of all of you. Your dedication is of great significance to our creation of this unique educational institution.

Our Objectives Are to:
  • Foster the development of excellent training courses across China.
  • Support the diversity, sense of community and common goals of AMI schools.
  • Encourage ongoing education of trained teachers.
  • Strive to be a model of respect and under-standing for all members of the community, both children and adults.
The Environment
The environment of our institute  The training institute is situated in a elegant place in the heart of the city of Nanshan district in Shenzhen. We provide 5 3-6 prepared environments and 2 lecture rooms as well as lockers and rest rooms.   In the 3-6 prepared environments, materials approved by the international Montessori association are provided for students to practice. The materials are in 3-6 years old children size and are accurate and authentic. All the materials are ordered directly from Nienhuis. The environments are bright and spacious, equipped with modern teaching devices and facilities. Each student has an independent table, chair and space. We are currently a leading professional AMI training center in China.
AMI Trainers

The Training courses are given & supervised by highly qualified AMI teacher trainers supported by a pedagogical team of experienced advisors to ensure that the objectives of Maria Montessori’s pedagogical principles are upheld.All courses are in English (with live translation in Chinese).The appointed bilingual translator is also an AMI certified teacher.

Louise Livingston
Louise Livingston first developed an interest in understanding children through her work as a counselor to abused children with the UK charity Childline. She gained her Montessori diploma at the 3-6 level at the Maria Montessori Institute in London. She has worked for some years in Children’s Houses latterly running one of the Maria Montessori Institute’s own schools. Louise is presently Director of Training at the Maria Montessori Institute in London where she is responsible for the full time courses. She is a national examiner for AMI and lectures both in the UK and internationally. She is on the organising committee of the UK AMI Affiliated Society and is the editor of their publication Direction. She is also on the council of Montessori Education UK, the body responsible for running the UK Montessori schools accreditation scheme. Louise was part of the AMI Centenary Steering Committee and played a key role in co-ordinating the Centenary activities around the world. She is a key member of the committee co-ordinating the AMI parent support initiative Aid to Life and has been responsible for co-writing and editing all the initial audio visual and printed resources. She is a key member of the AMI Faculty offering training in China.
Ruby Lau
Ruby Lau took the AMI Course (3-6) in London in 1985. Since then she has been completely involved in Montessori work at many levels. She worked in the Maria Montessori Children’s House run by the MMTO in London from the time she completed her course. She also began to assist with the Training Course. In 1990 she left to establish a school Little Acorns which she ran successfully for 16 years with her colleague Jean Nugent. She continued to work with the MMTO as a lecturer and assisted with all aspects bringing her experience with children to the students. Ruby was formerly in advertising, and worked with the Montessori Society (AMI) UK since 1986 in various capacities. She served the Society as the Chairman and set up many awareness programmes and fundraising projects. Ruby received her AMI Trainers Certificate (3-6 age level) in 2006. She is now based in India closely associated with the Navadisha Montessori Institute in Chennai, where she brings her expertise to both students as a trainer and to the mentoring of school staff. She is still attached to the Maria Montessori Institute in London where she serves as a lecturer.
Teenaz Reporter
Ms. Teenaz Reporter: AMI Trainer
 Teenaz Reporter, AMI Trainer, gained her AMI Montessori Diploma at the 3-6 age level training with Ms. Lakshmi Krishnakumar at the Montessori Training and Research Centre in the year 1998-1999. She began her career in India in the Taraporewalla's Montessori House of Children in Hyderabad. Subsequently over a period of eight years she expanded her experience working in Montessori schools in New York and Maryland. In 2009 she began the rigorous AMI Training of Trainers Programme in Hyderabad and subsequently spent two years in Chennai at Navadisha Montessori Foundation. She has served on the faculty of the AMI course in Thrissur, Kerala. She is currently on the faculty of the AMI course in Koramangala, Bangalore. She also assists with the AMI courses in Jia Ding and Hang Zhou, China.
Neelima Mhaskar
Neelima Mhaskar is an AMI Trainer (primary).  She gained her AMI Montessori Diploma at the 3-6 age level at Mumbai in 1989 and then joined the AMI Training of Trainers programme in 2009.  She worked closely with children in Montessori schools at Mumbai and Pune, bringing over 19 years of experience to her work. She has served as a faculty on the training team at Mumbai, Kerala,Chennai and Chandigarh in India and China and conducted many AMI Assistant’s Courses at Mumbai, Chandigarh, Ahmedabad – India, Saigon – Vietnam, Taipei – China and Hangzhou.
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Six teaching areas and happy learners
Maria Montessori

(1870 – 1952)
 
Maria Montessori was, in many ways, ahead of her time. Born in the town of Chiaravalle, in the province of Ancona, Italy in 1870, she became the first female physicianin Italy upon her graduation from medical school in 1896. She is a well-known scientist, educator, feminist, as well as an advocate for children. Her discovery in the field of children’s development and the education method developed based upon that is revolutionary.  Even now, after Montessori’s first Children’s House being founded for 100 years, her philosophy in education is still innovative, encouraging many people to care for children, to provide opinion, direction and opportunity for positive social revolution.
 
Throughout her life, Dr. Montessori had been a protector for vulnerable group. After graduation she became interested in education while caring for mentally challenged children in a psychiatric clinic in Rome. There she combined sensory-rich environments and hands-on experiential techniques in the hopes of reaching children previously labeled “deficient and insane.” The experiment was a resounding success. Within two years, the children were able to pass Italy’s standardized public school tests. More importantly, Montessori’s innovative practices had elicited positive learning behaviors from children previously left behind by society. 


The education for life

The Montessori method is a proven and internationally recognized form of education. It can be achieved through interaction between children, special teaching materials and specially trained teachers.  

The main goal of Montessori courses is to help children reach their full potential at all stages of life. Montessori teachers provide support and guidance for each child's development according to their individual developmental stages, needs, interests, and learning styles. The Montessori method lays the foundation for children's future learning and focus in all areas of development.  

Montessori Movement

Montessori pedagogical principles are rooted in a social movement intended to champion the cause of all children, in all strata of society, of all races and ethnic backgrounds, within and beyond educational institutions.  

The Montessori movement is recognized to have begun on 6 January 1907 when Dr. Montessori opened the first Casa dei Bambini in San Lorenzo in Rome.

What followed has been called the "discovery of the child" and the realization that: "...mankind can hope for a solution to its problems, among which the most urgent are those of peace and unity, only by turning its attention and energies to the discovery of the child and to the development of the great potentialities of the human personality in the course of its formation.”  

In 1929 Dr. Montessori founded the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI). The objectives of the association are to uphold, propagate and further the pedagogical principles and practice formulated by Dr. Maria Montessori for the full development of the human being.Montessori is the single largest pedagogy in the world with over 28,000 schools on 6 continents. The Montessori movement however is far broader and works to assist children and their families in a variety of settings.

Montessorians serve as advocates for all children - championing the rights of the child in society.

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