Finally, Something that Works!
We who have tried other methods are happy to find ourselves working with the child’s own processes. The faculty and staff of Northwoods are proud of our graduates and we are active members of national and international organizations that support the method that has nurtured them.
Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) was developed by Dr. Maria Montessori in 1929 to ensure that her methods and style would be accurately and consistently represented in the schools that bore her name. The mission of the organization is to promote the growth of Montessori education in public and private schools, to promote the development of Montessori teacher training, to promote public understanding of the Montessori method and principles in educational communities, and to provide opportunities for children to develop normally.
Northwoods Montessori School has been affiliated with and recognized at the highest level by AMI continuously since our founding in 1972. We were one of the first schools to be so certified in the Atlanta area. Our certification and recognition means that we closely adhere to the standards and methods promoted in teacher training courses provided by the Association and that we meet the Association’s criteria for consistent teacher training standards, use of Montessori learning materials, classroom sizes, and adherence to Dr. Maria Montessori’s original educational philosophy. We are AMI certified at the birth to three, three to six, and six to twelve age levels. From time to time, our school is honored to host student teachers from local AMI training centers for required Observations and for Student Teaching from the Montessori Institute of Atlanta and International Montessori Training Institute. We are proud that one of our faculty members, Pamela Baumbarger, has been accepted into the prestigious AMI “Training of Trainers” program, and will one day be qualified to train Birth-to-Three Teachers and Guides, respectively. Our Elementary faculty is active in Elementary Alumni Association (EAA), an AMI-affiliated teachers organization. Also, our faculty participates regularly in the nationwide Annual AMI-EAA Joint Refresher Course, an AMI-certified continuing education course.