Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by reason of their innocence and of the greater possibilities of their future.

– Maria Montessori

Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by reason of their innocence and of the greater possibilities of their future.

– Maria Montessori

Montessori School in Cultural Cleveland Setting

Located in the heart of Cleveland’s Little Italy, our school is based on the principles of Italian educator and physician, Dr. Maria Montessori. Our skilled Montessori-credentialed teachers act as guides — using Montessori classroom materials and our “urban classroom” as we engage in the life of the Little Italy neighborhood and the institutions of University Circle. Our students not only plan their own visits to area museums, they also design innovative philanthropic outreach to those in need, from our elderly neighbors to school children in India.

Montessori School in a Cultural Cleveland Setting

Located in the heart of Cleveland’s Little Italy, our school is based on the principles of Italian educator and physician, Dr. Maria Montessori. Our skilled Montessori-credentialed teachers act as guides — using Montessori classroom materials and our “urban classroom” as we engage in the life of the Little Italy neighborhood and the institutions of University Circle. Our students not only plan their own visits to area museums, they also design innovative philanthropic outreach to those in need, from our elderly neighbors to school children in India.

About Cleveland Montessori

Cleveland Montessori provides excellence in education to the children of Greater Cleveland by discovering and awakening children’s innate talents and abilities, and cultivating a lifetime love of learning and spirit of social responsibility. Cleveland Montessori is deeply committed to authentic Montessori principles and practices for optimizing child education and creative potential.

Enriched by the values of love, respect, justice and joy, and fostered by a diverse and wonderfully nurturing Montessori community, the school serves all children, regardless of race or creed, and is distinctly committed to enhancing the vitality of the Little Italy and University Circle communities.

WHY MONTESSORI?

Students will learn to think deeply and apply practical applications through their own research and expression.

STAFF

Teachers at Cleveland Montessori are professionals with college degrees and Montessori (AMI or AMS) training.

PARENT HANDBOOK

Provides an overview of the general policies & procedures related to the daily operations of the school

About Cleveland Montessori

Cleveland Montessori provides excellence in education to the children of Greater Cleveland by discovering and awakening children’s innate talents and abilities, and cultivating a lifetime love of learning and spirit of social responsibility. Cleveland Montessori is deeply committed to authentic Montessori principles and practices for optimizing child education and creative potential.

Enriched by the values of love, respect, justice and joy, and fostered by a diverse and wonderfully nurturing Montessori community, the school serves all children, regardless of race or creed, and is distinctly committed to enhancing the vitality of the Little Italy and University Circle communities.

WHY MONTESSORI?

Students will learn to think deeply and apply practical applications through their own research and expression.

STAFF

Teachers at Cleveland Montessori are professionals with college degrees and Montessori (AMI or AMS) training.

PARENT HANDBOOK

Provides an overview of the general policies & procedures related to the daily operations of the school

“The peace and joy you have in your room is inspiring!”

– Grandmother of a lower elementary student

“The children really enjoy their classroom, for you can tell by their engagement within the class.”

– Aunt of a primary student

“The peace and joy you have in your room is inspiring!”

– Grandmother of a lower elementary student

“The children really enjoy their classroom, for you can tell by their engagement within the class.”

– Aunt of a primary student

Diversity Demographics

48%

White

32%

Black

16%

Multi-Racial

2%

Hispanic

2%

Asian

Meet Our Staff

Administration/Support Services

Tina Schneider

Executive Director

Tina holds a B.S. in Education/Early Childhood Education from Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania…

Cheryl Serrano

Office Manager

Cheryl was born and raised in California and moved to Cleveland in October of 2006 seeking a change in environment…

Dee Montgomery

Business Manager

Dee was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Bryant and Stratton…

India Keller

Student Services & Intervention Coordinator

India received a Bachelor of Arts from Hiram College in 2012. As part of her previous career in local food…

Cheryl Lazar

Intervention Specialist & Good Shepherd Catechist

Cheryl received her undergraduate degree in Recreation and Tourism from Bowling Green State University…

Kelly Tooman

Upper Elementary Guide / Admin Support

Bio coming soon…

Primary

Nolan Reed

Primary Guide

Nolan earned a B.M. in Music Performance from Columbus State University. Shortly after receiving the degree, in 2020, Nolan…

Joanne Russo

Primary Guide

Joanne grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Marquette…

Trina Hines

Primary Guide

Trina is originally from Cleveland Heights, Ohio.  Her interest in Montessori education was sparked by the birth of her own…

Madisen Serrano

Primary Assistant

After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Madisen joined Cleveland Montessori as a staff…

Kennedy Slomovitz

Primary Assistant

Bio coming soon…

Marissa Bearer

Primary Support and Aftercare

Marissa grew up in Painesville, Ohio.  She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in visual art from Lake Erie College. Her…

Claire VanAntwerp

Primary Support and Literacy Specialist

Claire holds a Med in Montessori from Loyola University in Maryland and a BS in Mathematics from The Ohio State University…

Elementary

Alfonso Sandoval

Lower Elementary Guide

Bio coming soon…

Kerrie Lodowski

Elementary Assistant

Kerrie earned a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from The University of Texas at Austin in 2006 then moved to Cleveland for…

Marie Pinzone

Elementary Assistant

Marie began working at Cleveland Montessori in Fall 2022. She graduated from John Carroll University with majors…

Moe Goldfarb-Brown

Elementary Assistant

After earning a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy at Oberlin College, Moe decided to move to Cleveland to pursue…

Adolescent

David Bartholow

Adolescent Guide

David Bartholow grew up in Fort Collins, CO, and moved east to attend Cornell University School of Engineering, where…

Diane Haughney

Adolescent Guide

Diane holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from The City University of New York, an M.A. in Spanish from Middlebury College…

Melissa Dempsey

Adolescent Support

Melissa grew up in Mentor, Ohio and received her B.A. in Theatre Arts and Italian from Lake Erie College…

Meet Our Staff

Administration/Support Services

Tina Schneider

Executive Director

Tina holds a B.S. in Education/Early Childhood Education from Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania…

Cheryl Serrano

Office Manager

Cheryl was born and raised in California and moved to Cleveland in October of 2006 seeking a change in environment…

Dee Montgomery

Business Manager

Dee was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Bryant and Stratton…

India Keller

Student Services & Intervention Coordinator

India received a Bachelor of Arts from Hiram College in 2012. As part of her previous career in local food…

Cheryl Lazar

Intervention Specialist & Good Shepherd Catechist

Cheryl received her undergraduate degree in Recreation and Tourism from Bowling Green State University…

Kelly Tooman

Upper Elementary Guide / Admin Support

Bio coming soon…

Primary

Nolan Reed

Primary Guide

Nolan earned a B.M. in Music Performance from Columbus State University. Shortly after receiving the degree, in 2020, Nolan…

Joanne Russo

Primary Guide

Joanne grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Marquette…

Trina Hines

Primary Guide

Trina is originally from Cleveland Heights, Ohio.  Her interest in Montessori education was sparked by the birth of her own…

Madisen Serrano

Primary Assistant

After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Madisen joined Cleveland Montessori as a staff…

Kennedy Slomovitz

Primary Assistant

Bio coming soon…

Marissa Bearer

Primary Support and Aftercare

Marissa grew up in Painesville, Ohio.  She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in visual art from Lake Erie College. Her…

Claire VanAntwerp

Primary Support and Literacy Specialist

Claire holds a Med in Montessori from Loyola University in Maryland and a BS in Mathematics from The Ohio State University…

Elementary

Alfonso Sandoval

Adolescent Guide

Bio coming soon…

Kerrie Lodowski

Elementary Assistant

Kerrie earned a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from The University of Texas at Austin in 2006 then moved to Cleveland for…

Marie Pinzone

Elementary Assistant

Marie began working at Cleveland Montessori in Fall 2022. She graduated from John Carroll University with majors…

Moe Goldfarb-Brown

Elementary Assistant

After earning a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy at Oberlin College, Moe decided to move to Cleveland to pursue…

Adolescent

David Bartholow

Adolescent Guide

David Bartholow grew up in Fort Collins, CO, and moved east to attend Cornell University School of Engineering, where…

Diane Haughney

Adolescent Guide

Diane holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from The City University of New York, an M.A. in Spanish from Middlebury College…

Melissa Dempsey

Adolescent Support

Melissa grew up in Mentor, Ohio and received her B.A. in Theatre Arts and Italian from Lake Erie College…

The Montessori Parent

Parents are important team members working toward the common goal of student success.

The Montessori Parent

Parents are important team members working toward the common goal of student success.

Why Montessori?

MONTESSORI EDUCATION TRADITIONAL EDUCATION
Prepared environment with hands-on self-correcting materials Textbooks, pencil and paper, workbooks, etc.
Uninterrupted work cycles Set time periods for each student
Multi-age groupings with three-year age span Single-graded groupings
School meets needs of individual students Students expected to fit school mold
Students active participants with freedom to move around Students passively seated in desks
Process-focused progress reports Product-focused report cards
Student centered Teacher centered
Teacher is an observer and guides students Teach directs learning
Child sets pace – individualized Teacher sets pace – students move forward as a group
Emphasis on the concrete Emphasis on abstract
Students seek help from and provide help to each other Students seek help from teacher
Recognition of child development and sensitive periods in guiding each child Each child directed the same way
Most students’ work completed during the school day – Homework is purposeful Most students’ work completed at home after school hours

Why Montessori?

MONTESSORI VS TRADITIONAL EDUCATION
Montessori
Prepared environment with hands-on
self-correcting materials
Uninterrupted work cycles
Multi-age groupings with three-year age span
School meets needs of individual students
Students active participants with freedom
to move around
Process-focused progress reports
Student centered
Teacher is an observer and guides students
Child sets pace – individualized
Emphasis on the concrete
Students seek help from and provide help to each other
Recognition of child development and sensitive periods
in guiding each child
Most students’ work completed during the school day –
Homework is purposeful
Traditional
Textbooks, pencil and paper, workbooks, etc.
Set time periods for each student
Single-graded groupings
Students expected to fit school mold
Students passively seated in desks
Product-focused report cards
Teacher centered
Teach directs learning
Teacher sets pace – students move forward as a group
Emphasis on abstract
Students seek help from teacher
Each child directed the same way
Most students’ work completed at home after school
hours