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The Montessori Training Center of St. Louis denounces racism and injustice. We stand in solidarity with those who are tirelessly working to eliminate all forms of discrimination and inequality. We stand in support of those tirelessly working to bring about change in the face of long-standing pain, anger, and grief experienced by the black community.

While the pandemic has affected us in unprecedented ways, racism and hatred pose an even graver threat to humanity. On one hand, there is a race to find a cure or vaccination for COVID-19 to save lives. On the other hand, very little has been done to address the tragedies of lives taken brutally and senselessly, one at a time. Many of these victims are parents, young adults, and even children.

To serve the future, we must protect the present. We have to start with children. Among other things, the fundamental rights of children include being and feeling safe, loved, and accepted as unique individuals. More fundamentally, children have the right to develop from the time they are born. We have to protect our children, their innocence, their dreams and hopes.

We recommit to our mission as we face extremely challenging times in our local communities and as a nation. We hope that our work and efforts will help bring about transformation in adults and lead to positive change for our children.

We commit to:

  • Practice inclusivity in all our work intentionally and fight racism and bias.
  • Partner with communities to support parents and caregivers in the development of their children.
  • Collaborate with adult learners from underserved communities to get trained and serve children in their communities.
  • Provide support to communities and schools to serve children and ensure they develop and reach their full potential.

It's time to have courageous conversations - we have a collective responsibility to take action.

It's time to create a peaceful and harmonious world.

It's time to act.

Our deepest sympathies and sincere condolences to the family and friends of George Floyd and countless others.

Their lives matter.

Black lives matter.

"We shall walk together on this path of life, for all things are part of the universe and are connected with each other to form one whole unity."
- Maria Montessori

Krishnamurthy Shekhar
Executive Director
Montessori Training Center of St. Louis

AMI Training Center

The Montessori Training Center of St. Louis was founded by Pearl Vanderwall in 1972.  Incorporated as a non-profit educational organization, the Center is affiliated with the Association Montessori Internationale.

The Center's primary purpose is to promote Montessori education based on the scientific discoveries of child development as developed by Dr. Maria Montessori.  The career outlook for Montessori teachers is excellent. Montessori schools, both public and private, need teachers. There are currently more positions available than can be filled.

The Montessori Training Center of St. Louis is MACTE Certified for Primary (3-6).


The Montessori Training Center of St. Louis does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, age, national or ethnic origin. Please investigate the state requirements for teacher certification in your area. Employment, salary, and occupational advancement are in no way guaranteed.


Courses starting in the summer of '20:
A to I (0-3)
Primary (3-6)
Elementary (6-12)

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