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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.

Since the name “Montessori” lacks trademark status, any school or daycare can claim to offer an authentic Montessori education.  However, only AMI (Association Montessori Internationale)-accredited schools like Montessori Training Center of St. Louis adhere to the principles and educational method developed by Dr. Maria Montessori.

Pearl Vanderwall and Dr. Annette Haines

Dr. Maria Montessori

About Montessori

Dr. Maria Montessori, often considered the first female physician in Italy, innovated the Montessori approach to education. The Montessori method concentrates on the specific developmental needs of the child. Montessori believed that everyone learns differently, and at their own pace. She created a new type of classroom—a prepared environment—to accommodate and stimulate the individual interests of her students. The Montessori method has successfully been in existence for over a century.

Each prepared environment is designed to address the developmental needs of the children it serves, based on the principles of Maria Montessori’s philosophy of education. The materials in an authentic Montessori classroom are specifically designed and engineered to increase and enhance the the learning experience.