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Professional Development: We are always learning and growing
We are always learning and growing to help our students excel
At Apple Montessori Schools, our professional, dedicated team of teachers and support staff are always working to advance their approach to early education. When team members continuously take an active role in their professional career development and improvement, it is energizing and reaffirming. Continuing education and training allows us to see our educators’ passion shine brighter as they work towards helping children reach their full potential.
Apple Montessori Schools takes great pride in our training program and our highly dedicated and experienced trainers. Helmed by a training team that together has 135 years of experience and an average of 16 years of tenure at Apple, they are committed to providing critical training that develops the skills and abilities of our staff.
Apple Montessori’s training department is accredited by the International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). IACET is recognized internationally as an a standard development organization that promotes quality of continuing education and training.
For teachers, and support staff, our commitment to professional development includes programs for health and safety training, weekly staff trainings, mentor programs, academic courses in child development, safe schools, and supplemental, specialized training and events. Programs engage with hands-on demonstrations, team-building activities, and guest speakers to advance and strengthen knowledge in key curriculum areas, Montessori pedagogy and practices, as well as current psychological approaches to child development and education. We also provide financial support for our teachers to receive their Montessori certification.
Benefits of professional development to serve your children well
Everyone benefits from continuous professional development to stay engaged, connected and stimulated in their careers and endeavors. Throughout our lives, we are always learning to improve our skills, relationships and interactions with others.
The benefits are numerous:
- Fosters lifelong learning to enhance our Montessori practices and stay current with the latest developments in child psychology and education.
- Provides opportunities to reflect on our mission and core values while also offering time for each person to craft their personal mission statement as to “why” they love what they do.
- Acknowledges and reinforces our passion and commitment to nurturing the whole child so they can excel academically, socially, and emotionally to be kind, purposeful, happy, and successful people.
- Helps improve verbal and non-verbal communication skills with colleagues, coworkers, and children for greater understanding, collaboration and effectiveness.
A history of continuous learning
Dr. Maria Montessori, the founder of the Montessori philosophy of childhood education and development more than 100 years ago, believed in continuous education. According to her biography, she asked for the foundation of medical-academic institutes and a special training for teachers working with special needs children. This idea of social reform through education further developed and matured in Montessori’s thinking and philosophy about effective childhood development and education throughout her life. “It is not enough for the teacher to love the child. She must first love and understand the universe. She must prepare herself, and truly work at it, ” said Montessori. She understood that teachers can never learn too much or be too prepared to meet the needs of children.
Being the best teachers we can be
At the heart of Apple Montessori Schools, we are devoted to nurturing the whole child intellectually, socially, emotionally, physically and ethically – all in a caring, safe, and fun environment. We are proud of the work we do every day to help children and families thrive in the communities we serve. The impact we have as teachers, guides, and caretakers affects so many lives in a profound way for generations to come.
“The goal of early childhood education should be to activate the child’s own natural desire to learn.” ― Maria Montessori
Many thanks to the Apple Montessori families who partner with us to provide the highest quality education we can for our children.