MEINA's programs are based on traditional Montessori pedagogy infused with current brain research. Teachers from our program are not only fluent in Montessori philosophy and authentic implementation but also gain the flexibility, creativity, and understanding of how to implement Montessori ideas in today's demanding classrooms particularly those in the public school sector.
Our programs also serve the private sector. Our instructors and administrative team have multiple years in instructing and consulting teacher candidates working in both public and private schools.
Montessori Educational Institute of North America is Montessori Center of Jackson's teacher education program rich in the history of preparing adult learners to become Montessori teachers. MEINA’s elementary program has as its foundation, several faculty members and curriculum stemming from COMET, one of the first AMS-affiliated elementary programs in the United States. When COMET closed in 2010, their course of study was handed to Teri Canaday, a former faculty member, in order to start a new program which would update their work and bring it into the 21st century. During this same period, Teri Canaday was also a faculty member of Memphis Montessori Institute, an early childhood program that was in existence since the 1980’s.
The purpose of the Montessori Educational Institute of North America is to provide adult learning services that promote Montessori education and meet community needs. The educational goal of the Montessori Educational Institute of North America programs is to provide quality teacher preparation for individuals seeking to learn the educational theory and method established by Dr. Maria Montessori. We have taken as our specific task the preparation of teachers for Montessori Early Childhood and Elementary classes of six through nine year old children.
Many of the faculty members of MEINA have over 30 years of experience in the Montessori profession. The staff values continued professional development in order to stay current with the Montessori movement and to keep abreast of current research that effect teaching practices. We understand the challenges that teachers face each day, having been classroom teachers for several decades. We understand the relationship of children to school to families and the leadership needed to run effective Montessori classrooms and schools. Most of all, we understand the emotional and social needs of the adult learner, striving to provide the necessary support to help the teacher candidate be a successful Montessorian.
MEINA seeks to prepare adults for the task of helping children ages 2 1/2 - 6 years develop their individual potential.
The Elementary I Course prepares the teacher candidate to teach a multi-aged Montessori classroom of 6-9 year olds.
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