About Robbinsville Montessori
DIRECTOR & HEAD TEACHER
Mrs. Monica Shah is a certified Montessori teacher and the Director and Head Teacher at Robbinsville Montessori. She is qualified to teach children ages two and half to six years old. A former attorney, Mrs. Shah began her career in Montessori in 1991 as a volunteer, substitute and parent at the Andover School of Montessori in Andover, MA. After moving to New Jersey in 1996, she worked at Montessori Corner in Plainsboro and went on to complete her Montessori Certification from the Center for Montessori Education in New York.
Mrs. Shah, is a member of the American Montessori Society (AMS) and is affiliated with the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE). Mrs. Shah trains and certifies students at Mercer Community College to become future Montessori teachers. She also the Director of the Montessori Teaching program at Mercer County Community College for the past eight years. She is a believer in Montessori Education compared to traditional education because the of Maria Montessori’s Philosophy in Observing and following the child. She quotes Maria Montessori:
“Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment.”
The Montessori approach offers a broad vision of education as an aid to life. It is designed to help children with their task of inner construction as they grow from childhood to maturity. It succeeds because it draws its principles from the natural development of the child. Its flexibility provides a matrix within which each individual child’s inner directives freely guide the child toward wholesome growth.
Montessori classrooms provide a prepared environment where children are free to respond to their natural tendency to work. The children’s innate passion for learning is encouraged by giving them opportunities to engage in spontaneous, purposeful activities with the guidance of a trained adult. Through their work, the children develop concentration and joyful self-discipline. Within a framework of order, the children progress at their own pace and rhythm, according to their individual capabilities.
She was a prominent thinker of her time. Nominated for three Nobel Peace Prizes, her supporters during the time included Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Helen Keller and Mahatma Gandhi.
In the late 1960 Nancy McCormick Rambusch, an AMI Montessori trained teacher founded the American Montessori Society (AMS). She firmly believed that aspects of the Montessori method had to be modified to accommodate the culture in America. In AMS schools, teachers continue the methods developed by Dr. Montessori while bringing in outside resources, materials, and ideas to extend or supplement the Montessori curriculum. Examples include the use of technology and current events.
This program is affiliated by the American Montessori Society (AMS) and accredited by the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE).