Cambridge Montessori Institute




Amy Wood received her Bachelors of Math and Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Wheelock College in 1999. Amy holds a Massachusetts Teaching License from birth – second grade. After graduating in 1999, Amy stepped inside a Montessori school in her hometown and fell in love with the Montessori philosophy. This inspired her to earn her Early Childhood Montessori credential from Northeast Montessori Institute in 2004. She continued teaching at the early childhood (3-6) level at a variety of schools. In 2009, she received a Master of Arts focusing on Montessori education from St. Catherine University. Curious to better understand infants and toddlers, she returned to training at MI-NE and earned her second Montessori credential, at the Infant/Toddler level. Over the last twenty years, Amy has taught as a Toddler teacher and 3-6 Early Childhood levels, supervised interns, and consulted for Montessori schools throughout New England. Amy joined Cambridge Montessori Institute in 2018 as a Field Consultant. In 2019, she also took on the role of Administrative Coordinator for supporting all aspects of the Institute. Leading a successful cohort through the pandemic prepared her to accept the invitation to become the Director in 2021. Over the last twenty years, Amy has supervised numerous interns, presented at the Montessori Schools of Massachusetts annual conferences, and consulted for Montessori schools throughout New England.

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Charles Terranova served at the Director of Cambridge Montessori Institute from 2019-2021. He has been active nationally and internationally as a classroom teacher, teacher educator, administrator, and speaker. Charles has worked in both independent and public Montessori schools, and has consulted with a number of Boards of Trustees, Heads of Schools and teachers. He presents regularly at local and national Montessori conferences. Charles leads monthly curriculum development workshops at schools and Montessori teacher education programs across the nation. Charles holds an AMI Early Childhood diploma and AMS Elementary I and Elementary II Credentials. Charles is the founder of The Montessori Community School (now Inly School) and has headed three other Montessori schools in New England. For the past 25 years, Charles has served as a field consultant, supervising teacher, and course instructor at Seacoast Center Montessori Teacher Education Program. He also founded the Montessori Schools of Massachusetts (MSM) and has served on the AISNE board, the MACTE Board and the Principals’ Center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.  

infant and Toddler Teacher education program coordinator

Michelle Battistone

Michelle is a nationally recognized expert in Montessori education for infants and toddlers. She is a lecturer in the infant and toddler education program at Cambridge Montessori Institute in Cambridge, MA. and a field consultant for Montessori Education Center of the Rockies. Michelle is also part of the site inspection and evaluation team for Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (an autonomous accrediting association for teacher education). Michelle holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and an AMS Infant and Toddler credential from North Harris Montgomery College. She has been a classroom Montessori teacher, teacher educator, administrator, and speaker. Co-Founder of Montessori Mentors, and the Infant and Toddler Program Coordinator for The Institute of Montessori Education, Michelle has spent over twenty years teaching infants, toddlers and the adults who work with them.

Course Instructors

Susan Tracy McDaniel

Susan Tracy McDaniel, M.Ed. is a lecturer in the Infant and Toddler Education Program at Seton Montessori Institute in Chicago, Illinois as well as at Montessori Education Center of the Rockies in Boulder, Colorado. Her expertise spans Montessori philosophy and application, child development, and parent education. She has served infant and toddlers as a teacher for over 20 years and is a frequent national speaker and consultant. Susan is the Director of the Learning Together Parent Education Center in Illinois. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Northwestern University and a Masters degree in Education from Loyola College. She is a certified EFT practitioner and holds both AMS and AMI credentials in infant and toddler education.

Nancy Rose

Nancy Rose, MA. is the Executive Director of New England Early Childhood Associates (NEECA), an organization providing various outreach services to individuals and organizations serving young children and their families in the New England area. In addition to a BA in Distributed Studies, Nancy Rose holds a Master’s degree in Special Education and teaching certificates from the American Montessori Society (AMS) and the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI). She has served as a faculty member and has been a guest lecturer at several colleges, universities, and teacher training programs. She has been involved in all facets of early childhood education for more than 40 years. She was a co-founder and academic director of the Montessori Teacher Training Program of the Rockies and a co-founder of the AMS Peace Committee.