Montessori Professional Development Fund

Supporting Professional Development of Teachers

A program that provides Montessori
training and professional development.

The Montessori Professional Development Fund was established by Penn-Mont Academy in an effort to provide opportunity for Penn-Mont teachers to further their Montessori Training and Professional Development.



Montessori Professional Development Fund


To support the professional development of Penn-Mont Academy’s educators in their important roles as Montessori teachers and school leaders.


As a school accredited by the American Montessori Society (AMS), Penn-Mont adheres to high standards for professional staff. All lead classroom teachers must receive AMS Credentials for the specific level they teach. Ongoing Montessori Professional Development is required for teachers to maintain their active credentials as well as grow in their ability to deliver an authentic Montessori education for children.  Administrators of accredited schools are also required to have a Montessori Administrator Credential and ongoing Montessori Professional Development.


The Montessori Professional Development Fund (MPDF)

Continuing Montessori Professional Development

Every year Montessorians from around the world attend the American Montessori Society’s annual conference. Workshops address curriculum, child development, leadership, public policy, research, and much more. Participation earns the contact hours required to keep Teacher Certifications active. The cost of registration, hotel and travel expenses are currently shared by the teacher attending and the school’s operating budget which limits these opportunities.

American Montessori Society Webinars

A new offering by AMS is on-demand videos on topics specific to Montessori education by leading presenters in the field. Penn-Mont is now accessing these webinars during teacher in-service days as well as making available to individual teachers who express interest in certain topics.

Montessori Consultants

Part of the school’s process of continuous assessment and growth involves inviting consultants in to view our programs and offer recommendations. These consultants can help an individual teacher or an entire program. Consultations are a required part of our self-study and re-accreditation process.

Teacher Incentive Grants

Grants allow teachers to apply for funding to support particular projects, areas of curriculum development, etc., based on their needs and interests.

Honoring the Champions
of Penn-Mont

Heart of Penn-Mont

The Montessori Professional Development Fund was established by Penn-Mont Academy in an effort to have the monetary resources necessary to provide Penn-Mont teachers the opportunity to further their Montessori Training and Professional Development.

In an effort to secure and perpetuate resources for this fund, Penn-Mont initiated the Gerald P. and Aline D. Wolf “Heart of Penn-Mont” Honoree. This distinction is named in honor of our founders Gerald and Aline Wolf. Each year, Penn-Mont honors an individual considered a true champion of our school by virtue of their leadership, dedication or philanthropic efforts.

Gerald P. and Aline D. Wolf
“Heart of Penn-Mont” Honorees

Montessori Professional Development Fund

2018 Honoree:  To Be Announced !

Be watching for the announcement of this year’s honoree!

Please join us in thanking the Heart of Penn-Mont Honorees

You may honor this year’s recipient, as well as past honorees through a gift to the Montessori Professional Development Fund; a fund that supports the training and professional development of Penn-Mont teachers.  Click here to donate.

2017 Honoree: Judy Grove “Miss Judy”

Judy Grove is highly regarded by colleagues, parents and former students as a caring, compassionate, and inspirational Montessori teacher. With a career spanning over 35 years, Miss Judy served as a Preschool Lead Teacher at Penn-Mont Academy. Montessori trained at the Center for Montessori Teacher Education (CMTE) in New York, Judy joined the faculty of CMTE in addition to her classroom duties. Judy has a passion for working with special needs children, as well as a great love for geography. Miss Judy continues to be committed to Penn-Mont and quietly shares her love of Montessori with others.

2016 Inaugural Honoree: Michelle Hartye

Long-time Head of School, true Montessori educator, and engaged community leader, Michelle Hartye, made a decision early in her career to become a Montessori teacher and administrator. It had always been Michelle’s vision that professional development opportunities be afforded to other dedicated Penn-Mont Academy teachers and professionals. This vision ignited the inspiration behind establishing the Montessori Professional Development Fund.

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