In 2013, Brooks Gerber, Montessori East's Early Childhood Curriculum Coordinator and Jaime Yeager, Amare Montessori Head of School, founded the Montessori Alliance of Tennessee. Initially, the organization was a simple group of teachers, administrators and parents, including Montessori East's Admissions Director, Alice Smith. It is now a successful 501c3, with a working Board of Directors.
Montessori Alliance of Tennessee (MAT) is a strong, vibrant community of Montessori schools, educators, and parents. The MAT mission is to be an inclusive community of schools, teachers, and families supporting high quality Montessori education. MAT’s work of speaking with “one united voice” to advocate and provide ongoing education and support to the Montessori community is accomplished with a Communications Committee, Education Committee, and Advocacy Committee.
An Annual Conference provides professional development and networking opportunities for teachers, and education about Montessori education for parents. This past September, sixteen states were represented at this conference by attendees and presenters. Montessori East sends out staff to this event yearly for professional development.
A Validation Project, started in late 2016, helps the TN Department of Education (DOE) and our state’s families know that a school meets all essential criteria for providing a quality Montessori education. Nine schools have become validated and eight others, including Montessori East, are engaged in the process.
The Advocacy Committee is currently working with the TN DOE and members of the TN legislature on regulations in support of this developmentally appropriate model of education.
Our state organization and our school is committed to providing you and your child with the best Montessori education has to offer. You are such an important part of what we do and we thank you for your support! Our state organization and Montessori East will always represent you and your children with the strong voice of our entire community working together.
Faye E. Hunt, Brooks Gerber and Alice Smith