Hershey Montessori Training Institute

10924 Magnolia Drive
Cleveland, Ohio, 44106

In affiliation with Association Montessori Internationale

About Hershey Montessori Training Institute

HMTI moves to its new headquarters in June 2011. Training institute offices and a model classroom will be housed in a newly renovated historic mansion on the campus of the Montessori High School at University Circle in Cleveland, Ohio.

With the training institute's proximity to the Montessori High School, and a thriving local AMI Montessori community, students will have the opportunity to observe Montessori environments at all levels of the continuum.

Students will also benefit from proximity to Cleveland's vibrant University Circle neighborhood. As Northeast Ohio's cultural center, the Circle is home to Case Western Reserve University, the Cleveland Botanical Garden, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the internationally acclaimed Cleveland Orchestra, a number of other cultural institutions, parks and gardens, and a variety of entertainment and dining options.

HMTI has partnered with Loyola University Maryland to offer graduate credit towards a Masters of Education (M.Ed.) degree or a Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in Montessori Education (open to candidates who have an M.Ed. degree). The HMTI course of study allows students to simultaneously work towards the AMI diploma and one of these advanced degrees. For further information, including tuition and fees (which are not included in the HMTI tuition), and financial aid for this option, visit: www.loyola.edu/montessori/affiliate


HMTI was launched in 2009 with a founding grant from The Hershey Foundation. The first two academic-year courses conducted by HTMI were held on the campus of Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio. HMTI has also received generous support from the Dekko Foundation, the Hershey Family Foundation, and Montessori Development Partnerships.


Greg MacDonald, Director of Training

Greg is an AMI elementary trainer. He has conducted 3-6, 6-9, 9-12 and 6-12 Montessori classes, has served as principal of public and private elementary schools, and is an AMI consultant. He also regularly appears as a speaker at national and international Montessori conferences. He has 16 years teaching experience—four in public schools, 12 in Montessori schools.

Jamie Rue, Trainer-in-Training

Jamie was an AMI elementary guide for ten years and is in the AMI elementary Training of Trainers program. She has conducted 6-9, 9-12 and 6-12 Montessori classes and has also served as vice chair of the AMI Elementary Alumni Association.

Elise Huneke-Stone, Trainer-in-Training

Elise was an AMI elementary guide for 14 years and is in the AMI elementary Training of Trainers program. She has conducted 6-9 and 9-12 Montessori classes, and also has extensive experience working in land-based Montessori adolescent programs.

David Kahn, Director of Adolescent Studies

David is founder and executive director of Montessori High School at University Circle, and is executive director of the North American Montessori Teachers Association. He is also program director for the AMI-Montessori Orientation to Adolescent Studies. David was the founding program director of the Hershey Montessori School program for adolescents on the farm. He has 17 years of Montessori teaching experience.

Laurie Ewert-Krocker, Adolescent Studies Lecturer

Laurie is Pedagogical Director of the Adolescent Community at Hershey Montessori School. She holds AMI diplomas at both the primary and elementary levels. She was the founding head teacher of the Hershey program for adolescents on the farm and is a longtime faculty member of NAMTA's Montessori Orientation to Adolescent Studies.

Partners & Affiliates

The Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) was founded by Maria Montessori in 1929. It is the only organization authorized by her to continue her work. AMI diplomas are recognized worldwide as the preeminent Montessori teacher certification.

The North American Montessori Teachers Association (NAMTA) documents Montessori in the public schools, helps teachers and administrators become more effective, furthers the advancement of Montessori concepts into mainstream education, and helps parents extend the Montessori environment into their homes. NAMTA's services include print publications, audio visuals, conferences, and research.

AMI/USA supports the work of Montessori parents, teachers, administrators, and schools in the United States through teacher training programs, school recognition and consultation, conferences and events, the MES Fund, Inc., and individual membership opportunities.

The AMI Elementary Alumni Association (AMI-EAA) is the member-run professional association of AMI elementary teachers and trainers, providing a supportive community for the exchange of ideas and promoting the principles of Montessori education.