News from the Dean’s Desk

News from the Dean’s Desk at

Montessori Teachers College on October 29, 2013


Congratulations: to Mrs. Sighle Fitzgerald who has been elected by MACTE to be a recipient of the Wisdom of the Elders award.  MACTE awards this honour to distinguished Montessorians who have made an immense contribution to the Montessori movement worldwide.   Mrs. Fitzgerald’s amazing resume is at the end of this blog.

Professional Education   

Autism: A Montessori Approach:

We are all looking forward to our next P.E. workshop.   This will be held on Saturday, November 23: 9 a.m. – 12 noon.

Topic:  Autism: A Montessori Approach presented by Michelle Lane-Barmapov.

Michelle will have copies of her book: Autism: A Montessori Approach – for sale at $12 per book.  Please contact Debbie Couture at 416 640 1565 to register.  

We loved meeting Katherine Barber last Saturday when she presented a fascinating workshop: Why is the English Language so Wacky?  See picture below.   Katherine also presents amazing workshops on Ballet.

Florene Shuber, Katherine Barber, Jan Lum and Paula Glasgow

Florene Shuber, Katherine Barber, Jan Lum and Paula Glasgow


CAMT Conference on Friday, November 1:  We look forward to meeting new and old friends at this stimulating annual event and will include a selection of photos in next week’s blog.

2014 Courses:  The following MTC courses commence in January 2014:

Elementary Part 1 (commences with on-line module)

Infant Toddler

Introduction to Montessori philosophy and materials for Assistants

Later in Spring 2014 MTC will offer an enriched review course for those who have already taken the Assistants’ course.

Montessori Method for Dementia:

Two Day Workshops:   Debbie Couture, Director of Training for this programme will teach at Montessori for Seniors, 16 Coldwater Rd. North York, ON on the following dates:

November 11 & 12

December 9 & 10

To register:     Registration forms available on MTC website.  You can also contact Debbie Couture at MTC:  416 640 1565

  • Until next week…..

Mrs. Sighle Fitzgerald:  Elected to MACTE Wisdom of the Elders.

Sighle (pronounced Sheila) trained with Miss Margaret Homfray and Miss Phoebe Child, the co-founders of the St. Nicholas Montessori College in London, UK.

Sighle was co-founder of the St. Nicholas College and School in Ireland in 1970, where she served as Principal of both the Montessori School and College from 1980 until her retirement in 1989, when she was appointed Life President of the St. Nicholas Montessori Society of Ireland.

During the years 1984 – 1986 Sighle also served as Principal of the St. Nicholas Montessori Centre in London, UK.

Sighle moved to Bermuda in 1990 and was Principal of Bermuda Montessori School and Montessori Academy from 1990 – 1992. She also presented an Early Childhood training program in Bermuda in those years.

She then moved to Toronto where she was Director of Primary training from 1992 – 1997 at the Toronto Montessori Institute.

Sighle trained thousands  of students in Ireland and also at the following locations:

New York, Vancouver, Cyprus, Paris, Sweden, South Africa, West Indies, Italy, Bahrain.

Sighle is an inspirational Montessorian who has touched the lives of thousands of  people in five continents.  Her first language is Gaelic, and her interests include music, reading, theatre and travel.  She is a mother, grandmother and now a great-grandmother.