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Heart and Hand

Montessori Teacher Education Program


Infant and Toddler

Professional Development


Join Heart and Hand MTEP Instructors to discuss important and relevant topics from the comfort of your own home.

Leading Through Impossible Times

with Mercedes Castle

Be the leader your community deserves without breaking a sweat

Help Me Do It Myself

with Breanne Monahan

Children who can confidently perform tasks without assistance are happy and fulfilled members of your community, ready to take on the world! Learn how to use environmental design, classroom routines, and teacher preparation to encourage the youngest child to develop a strong foundation in functional independence from which interdependence can flourish.

Cultivate Collaborative Relationships with Parents

with Maya Bowen

Let's investigate how we to cultivate a sense of community (especially when we are socially distanced), how to address difficult conversations, and how to foster strengths based collaboration with any family.

When:     Saturday, Novmeber 14th, 9am to 12pm

Where:    In the Heart and Hand Zoom Room

Cost:       $30 (group discount available)


Register:  Here


About the presenters:

Maya Bowen is a founder and Head of School at The Earth Tortoise Montessori School as well as a Founder, Program Director, and Instructor for Heart and Hand Montessori Teacher Education Program

Mercedes Castle is a founder and Head of School at The Portland Montessori Collaborative as well as a Founder, Executive Director, and Instructor for Heart and Hand Montessori Teacher Education Program. Mercedes is also an Infant/Toddler Instructional Guide for Teacher Education Programs worldwide

Breanne Monahan is a founder and administrator at Peace Tree Montessori School as well as the Practicum Coordinator and Instructor for Heart and Hand Montessori Teacher Education Program.

"If (the child) do(es) show resistance this will rarely be a direct, or even intended, reply to the adult's actions/ It will rather be a vital defense of their own psychic integrity or an unconscious reaction to oppression."

Dr. Maria Montessori, The Secret of Childhood

About Us

Our staff and Board of Directors are a diverse group that work day in and day out to make the world a better place for children and, therefore, to transform the world into Maria Montessori vision of a peaceful, global community. Teachers, administrators, and education policy makers - we bring our countless years of experience to every interaction with adult learner.

Becoming a Montessori Guide

Being a Montessori guide is an amazing way to contribute to our ever evolving world, making a positive difference in the lives of children and transforming the future. But what surprises those studying Montessori education most is how it will impact your life, your soul, your outlook on humanity and your place in it. Come join this peaceful revolution!

For Current Adult Learners

We are always working on creating better ways for you to stay in touch, informed, and moving forward. Check back often for updates to this platform and how we can support you better. Thanks for learning with us!

Heart and Hand MTEP

Receives its MACTE Accreditation

Heart and Hand Montessori Teacher Education Program is honored and proud to have received Full Accreditation status from the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE) in July 2019 for its Infant and Toddler Program.


What our past cohorts are saying

The adult learners were asked about the mission statement, the qualities of their training, and

if their experience matched the goals set forth by the program. Overwhelmingly, all adult learners

interviewed reported that they felt supported, mentored, & that the expectations were very clear to them for

each course & assignment.

MACTE on site verification report

Get in touch!

Mailing Address

4817 SW 53rd Ave

Portland, Oregon 97221


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