CMI IT Faculty

Faculty Bios

Munir Shivji is a second-generation Montessori educator with a decade-long record of service to the national Montessori community. He is the Director of Cambridge Montessori Institute and the Director of Toddler and Primary Programs at Cambridge Montessori School. Before Cambridge Montessori, Munir was the Executive Director of The Institute of Montessori Education and the Head of the Innovative School, both in Houston, Texas. Munir holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Houston, a Master of Arts in Education degree from St. Catherine University and AMS Early Childhood and Administrator credentials. He has served as a field consultant, supervising teacher, and course instructor at CMTE/NY, and is a current member of the American Montessori Society (AMS) Board of Trustees and Executive Committee, currently serving as Secretary. He has presented numerous times at the AMS Annual Conferences and serves on many national committees. Munir joined Cambridge Montessori in 2014.

Charles Terranova currently serves as the Curriculum Coordinator at Cambridge Montessori School. He has been active nationally and internationally as a classroom teacher, teacher educator, administrator, and speaker. Charles has worked in both independent and public Montessori schools, and has consulted with a number of Boards of Trustees, Heads of Schools and teachers. He presents regularly at local and national Montessori conferences. Charles presents curriculum development workshops monthly at schools and Montessori teacher education programs. Charles holds AMI Early Childhood and AMS Elementary I-II Certification. Charles is the founder of The Montessori Community School (now Inly School) and has headed three other Montessori schools in New England. For the past 25 years, Charles has served as a field consultant, supervising teacher, and course instructor at Seacoast Center Montessori Teacher Education Program. He also founded the Montessori Schools of Massachusetts (MSM) and has served on the AISNE board, the MACTE Board and the Principals’ Center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Susan Tracy McDaniel, M.Ed. is a lecturer in the Infant and Toddler Education Program at Seton Montessori Institute in Chicago, Illinois as well as at Montessori Education Center of the Rockies in Boulder, Colorado. Her expertise spans Montessori philosophy and application, child development, and parent education. She has served infant and toddlers as a teacher for over 20 years and is a frequent national speaker and consultant. Susan is the Director of the Learning Together Parent Education Center in Illinois. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Northwestern University and a Masters degree in Education from Loyola College. She is a certified EFT practitioner and holds both AMS and AMI credentials in infant and toddler education.

Darla Ferris Miller, Ed.D. is the author of Positive Child Guidance. She holds a doctorate in Early Childhood Education, Texas and Mississippi teaching credentials, and the American Montessori Society (AMS) Infant and Toddler and Early Childhood Certifications. She was a vice president, a division chair, and an associate professor at North Harris College. Dr. Miller has also served in a wide range of roles within the field of child care and development. She has been an early childhood teacher, center director, teacher trainer, and consultant, and she has worked with children from infancy to middle school. She currently is a faculty member at the Houston Montessori Center in Texas and a member of the AMS Board of Directors.

Michelle Battistone is a nationally recognized expert in Montessori education for infants and toddlers. A field consultant for Montessori Education Center of the Rockies (a Montessori Infant/Toddler teacher training school in Colorado), Michelle is also part of the site inspection and evaluation team for Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (an autonomous accrediting association for teacher education). Michelle holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and an AMS Infant and Toddler credential from North Harris Montgomery College. She has been a classroom Montessori teacher, teacher educator, administrator, and speaker. Co-Founder of Montessori Mentors, and the Infant and Toddler Program Coordinator for The Institute of Montessori Education, Michelle has spent over twenty years teaching infants, toddlers and the adults who work with them.

Nicole Coman, Ed.S. received her Education Specialist degree in school psychology from Florida International University in Miami, Florida. Additionally, she also holds a Masters Degree (M.S.Ed.) in School Psychology from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. Before serving as school psychologist, she was the clinical research coordinator at Boston Children’s Hospital, working primarily with individuals with developmental disabilities. Nicole is a native Floridian. Before moving to Boston, she worked at the University of Miami Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) for 7 years. At CARD, Nicole consulted with schools across 3 counties in South Florida assisting teachers, students and parents. Currently, Nicole serves as Director of Learning Support Services and School Psychologist at Cambridge Montessori School.

Guest Lecturers  

Nancy Rose, M.Ed. is the Executive Director of New England Early Childhood Associates (NEECA), an organization providing a variety of outreach services to individuals and organizations serving young children and their families in the New England area. In addition to a BA in Distributed Studies, Nancy Rose holds a Masters degree in Special Education and teaching certificates from both the American Montessori Society (AMS) and the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI). She has served as a faculty member and has been a guest lecturer at several colleges, universities and teacher training programs and has been involved in all facets of early childhood education for more than 40 years. She was a co-founder and academic director of the Montessori Teacher Training Program of the Rockies and a co-founder of the AMS Peace Committee.

P. Donohue Shortridge, M.Ed. is a Montessori consultant and writer on Montessori matters, and also conducts staff development workshops, in-class observations, teacher mentoring, and parent night talks at Montessori schools worldwide. She frequently speaks at local, regional and national conferences and is published in Montessori magazines and sits on the editorial board of Infants and Toddlers magazine. She works with families on parenting issues, conducts parent education sessions and is the creator of Aidan’s Muddy Adventure, a DVD showcasing the importance of nature for children. Donohue holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Behavioral Science from Metropolitan State College of Denver and a Masters in Humanities from the University of Colorado. She has AMS credentials in both Infant and Toddler and Early Childhood education. She is also a guest lecturer at Montessori Teacher Education Center of the Rockies in Boulder, Colorado.

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