Janet McDonell

Janet McDonnell

Director of Primary Training
Assistant Clinical Professor, Montessori Education
Columbia Graduate Center, Suite 201


Loyola University, MD:  M.Ed in Montessori Education
AMI Training of Trainer’s Programme, Amsterdam:  Director of Training
Ohio Montessori Training Institute: AMI Elementary Diploma
Montessori Teacher Training Institute of Northern California:  AMI Special Education Diploma
Midwest Montessori Institute:  Primary Diploma
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee:  B.A. Comparative Literature


Janet McDonell is the Director of Training at the Primary level at the Washington Montessori Institute at Loyola University, MD.  Aside from her Primary diploma, she also holds diplomas from the Association Montessori Internationale at the Elementary level and for Montessori Special Education.  She has a B.A. in literature from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and a M.Ed in Montessori Education from Loyola University Maryland.  She has over 20 years teaching and administrative work in Montessori schools throughout the U.S. with children of widely varied backgrounds.

Janet has been training teachers at the Washington Montessori Institute since 1994.  She is an examiner for AMI and a school consultant for AMI/USA.  She is a member of the Consultation Committee for AMI/USA.  She also serves as a board member of AMI/USA.  Janet is the former head of the Training Group, a committee that oversees the international Training of Trainers Program for AMI. She continues to serve on that committee.

Janet is also a member of the Special Education Committee of AMI and will oversee a pilot training program for Special Education hosted at the University of San Diego beginning the summer of 2012.

Professional Activities/Society Memberships

Organization member:  Association Montessori Internationale (AMI), Association Montessori International/USA (AMI/USA)
Board member:  AMI/USA
Committee member:  Training Group, Special Education Committee: (AMI), Consultant Training (AMI/USA)
Consultant: AMI/USA