Carole Wolfe Korngold and K.T. Korngold
Carole Wolfe Korngold
Founder and Executive Director
Carole Wolfe Korngold is the Executive Director of the Center for Montessori Education/NY, now known as CME|NY, and the Montessori Children’s Center, located at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, a model year-round Montessori childcare program. She is acclaimed for bringing authentic Montessori education to independent, public, and charter schools, as well to childcare centers and Montessori teacher training. Past President of the American Montessori Society, she participated in the White House Conference on Early Childhood Development and Learning and Co-Chaired the Montessori International Congress in Rome, Italy. Carole has been honored with the AMS Living Legacy Award for the year 2000 and the 2004 Arents Award from Syracuse University, the highest award an alumni may receive. A valued, esteemed, and beloved leader of the Montessori community since 1965, Carole has touched hearts and minds for decades and continues to inspire new generations of Montessori teachers and parents. Carole has an M.A. (Manhattanville College), an AMS Early Childhood credential (Albany), and an AMS Infant and Toddler credential (CMTE/NY).
K.T. Korngold has long been part of the family business behind CMTE/NY and CME|NY. In 2011, she became CEO. She brings with her a lifetime of dedication to authentic Montessori principles and practices and a long connection with the programs of CME|NY. K.T. was instrumental in the original design of the Montessori Children’s Center (MCC). She has worked at CME|NY in various capacities, most notably in developing many of the promotional materials, handbooks, and written documents, and one of the first MACTE self studies for the program's accreditation. K.T. is a trained CMTE|NY Infant and Toddler specialist and wrote a column for Tomorrow's Child magazine, entitled "Bringing Montessori Home." Her articles have appeared in the book The Montessori Way, as well as in Infants and Toddlers Journal and Montessori Life magazine. K.T. helped in the design of the initial Infant room at the Whitby School and in the design for the first Middle School for The Montessori School in Wilton, CT. She received her AMS Administrator Cedential in 2013. As a child, K.T. was part of the model classroom of the first Montessori education program for Head Start teachers in the United States, a training that Carole initiated in Albany, NY in 1967. Both of K.T.’s daughters have attended Montessori schools, including MCC. She has a Master's degree from Columbia University, a B.A. from Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, and 12 Graduate Credits in Early Childhood Education from the College of New Rochelle. She has received an award from the Academy of American Poets.
K.T. has overall strategic and operational responsibility for CME|NY. She has a ground-up, deep knowledge of the programs, procedures, and business operations of CME|NY and is dedicated to ensuring the stability and strategic growth of the company. With proven leadership skills, coaching talents, and relationship management capability, a strong background and demonstrable experience in marketing and communications, and an unwavering commitment to authentic, quality Montessori education, she engages the faculty, adult learners, alumni, partnering organizations, and Montessori community in the on-going development of meaningful, successful Montessori educational programs for both children and adults. She shares her knowledge of leadership skills with the Adult Learners in each of the CME|NY courses.
K.T. Korngold, Richard A. Ungerer, AMS Executive Director, and Carole Wolfe Korngold at the AMS National Conference, Dallas, TX, 2014.