About Us

Children’s Montessori Center opened in 1990 and has been honored to serve families all over the North Shore ever since.

The Children’s Montessori Center is fully licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education, holds membership in the Montessori Schools of Massachusetts, and is affiliated with the North America Montessori Teachers Association and American Montessori Society Teachers Association.

The Children’s Montessori Center offers the following programs:

Hours of Operation
Our 10-month academic year runs from September to June. The school is open Monday through Friday, 7:30 am to 4:30 pm. The Montessori program is from 8:30 to 3:00 pm, with extended daycare available from 7:30-8:30 and/or 3:00 to 4:30pm. CMC follows the Danvers Public School calendar for vacation and inclement weather closures.

Executive Director – Noeline Kohr
After teaching around the world, Noeline opened CMC in 1990. Noeline has a deep understanding and appreciation for the Montessori philosophy. Her unique approach helps mentor and guide others to reach their fullest potential, while developing a love of learning.

Director of Admission & Education – Shannon Dow 

Shannon attended Montessori schools as a child and having growing up around her mother’s Montessori school some might say that Montessori is in Shannon’s blood.  After teaching for more than twenty years in Montessori classrooms, her passion for education continues to be shared with others as the Director of Admission & Education at CMC, an instructor for Northeast Montessori Institute and a Professional Educational Consultant.

The Teachers
The Children’s Montessori Center teachers are experienced, professional, qualified teachers, and trained in the Montessori Methodology. All teachers are Montessori trained or certified and maintain current child developmental credentials. All staff are trained and certified in First Aid and CPR.

CMC prides itself on retaining experienced and nurturing Head Teachers for the past two decades. Hundreds of children on the North Shore have reaped the benefits of our seasoned, professional, and dedicated teachers. Having a consistent teaching staff at CMC allows for the Montessori philosophy and its experience to continue from year to year, family to family.


  1. Parents request information at 978-774-2144 or at info@childrensmontessori.org
  2. Parents contact CMC to schedule a tour the school, observe classrooms & meet with the director.
  3. Once Children’s Montessori Center receives a completed application form and registration fee, CMC will begin the acceptance process.
  4. Parents will then be notified in writing of your child’s acceptance into the program or status of waiting list.  Families will receive a financial contract with enrollment paperwork.
  5. Upon receipt the completed contract and financial deposits a space will be reserved for your child.
  6. Parent handbook, school calendar, and all other enrollment paperwork will be provided.
  7. Arrangements will be made for your child to visit in the classroom before their start date. The teachers will work with each child to help with the orientation process and transition to CMC. Orientation Process & Summer Camp process will be made available.

Parent Resources

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Some great books to read:

  • Lillard, Angeline Stoll. Montessori – The Science Behind the Genius. Oxford, 2007.
  • Lillard, Paula Polk. Montessori, A Positive Approach.
  • Montessori, Maria. The Absorbent Mind.
  • Montessori, Maria. The Secret of Childhood.
  • At Home with Montessori by Patricia Oriti
  • Math Works- Montessori Math and the Developing Brain by Michael Duffy
  • A Parents’ Guide to the Montessori Classroom by Aline Wolf
The American Montessori Society provides a wealth of information about Montessori education to parents. Visit their website at www.amshq.org