We’re passionate about nurturing children
For over 20 years, inside a unique,
historic mansion on the East Side of Providence, we’ve been
dedicated to creating a beautiful, supportive environment for growth.
I was always a child who
loved school and loved to learn. School was a joyous place that I never
wanted to leave and in many ways I never did (I'm still here afterall!-). When I founded Angel Care Montessori in 1995 I wanted
to provide a level of quality and care to children in education that
was careful to maintain that natural joy and love of learning. I see children as
these big souls in small bodies and I find that when I relate to children
with a sense of awareness they respond appropriately.
What we do here
at Angel Care Montessori with children is unique; because in everything
we do we address the mind, body and spirit of the child. Much attention
has been placed in the details of the child’s day, from their
personalized coat hooks where children may access their little slippers
to the arrangement of materials available in the classroom. Angel Care
Montessori has quietly grown into a place where many children have come
to form memorable first school experiences. It is my hope that your
child will have the opportunity to be one of the legacies of children
to who have passed through our doors. – Catherine Valenti
Catherine has been playing at
teaching since the age of 5! By the time she was in elementary school
in California she was part of the state’s young tutoring program
teaching to the younger grades and was later chosen by her teachers to represent her school as one of a handful of promising young writers at Fresno University at the age of 12. In college she worked tutoring students who
spoke English as a foreign language and then later helped to establish
the international students tutoring program at the College of Saint
Rose which she headed with the support of then president Dr. Louis
Vaccaro. After completing her undergraduate in both international
studies and political science and after working in a Montessori school
in NYC she took an offer to teach at a teacher’s college in
northern China and then took a position teaching at the language center
at Tai Da University in Taiwan before returning to complete her masters
in education when she was offered a full scholarship. Afterwards, she
followed Dr. Betsy Coe’s footsteps out to the Nanhai Montessori
School where she was part of a team training and teaching at the China
International School Institute before moving to Rhode Island to develop
a Montessori language materials company where she now lives in a
converted yarn mill building with her husband and 3 cats.
Ms. Catherine is
the founder and director of Angel Care Montessori. She has been a
Montessori educator for 25 years and has a background with both the AMS and AMI training methods. Catherine holds a M.S. in Education and a B.A. in
International Studies and Political Science. She is certified to teach
Nursery, Kindergarten, Grades 1-6, and Grades 7-12 Social Studies. She
holds multiple certifications in NYS, RI and China and has held
personal membership in several Montessori societies including AMS, IMS;
and IMC. Catherine is a certified yoga and child yoga instructor and is
certified in CPR/First Aid.
Ms. Cheryl has been a Montessori Teacher working with the Toddlers for nine years before shifting her role into one of Parent Educator and Consultant. She remains on staff as an adjunct teacher. Ms. Cheryl holds a B.A. in Social
Welfare from Rhode Island College and is NAMC (North American
Montessori) certified both in infant/toddler and preprimary 3-6. She is also
certified in CPR/First Aid. Ms. Cheryl continues to deliver a Kind Word © with her new line of postcards.
Ms. Irina is a
Montessori Teacher in the classrooms. She has completed her coursework in early childhood and development from CCRI. She holds a B.S. in Education
from Minsk State Pedagogical Institute and is certified through NAMC (North American Montessori). She is
also certified in CPR/First Aid.
Ms. Irina comes from a family line of educators and has been teaching for over 30 years before discovering Montessori with Angel Care in 2000. She has been a Montessori teacher ever since!
Ms. Selma is an Assistant in the Classrooms. She holds a Degree in Psychology from Faculdade Metropolitanas Unidas in Sao Paulo, Brazil and received her training from the Princeton Center for Teacher Education while working at the Princeton Montessori School in New Jersey.
Ms. Selma is fluent in English, Portuguese, and Spanish, is certified in CPR, and she enjoys bringing and playing her movement games and activities with the children. She has a caring relationship with children and has been working with toddlers in Montessori schools since 2000!
Angel Care Montessori is a private, independent early childhood program established to meet the needs
of parents who want a safe and enriched learning environment for their
child. Our mission is to provide a safe, healthy, nurturing environment
within the community for children to play, learn, and grow while
maintaining the joy of life.
At Angel Care Montessori
we believe the future of education is already here; It is just not widely practiced. We believe that children should be permitted to learn at their instructional level with pace and depth matching their abilities, regardless of age. We seek to create a safe environment and a stimulating and engaging learning experience for our students that balances chronological, developmental, and social/emotional growth with development of the intellect to successfully educate the whole child.
Angel Care Montessori
believes that children learn best by being encouraged to take risks and
by working with a great variety of materials and activities that are
designed to meet developmental needs. Angel Care translates the
Montessori philosophy as established by Dr. Maria Montessori, in
several concrete ways:
1. Concern for the growth of the total child. This means care and
activities for the child’s social, emotional, and physical
development as well as his or her intellectual growth.
2. The classroom is a carefully prepared environment, continually
enriched and designed to offer children a wide variety of materials and
experiences, and organized to facilitate the growth of their skills,
confidence, and ability to make meaningful choices. In addition, there
is an emphasis on the children’s responsibility for the classroom
3. Guidance of learning through the active use of concrete materials,
based on skilled teacher observations of each child’s development
4. Commitment to mixed-age groupings, with each child encouraged to
experience the full 3-year cycle.
5. Emphasis on mutual respect of each other’s person and work,
with clear flexible ground rules that encourage responsible freedom of
choice in both the use of materials and social interactions.
||Goals & Objectives
The goal of this
international school is to provide an intellectually stimulating and
emotionally calming atmosphere in which children can become in tune
with their inner self and make Dr. Montessori’s dream of a
peaceful world a reality. Through the carefully planned and stimulating
environment children develop within themselves the foundational habits,
attitudes, skills and ideas which are essential for a lifetime of
creative thinking and learning.
The specific goals for the
children who attend the program are:
1. To develop a positive attitude toward school and learning.
2. To develop a sense of high self-esteem.
3. To build a habit of concentration for lifelong study skills.
4. To develop and foster an abiding curiosity.
5. To develop habits of initiative and persistence.
6. To foster inner discipline and a sense of order.
7. To develop sensory-motor skills in order to sharpen the ability to
discriminate and judge.
8. To develop socially acceptable behavior.
9. To acquire the basic skills necessary for a life-time of learning.
10. To develop each child’s innate ultimate potential through