"The secret to good teaching is to regard the child's intelligence as a fertile field in which seeds may be sown, to grow under the heat of flaming imagination."

Dr. Maria Montessori

About Us

Since 1988, the United Montessori Association has been providing Montessori independent study through distance learning. For more than a decade, UMA has utilized the internet to deliver premier Montessori training and services online. UMA offers “anytime, anywhere” education to students worldwide.

Our Mission

UMA maintains a deep commitment to preserving the original tenets of the Montessori method as created by Dr. Montessori, and to the success of each student in training. By upholding the true principles of Montessori education, our goal is to educate the adult in:

  • Cultivating the child's natural desire to learn
  • Developing the child's own unique potential
  • Guiding the child in becoming a confident, compassionate, and productive individual in society
Our Purpose

To fill a vital need to significant segments of the population who are unable to attend on-site classroom sessions, due to personal circumstances (job, family, location…). Together, we work toward a future in which every generation shares:

  • A global bond
  • Environmental responsibility
  • Common goal for peace

~Our commitment to environmental sustainability guides all our business practices.~

Staff Profiles
 John Shepard,
UMA Administrator
Trudy Coumou Shepard,
UMA Director of Education
Laveeta Sweeney,
UMA Teacher Trainer
Sylvia Muccillo,
UMA Teacher Trainer
   Cristina Pirotti,
UMA Consultant
 Kathie Thornton,
UMA Administrative


At UMA, we understand that being able to physically attend regularly scheduled Montessori classroom training sessions may not be an option for adults, due to personal circumstances (job, family, distance, etc.). We offer Montessori online distance learning that provides flexibility and affordability, to help you comfortably pursue your Montessori Teaching Certificate while you're working.