Longtime Edgemont resident Carole Wolfe Korngold, a leader of the Montessori movement in education, died in her home in Boulder, Colorado, on Nov. 3.
Born July 29, 1935, she was the first in her family to go to college, having earned a B.A. from Syracuse University, an M.A. from Manhattanville College, an American Montessori Society (AMS) Early Childhood Credential from State University of Albany, and an AMS Infant and Toddler Credential from the Center for Montessori Education (CMTE/NY).
In 1968 Mrs. Korngold ran the first Montessori training for head start teachers at the State University of Albany; both her daughters were in the demonstration class. In 1965 she founded the Montessori School of Albany. In 1991 she founded the Montessori Children’s Center, one of the first year-round full-time Montessori childcare centers in the United States, which continues to serve as a model for high quality authentic Montessori programming.
Mrs. Korngold was founder and executive director of the Center for Montessori Education (CMTE). CMTE was the first to offer an American Montessori Society (AMS) accredited teacher education program for an infant and toddler credential and many of the practices found in Montessori programs around the world were developed by CMTE. She also created the first Administrators Credential for Montessori Heads in 1987.
Mrs. Korngold was president of the AMS from 1989 to 1991 and received AMS Living Legacy in 2000. She served on the AMS board from 1985 to 1991.
In 2004, she received the Arents award from her alma mater Syracuse University, which is awarded to distinguished alumni in their field.
In 2012, she received the Wisdom of the Elders award from the Montessori Accreditation Council of Teacher Education.
Mrs. Korngold also participated in the White House Conference on Early Childhood Development and Learning with President Bill Clinton and co-chaired the Montessori International Congress in Rome, Italy.
A valued, esteemed and beloved leader of the Montessori community since 1965, Mrs. Korngold touched hearts and minds for decades and always inspired the best in people, her family said.
She is survived by her husband, Bob Korngold, daughter K.T. Korngold (and her husband Michael Whaley) and their children Sarah Korngold Whaley and Emma Whaley of Stamford, Connecticut, and her daughter Rabbi Jamie Korngold, and her daughters, Sadie Korngold Finkelstein and Ori Korngold Finkelstein of Boulder, Colorado, her sisters, Barbara Wayne and Debbie Taname, as well as many nieces and nephews.