Welcome to Renaissance Village!
Our mission is to create and sustain a community of happy and healthy families by providing resources that support parents in their role as the child’s primary teacher, and by preparing beautiful, orderly environments that enable the child to learn through self-discovery.
Tatjana Radonjic Matano, Ph.D., founder of Renaissance, began her career as an academic in the area of epistemology and continued as a trainer in corporate and non-profit environments. Her first child, born in 1994, had a learning disability and as parenting became a confusing struggle over what to do, she and her husband realized that there was a need in Northern Manhattan for a place where parents could connect with each other and with well-trained, informed professionals in order to learn about educational paths that would best support the development of their particular child. They needed a Village in which to raise their children. It was in 2001 that Tatjana started Renaissance Village for her then newly born second child.
In 2007, after a 33 year career as a Montessori educator, Jean Caswell, M.Sc., had just moved to New York from Washington D.C. to be closer to her new grandson and was missing working with children in the Montessori environment. Fortunately, she wandered into Renaissance Village, just around the corner from her new home in Northern Manhattan, and introduced Tatjana to the vast and wonderful world of Montessori education. Jean had experience teaching in both private and public schools and achieved outstanding results, especially in the area of literacy. She became the Head Teacher and trainer of other teachers working at Renaissance. Through the years, Jean's role has changed from teacher to coach and, now, to consultant. Today, the staff of Renaissance is made up of highly skilled Montessorians and the core direction of the program and its philosophy is still in the hands of Tatjana and Jean, who hope to work together for a very long time.
Renaissance Village is an AMS affiliated program.
The goals of Montessori education are to foster independence, respect for self and others, and the natural love for learning that all children inherently possess. The Montessori classroom is a prepared environment designed to support the development of the whole child into a responsible and engaged citizen.
Free the child's potential and you will transform him into the world.
- Maria Montessori