Graduate Testimonial


I first encountered Sybil Taylor in August 2011 when I went to meet with her to discuss the possibility of training at Newborough Teacher Training Institute.

I had heard a lot of positive things about her, both as an individual and as a teacher, and I can say, after that first meeting, I knew that everything I had heard was indeed true.

My first encounter with Paul Cedrone was the evening of the first class in September and I knew, from that moment, that this was going to be a very enjoyable year.

Both Sybil and Paul are very passionate about what they do, and they hold very high standards for themselves in teaching us as students.  As the weeks turned into months, I knew that, with the training I was receiving from them, I was going to become the best teacher that I could possibly be.  I always felt that I could ask questions without feeling self conscious, and I was always comfortable, even when I made mistakes.

Both Sybil and Paul teach not only because they love it, but also because they are extremely good at it.  If you are considering taking a course in the Montessori Early Childhood Education, I believe this is the course that you should take.  As the years progress, I believe that you will begin to hear people say "The students that graduate from the Newborough Teacher Training Institute do so at the highest standard, and we are lucky to be able to employ them"

Good luck as you embark on your Montessori path, believe me when I say that you are in for the ‘ride of your life’

Nicola Fasullo

2012 Newborough Teacher Training Institute Graduate (with Honours)

Meet The Newborough Teacher Training Institute Faculty


Sybil Taylor

Executive Director, Newborough Teacher Training Institute

Sybil TaylorSybil Taylor received her Montessori Teacher Training Diplomas, Casa and Elementary, from St. Nicholas Training Centre for the Montessori Method of Education in London, England in 1977 and 1979. She has founded and directed Montessori schools for children, ages 2 1/2 through 14 years, in Ontario and taught children since 1977. Sybil has been a Co-Director, Consultant, Lecturer, and Examiner in Montessori teacher training programs worldwide for over 25 years. She considers it a pleasure to work with future Montessori teachers who share her love and respect for all children.

Angela Abbatangelo

Program Director

Paul CedroneAngela Abbatangelo holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from York University and majored in Languages. She received her Montessori Teaching Diploma from Newborough Montessori College U.K. in 1999, and from Newborough Teacher Training Institute in 2012.

Angela has been teaching children ages three to six years of age for over 13 years. She believes that teaching young children is the most rewarding vocation in the world. Being a part of each of the children’s progress, from the beginning, is the most enjoyable feeling to experience.

Angela’s mission as Program director is to share her knowledge and experience in the Montessori classroom with future Montessori teachers.

Mahesika Tennakoon


Mahesika TennakoonMahesika Tennakoon was awarded the AMI Montessori Diploma in 1987 and has over 30 years of professional experience working with children ages 2 ½ through 6 years.

She has been teaching the Casa level at Century Montessori Schools since 1995 and has conducted workshops, on the Montessori philosophy and the presentations of materials used in the Montessori environment, for adult students, parents, and teachers.  Mahesika is passionate and enthusiastic when sharing her knowledge and experience on the Montessori Method of Education.