We must help the child to act for himself, will for himself, think for himself; this is the art of those who aspire to serve the spirit. ~ Dr. Maria Montessori

phoenix-img-1Internationally-Recognized Training

The Association Montessori Internationale training is the gold standard in Montessori teacher education, recognized for excellence in over 110 countries. AMI-trained Montessori teachers are in high demand worldwide: Montessori schools and other employers know that AMI training is the best available. 

AMI was founded by Dr. Maria Montessori during her lifetime. Today, AMI continues to offer the highest quality, most authentic and comprehensive Montessori training through affiliated training centers on five continents. SIMS is the AMI-affiliated training center in Phoenix, and is proud to offer a course of study certifying teachers of 2 1/2 through 6-year-olds that meets AMI’s rigorous standards of quality and authenticity.

Graduates of AMI training courses must demonstrate understanding of educational theory, child development, observation techniques, and use and presentation of the Montessori materials.  No other Montessori training comes close to providing such a systematic, rigorous course of study. It pays off: you will find yourself achieving a depth of knowledge, both practical and theoretical, that is sought after and valued by Montessori schools worldwide.

The Option to Complete Your Coursework in Spanish

Our SIMS trainer speaks Spanish! Though the course is delivered in English, students can complete their coursework (including albums), communicate with the trainer, and request to complete oral and written exams in Spanish. This is especially valuable if you work in a bilingual or immersion classroom setting, or if your first language is Spanish. *Please note, English proficiency is a requirement of the course as course content is delivered in English. Also, if there is a significant cohort of Spanish speakers in a course, a translator may be provided.

A Great Location!

The Southwest Institute of Montessori Studies (SIMS) was established in 2011 as a non-profit organization affiliated with the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI). As of August, 2016, SIMS is conveniently located just outside of downtown Phoenix, Arizona.

Our training facilities include a typical primary classroom – the “prepared environment”, set up especially for the adult students, and a complete array of Montessori materials available for your practice and study.  The Phoenix area is home to a robust and respected Montessori community, allowing student teachers the opportunity to observe and practice teach in real schools while forming enduring relationships with experienced Montessori practitioners.

While attending training, you’ll enjoy great weather, a low cost of living in Phoenix and down-to-earth culture in a thriving city.  

Paddle the Salt River past wild mustangs and blue herons. Hike the trails of South Mountain Park and Preserve. Explore the Heard Museum or the Phoenix Art Museum. Wander in America’s largest butterfly conservatory. Dine or dance the night away in downtown Phoenix. Take in a music or theater performance at the Herberger Theater Center or the historic Orpheum Theater. There’s something for everyone in Phoenix. It’s a place to explore your passion, while sticking to your budget.

A Great Trainer!

Ann Velasco is passionate about Montessori, supportive, and approachable.

Get to know Ann, and SIMS, in the video below, and learn more about Ann here.


Your training experience with SIMS will provide you with the inspiration and the solid foundation you need to kick off your passion-driven career and a lifetime of nurturing the flame of enthusiasm in the hearts of your young students.

The SIMS training center is located at 123 N. 13th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85034 (Augustus H. Shaw Public Montessori School).
Mailing Address: 3961 E. Chandler Blvd, Ste 111-170, Phoenix, AZ 85048

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