ICM has been serving the community for 13 years. Our mission at ICM, is to provide a supportive and respectful community that fosters independence, and developmental growth by providing a rich learning environment where each child is able to reach their full potential. Maria Elena Hernandez has over 25 years of experience in early Montessori education. She has received various certifications from the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) in Infancy for ages 0-3. AMI is the organization that was founded by Dr. Maria Montessori to provide the best principles for teacher-training worldwide while fostering the growth of Montessori education practices. Maria Elena has dedicated 17 years working at the highly respected Near North Montessori School located in Chicago, where she was the head teacher of the Infant and toddler program. She now serves as the Director and 0-3 head teacher for Infant Community Montessori.