Dear Friends of NewGate:

We are pleased to announce that Tanya Ryskind, J.D. has joined us in July as our new Associate Head of School.

I have have worked closely with Tanya for many years. She is incredibly talented, knowledgeable, organized, capable, and experienced. Her resume is impressive, and she represents the Montessori Foundation and NewGate’s core values and approach.

I first met Tanya as a very active parent at the Brookview Montessori School in Benton Harbor, Michigan. At the time, she was working in the nonprofit world, but her keen mind and passion for the school led me to suggest that she consider a change of career. My instinct was right, and she has become an internationally admired leader in the Montessori school community. She currently serves on the board of the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE), the agency recognized by the United States Department of Education to accredit Montessori Teacher Education programs.

Tanya holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New Hampshire, cum laude, majoring in Social Services, with an emphasis on counseling. Her minor was in Spanish. She went on to earn her Juris Doctorate from the University of New Hampshire School of Law.

She holds elementary Montessori certification from both the American Montessori Society and the International Montessori Council.

Tanya’s continuing studies include

  • Neuroscience and Learning through Harvard University
  • Oceanography and Meteorology at the State University of New York, Brockport

Tanya brings a broad set of experiences and skills from her years in both the legal and educational fields. Most importantly, Tanya has experience as a Montessori teacher trainer, an International Montessori consultant, motivational speaker, author, and frequent presenter at Montessori conferences around the world.

Please join me in welcoming Tanya to Sarasota and the NewGate community. Her email is

Tim Seldin
President, Montessori Foundation
Head, NewGate School