The Board-nominated slate is a selection of 6 individuals with varied backgrounds chosen by the AMS Board of Directors to promote diversity and ensure that the Board includes persons with expertise in needed specialties. You may vote to approve or not approve of this slate. (You will not vote separately for each individual but rather, for the slate as a whole.)
Historically, the AMS Bylaws have given the Board of Directors authority to appoint up to half the total members of the Board. This authority has allowed the Board to identify and appoint individuals with unique competencies and qualitites that promote diversity and strengthen the Board.
Giving our members the opporutnity to approve the election of the Board-Nominated Slate reflects the Board’s commitment to openness and transparency. It also brings AMS more fully into compliance with the non-profit corporation laws of the state of Connecticut, where AMS is incorporated.
Voting is now open. To vote online, log in and click “Voting” in the left-side navigation menu on your Member Page.
The last day to vote is Friday, January 4.
Fort Wayne, IN
Principal, Bunche Early Childhood Center; Fort Wayne, IN
MEd (School Administration), Ball State University
I am honored to be considered for a leadership position in AMS. I would like to help AMS refine its strategic professional development plan to support our Montessori professionals in their personal educational journey. Continuous professional development that includes Montessori philosophy and methodology, current best practices in education, and educational research are vital to Montessori education. School accreditation should be a cornerstone in the professional growth of Montessori educators and their school community. I would like to help others understand the accreditation process and the benefits it can bring not only to their specific school, but to the Montessori community at large. Expanding current research using quantitative data to inform educators, parents, and community members in such a way that they are able to understand is another area I would like to explore. I hope that this position will enable me to promote high quality Montessori education for all children.
Associate Professor, Montessori Teacher Education Program, Xavier University; Cincinnati, OH
NCME-credentialed (Early Childhood, Elementary I)
EdD (Educational Administrator), Texas Tech University
My recent research, publications, and presentations listed in my résumé contribute to the knowledge base of Montessori education and special education. Research will be a major goal for me if I continue on the Board. As a member of the Board, Executive Committee, and Directorship Committee, I will continue to collaborate with the AMS office professional staff and all our AMS members to ensure that AMS will continue to grow as a significant and enduring voice for Montessori education. I have as one of my goals to work to expand excellent private and public Montessori schools plus teachers in Montessori education programs, which I can support as I continue as a Montessori professor at Xavier University. My 20 years of experience at Xavier University, and 13 years as a Montessori director and teacher in Texas, give me a strong foundation of experiences in our field where our goal is to serve children.
New York, NY
Head of School, Brooklyn Heights Montessori School; Brooklyn, NY
MA (Education), Pepperdine University
I have enjoyed my work on the AMS Board over the past three years. AMS is a vibrant, thoughtful organization with a strong staff and Board of Directors dedicated to supporting the mission of the organization. I believe my experience serving on over 10 boards and running a Montessori school with Toddler through Middle School programs gives me a breadth of experiences that can support the work of the Board, staff, and organization. Helping the Board establish a solid organizational foundation is essential to promoting Montessori in both the private and public sectors and to achieving the strategic goals of AMS.
Executive Director Emerita, Shelton School and Evaluation Center; Dallas, TX
AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood)
HumD, Dallas Baptist University, 2002
Montessori education has been one of the most important things in my life. To teach in a Montessori classroom has afforded great rewards and joy to my life. I feel I receive much more from the students than they do from me. I have served on the AMS Board as Vice President, have worked on the Finance Committee and the Directorship Committee, and served as Chair of the Development Committee. My work experiences have given me the knowledge of being a Montessori teacher of children and adult learners, school administrator, and director of a Montessori teacher education program. I also have considerable experience at fundraising. It would be a great privilege to continue to serve AMS as a board member. I would work tirelessly to fulfill the duties of that office and serve the membership to the best of my abilities.
Principal Consultant, Montessori Public School Consulting, LLC
MEPI-credentialed (Early Childhood, Elementary I)
EdD (Curriculum & Instruction), University of South Carolina
I am seeking a second term on the AMS Board because I am committed to the work of our organization in all areas, especially policy, research, leadership training, and networking of state and local Montessori groups to increase quality professional development for teachers and strengthen Montessori advocacy. My professional work has been in Montessori leadership positions at the school, district, and state levels to help bring Montessori into the mainstream of education. I support AMS’s efforts in broadening and strengthening its work in the public sector. I serve on the AMS Policy Committee and Directorship Committee and a national collaborative to help bridge gaps between major Montessori organizations. Montessori is the hope of our children and the world. It would be an honor to serve in the important role of AMS Board member for a second term.
Head of School, The Innovative School; Houston, TX
Executive Director, The Institute of Montessori Education; Houston, TX
AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood)
BS (Psychology), University of Houston
Being a second-generation Montessorian, I have had the luxury of a Montessori way of life from birth. Growing up, my family's decades of service to humanity, including establishing Montessori programs for some of the poorest in the world, brought a focus on service into my life—this is why I am appreciative of the opportunity to serve AMS. I have served as a Board member on a number of foundations and developed projects to advocate Montessori education. My life’s passion is to use Montessori as a vehicle to bring about positive change in the world. I want to dedicate my time and knowledge to AMS and its members, like you. As a Board member, I will bring about greater visibility for AMS and Montessori through creative marketing, increase impact through effective public relations, explore new avenues of resource development, and broaden the Montessori base through outreach initiatives.