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AMS Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is the policy-making body of the American Montessori Society. It is empowered to formulate policies and to amend the constitution and bylaws as needed to fulfill its fiduciary responsibilities and to ensure a vigorous future.

Board directors represent various constituencies of the Montessori community and contribute a diversity of experience and expertise that enrich the body’s deliberations and decisions. Every director sits on at least 1 AMS committee or commission. Some directors are elected individually. Others are selected by the AMS Board to form a group, or "slate." AMS members vote to approve or not approve the slate in its entirety.

Read about the results of the 2017 Board of Directors election.

Executive Committee Directors

PickeringJoyce S. Pickering

President of the Board
Executive Director Emeritus
Shelton School & Evaluation Center, Dallas, TX


Julie BragdonJulie Bragdon

Vice President of the Board
Assistant Head of School
Montessori School of Denver, Denver, CO


KambrichSusan Kambrich

Treasurer of the Board
Head of School
Woodland Hill Montessori School, Rensselaer, NY


Munir ShivjiMunir Shivji

Secretary of the Board
Director of Toddler and Primary Programs
Cambridge Montessori School, Cambridge, MA


BreimanRobyn Breiman

Montessori Elementary Teacher Training Collaborative, Lexington, MA

UngererRichard A. Ungerer

Ex Officio
Executive Director
American Montessori Society, New York, NY


Board Member Directors

BayerSuzanne Bayer

Chair of the Teachers Section
Middle School Teacher
Valley Montessori School, Livermore, CA


BowmanGary Bowman

Executive Director/Superintendent
California Montessori Project, Carmichael, CA



BrainardFrank Brainard

School Accreditation Commission Representative
Senior Consultant
The Theorem Group—Consultants to Educators


Marie ContiMarie Conti

Head of School
The Wetherill School, Gladwyne, PA

Sharon DamoreSharon Damore

Executive Director
Association of Illinois Montessori Schools (AIMS)

Renee DuChainey FarkesRenee DuChainey-Farkes

Chair of the Heads of Schools Section
Head of School
Kingsley Montessori School, Boston, MA

Mary Ellen KordasMary Ellen Kordas

Council Member
Montessori Public Policy Initiative, San Marcos, CA

McGheeBeverley Alexander McGhee

Alexander Montessori School, FL
Montessori Teacher Training Institute, Palmetto Bay, FL

MillerDarla Miller

AMS Infant & Toddler Teacher Training Faculty Member
Houston Montessori Center, Houston, TX



Dorothy PaulDorothy Paul

Program Director
Duhovka Montessori Teacher Education Program, Prague, Czech Republic 
Montessori Methodologist
Duhovka Preschools, Prague, Czech Republic


SaylorLaura Saylor

Assistant Professor, Inclusive Early Childhood Education
Dean of the School of Education
College of Mount St. Joseph, Cincinnati, OH


SchneiderMary Schneider

Chair of the Teacher Educators Section
Head of School
Woodinville Montessori School, Bothell, WA
Executive Director
Montessori Education Institute of the Pacific Northwest, Bothell, WA

StevensonSandra Marie Stevenson

Family Representative
International Picture Editor
The New York Times, New York, NY


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