Douglas M. Gravel Benefactor Award
The American Montessori Society acknowledges those whose generosity has contributed to the sustainability and growth of the organization through an annual award named in honor of Douglas M. Gravel, one of AMS’s most consistent and generous benefactors. A recipient of an AMS Lifetime Achievement Award (along with his wife, Maria M. Gravel), Doug provided strong and unwavering support to the American Montessori Society from its earliest days. AMS bestowed its first Douglas M. Gravel Award in 2017.
2017 Award Recipient: Beth Bronsil
A teacher and a teacher-educator Beth Bronsil has worked with adults and children in the U.S. China, Taiwan, and Korea. A long-time member of TEAC, she was instrumental in creating procedures now used to accredit teacher education programs.
Beth, who retired in 2007, as the longtime director of Xavier University Montessori Teacher Education Program, is currently serving as the program’s interim director.
In her spare time, Beth enjoys community service activities, including the development of a Montessori program at Thomaston Woods, a housing complex for families at or below the poverty level.