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Dr. Nancy McCormick Rambusch Pioneering Award

Through the annual Dr. Nancy McCormick Rambusch Pioneering Award, the American Montessori Society recognizes individuals who have made significant advances in raising the profile of Montessori education. The award is named in honor of education visionary and pioneer Nancy McCormick Rambusch, whose vigorous efforts to bring Montessori to America, garner public appreciation for it, and create the American Montessori Society, were vital to the the growth of the Montessori Movement and the founding of AMS.

2017 Award Recipient: John J. McDermott and Virginia Hennes

AMS bestowed its first Dr. Nancy McCormick Rambusch Pioneering Awards in 2017. The recipients were John J. McDermott, PhD, and Virginia Hennes

John J. McDermott, PhD

John McDermottMontessori philosophy has always been reflected in John McDermott’s teaching as distinguished professor at Texas A&M and previously as professor at Queens College (New York City). John, closely allied with Nancy Rambusch in the early years of the American Montessori Society (1960s), continues to champion Montessori’s ideas, urging Montessorians to make Dr. Montessori’s philosophy relevant to time and place, specifically to examine the traditions of public education and the needs of an egalitarian society.


Award acceptance remarks by Professor John J. McDermott
Video produced by KAMU/Texas A&M University

Virginia Hennes

Virginia HennesVirginia (Ginny) Hennes has served the Montessori community in so many roles: parent, volunteer, lead teacher, teacher education program director, teacher education instructor, founder of Montessori schools in Illinois, Missouri, and Colorado, field consultant, chair of the AMS Review Committee, member of a MACTE on-sight review committee, and as a MACTE commissioner. She exemplifies a lifetime of service to children and to Montessori education. Ginny retired from the Montessori Center of the Rockies in 2002.

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